Add a couple more WFAN alumni to the growing roster of talent at the new CBS Sports Radio Network, which fully launches one week from today.
Marc Malusis, who began at the country’s first 24/7 sports radio station in 2001 as a board op, then became executive producer of the popular “Mike And The Mad Dog” afternoon drive program, and eventually branched out as a sports talk host in 2007, is getting his own show on CBS Sports Radio on Saturday mornings.
This according to Marlow Donohue, who herself will be a board op for Malusis’ new weekend program. “I’m very excited,” she tweeted to Leslie, a regular listener and caller to WFAN of Malusis, nicknamed “Moose.”
This will not be Malusis’ first foray on national radio; he had previously been heard doing updates on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “NFL Radio” channel.
Also being assigned weekend duties on CBSSR is John Jastremski, who joined WFAN about a decade after Malusis, as winner of the station’s second edition of their “Fantasy Phenom” contest last year, in which the grand prize is a radio show on WFAN (read: subbing for less visible hosts on WFAN who move up and fill in for Mike Francesa during his vacation days).
And how do we know Jastremski will be involved with CBS Sports Radio? Well, he’s updated his LinkedIn page recently. Hmmm…
It was basically a matter of time that CBSSR began rounding up weekend talent, with just shy of a week before its 24/7 launch. The other upstart sports radio network, NBC Sports Radio, which currently has daily programming in place from 5 PM ET into overnights, recently unveiled their own roster of weekend hosts, whose shows begin next year. NBCSR also announced that they themselves will also be reaching 24/7 status on Monday, April 1. (Hmmm, is that when Dan Patrick’s Fox Sports Radio contract runs out?)
By the way, getting back to Ms. Donohue: She was so in the Christmas spirit that she gave yet another morsel of information on Christmas Day to our same Malusis P1 via Twitter.
“It will be in NYC,” Donohue disclosed, addressing the listener’s concern that he would be unable to hear Malusis’ new national show locally. “I’m unsure of the channel just yet, but… you will definitely hear it in NYC, that I do know.”
We’ve been reporting on the possibility of CBS Sports Radio launching on FM stations in the top three radio markets when it goes live Wednesday. Including Los Angeles, where of the four AM sports stations available, SoCal’s own Jim Rome apparently won’t be any of them. Listeners were advised to attempt to pull in a San Diego station to get their Van Smack fix.
I’m sure we’ll hear just a little more information about CBS Sports Radio’s presence in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as 2012 winds down.
UPDATE, 12.29.12: There’s actually a couple of updates: First, CBS Sports Radio has unveiled its new weekend lineup. In addition to Malusis’ Saturday morning show, Brandon Tierney, who is co-hosting the network’s morning show with Tiki Barber and Dana Jacobson, follows Moose from 10 AM-2 PM on Saturdays, then former WFAN/current “93.7 The Fan”/Pittsburgh employee Gregg Giannotti is on from 2-6 PM. Later on Saturdays, another former WFAN host who’s now working at another station called “The Fan” in Cleveland, Adam Gerstenhaber, a.k.a. “Adam The Bull,” can be heard from 10 PM-2 AM. Jody MacDonald, who’s had experience at WFAN and WIP/Philadelphia as well as ESPN Radio in New York, has two shifts, 6-10 PM on Saturdays and 2-6 PM on Sundays. And former ESPN Radio personality Amy Lawrence has a whopping three shifts: Saturday and Sunday morning from 2-6 AM as well as Sunday nights from 10 PM-2 AM.
Based on this report, that means one name in particular is missing from this list, and that leads to the second update: that being of the LinkedIn profile of the person in question, John Jastremski. It no longer reads “CBS Sports Radio Network,” though it did just a few days ago. Did plans for a CBSSR show fall through for him? Or was there a bit too much anticipation on JJ’s part? At any rate, he’s a talented host that I’m sure will eventually be heard on the network in some capacity. So at some point, this post will be entirely true.
UPDATE, 2.15.13: It was only a matter of time, huh? As JJ tweeted today:
As you know, Amy Lawrence is the regular host in this time slot, but as you also know, she has three shows every weekend. J.J. tells me he’s only subbing for the “next few weeks” at that time slot. That being said, I’m sure we’ll be hearing from again on CBSSR again afterward.