Talkers Magazine, the self-proclaimed "Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media" has named it's "Top 100 Sports Talkers of 2012" and two of the afternoon shows at Sports Radio 104.3 the Fan were listed among America's top Sports Talk Radio Programs.
The Drive with Big Al and Dmac was listed at #53 in the Annual contest, and Drew Goodman and Scott Hastings were included at #64.
Whether or not you agree with the selections (I personally consider Sandy Clough to be Denver's best), the honors serve as evidence that we are living in one the nation's best markets for Sports Radio.
The Fan alone is stacked with talent, offering excellent quality talk morning, noon and night. But it's only one of three great stations here. Mile High Sports supplies such choices as Peter Burns, Renaud Notaro and Brandon Spano, all popular; and 102.3 ESPN, despite it's large inventory of syndicated shows, has local personalities like Nate Kreckman who are incredibly entertaining.
It's easy to take for granted the fact that we have three great stations in Denver. Very few markets can say the same. Congratulations to Big Al, Dmac, Scott and Drew and to 104.3 the Fan for bringing home the brass.
They say that, in Colorado, if you don't like the weather just wait five minutes.
The same is true for the schedule on Sports Talk Radio. 104.3 the fan launched its latest shake-up just this week, moving stalwart Sandy Clough, largely considered to be the market's most cerebral host, to late morning (9-noon) and installing Program Director and Nationally syndicated (Fox Sports Radio) host Nate Lundy into Clough's old evening slot (6-9).
The new schedule also pushes the early morning program with Joel Klatt and Mike Evans back a half hour. It will now begin at 5:30 AM - which has got to be brutal for Klatt who covers the Rockies for Root Sports in the evening. The show used to to begin at 6 - which was plenty tough enough for a guy who sometimes works past 10pm. That extra 30 minutes doesn't seem like much - but, to Klatt's it only means more lost sleep. He's not complaining, though. He told us months ago that the schedule affords him valueable time with his young son during the afternoons.
Lundy's new show will bring a distinctly different flavor to the evening slot. His style is more youthful that Clough's. Lundy is no novice, though. He has a wealth of radio experience, having previously programmed stations in San Antonio, Memphis and Charleston.
While in San Antonio, Lundy became close friends with Jessica Redfield, then an intern at 760 the Ticket, where Lundy worked as P.D.. Her move to Denver was partially motivated by the fact that Lundy and his friend, Peter Burns were already here. On the horrible Friday when we all learned of her passing, Nate managed to choke out one very powerful and unforgettable segment of radio before handing off the mic.
Lundy had been formerly been paired with former C.U. standout and NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, Chad Brown.
Friend of the Fancast, Cecil Lammey, of Footballguys.com and 102.3 the Ticket here in Denver is a rising star in the local sports media universe. Beginning today, Cecil is taking over the 9-noon slot on the radio. That's only one place you can catch the hardest working man in Colorado. There are many, many more.