Don is Moving Back to Middays 12-3pm
Well, it’s official. On Monday July 1, 2013 when the crew was scheduled to return to work after a two week vacation, listeners were surprised to hear another best-of show and a suspicious amount of Twitter inactivity from Don and the crew, especially Little Joe who is approaching 23,900 tweets to date. At 4:04 PM Don sends out the following 4 tweets explaining that CBS Sacramento has changed gears:
I’ve never been afraid of change, and am thrilled to be going back to 12-3 starting next Mon on KHTK. I’m also getting back into local tv…
I’m also thrilled that @CarmichaelDave is rejoining KHTK. A huge mistake undone. Now CBS says take the rest of the wk off. See you guys Mon
ALL ACCESS has learned of major changes at CBS RADIO Sports KHTK-A (CBS SPORTS 1140)/SACRAMENTO, which is reverting to its old KHTK SPORTS 1140 branding as it makes lineup changes that include moving morning man DON GERONIMO back to middays, his slot for many years on the station both in syndication with the DON AND MIKE show and then with his return to radio in SACRAMENTO.
Not making the move with GERONIMO to the noon-3p slot are longtime station personality MARK “PHANTOM” LOWE, producer JOE ARDINGER, and “Intern” CRAIG HARLESS, who have left the station.
In addition, the station is starting a new morning show with sister Top 40/Rhythmic KSFM afternoon host KEITH “BOONDOCK” BROOKS and CARMICHAEL DAVE, the station veteran who left KHTK last year and most recently hosted an online show and was instrumental in helping keep the SACRAMENTO KINGS from moving to SEATTLE. The new show will air 5:30-9a, with CBS SPORTS RADIO’s JIM ROME adding an hour to air live 9a-noon.
To fill BOONDOCK’s slot at KSFM, DOUG LAZY is moving over from nights at Hot AC KZZO (100.5 NOW FM), and KZZO PD CHAD RUFER will take over voicing LAZY’s night slot at NOW.
SACRAMENTO (KHTK Sports 1140) – On Monday, July 8th Sacramento’s only local sports talk radio station, and home to local sports play-by-play (Sacramento Kings, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Jose Sharks and NASCAR), will launch a new Sports Talk morning show with longtime radio host Keith Brooks and the return of Carmichael Dave inside the KHTK studios.
The new sports morning show will launch at 5:30 AM Monday morning and be part of a new (but familiar) lineup for the local sports leader. Following the new show will be three live hours of the Jim Rome Show, followed by The Don Geronimo Show’s return to mid-days on Sports 1140 from noon-3PM.
Grant Napear, the face of the Sacramento Kings and longtime show host on KHTK, will remain in his current day part from 3-7PM Monday through Friday. Jason Ross will rejoin the afternoon sports desk in the KHTK Sports 1140 update studios and continue to fill in for Grant Napear. Dave “Deuce” Mason will continue to be an important part of Sports 1140 and local sports programming for KHTK.
As the sports leader in Sacramento since 1996, KHTK Sports 1140 encourages all Sacramento sports fans to tune in to the new lineup beginning on Monday, July 8th at 5:30 AM.
Our Thoughts, and Yours
Later on during the Twitter updates, Don makes a comment that suggests that like the old Don and Mike Show, the new 3-hour midday format is syndication friendly, which is refreshing to hear, considering folks like myself in the Eastern Time Zone can now listen to the show live during the afternoon drive. Although we will surely miss Phantom, Slow Joe Ardinger, and Craig Harless, history has shown that we may see one or more of these guys return to the show after the smoke clears, who knows.
Don will obviously disclose more on Monday July 8 at noon, including his new TV gig with CBS. Of course, questions arise as what role Drew will play (could he be returning to the board op position?), whether or not Don is bringing on a new partner (Frank Caliendo would obviously kick ass), and who will do the news, if anyone (did someone mention news veteran Buzz Burbank who recently left The Mike O’Meara Show?) Whatever transpires, Fans of the Don Geronimo Show will be 100% supportive.
Tell us what you think. What do you see in the show’s future? Your comments are welcome, and much appreciated!