Radio World’s Sports Desk … er … Cubicle has received plenty of juicy sports radio news; all of it forward-looking.
In order of reception:
WVBZ(FM)/The Buzz, an iHeartMedia alternative rock property in the Triad area of North Carolina, has announced that it will take over North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball and football game coverage for the area. Coverage starts Sept. 5, with a football game against Troy State.
Currently that task is handled by long-time incumbent news/talk WSJS(AM). (For the uninitiated, “The Triad” [formerly the ‘Piedmont Triad’] is the Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem area of North Carolina.)
Flying in from the Windy City, Wayne Randazzo (shown left) will join WOR(AM) in New York to help out with Mets coverage. The iHeartMedia property is the flagship station for the baseball team. Randazzo will be in the booth along with hosting pre- and post-game shows. He comes from CBS Radio in Chicago.
In Washington, Red Zebra Broadcasting’s WTEM(AM/FM), an ESPN affiliate, is launching a locally-originated morning show starting March 16. Hosting the program will be Jason Reid and Chris Paul (no, not that Chris Paul, though he might have a broadcast [or acting] future after his NBA career). Called “The Man Cave With Chris Paul and Jason Reid,” the show will be a “blend of sports, comedy and entertainment,” according to a release.
Both men have local experience — Paul has worked for the highly-rated Washington powerhouse WPGC(FM) while Reid is a former writer at The Washington Post.