“Young Guns” are out. “Football Night in Atlanta” is in.
With 790/The Zone’s new commitments to the Atlanta Falcons, management decided to create an all-year-around football show every weeknight at 7 p.m. with John Michaels. It began last month.
Michaels has been part of the air staff for awhile, doing several football specialty shows over the years, including the Falcons pre-game show.
The football-heavy mid-day show hosted by Tony Barnhardt and Wes Durham will be back on the air July 18 after taking a few weeks off, Saltzman said.
Last summer, 790/The Zone sought new talent through a series of applications and tryouts and took four of them last August to form the “Young Guns.”
“The experiment worked in terms of developing young talent and how they fit into the rest of the station,” said Andrew Saltzman, founder and president of the station.
New program director Bob Richards, who came from Clear Channel Colorado, will assess the current talent and make any necessary changes. (He replaced Matt Edgar, who decided after 14 years that he needed to find a job closer to home. His commute was painfully long, he said.)
The “Young Guns” quartet, all in their 20s, talked sports three times a week in the evenings.
“We all had a great experience and had a blast doing it,” said Hunter Weeks, who remains as a fill-in host. “I still feel like part of the family.” He considered “Young Guns” an “extended try-out period.”
“He has a future in sports radio,” Saltzman said.
Matt Baxendall declined to comment about his future at the station until he meets with the new program director.
Kirk Carter said “it was a lot of fun” but he’s off to law school in the fall in the University of Minnesota so he would have left anyway. “We learned a lot.”
Matt Dagostino continues to do voiceover work at Turner Sports. “I enjoyed doing it,” Dagostino said.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog