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David Archer replacing David Pollack on 790/The Zone, joining Mike Bell

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David Archer joins the Zone full time with Mike Bell starting August 29, 2011.

David Archer replacing David Pollack with Mike Bell on the Zone

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David Archer (right) officially replaced David Pollack today on the afternoon show on 790/The Zone with Mike Bell at 3 p.m.

Bell, in an interview earlier this month, wouldn’t reveal who it would be but said he was much more stylistically similar to Archer than Pollack.

It didn’t take long for sports talk radio observers to figure out it was Archer. Archer, who does play by play for Falcons radio with Wes Durham, has been a regular fill in for Pollack. (Pollack is now working full time with ESPN.) Bell lobbied for Archer to take Pollack’s place and succeeded.

Bell on the air today said the contractual deal for Archer with the Zone dragged on a bit longer than he had expected.

Andrew Saltzman, president of the Zone, acknowledged “there were a lot of moving parts” related to Archer’s contract but wouldn’t go into detail.

Archer, a former NFL quarterback, has also been doing college football analysis for the ACC game of the week. “He’s a scratch golfer,” Saltzman noted. “He’s unbelievably connected in sports. And he and Mike have a special chemistry. Not all guys can do play by play and color and make the transition to talk radio. I’ve never seen anyone as adept on both. He’s just amazing.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

49 comments Add your comment

Scott

August 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

Great move. Welcome aboard Archer!

Jorge

August 29th, 2011
3:36 pm

Man invented computer: Man walks on Moon….. Wow what breaking news…

Curious George

August 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Why does Steak Shapiro STILL think that any of us are impressed with him, his ego & his buffoonery?

Jorge

August 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

Pollock is a buffoon-looks so uncomfortable on TV.. watch out 790 he will end up at 680 the Fan when all is said and done…

Louis

August 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

While no real surprise, it is the obvious choice for 790’s afternoon drivetime team. I actualy enjoyed listening to Bell & Archer more than Pollack & Bell. Pollack could, sometimes, be too “holier than thou” sometimes. This should make the long drive home more interesting and fun, especially during football season.

The Stews

August 29th, 2011
3:56 pm

Hey Man, Arch will go a great job Man. He’s a good dude Man.

Have you noticed we say Man more than Jerry Garcia at the corner of Haight Asbury during the 60’s Man?

Funny how we’ve never said man on First take on ESPN though Man. Funny how we lose it there Man.

Steak

August 29th, 2011
3:59 pm

Don’t talk bad about the Falcons!!!! Don’t you remember the way it used to be?

Let’s be grateful and not be critical of anything!

And if anyone says a bad word about Ryan, I’ll assume that it’s a Vickophant and dismiss them ALL.

finaldynasty

August 29th, 2011
4:01 pm

Good move for 790. I wish that Chuck and Matt were back at mid day so I could listen to both shows. I do wish that they would give the 2 live stews back their hour. They could take it away from Mayhem so we had less Steak.

Smokin_SS

August 29th, 2011
4:04 pm

Yo George, nowhere in the article does Rodney mention Steak Shapiro but I agree he is the biggest A$$ in morning drive and then just a jerk during the other parts of the day. that’s right cha cha

The Gentleman Masher

August 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

Wow – a terrible Falcons QB bringing his “expertise” to drive time radio?! I can’t wait!!! Who’s next – Scott Campbell? Wait…no…Doug Johnson? Kurt Kittner? Yawn…

Slippery guy "Arch"

August 29th, 2011
4:21 pm

“Arch” makes me want to shower after listening to him.
A shameful lap dog
A really dumb guy.

Common Man

August 29th, 2011
5:24 pm

Another guy who is heavy on the football Gotta love ATL radio.

The Kang

August 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

Nicely done, Pollack was wearing thin on me. Nice guy, but as dumb as a sack of bricks! Plus he was no fun to be around.

Clarence Carter

August 29th, 2011
5:56 pm

I be Strokin’

MattMD

August 29th, 2011
6:48 pm

That’s a good point, Stews. What happens to all of ya’s ghetto-fabulous slang when you go on ESPN? Gotta cash dat white man’s check, eh?

Busters.

MattMD

August 29th, 2011
6:50 pm

It’s a better show if you ask me. Pollack was ok but if wasn’t talking college ball, you might as well have my sister on that show.

a Zone ATL Fan

August 29th, 2011
7:00 pm

What’s with all the haters spreading negativity? Atlanta has more class than that. Congratulations to Dave Archer and best wishes to Pollack. And to the hater calling Dave “dumb” –obviously you do not have the priveledge of knowing him. Dave Archer is smart, committed to sports, and is an all around great guy. I’ll be tuning into his show.

Sage of Bluesland

August 29th, 2011
8:14 pm

When I think of “Arch”, I chuckle and remember draft-day 1987, when the Falcons tabbed Chris Miller with their first-round pick. “Arch” (who was on the team) opined he didn’t think QB was a need for the team.

Trust me, Dave, after watching you play, QB was the biggest need of the team.

I still laugh about that after all these years. Only in Atlanta would this guy have had any play time whatsoever.

Oh well, I’m actually thankful Pollack is gone….boring, boring, boring. “Arch” is a better rump-kisser, kool-aid drinker, and Falcons-organizational lap-dog anyway…

"19"

August 29th, 2011
8:46 pm

19 comments as of 9pm. No one cares about sports talk in Atlanta Mr. Saltz-man.

Mr. Smarty Pants by Gum

August 29th, 2011
9:05 pm

This might wear thin. I hope Arch starts laying down some real sports talk because Mike Bell will take you to hell. I mean didn’t he keep taping his 50 year old Mexican housekeeper and called her a girlfriend. Oh Mike. But on to the most important question, Why is Steak Shapiro still on the air or even involved with the station. This man barked like a dog when told by his master. This man belches on the radio and you can smell it in your car, the breath of the dead. This man knows nothing about nothing and then a little less on that. Whoever owns 790, the albatross is Steak. Cut him loose and your ratings will jump up the next day. Please do it in a public, vitriolic way and put it on you tube for an overnight sensation. Sincerely, ALL the people on earth.

Little Jimmy

August 29th, 2011
9:47 pm

This was the move I was hoping for…. I agree with finaldynasty that it would be better if Chuck & Chernoff or Archer & Bell were on mid-days so I could hear them both.. oh well.

I hope Pollack does great and doesn’t go too big time… after all Bell taught him alot about radio as Pollack improved IMMENSELY from the early days.

Second that Steak needs to go. Cellini and Dominio would be a great morning show without Steak. Loved them on the old Bottom Line ride home.

Also, fire 2 Live Racists and sports radio will be near perfect in Atlanta.

Dogs & Poodles

August 30th, 2011
12:35 am

I think the Stews will probably go elsewhere when their contract expires. Their act has worn thin with many in ATL and I think 790 would be better off trying someone else in that slot. Alge Crumpler did a solid job filling in last week. Maybe he could be paired with someone to fill a couple hours?

Buck N. Kincaid

August 30th, 2011
8:32 am

Dang, at least we are no longer competing with Bell and Arch.

We do miss our non-stop 90 second ice hockey commercials and all of the schmoozing with ice hockey people during the middle of college football season, though.

We’re still the voice of the Bravos, so we can continue to ignore college football at least until late October.

G

August 30th, 2011
9:15 am

790 is moving towards “bleaching” out the station anyway. They let Hometeam Brandon Leak go some time ago, and he was really an asset to the station. Stews got bigger than Steak expected, and he was forced to keep them when he really wanted to fire them long ago. Stews bring a different dynamic to the show that no other crew in Atlanta provides.

Once 790 bleaches out the station, they will notice a drastic decline in their arbitron ratings. Stews racist? The same can be said about Steak.

don

August 30th, 2011
10:21 am

Like Archer hate Bell he is not funny and dont know sports, the guy worked with kencade back in the day on 790 and all they talked about was racist thing he knows nothing about the NBA he and Steak suck!

Banned Poster

August 30th, 2011
11:07 am

Anyone who thinks “Hometeam” Brandon Leak was an asset to anything is totally misguided. The man is worse than Pollack on the radio and he butchers so much about the history of the home teams. If someone is going to carry the “hometeam” moniker, then that person should at least know something about the home teams playoff history.

Good move bringing Arch onto the Bell show. Great chemistry between the two and easily the 2nd best show behind Barnhart and Durham.

DCF

August 30th, 2011
12:20 pm

Pollack’s ignorance makes me want to break his neck.

Alright, alright, alright

August 30th, 2011
12:33 pm

G

Steak’s racist? LMAO. You can say a lot of things about Steak (and he certainly has some issues), but I don’t know how anyone could possibly say he’s racist. That’s one of the craziest things I’ve heard in quite a while. Without Steak and Co. giving the Stews a shot, they wouldn’t even be in the business and Doug Stewart would still be a telemarketer or whatever he was before joining 790.

Evander Holyfield's Final Brain Cell

August 30th, 2011
2:12 pm

Archer-9-13-1 as a Falcons qb. 18 touchdowns 30 INT’s. Now he’s a personality? Really?

@G-The Zone fired people because they were broke not because they wanted to get rid of black people (Chris Cotter, shaggy, Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver) are let go too. The Stews are horrible no matter what color they are.

@Banned-Hometeam is just fine, heard him all over the place at 680. Good pick up. You need to go after Leo Mazzone and Christopher Rude on a lack of Atlanta history before him. Good personality for Atlanta.

@The Gentleman Masher-exactly.

The Zone had its day 5 years ago. They are dead in the water like the Titanic.

Fluffy McNutter

August 30th, 2011
2:28 pm

Kirk Herbstreit is a national college football analyst on ESPN/ABC and I was a very average college QB and never played a down in the NFL.

Jesse Palmer is also a national analyst at ESPN/ABC. He couldn’t even hold down the starting job over a below average group of QBs at Florida.

Bill Belichick was a no-name center on the Wesleyan University football team back in his college days. Never even garnered as much as a look from an NFL team as a player. He’s turned out to be a pretty decent coach, wouldn’t you say?

Bobby Cox had a pathetic playing career and he did pretty well as a MLB manager.

Leo Mazzone never even reached the majors as a player, but he’s widely regarded as one of the top two pitching coaches in the history of MLB.

The fact is most successful coaches/managers and most tv/radio analysts weren’t very good players. It doesn’t necessarily have a bearing on their knowledge of the game or their ability as a coach/manager or tv/radio analyst. Just because they didn’t have the physical ability to get it done at a high level on the playing field doesn’t mean that their knowledge of the game is lacking.

Mike

August 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

Not a surprising move but a good one none the less. I’ve never understood the fascination with bringing back ex-jocks to do tv radio when they’re really not that good at it. Did David really bring any sports insight?

I’ll still listen to Chuck and Chernoff.

Ohh, no Atlanta radio comment would not be a complete without a mention that Steak is horrible. He’s our Chris Berman.

BFS

August 30th, 2011
2:50 pm

Is 790 the Zone still on the air? I hadn’t noticed.

Al Sharpton

August 30th, 2011
3:01 pm

Quick… name all the black on-air talent at 680.

I’ll hang up and listen.

A Different Jeff

August 30th, 2011
3:17 pm

I’ll still be listening to Chuck and Chernoff. Definitely the best show on sports radio in ATL.

Chris

August 30th, 2011
5:25 pm

Just want to say thanks to 790 for making my decision about what afternoon show to listen to very easy: Archer = vanilla frozen yogurt; Chuck and Chernoff it is!

Get Real

August 30th, 2011
5:49 pm

Yeah, that is Archer – 50 lbs. ago!

Mr. Smarty Pants by Gum

August 30th, 2011
6:54 pm

“He is our Chris Berman” -way to hit it Mike, that is the meanest and most incisive things I have ever read about Steakie on here. But Steakie is so stupid he will not see that as an insult, he will start running with it. Expect to hear that line on a Zone promo soon. Great job though !!!

Michael

August 30th, 2011
7:04 pm

I hate everybody and everything on the radio that doesn’t fit how I would do things even though I have neither the knowledge nor the ability to run a radio station myself.

Thus sums up most newspaper blogging. Just replace “radio” with the random topic.

bake

August 30th, 2011
10:43 pm

i’ve been asking 790 to put arch on with bell for a LONG time now. these two together are AWESOME! they really do just flow together…it makes the drive home fun. and as a UGA guy even i was worn out by pollock’s lack of everything. great football player…turrible radio / tv guy. he should be relegated to tv with pam ward doing turrible noon acc games every week. even steakie couldn’t blow this one…when is he going to fire himself though?!?!?!?!?

Ryan Stewart's big fat black head

August 30th, 2011
10:47 pm

They should have moved the STEWS to the afternoon drive! The mid-day time slot is too early. Most of da brothaz is still sleeping….888-STEWS-90

D3murf

August 31st, 2011
12:34 am

Great move for 790–Chemistry was apparent from the get go for Arch and Bell. Bell told me last year that Pollack’s contract was 1 yr away–and that the station was leaning towards Arch. That’s a tough time slot though–Chuck & Chernoff is the best thing on Atlanta radio period. Barnhart & Durham is close as well. The rest of the shows pretty much suck. On another note: The Palmer & Pollack show on ESPNU will be a smash hit. They cornered the market with that combo. Palmer is the next big thing as far as Football analysts.

dtanner

August 31st, 2011
9:39 am

leo mazzone was only great when he had smoltz,maddux and glavine ,was’nt so great afterward,having those guys in their prime would have probably made me look like a genius also

Football Giant

August 31st, 2011
10:42 am

Dave Archer haters, get real now. His commentary is spot on and the guy is dedicated. At least he has been on a field. Much better than Pollack…welcome aboard!

Andrew Saltzman: programming genius

August 31st, 2011
11:00 am

Isn’t this the same jerk-off who said Matt Chernoff was meant for television? How does this clown still have a job?

RK

August 31st, 2011
2:22 pm

They finally got rid of that killjoy Pollack? The show might be listenable now that Bell won’t feel guilty about making jokes around the guy. He only got the job because he went to UGA.

TheBigCat

August 31st, 2011
3:32 pm

How about the time a guy called in and said that Georgia needed to recruit smarter football players and Steak started yelling and calling the guy a racist and said that he really just wanted more White players?

Why in Steak’s mind did “Smarter Players” equal “White Players”? And the funny part was Nick and Chris agreed with Steak also.

In Steak’s world you have to be White I guess to be smart.

Steak Shapiro is the biggest a$$hat in Atlanta radio.... period.

August 31st, 2011
9:15 pm

I will buy this a guy a one way ticket to anywhere… please go away forever.

Quick

September 1st, 2011
3:10 am

@ TheBigCat; if some hillbilly named ‘Jimbo’ from Grayson calls and says UGA needs ’smarter players’, good chance he’s talkin bout white players okay. So don’t trip on Steak (although I’m not his biggest fan, or a fan at all for dat matter) cuz he called a guy out on da show. After all, ain’t ‘entertainment value’ what we pay for in am radio…cuz 790 comes in clear on spring st rite between williams n 14th. Or wuz it in Gwinnett off Jimmy Carter? I dunno, I got it written down sumwhere…

VinnieTheFox

September 1st, 2011
8:33 pm

Sports radio in Atlanta is totally unlistenable. St. Louis is 10x better at less than half the market size. Chicago is very good. NYC can have its moments…Even Dallas is better. After 8 years of trying, I gave up. I haven’t seen a change yet that would make me try any of the sports radio in this town. And don’t get me started that I can get WGN720 from Chicago at night and I can’t raise a signal from any sports station here.