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Schedule changes at 790/The Zone affecting Mayhem, Barnhart, Durham, the Stews, Archer, Bell and Michaels

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It seems at least once a year, 790/The Zone fiddles with its lineup.  Management can’t seem to help itself.

Starting April 30, “Mayhem in the A.M.” returns to a 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. time slot, the longest morning show in town with that extra hour from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mike Bell and David Archer move up an hour to  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. And John Michaels‘ “Football Night in America” will run from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. instead of 7 p.m to 9 p.m.  (Yes, there is an appetite in Atlanta for football talk 12 months out of the year.)

“I’m happy with it,” Bell texted me. “Tough for Archer. He’ll be stuck in traffic on the way home. Now I get to games on time… or hit happy hour earlier.”

So what does that mean for Tony Barnhart & Wes Durham, as well as the 2 Live Stews?

Good question. The boss, Andrew Saltzman, told me today that he is not ready to reveal the details for what will become an 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. show. He hopes to square things away in the next day or two, presumably over contractual issues. I’ll either update this entry or create a new one depending on how the new mid-day show looks.  “We have a lot of great talent,” Saltzman said. “It’s a question of how to utilize that talent.”

Barnhart & Durham, who have been on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., have been getting the strongest ratings for the station. But they are contractually allowed to take two months off in May and June since the pair of football experts work long hours during the other ten months with other non-Zone obligations. Durham does radio play by play for several Georgia Tech sports teams. Barnhart travels to New York during the college football season to do commentary for CBS Sports. I reached out to Barnhart, who deferred questions to his bosses.

So the Zone, based on what I’ve heard, may blend the Stews in with occasional appearances by Barnhart and Durham and perhaps other members of the Zone lineup. Whatever it is, it’s clearly another sign the Stews are no longer the kings of the station.

For a time, the 2 Live Stews were hot, hot, hot. Their ratings were through the roof. They signed a syndication deal. They were regulars on ESPN. Then the syndication deal went away last summer and the Zone cut the Stews from three hours to two. A few months ago, the new program director Bob Richards asked them to tone down the sound effects and   some of their shtick.

I called Doug Stewart to get some insight, but he demurred, saying he was about to go into a meeting and asked me to try again at 4 p.m.  His agent declined to comment, too.

No matter what, don’t get too wedded to the revised schedule. It will probably change again in a few months.

680/The Fan has been beating the Zone during most time slots, especially late afternoons, where Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff has been drawing more listeners than Archer and Bell on the Zone.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

180 comments Add your comment

Les Nesman

April 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

When you can’t get it right, you keep trying until you do.

They overutilize underskilled talent and underutilize the really good guys at the station. Chris and Nick are and have been two of the best 790 has to offer, which is why Steak ties himself to them. They would do Mayhem on their own.

The college football show is perfect for this city, as rabid a college football fanbase there is in Atlanta (and not just for the hometown teams). Not sure changing this show should be part of the changes.

The Stews are the Stews, love them or hate them. I thought their show was great before it went national. I think that threw the vibe of their show off. Not sure that they have ever (or will) get it back. Wish they would, because when they were on, they were it.

Bell and Archer are good too. And they have the upper hand on the 680 afternoon show.

They’ve got the talent (with just a couple of exceptions) but never seem to put it together.

YoungDawg

April 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

I thought Steak said this morning on “Mayhem” that “The Stews” would be doing 11-2. When I heard the new lineup it sounded like it was just temporary until Barnhart & Durham returned for their “regular season”.

Native ATL Sports Fan

April 23rd, 2012
12:36 pm

I will go back to listening to 790 THE ZONE once of the move of the carpetbagging Steak Shapiro back to Boston is complete.

What a [rectal opening] that guy is!

jv

April 23rd, 2012
12:49 pm

Les, you are right, Chris and Nick have always been the superior talent at 790. 790 was the best when those 2 had their own show in the afternoons. Other than that, not much good to say about 790, all shows are superior, I only listen to Wes and Tony when 680 goes syndicated, because I never listen to sportstalk that isn’t local. While Perry and Chuck are my 2 favorites on 680, I like the entire line up.

Billy

April 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

Elaine Zittac, call your office…

Chad Scott

April 23rd, 2012
1:00 pm

you bros hiring?

Blake

April 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

680 runs this city. 790 will always be the red headed stepchild. shout outs to my homies chuck & chernoff, look whos getting the ratings now.

regis

April 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Archer and Bell were better than Buck and Kincaid (who wouldn’t be?) but they’re way below Chuck and Chernoff.

Early Cuyler

April 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Who listens to this? People who cannot afford Sirius?

Steven

April 23rd, 2012
1:10 pm

I won two tickets the other day off the show and it was the first time I’ve ever tried to win anything. I was SOOO Stoked. What did I get?????? The ART OF GOLF at the High Museum. I can’t even give the damn things away. I’ve went to everyone here at work trying to ask them to take it and they laugh at me. I was hoping for something cool to take my son or daughter to like a Braves game or Hawks game or anything close to that. I still love the show but my luck sucks..LOL

Les Nesman

April 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

I had an issue with Steaky back when he let AJ Cannon go. I told him he was crazy and he ripped me a couple of new ones. (Guess that’s why he’s in radio and I’m not :) ) So, any show with him grates on my nerves. I’ve tried liking him. I just can’t. Makes it difficult to listen to Chris and Nick.

While he had all the right in the world object to me telling him how to do his job (and a decade+ later, he’s still working and AJ has been hard pressed to stick around anywhere), there are ways to do it without alienating a customer.

I manage a team and I have had customers call and complain when I let go their favorite tech. But if I pulled what he did to me, I would have been the next out the door.

But to me, he equates to Leo on 680 as far as holding back the conversation on most sport subjects. And he doesn’t have the sports cache that Leo does. I listen to sports talk for sports, not for stories about the Palm or the stripclub. (Can’t listen in the afternoons with my kids in the car)

G

April 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

Thanks for the update Roho. I asked you about the Stews a couple of weeks ago, when both of the brothers were off the air for a week.

Bob Richards has been the core reason of why the Stews show has taken a stumble. The “kinder and gentler” Stews does not work for their long time fan base, and it WILL NOT help them gain new listeners. Bring back the old Stews and the numbers should improve. Bob Richards is not doing 790 a good service by crippling the Stews.

Frank

April 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

Not everyone in atlanta is some big fat Bubba that loves college football 24/7 365 days a year. I think they are oversaturating this town with it. I like it, but at a certain point its overkill. There are other sports, MMA, basketball, baseball, NFL that don’t get enough attention because we are friggin talking about Auburn football on a Tuesday in April

Frank the Tank

April 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

ACE

April 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

@Early Cuyler-People who are smart enough to not pay for radio

JK in Acworth

April 23rd, 2012
1:20 pm

Wonder if the line up change has anything to do with the upcoming translator signal at 94.5? I hate that the 2 live stews will end up gone at the end of this. They used to be pretty entertaining and interested in sports, but then it seemed like the after the national deal they argued just to argue and make fake drama.

ACE

April 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

@JK-Couldn’t agree more about the Stews.

Bilbo & Willis the Guard

April 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Time to go back to the oldies from the good old days.

shell answer man

April 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

Several issues with the Fan. You cannot get a clear signal unless you’re inside of I-285. Once you head up GA 400, they are useless. Why they can’t amp up their signal is a mystery.

Secondly, the Stews are brutal. Let’s face it. Unless you are African-American, you really can’t understand them. That’s not dialect either. It’s schtick, it’s comments, it’s the whole bit.

Lastly, but most importantly, their problem is Shapiro. He is HORRIBLE. Didn’t Daddy buy him the radio station? I suppose he’s not going anywhere, but he is so bad that you can’t enjoy Dimino and Cellini. Those two are the best, and I wish they (without Steaky) would go back to afternoon drivetime.

Frank the Tank

April 23rd, 2012
1:32 pm

Whatever happened to Steve Dooley?

10Dawg

April 23rd, 2012
1:34 pm

@Frank. MMA??? Are you kidding me? That’s rooster fighting with white trash! And basketball? We don’t have professional basketball in Atlanta, we have the Hawks.

Pete

April 23rd, 2012
1:37 pm

@10dawggggggggggggggggg The hawks are about to be a 4th seed in the playoffs. What have you done to top that?

ACE

April 23rd, 2012
1:38 pm

Steak Shapiro-Is an arrogant ass.

Atlantaradiosucks

April 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Early Cuyler is RIGHT ON! Local radio is CRAP. I haven’t listen for even a minute since I got Sirius 6 years ago. I never liked STeak, but “arrogant JEW ASS?!!?” does anyone monitor this site? I’m guessing dennis montecalvo has one tooth…

bart

April 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

680 the Fan has the best line up by far.

John

April 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

680 the fan is where it’s at. Buck and Kincade is the best show in town.

690TheZanFone.com

April 23rd, 2012
1:55 pm

“Eye of The Needle” Folks…

Too selfish once they were rolling….

Antics? Have they listened to all of their own shows?

G

April 23rd, 2012
1:55 pm

Oh boy….I knew it was only a matter of time before a few “bubbas” turned this thing into racial crash derby. Thanks for turning back the clock :-( ………..not.

690TheZanFone.com

April 23rd, 2012
1:58 pm

680 the Fan…Priding themselves on allowing people to talk, and not talking as much as the other station..Now?

All stations now:

Jokes, jokes, jokes…

They do some good in regards to the local teams…, but

Jokes, jokes, jokes…

Just the sports facts..man..

C. Corso

April 23rd, 2012
1:59 pm

Interesting. I’ve always felt that Mayhem in the AM is far superior to the Rude Awakening. Mayhem has 3 guys that can talk sports compared to 1 guy that can semi-talk sports in Laurentino. Plus, there is more of a guy-vibe to it. Rude Awakening reminds me more of a women’s morning talk show sometimes. The noon hour is a toss up for me. I really don’t like Buck and Kincaid secondary to their uninteresting and abrasive (Kincaid – at times) personalities. Barnhardt and Durham are probably a bit better, but still not super appealing to me, as a late 20-something. In the afternoon, Archer and Bell are great but Chuck and Chernoff are really great too. I find myself switching back and forth between the two.

FM Fats

April 23rd, 2012
2:01 pm

Is Mitch Evans related to Steak Shapiro?

scot

April 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

680 sucks.
end of story.
they let people talk on and on because they have nothing to say themselves.
and dennis montecalvo, you suck too.

Blake

April 23rd, 2012
2:06 pm

As a Tech fan, I like to Arch, but its hard to beat the Chuck and Chernoff show. Pick and pair at Applebee’s/two entrees for the price of one.

Kinkade's John

April 23rd, 2012
2:07 pm

With their intellectual approach to sports, 2 Live Stews should be on the morning drive.

Steak Shapiro blows

April 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

Steak and Dimino and Cellini all sound alike on the radio. Seriously. That is their problem; their voices are too similar and its like being stuck in a broken elevator with three obnoxious know-it-alls. Steak should leave Mayhem and bring the Stews in to replace him in the morning – paired with Dimino and Cellini. At least you could tell who is speaking.

T

April 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

Bottom line is this, if you like hearing personalities actually talking Atlanta sports and are fans of the Atlanta sports teams, then 790 is the way to go. If you like hearing about out of state sports teams, then 680 is the way to go. I have never listened to a station that pimps out more about other sport cities than 680. It is embarrassing to hear Kincaid have a Braves official on and then brag about his Phillies. Shameful. 680 has no good personality except Chernoff. Chuck is a unemployed perverted ex-teacher who really is lucky Chernoff allows him on his coattails.

Tim Tebow

April 23rd, 2012
2:09 pm

I’m so honored to be on this thread. Whole lotta people counting on me to write a good post. I just want to work as hard as I can and write a good post. God Bless!

Christopher Rude

April 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

more AC/DC!!!

JPATT

April 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

I have Sirius/XM but do not listen to sports talk there. I like my sports to be more locally biased. When I am listening, Mayhem in the AM in the morning so I will enjoy the extra hour, and usually Chuck and Chernoff in the afternoon. Those guys have a great chemistry, almost as good as Nick and Chris.

And all the Steak bashing, you know he is loving it. And people sure know a lot about what he is talking about on the radio even though they say they dont listen. He isn’t my favorite, but don’t dislike him either.

scot

April 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

dingus montecalvo-
your “restaurant” sucked as much as your post.
no wonder it went under.
and no wonder you’re a bitter piece of garbage.

Tim

April 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

Wow if I am ever an Atlanta radio sports host I will never read the message boards. I wish there was a board where I can post about how terrible of a plumber @T is, and that @ACE took way too long delivering my pizza.

Jeff

April 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

As a Zone listener, I wish they could find a lineup and stick with it.

The choice is obvious in the mornings. 680’s morning show is horrendous. 4 people who are uninformed about sports and aren’t entertaining, one of which is a woman. Nuff said. Cellini and Dimino do a great job and always have. They have great chemistry. As far as Steak, I could take him or leave him.

Buck is bland and Kincade is an arrogant Philly homer, but from 1-3 its either B&K or the Stews. That means Ipod time.

I have always liked C&C together, but in the afternoons I have found myself tuning in exclusively to Arch and Bell. I find them to be funnier and they play off each other very well.

790 has the clear upper hand in the mornings and with Barnhart and Durham. Nobody wants to listen during the B&K/Stews time slot. The afternoons could probably go either way. John Michaels does a pretty nice job. He could do well if paired with Hans during the Stews time slot once they are gone. 790 just has to find a consistent lineup.

Chuck

April 23rd, 2012
2:16 pm

If you’ve ever seen me wearing a pair of nice shoes, its because I got them at Benny’s shoes ,off the corner of Piedmont and Sidney Marcus.

690TheZanFone.com

April 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

College football is sooo over-rated too..

The only game in a state that has no Pro franchises.

Just put the best athletes on defense, and nibble on offense,

or spread with 4 or wides, or “H-backs”, and tell them to “run like h-ll!”

.and the QBs suffer in The NFL for it..lolol..

That’s why the games last forever both in The Pros and NCAA..lol

Christopher Rude

April 23rd, 2012
2:19 pm

i would put seacrest on at 10 on 680, then put the second half of seacrest on 790 from 11 to 12!
plus, i would make all the sales folks from both stations

Christopher Rude

April 23rd, 2012
2:21 pm

stop posting here and go out and sell something!!

Steak Shapiro blows Donkey Dix

April 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

Steak needs to admit he is terrible and kick himself off the show. Nobody cares where he ate yesterday, which is all sponsor-driven nonsense that is actually counter-productive for said sponsor. If I saw him in a restaurant, I would leave immediately and never return. How is that useful to his sponsors? Steak, just leave town. As Lewis Grizzard used to say – Delta is ready when you are!

Jason

April 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

I still prefer the lineup on 1340 when I feel like listening to sports talk. Dan Patrick and Jim Rome. Can do without the 12 hours of college football. followed by 8 hours of Braves and 4 hours of Falcons I get on 680. 790 is just as bad.

And can someone explain to me why the heck Buck is the host of the Braves pregame show? The guy sounds like he researches the game by…well, never mind….he doesn’t sound like he researches at all.

Love The Stews

April 23rd, 2012
2:23 pm

The Stews will land on their feet. Their following is too big.

690TheZanFone.com

April 23rd, 2012
2:32 pm

The #1 local sports radio show is form the people who started this, “Em…Em….K-ng here…Em….Em..”?

Isn’t that as band as “Arf! Arf! Arf! Woof! Woof!”?…lololol

Do you want to constantly hear about someone’s family weekend? Golf outings? family members?

Why should someone have a show for more than 10 years? That’s good money, free cars, clothes, and cable from advertisers, and multiple trips to the biggest sporting events..10 years tops..Save your money, and perks, and go cover High School Football, or start a blog site..lol. Tell the wife to stop buying $500 purses..lol. 10 years for all of these host and hostess, is a It’s a good run..

ESPN or Fox is going to pull-away from these local stations, and buy a signal up the dial, and own this market.. News, Sportstalk, Interviews… Like an ESPNNews for radio..

It will seem boring at first, but the info won’t be held behind some jokes..People are getting Twitter updates on their smartphones now…quicker than on the radio..Streaming online radio..interviews..