Management at 92.9 is working their virtual Rolodex and fishing around Atlanta and elsewhere for qualified talk-show hosts for the new station set to debut in late September or early October. A good source of mine threw out some names of people who have been on the Zone and/or the Fan and might be available at the right price:
He was one of the first big names in sports talk in Atlanta and now occasionally chimes in on the Zone. He even had a minority ownership of 790 at one point.
I asked Cannon for his background via Facebook and here’s what he wrote: “I did the morning show on 680 The Fan when it first went on & went to afternoons with Beau Bock for a while before we were put back in the morning slot. Also did mornings and afternoons on 790 The Zone. I talk sports but my main thing is to entertain and drive the numbers above what a station gets with only diehard sports fans. I’m good at doing the comedy thing both live and pre-recorded. I realize sports radio isn’t about credibility. It’s audience building just like any format. Put in 10 years total doing sports radio in Atlanta.” (He’s now programming a classic rock station and doing afternoons on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and is open to going back since he has a daughter who lives here.)
Jeff Van Note
A former Atlanta Falcon, Van Note served as color commentator on the Atlanta Falcons and University of Kentucky football broadcasts through the 1990s and was a sports talk host. Van Note has served as color commentator for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 2004 to the present.
He now works for ESPN News. Before then, he was with Fox Business Network and host sports programs for CNN and Fox Sports South. He has also served as an anchor and host for SportsNet New York. Cotter has also been a guest host for Sports Extra and the Atlanta Falcons pre-game show on WXIA-TV. He worked at the Zone as a host for several years until 2005.
The Falcons all-time sacks leader, the former NFL player was a mid-day host from 2005 to 2007 with the Zone. To many Zone listeners at the time, the show never quite gelled with Smith and Matt Chernoff (now with Chuck Oliver on 680/The Fan.)
An update guy that was given a co-hosting job with Arnie Spanier and Martina O’Boyle on 680/The Fan a decade ago. He has done occasional fill-in update work at the Fan but I’m told he is more comfortable talking politics than sports.
Former producer for Chuck and Chernoff, he was fired for hurting Delta’s feelings. He’s now assistant program director and a show host at 1010XL in Jacksonville.
“Home Team” Brandon Leak
Update guy and Hawks expert at the Fan, he was given co-host duties for the Afternoon Saloon with Mike Bell and Chuck Oliver in early 2008. But he didn’t last long and show was replaced by David Pollack later that year.
Brandon Adams – Jeff Woolverton
Adams and Woolverton began doing weekends in 2004 until being given the mid-day slot on the Zone in early 2008. It lasted until July 2010 when Adams quit and Woolvy (as he is nicknamed) was phased out. Adams is doing very well in residential real estate while Woolvy is producing for CBS 46.
Retired from the NFL in April 2008, the Zone hired him that football season. He worked with Mike Bell until last summer. Kirk Herbstreit at ESPN decided Pollack was the next big thing and Pollack’s career has taken off so it’s unlikely he’d want to come back to radio.
He co-hosted “Border Wars” on the Zone with Chernoff from April 2001 until March 2002. One of the top recruiting experts in the country, he is well regarded. He lives in Tampa with his wife and daughter.
Occasional host and regularly featured football expert on the Fan for several yeras, he was accused of being part of a Ponzi scheme last summer. He was served as the head football coach at Marshall University (1990–1995) and the University of Georgia (1996–2000).
He was on Crunch Time on the Zone back in the late 1990s. He worked with Matt Stewart (now at CSS) and Mitch Evans, now at 92.9. He flipped to the Fan and did mornings there for a couple of years. He is now a big timer at NFL Network.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk