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92.9/The Game unveils opening lineup, launch date of Oct. 24

929 sport logoThe new sports talk station 92.9/The Game unveiled its opening daytime lineup today with a launch date of Wednesday, October 24.

I’m at an Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame dinner so I’m going to keep this brief now and flesh it out later, either here or on another blog entry. I spoke briefly with David Dickey, who runs rival 680/The Fan and he noticed that this is clearly targeting a diverse audience, which makes sense since CBS Radio in Atlanta also owns V-103 and WAOK-AM. There could be great cross-promotional and cross-advertising opportunities. And guest stars who show up on V-103 could pop right over to 92.9/The Game. “It’s a long and expensive journey,” Dickey said. “I wish them luck.”

Other observations: The backgrounds of these personalities are very NBA/NFL focused. And this is unlikely going to be the lineup in a year’s time. The 2 Live Stews, who were taken off the air on 790/The Zone on Sept. 12, won’t be available due to non-compete clauses for a few months.

6 a.m. to 10 a.m.: 

- NBA-TV host Rick Kamla since 2003.

Randy Cross

Randy Cross

- Three-time Super Bowl champion and CBS Sports analyst Randy Cross, who prevaricated last week by telling me he had no plans to join the station.

C.J. Simpson, who does in arena work for the Atlanta Hawks. CREDIT: NBA

C.J. Simpson, who does in arena work for the Atlanta Hawks. CREDIT: NBA

- C.J. Simpson. She broke into the business with Hot 107.9 and Ryan Cameron, then co-hosted her own morning show with Murph Dawg on 95.5/The Beat until 2010. She stayed with Murph Dawg until recently as a morning host in a couple of smaller Cox markets.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

JamieDukes1

Jamie Dukes

- Jamie Dukes. The former NFL offensive linesman worked for 680/The Fan for awhile with Christopher Rude. He went to the NFL Network in 2006 and has been doing regular football commentary in different venues ever since. I had heard his name floating about the past couple of weeks, too.

Jerome Jurenovich

Jerome Jurenovich

- Jerome Jurenovich. He does pre and post-game shows for the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves for Fox Sports South.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Carl dukes

Carl Dukes

- Carl Dukes. He recently left a sports station in Houston where he was a talk host. His name was in the ether as well before this announcement.

kordell

Kordell Stewart

- Kordell Stewart. He’s a former Pittsburgh Steeler, who happens to be the husband of a new “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Porsha Stewart.

Rachael Baribeau

Rachael Baribeau

- Rachael Baribeau. What I can figure out on line is she was doing sports on a station in Birimingham.

Terry Foxx, the new program director who has worked at ESPN and was last working at a sports station in Pittsburgh, said the evening hosts have not been finalized but should be soon. I hear Mitch Evans, who was hired while the station was still Dave, will be doing an overnight shift.

6 to 10 p.m.

UPDATED: Jason Goff from Chicago’s 670/The Score will be part of the evening team with some dude named Mac.

Among others who will contribute to the station:
- Dennis Scott of NBA TV and a former NBA player
- Bob Neal, who contributes to CSS
- Brian Jordan, former Brave and Braves analyst for Fox Sports South
- Sam Mitchell, a former NBA player and coach.

- Chuck Smith, formerly of V-103 and the Falcons

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137 comments Add your comment

immessedup17

October 11th, 2012
5:28 pm

I wonder if Jason Goff got a 9.8% raise? If not, it was just a lateral move, and he is not on the #fasttrack.

Will

October 11th, 2012
5:30 pm

Didnt mention Jason Goff who is the man from chicago’s 670 the score. Apparently hell be hosting an evening show.

StingerSplash

October 11th, 2012
5:33 pm

Wake me when it’s over. Which should be soon.

Laurence Holmes

October 11th, 2012
5:36 pm

Hey Will, you i.diot, over half of the comments in this section mention Jason Goff. Quit acting like you’re the first to mention this. Are you related to SHARK? I’m hating on you next Wednesday, but after I talk about how I almost got into a fight with Mike Murphy.

Steven Berger

October 11th, 2012
5:40 pm

This is some B.S.

Dr. Falken

October 11th, 2012
5:47 pm

I’d be willing to bet that the 2 Live Stews will end up getting a spot in the 92.9 lineup once their non-competes expire.

Manny

October 11th, 2012
5:50 pm

2 Live Stews is on a non-compete, so they can’t join any lineup until that’s over. But the 2 Live Stews will definitely be on this station.

Thrash

October 11th, 2012
5:53 pm

I give it 9 months… same as a stillborn.

Ptc dawg

October 11th, 2012
5:56 pm

Good luck with the nba talk.

North Lake Tahoe has better music on the radio than Atl. Sad.

John B

October 11th, 2012
6:14 pm

Just what Atlanta needs, take a good music station and convert it to mindless talk about overpaid jocks who will consumer valuable spectrum that could be better used for almost anything else!

ATL BOI

October 11th, 2012
6:18 pm

CJ likes the brotha’s, ask the Falcons, Hawks and Evander Kane.

Kordell was bad on Tv

I noticed there was no quote form 790 the Zone, the must be getting ready to turn the lights out.

Carl Dukes just got fired in Houstoon

Jamie Dukes has been fired from 790, 680 and NFL Network

ATL BOI

October 11th, 2012
6:26 pm

You don’t have to be an athlete to see CJ nude either … She posed Nude in Playboy back in 2005… wonder what she did to get this job.

Beardown

October 11th, 2012
6:26 pm

How long until Randy Cross tries to get Goff fired? I say 4 weeks.

[...] Foxx said. He has hired a mind-boggling 37 on-air staff members in different capacities. He announced the opening daytime lineup yesterday. While there is no Deion Sanders-level name on the list, it’s packed with former athletes and [...]

Chris in Scottsdale

October 11th, 2012
6:50 pm

You’re going to enjoy Jason Goff, Atlanta. He’s an amazing host.

SAWB

October 11th, 2012
7:10 pm

“You’re going to enjoy Jason Goff, Atlanta. He’s an amazing host.”

I don’t know we sort of had our fill of another guy named Goff a few years back just ask UGA fans.

Enough Said

October 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

I cannot understand all the hate for 92.9 and the Stews. You people have 680, 790 and 1340AM to cater to you. Why are you always trying to control black people? Why are you always assuming blacks need you to survive? The Stews are gone, just be happy if that’s what makes you sleep better. Why listen to a station that makes you unhappy? Just let it go, move on and breathe.

Atlanta Native

October 12th, 2012
6:51 am

what has happen to college football in Atlanta? re: Chris. This station will not make it 6 months. Done…the only reason 680 is still alive is because of Chuck! Maybe 790 will regroup and come back strong, still love listening to Wes & Tony on Thursdays:)

Carz

October 12th, 2012
6:53 am

Even the people who hired the Stews don’t like them. Their listeners are there because they are black too. They are just not good, or smart in any way. Ryan is proof that Tech athletes don’t have any tougher academic road than the average school. He has no vocabulary and obviously didn’t attend the same classes as the tech grads we all know. Should of hired big play Ray if you just want black. I like his opinions on sports.

Sage of Bluesland

October 12th, 2012
7:37 am

I’ll give the new station a try–but I’m not overwhelmed with the lineup on first glance. I think Dukes has a chance to win his timeslot, going up against such weak competition as Hans Arrogant-Boring and even more boring Mike Eyebrows and the insufferably incompetent duo of Buck and Kincade.

We’ll see. More competition is a good thing–and a way to curb the arrogance currently displayed by the two existing stations….who both seem to forget why they exist (i.e., listeners; their opinions; etc.)

NIU

October 12th, 2012
9:51 am

You guys should be pumped your getting Jason Goff….real disappointment seeing him leave Chicago. He is the goods. Take care of him for us.

Speeps

October 12th, 2012
10:57 am

I think Goff will do well down low in Atlanta

#TeamButtSex

This station sucks already and hasn't even hit the airwaves

October 12th, 2012
12:26 pm

Who is this blonde becky named CJ Simpson? Anyone have the dirty on her?

Brian

October 12th, 2012
12:41 pm

Seriously – Ya’ll are going to love Jason Goff. He is going to be missed big time. Such a talented voice and sports mind. Take a listen to his goodbye as a producer on the B&B show in Chicago:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/10/12/listen-bb-say-goodbye-to-jason-goff/

Jorge Garcia

October 12th, 2012
2:05 pm

Not sure what the other guys have to offer… but Jason Goff is The Truth!!!! I cant believe he’s leaving Chicago… Atlanta is lucky to have him… You guys better podcast his show at least… #GoffNation in full affect… Good luck my man

Jorge Garcia

October 12th, 2012
2:08 pm

and yes i meant affect dammit

FreeDumb

October 12th, 2012
3:08 pm

Goff sucks and will fail. #Truth

Deep

October 12th, 2012
4:41 pm

Coming fresh out of Chicago Goff is the hidden gem in this line up. He’s fresh funny knowledgable and damn good at what he does

Jason Goff's Natural Eyeliner

October 12th, 2012
6:04 pm

I bet Jason Ellsworth Goff hopes that all the hot dudes down in the durty durty like his particular style of racially charged mumbo jumbo.

Enough Said

October 12th, 2012
8:59 pm

@Carz,

Black people liked the Stews because they had common sense and they brought a sensible point of view to this medium. Do you really want to measure or calculate the intelligence of the remaining sports talkers on the radio? Really? Most of the white sports talkers espouse stupid theories and beliefs like Chipper being the best Atlanta athlete ever. Additionally, diversity is good for the Atlanta radio market.

Jon

October 12th, 2012
9:02 pm

I’m a big fan 670 the score and I can tell you that Jason Goff is fantastic. Give this guy a shot,
he’s really good.

@eidsonb

October 13th, 2012
6:43 am

Yawwwwwwn…taking this off the presets

Blue Flame

October 13th, 2012
12:37 pm

I was looking forward to an FM sports station with a strong signal, unlike 93.7, that I can pick up at work, where AM is not an option. After seeing this lineup, my enthusiasm has waned considerably.

I assume I am not a demographic of one. I would like to hear people who are actually fans of the local teams, not transplants who pretend to like Atlanta teams. And leave the ad nauseum college football talk to Belue and Oliver, who gush like schoolgirls over teenage boys.

This lineup looks like it could include too much chitchat and too much NBA. NFL, MLB, some NBA (mostly Hawks), some NCAA for the diehards, and a mix of everything else. None of the arrogant attitudes of those who look down on other sports (NHL for example).

If you try to please sports fans AND the View fans, you will lose. Mitch Evans is a good choice, BTW.

Scott

October 14th, 2012
1:18 pm

I know one thing…ATL is super lucky to be snagging Jason Goff. The dude is the real deal. My bet is he ends up being promoted to their afternoon show within the year. Many in Chicago will be listening to him via online stream.

Rodney Ho

October 15th, 2012
12:26 am

Why are we getting so many comments about Jason Goff?

Mitch Rosen

October 15th, 2012
8:10 am

Probably because Chicago knows what it is talking about when it comes to sports radio. You should heed the comments and ring Goff up for an intake Q&A.

ODBAlpha

October 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

Glad to see the NBA/NFL focus. Those of us who are “transplants” are probably more devoted to pro sports. Anything is better than hearing the natives drone on about the minutia of SEC football recruiting 12 months a year.