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Dave FM flipped to sports talk 92.9/The Game at 2 p.m. Oct. 24

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At 1:57 p.m. Oct. 24, the final song for Dave FM was Big Star’s “Thank You Friends.”

Thank you, friends
Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you
I’m so grateful for all the things you helped me do

Apropos and sweet.

Margot Smith, Dave’s music director for its entire eight-year lifespan, will remain on sports talk 92.9/The Game as a producer. So she put the music mix together to the very end. In her mind, the final day of live jocks on Sept. 29 was really the last day with Butch Walker’s “ATL” the final song. She didn’t do anything special for the final hours today of the playlist though you could (over) read into some of the song titles she chose: “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty. “With or Without You” by U2, “Dance Away” by Roxy Music, “Is There a Ghost” by Band of Horses, “Save Me” by Aimee Mann, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Avett Brothers “Live and Die.”

CBS Radio chose to kill off Dave in a most unusual way. Almost all radio station formats die like a mob hit. Unforeseen, (often) no warning, no goodbye, buried as if they never existed. CBS announced Dave’s departure in late July and gave it three long months for the station to die. It was like the station was given three months to live, which gave the staff time to say goodbye, up to the final live jock day on 9/29 (picked on purpose). For the past month, the station has been on life support, just music and ads, no jocks. Overall, it was a classy, satisfying departure, however sad. This was the type of funeral every station wishes it could get.

Dave was named as such to be your friend. And though too many of Dave’s buddies (as in, listeners) went away, causing his demise, he was a good friend while he lasted. Thanks for the memories.

Options for adult rock fans on the FM dial in Atlanta are pretty thin. A few of the groups heard on 92.9 are heard elsewhere but not in the mix that Dave had it and many groups will more or less disappear from the airwaves including Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. Even if adult rock (or adult alternative as it’s called in radio land) comes back to Atlanta, it may do so on an HD2 station in stripped down form or on a weak translator signal that doesn’t reach very far. Besides your own music collection, if you have access to your smartphone music and can hook it into your car stereo system, you could access plenty of adult rock stations around the country. Or if you have Sirius/XM, the closest equivalent is the Spectrum.

So we must move forward. 92.9 lives on now as a sports talk station.

After a rather sentimental launch speech about how we became sports fans, 92.9/The Game began at 2 p.m. “It’s more than a sports station. It’s sports entertainment in the same passion you have for the game is in each and every one of us as well. Are you ready, Atlanta? Are you ready for the Game? Sports radio 92.9/The Game.”

The first voice up was Carl Dukes, last heard in Houston. He introduced his team, former Pittsburgh Steeler Kordell Stewart and Rachel Baribeau.

Dukes is the lead guy and he helped shepherd in a bunch of the other staff members. Weekend folks such as Ryan Klesko, Sam Mitchell, Chuck Smith (who was on V-103 at one point many years ago), Dennis Scott and Bob Neal. He brought in the morning show, which is Rick Kamla, Randy Cross and C.J. Simpson.

The emphasis is how the talk station won’t just be about sports but also about life and entertainment. I’m sure, though, that in reality, they will still stick heavily with sports.

First big name guest was the Hawks’ forward Josh Smith at 3:40 p.m.

Details of the new lineup here.

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99 comments Add your comment

Rickster

October 24th, 2012
2:08 pm

Sad to see it go.

Steak Shapiro

October 24th, 2012
2:09 pm

I’m with you — cha cha

Bailey

October 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

10 minutes in and it’s hunting talk with Ryan Klesko?

kjlkjlkj

October 24th, 2012
2:21 pm

Yeah, I like sports talk but so far this is a snoozefest, but it will take them a while to gel and get it together. Guess time will tell…

G

October 24th, 2012
2:24 pm

Oh boy…….Chuck Smith is back (>!<). However……….3D has found a new home!!!!

CF

October 24th, 2012
2:30 pm

BRING BACK 2 LIVE STEWS

Jimmyz

October 24th, 2012
2:43 pm

I turned it on, and the sports report guy sounded like a jock version of Les Nessman, so I bailed rather quickly. Already re-programmed that button-for a satellite station.

ATL Radio Insider

October 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

Blake

October 24th, 2012
2:54 pm

College radio at best! ZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZ. What do Honey Boo Boo and this station have in common? 15 minutes.

emz

October 24th, 2012
3:00 pm

I will miss it.

Rickster

October 24th, 2012
3:01 pm

I’ve got… like 24 FM presets available to me on my radio. I only use about 9.

Now that Rush is on WSB 95.5 FM… I don’t use any of my AM presets.

Smokin_SS

October 24th, 2012
3:03 pm

Stews still under contract to LFM – it wil be awhile before they surface in the ATL or anywhere for that matter. Contracts can be a beeach but they are getting paid.

Wayne stuck in AL

October 24th, 2012
3:05 pm

Under NO circumstances will I ever listen to Chuck Smith…He’s what killed AM790 a few years back when Shapiro got the bright idea to break up Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff just to get a jock’s perspective during football season…After football season, Smith brings NOTHING to the table, just like David Pollack.

Glenn

October 24th, 2012
3:21 pm

Good grief . The next notch up on the radio , 93.7 , is sports talk . This really is awful . Could Atlanta radio get any worse ? One can only hope some other station will fill the Dave FM void . They had the best playlist of all the commercial radio stations .

brian j

October 24th, 2012
3:21 pm

I hate it, like a friend dying. So long to great music in Atlanta.

mj

October 24th, 2012
3:46 pm

“Options for adult rock fans on the FM dial in Atlanta are pretty thin.” This is so true. Atlanta Radio sucks out loud.

Rickster

October 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

They should have ended with the Cheech & Chong skit…

(knock knock knock)

Chong: “Who is it?”
Cheech: “It’s me… Dave.”

Chong: “Dave? Dave’s not here.”

A

October 24th, 2012
4:10 pm

No thanks. I miss Dave and will keep hunting for a replacement.

wabbitslayer

October 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

First 96rock turned into project 96.1 and now whatever it is now.
Z-93 (ok, yeah, it was top40 once) turned into Dave-FM and now into what it is not.

Not sure whether I should feel sad that I was one of the many who abandoned the FM dial for satellite and this is the result, or glad that I had the foresight to see how it would turn out anyway.

kevin gill

October 24th, 2012
4:55 pm

Mitch Evans SHOULD NOT be the 2-6 AM guy – he’s way too good for that slot. Although, he does have the energy and know how to carry a show by himself – he’s a real pro. They will realize where he really needs to be soon enough.

DiOBri

October 24th, 2012
4:56 pm

So sad to see Dave go… my favorite station ever. :-(

Omar Little

October 24th, 2012
4:59 pm

Too bad, I loved Dave FM, and “Acoustic Sunrise” on Sundays.

Can’t wait to buy a new car so I can finally get XM Sirius.

Falcons & Hawks Season Ticket Holder

October 24th, 2012
5:07 pm

THE GAME 92.9 FM:

Affirmative-Action Radio for Easily-Amused Simpletons

(No, that AIN’T a compliment.)

Falcons & Hawks Season Ticket Holder

October 24th, 2012
5:09 pm

Randy Cross is a scholar, a gentleman & a true on-air talent.

He deserves much, much better than this [Feces] Bomb of a radio lineup and format, as do the good citizens of Atlanta.

Heck! Even the bad citizens of Atlanta, like Steak Shapiro and Cynthia McKinney, deserve better than this station.

Mike

October 24th, 2012
5:17 pm

Essentially, new music in Atlanta is gone. Sirius/XM is one alternative, though it sounds AWFUL. In addition to The Spectrum, try The Loft. Great station! I’ve found many new groups to listen to on that station. Pandora is another option. Make up your own stations! You will hear new music there as well…..But not on ATL FM. It’s dead.

Michael

October 24th, 2012
5:18 pm

@Rodney Ho. Are the 2 Live Stews still on the Radio?

Smokin_SS

October 24th, 2012
5:21 pm

Michael no Stews for you. maybe on a golf course near you!! that they can do cause no commercials/promos that they have to read.

JDawg

October 24th, 2012
5:25 pm

Dave FM was far from perfect, but it was best in the city and will be missed. At least it was allowed to depart with some grace.

Now that the ATL FM dial is overly saturated with sports talk and pop, hopefully all the competition will cause some of these stations to fail and potentially bring in a new station that plays something close to quality music, of which there current is none on commercial FM radio here.

Robert Ramsey

October 24th, 2012
5:42 pm

And that’s probably the ONLY time they played a Big Star song… Good Riddance.

Andy

October 24th, 2012
5:45 pm

I listened to a bit and it’s awful, boring, and not very compelling. Not to be mean, but it sounds like two black ex-jocks droning on about sports. And Rachel Baribeau has the most annoying voice I’ve ever heard. I won’t be back to the Game.

Lamar

October 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

Already taking jabs at the other sports stations. Atlanta’s only 24 hour sports station. Let’s see how long that lasts. There is a reason 680 and 790 switch over after 7. That being said, I hope the morning show covers other sports and actually talks sports not what upscale restaurant they ate at last night or how they were hanging with the boys in Vegas a few weeks ago.

Jeff

October 24th, 2012
6:13 pm

On first listen I was not impressed; a big yawn.

Scott

October 24th, 2012
6:18 pm

92.9 was the one local station I had programmed that was not XM / Sirius.. Looks like I need to find another option. Sad to see it go….

The Radio Dude

October 24th, 2012
6:27 pm

Only turned because I was on AJC.com and saw this blog.

-The update guy is God awful

-The woman in the afternoon is absolutely clueless

-Kordell Stewart sounds like he suffered concussions

People who make money and spend money are in bed or at home after 8 PM. Why would you need 24 hours of live sports? Heck, ESPN shows reruns late at night. Sounds like a waste of a lot of money.

Wayne stuck in AL

October 24th, 2012
8:07 pm

If you’re interested in getting your sports from (or about) BAPS and “balluhs”, this is the station for you; otherwise…

SAD.

Pro-Lifer

October 24th, 2012
8:41 pm

I am as big a sports fan as there is.

However, if this 92.9 THE GAME were an unborn fetus, I would change my stance on abortion.

Frankly, after what I heard from it on the drive home this evening, I would even take a wire coat hanger to it.

Michael Vick was kinder to his dogs than this station’s content was to my mind and ears.

Joe From Evanston

October 24th, 2012
8:59 pm

So far, the only show worth listening to is the Mac and Jason show.

Mary Hansen

October 24th, 2012
9:14 pm

Well – that’s it – there’s no decent radio left in Atlanta. Hope you’re proud of yourselves, you format-noodling whoever-you-ares. I don’t think you’ll be working too much longer. Not in this medium, anyway.

Diane

October 24th, 2012
9:39 pm

A very dark, dark, dark day for me and so many others! Yet another stupid sports station – my husband is THRILLED…I want to puke.

danish

October 24th, 2012
10:12 pm

I’ve been listening to Dave even more than usual the past few months. The music they’ve played the past couple of weeks has been fantastic, so its even harder to say goodbye. I didn’t realize The Game would start at 2 and when I flipped the radio on at 2:20 I was soooooooooo sad I didnt get to hear the last few songs. Wahhh. Bye Dave FM, I will miss you greatly.

Sports Radio Fan

October 24th, 2012
10:18 pm

Stews! Stews! Stews!

The 2 live stews need to be a part of this station.

JC

October 24th, 2012
10:21 pm

RIP Dave FM. The last great rock station in Atlanta is no more. I hope both CBS Radio for 92.9 and Clear Channel for 96.1 lose millions of dollars on their format changes.

Beau Bock

October 24th, 2012
10:55 pm

None of their hosts could carry my jock!

tc

October 24th, 2012
11:12 pm

In order to listen to this station I need to go get a testosterone shot.

Abigail

October 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

R.I.P. Dave. You will be missed.

an old fogie

October 25th, 2012
12:15 am

Although I wasn’t “up” on DAVE-FM when it first started, I still returned often, having listened to the previous incarnations. Mix of old and new; yes, some of us old folks do like to hear the new stuff, and make our own opinion. As far as going to all-sports, why not do it in Spanish…maybe they’d get a bigger audience (oh, sorry, maybe I’m being racist there).

first listen

October 25th, 2012
7:08 am

at 7:00 A.M. Thursday, the 25th, sounded like a Bert show wanna be…turned it off after about 10 minutes…don’t worry 680, no threat!

david

October 25th, 2012
8:02 am

One affect with the new radio station is the 790 the Zone lost their channel 46 TV show on the weekends. They have been replaced by the 92.9 staff. The station will take a year to get settled but CBS is putting a lot money into all the sports station nationwide. I have listened to the station in Tampa and they are going hire professional radio hosts not their friends or their roommates that cut their rent after their wives filed for divorce. The station owners are not going to their parents to start a station or to bail them out of their debt. I also don’t expect them to recycle old talent either. Which means the Steward brothers are not joining the station. Plus, it did not help when Ryan sued the NFL for head injuries. ESPN fired both brothers after that happened.
The bottom line is the local sports radio hosts are boring and have run out of material. It’s time to get new blood on the radio waves.

GT Fan

October 25th, 2012
9:02 am

The morning show sounds horrible. How do you basically have a caller at 7:56 ramble on for about 5 minutes like it is his show. Justifing why the city is a bad sports town. Not to mention they never answered 1 of the 3 questions that he had. Went to break came back bearly answered one then went to break again 3 minutes later. No show to this point has been good on the ears. The shows don’t seem planned at all. Like its college radio, all stream of thought. The station has a whole seems to lack show structure. Every show has spent way too much time since they launched either begging for listeners or trying to sell you on who they are and their credentials.

jm tuffley

October 25th, 2012
9:18 am

No love for Album 88 or WREK? I would imagine folk who don’t want to invest in sattelite radio or iPoding would head there. It’ll be interesting to see if either gets a slight bump in the coming weeks now with Dave completely gone.

I wonder if anyone is going to pick up the Little Steven Show? There is the Underground Garage XM channel, but I know the syndicated show is still ongoing.

I do think, however, that 99x may return from the dead yet again in a less aggressive leaning format. Possibly even closer to its early, almost freeform format- now that it would not have to include the Disturbed, Seether, or Nickelback types in its playlist.

BTW, currently occationally listening to BBC 6 Music- which always felt like where Dave was trying to go.