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680/The Fan ends affiliation with ESPN, dropping Colin Cowherd

216px-WCNN_AM_Logo.svg680/The Fan has ended its affiliation with ESPN as of midnight last night and is using Fox Sports syndicated product instead.

This means that Colin Cowherd will no longer be on the station from 10 a.m. to noon. Instead, you will start hearing Dan Patrick.

Starting January, the Fan (also heard on FM 93.7) will use a combination of Fox Sports syndicated talk shows and the upcoming CBS/Cumulus sports syndicate, according to David Dickey, who runs the Fan.

Like Colin Cowherd? You won't be hearing him on 680/The Fan anymore? CREDIT: ESPN

Like Colin Cowherd? You won't be hearing him on 680/The Fan anymore. CREDIT: ESPN

“We now compete with [ESPN], so why not clear our own network in a top 10 market?” Dickey wrote in a text. The Fan had an affiliation with ESPN for 11 years.

Cumulus and Dickey Broadcasting (which owns the Fan) have common owners but are not the same company. Cumulus also owns several other sports stations nationwide where it will be directly competing with ESPN in terms of syndicated sports programming thanks to its alliance with CBS.

To add even more confusion, CBS just started its own sports talk show on FM/92.9 called the Game which competes with the Fan here in Atlanta. So in a sense, Cumulus (if you count the Fan as a sister station) is both working for and against CBS at the same time in Atlanta.

The competitive landscape has shifted since Oct. 24, when the Game arrived. Now we have three sports stations. 790/The Zone, owned by Lincoln Financial (which also runs Star 94), is in the weakest position with no FM option but it’s too early to count them out. The next couple of years in Atlanta sports talk should be fascinating.

Logically, the Zone will likely pick up ESPN programming. I have left a message with station manager Neal Maziar to see if that will be the case.

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84 comments Add your comment

Rick Limpert

November 3rd, 2012
5:14 pm

Should be interesting to see as John Kincade does afternoons on 680, but also does fill in work and a show on Sunday mornings on ESPN Radio

Ken P

November 3rd, 2012
7:04 pm

Cowherd is a blowhard that likes to hear himselfelf pontificate. What I will miss are the weekend shows: John Kincaide Sow, Coach and Coleman Show, etc. Need someone to pick up ESPN again soon! (And just for the record, Dan Patrick is an even bigger blowhard.)

Matt

November 3rd, 2012
7:23 pm

Understand getting rid of Cowturd, but this new Fox programming blows

Jg

November 3rd, 2012
8:07 pm

So long 680. Gave up on the idiotic morning show long ago. The Herd was great but can catch on satellite. Rarely listened to the cliche-filled Buck Bulue and Kincade. Did like chuck & Chernoff. Radio never left 680 nights and weekends but will now. Another reason Atlanta can’t compete in this radio genre with the big boys or even Birmingham.

rickp

November 3rd, 2012
8:22 pm

What is up with Atanta radio and all this shifting? I really enjoy Colin’s radio show, they guy tells it like it is, and that throws off alot of people. People either like his show or hate it. Good thing I got the espn app on my phone, D Patrick is a little more watered down for me. All this moving around has made me love my Ipod and smartphone alot more.

Michael

November 3rd, 2012
9:38 pm

I’m glad Cowturd is gone. Next on the list should be Kincade. They are both blowhards who think that they know it all but don”t have an athletic bone in their bodies.

BlondAlto

November 3rd, 2012
11:00 pm

We’ll miss Colin. Very stunned and disappointed to hear this!!

BarryATL

November 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

I wonder if 790 The Zone will pick up the ESPN affiliation. I think that eventually, they will become a full time syndicated station. It is cheaper to operate that way.

Wayne stuck in AL

November 4th, 2012
12:29 am

Speaking of 680, I was sorry to see Georgia Tech win today just to see if Chock Oliver would put his $ where his mouth was and quit radio if GT lost.

SportsGuy

November 4th, 2012
12:37 am

Can’t wait to hear Dan Patrick on a big boy signal in Atlanta!

Donald

November 4th, 2012
4:03 am

Going from 1st rate to 2nd rate is crazy!! Going to 790am they had Alabama vs LSU last night live!! Need I say more!!!! Stupid change!!!

Donald

November 4th, 2012
4:07 am

Chuck and Chernoff please move back to 790!!!

Donald

November 4th, 2012
4:10 am

I see Conservatism has now moved into ATL sports radio!! Plus keep sports separate :(

Donald

November 4th, 2012
4:13 am

John Kincade on ESPN is a good show even if I didn’t always agree with John he is a great sports guy that I respect especially on the national show!! SAD, SAD, SAD :( (((

Donald

November 4th, 2012
4:17 am

790 you got my listening ear now!!!

Donald

November 4th, 2012
4:19 am

2 Live Stews here I come!!!

Growler

November 4th, 2012
5:01 am

Cowherd can be entertaining and is often wrong (like a sports version of Neil Boortz) but replacing ESPN with FOX Sports? That’s beyond lame. And I don’t get Dickey’s comment.. how is 680 competing with ESPN? Well I only listened to them in the off-hours (and Cowherd) anyway, so buh-bye,

cowboy 67

November 4th, 2012
5:39 am

wait a minute a top ten market Atl does not have a ESPN affiliate what sense does that make? So if u r n your car and what to listen to game nothing this market is so whack!!

CT

November 4th, 2012
9:02 am

I’ve listened to the Fox Sports programming yesterday, and it’s terrible. Not everything on ESPN Radio was great, but it wasn’t all bad. I was a big fan of the weekend shows, along with Freddie Coleman weeknights. I’m disappointed in the change.

Troy

November 4th, 2012
9:28 am

Thank goodness cowterd is gone – his ego is too big for his own head
good shake up / it will take some time but I think the fan will get things right

kevinofconyers

November 4th, 2012
10:01 am

Loyal listener but this is the first move I’m seriously questioning by Dickey

kevinofconyers

November 4th, 2012
10:27 am

ESPN = Garbage

November 4th, 2012
10:53 am

ESPN has become little more than “We Love 0bama Network,” when they can take a few moments away from their own self-promotion.

Now that we have NFL Network and MLB Network, we don’t have to settle on ESPN for sports “coverage” any longer.

Colin Cowherd is a tool. He should be taking our orders on the microphone at McDonald’s.

ESPN = Garbage

November 4th, 2012
10:59 am

How long ago did FOX Sports Radio break away from that carpetbagging clown Steak Shapiro & 790 The Thug?

The Ghost of Talent Past on 92.9

November 4th, 2012
11:33 am

You heard it hear first- ESPN Radio 99.7 where your home of the Bert Show, then Cowherd then Bert on Sports for your afternoon drive home. But don’t let a friend of his come into the market, he won’t like that very much.

Beaver Boy

November 4th, 2012
1:24 pm

Too bad Sandra Golden isn’t affiliated with ESPN and 680 had to drop her too! Only thing good on this station is The King & Matlanta.

Ryan Stewart

November 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

Why didn’t they pick up the 2 Live Stews to do weekends!?!? I’ll tell you why… racism! Man Doug and I would call so many barber shops on Saturday mornings. How entertaining would that be!!! *dawgs barking*

Steak Shapiro

November 4th, 2012
3:09 pm

These johnny come lately shows got nothing on 790. Where else can you hear about what a great lobster bisque I had at Chops last night! Anybody can talk sports but not everyone knows a great seafood risotto with white truffle oil when they taste it cha cha!!

Chuck M

November 4th, 2012
6:04 pm

I am truly disappointed. I loved the way 680 carried the SUN afternoon NBA games and NBA playoffs, MLB playoffs, SUN night NFL, and other major sports events. By the way, moving ESPN Radio to 790 won’t do a shard of good. Its 1000W night signal can pretty much be heard only inside the Perimter. So if you don’t have Sirius/XM, forget ESPN radio.

Robair

November 4th, 2012
6:56 pm

Couldn’t stand Cohwherd, but this new programming sounds terrible (turned on the radio today and heard two guys literally yelling and turned off). The ESPN evening talk shows were not that great, but losing major events might be a huge loss, I will probably start switching to another station then.

Truth

November 4th, 2012
7:13 pm

We need the 2live Stews back on in ATL

The Frito Bandito

November 4th, 2012
7:43 pm

790 sucks. Chris Dimino is a no talent plagiarist hack who repeats everything he says 3 times and kills people behind their backs then gives them a back rub when he interviews them.

Cellini was funny in 1999.

Steak is a moron who shouted a caller down once for saying Georgia should recruit smarter players saying the guy really wanted White players. Only in Steak’s mind does smarter players mean White players.

kevinofconyers

November 4th, 2012
8:10 pm

ESPN is political now?? & you call 790 “thugs”?? Wow… way to turn a discussion on sports radio into a racist rant

32 Double D

November 4th, 2012
8:20 pm

an absolute disastrous mistake of epic proportion. to intentionally sabotage your own radio station like that, ouch! at least now we know that the dickey brothers have total disregard for both their own
employees AND their listeners (or former listeners).

Cold Front

November 4th, 2012
8:20 pm

It’s almost as if Atlanta radio has been saying to me, “get lost you middle aged putz, buy yourself satellite radio.”. So I did and now I’m killing myself for not doing this a long time ago. I loved ESPN radio on the weekends, but now I can get it whenever and wherever.
Good riddance ATL radio!

Brock

November 4th, 2012
8:48 pm

best move they could make. DP show is way better than anything Cowherd can do. Good call 680.

Chris Cotter

November 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

Note to Ryan Stewart. You guys would have to call barber shops because nobody would be calling you. Face it, your 15 minutes are up.

Mookie

November 4th, 2012
11:24 pm

kevinofconyers,

Please keep your racist ignorance in Conyers.

Being a “thug” has to do with one’s content of character, not birth demographic or flesh tone.

Sean Limbaugh

November 5th, 2012
12:31 am

I bet 790 drops Yahoo for ESPN. Thing about it though is I wonder if ESPN would be OK with having no actual presence Monday-Friday from 6AM-8PM. 790 has live and local shows during that time so that would only leave ESPN radio for the hours that nobody outside the perimeter can even hear the station. That’s not much of a presence for ESPN in a top 10 market.

David G

November 5th, 2012
1:50 am

Now that 92.9 “The Game” is on the air I don’t miss the AM national sports channels at all. They have local programming 24 hours a day with a solid lineup.

jd

November 5th, 2012
7:01 am

680 is far superior to the other sports stations…but I do like Nick and Chris and would love them to take the 10 -12 time slot.I do turn off 680 when they go syndicated, I only want local and I think most listeners feel that way.

kevinofconyers

November 5th, 2012
8:05 am

I agree- 680 is head and shoulders above the rest. It just comes off more as a well-executed product than just ‘winging it talking sports’. I’m one of their ‘loyal listeners’ who is listening on the way in to work in the morning, streaming at the desk, and listening on the ride home.

The only time I really listen to 790 is for the Yellow Jacket games or during the Mark Richt press conferences. I still have to think that losing the ESPN affiliation will be dent, though. I just think that the new FM station can make a legit mark if they somehow got ESPN. Their line up is a little weak right now as far as on air personalities, but nobody thinks these are their long term casts anyway.

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November 5th, 2012
10:03 am

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Jeremy

November 5th, 2012
10:11 am

Will the national CBS show take over for the DP show when they begin? Is the DP show temporary?

Mavajo

November 5th, 2012
10:22 am

Cowherd was the best show on 680. I’m done with 680. Idiots. It’s bad enough that they try to foist The Rude Awakening on us — god what a terrible show. Sandra Golden is awful, Perry is an idiot and Rude is just a nothing.

The only reason to listen to 680 were Colin and Chuck & Chernoff. With Colin gone, I am too. Screw you 680.

Don J

November 5th, 2012
10:27 am

I am disappointed with this change. Noticed nothing was said about the change prior to the actual change, this was done on purpose. ESPN programming is not the best but it is better than the Fox Sports personalities. I was listening to a guy on Saturday go on and on about how the SEC is NOT the best conference in football. How it is boring football ect… It is like reality TV on the radio with made up drama. Switching to streaming of the ESPN site for my shows and will find an alternative on the weekends. Would also like to listen to 790 but don’t even get that after the sun sets and I am ITP. Perhaps resubscribe to XM to get ESPN. Time to say goodbye to 680

ChipperisGod

November 5th, 2012
10:37 am

I’m going to miss Colin, turned on the radio and I heard Dan Patrick. I like Dan Patrick, don’t get me wrong. But, Colin is my favorite radio personality and has a great show. Too bad. Not going to stop listening to 680, but it’s still unsettling as I listen to a lot sports talk radio.

Colin is a great American

November 5th, 2012
10:40 am

Colin Cowherd is hilarious, opinionated, and unique. You don’t have to agree with him to be entertained by him. The point is that he put a strong opinion out there, he backed it up most of the time with a healthy sense of humor, and he didn’t simply read the newspaper on the air like those lazy 790 morning show guys.

I like Dan Patrick too, but I will certainly miss Colin Cowherd. If nothing else, he was very different than anybody else on the air.

fred

November 5th, 2012
10:45 am

I liked the Herd. Listened to Patrick this morning and turned it off. terrible. boring. will change stations to whoever picks up Colin. I like Chuck & Chernoff, tho and will still listen to them in the pm. Unless 680 screws it up again.

Sam

November 5th, 2012
10:52 am

Another reason I pay $12.95 a month to listen to satellite radio.