The excitement is building towards the big SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome Saturday and the local sports talk stations are jockeying to position themselves as the place to go to talk Dawgs.
“I’ve been doing sports radio since 1995 and this is by far the biggest week ever,” said John Kincade, early afternoon host on 680/The Fan who also does work for ESPN Radio. “It’s been 30 years since Georgia ever went into a game knowing if they win two games, they have a national championship. It’s three decades in the making.”
Better yet, his co-host Buck Belue is living history as the quarterback of the last Bulldogs football team to win the national championship in 1980. “It’s stirring up some great memories,” Belue said.
Kincade marvels over how gracious and humble Belue is about his role, always saying it was the whole team’s credit. “I admire how low key he is,” he said. “If I had a national championship ring, I’d make a grill out of it!”
Here’s a quick summary of how each station is handling the big game:
- The long-time home of the Bulldogs is AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB. The station will begin coverage at noon for four hours of pre-game coverage, followed by the game at 4 p.m. There will be three more hours of coverage after the game is over. Condace Pressley, assistant program director, said Clark Howard is hosting his “Clark’s Christmas Kids” promotion to give Christmas presents to foster kids airs Saturday morning before game-day coverage. On Sunday, if the Bulldogs win, Tony Schiavone will host a two-hour show from 10 a.m. to noon.
- The newcomers at 92.9/The Game, which debuted on Oct. 24, are trying to cater to both Georgia and Alabama fans. “We’re in Athens. We’re in Tuscaloosa. We’re all over the place,” said new program director Terry Foxx. “We’re excited to cover both sides.” Kordell Stewart, Carl Dukes and Rachel Baribeau will host their afternoon show today from the SEC Fan Fest at the Georgia World Congress Center. The Game will air its weekly college football show from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, led by Mac McDonald. If Georgia wins, they are planning to host a big Georgia pep rally. “I would love to see Mark Richt get a national championship,” said Jamie Dukes, mid-day host and former Falcon. “Just getting this would be fantastic in my mind.”
- 790/The Zone has an affiliation with CBS-TV, which will be airing the game. On Saturday morning, the station will be airing live from Centennial Olympic Park. From 1 to 4 p.m., the station will be at SEC Fan Fest. Steak Shapiro, Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini, the regular morning show, will be doing a pre-show on CBS TV. On radio, Shapiro and Cellini will host a local pre-game before the national pre-game at 3 p.m. Dimino will work from the Dome. D.J. Shockley, a former Dogs quarterback, will be on the mid-day show today from noon to 2 p.m. Among the Saturday participants will be Herschel Walker, a Georgia Heisman Trophy winner; former Georgia wide receiver Hines Ward; and John Parker Wilson, a former Alabama quarterback.
-680/The Fan (also at 93.7 FM) will also carry the game as the official sports talk station of the Bulldogs. On Thursday night, they held a pep rally at Twin Peaks in Buckhead with plenty of Georgia football alum. Like the other stations, they will be at SEC Fan Fest, but willl also host a private event for VIPs at Centennial Olympic Park sponsored by Budweiser. On Saturday, Belue will host a college football show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by more coverage from the Fan Fest from 1 to 3 p.m. with “Hometeam” Brandon Leak and Carlos Medina. Radio network IMG will do pre-game 3 to 5 p.m. as well as handle post-game coverage.
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