680/The Fan last week hired Chris Dimino to bolster its already strong sports talk lineup, according to multiple sources – but you won’t be able to hear him on air for six months.
Why? Dimino was ingloriously fired by rival 790/The Zone more than two months ago after a radio bit had gone badly awry. He was released from his contract with cause but the nine-month non-compete clause remained in effect, keeping him off Atlanta radio until March, 2014.
I heard he was at the Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith’s press conference today asking questions in the capacity of a credentialed journalist.
Clearly, the Fan wanted him so much, management picked him to work several months off air producing, reporting, booking guests and sales.
David Dickey, who runs the Fan, didn’t deny that Dimino had been hired. In a text, he merely wrote, “Who says he works for me?”