There’s yet another shakeup in the works at 95.7 The GAME, the flagship station of the Oakland A’s and Raiders, as first reported by Bayareasportsguy.com.
BASG provides the specifics of the lineup switch, via an email from Tony Cafarelli, a promotions director at Entercom, the parent company of The GAME:
“San Francisco, CA — 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, today announced a series of moves to its weekday lineup. Starting on Monday, March 31, KNBR veteran Damon Bruce will anchor The GAME’s afternoon drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Afternoon anchors Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend will shift to mornings as part of this move.”
To summarize, the changes are reportedly due to take effect on March, 31. Damon Bruce, currently a host on rival station KNBR will take over the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot, while current drive-time hosts Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend slide into the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. morning opening.
That, of course, would leave “Rise Guy” hosts Whitey Gleason, Mark Kreidler and Dan Dibley on the outside looking in.
Dibley confirmed the news with his typical sense of humor, via his Twitter account:
— Dan Dibley (@dandibley) March 11, 2014
Kreidler also chimed in on the trio’s departure:
— Mark Kreidler (@MarkKreidler) March 12, 2014
Dropping Gleason, Kreidler and Dibley from the lineup appears a puzzling move, as their show was among the most popular on the station. Invariably, questions as to whether this is a cost-cutting move will be raised.
Bruce weighed in on his new gig at The GAME, via Cafarelli’s email:
“I’m truly excited to join 95.7 The GAME and Entercom Communications. The Bay Area has a one-of-a-kind sports scene, one of the hottest and most exciting in the country today. Bay Area fans are some of the most passionate fans in the country, and I can’t wait to start and kick off a new drive-time experience for Bay Area sports fans.”
The email also includes a quote from Bucher, on his new role at the station:
“I’m excited about the chance to give the day’s first take on sports, as well as expand on the lighter side of our current show. I like the idea of helping our listeners get their day off on the right foot — not only with sports knowledge to exchange with friends and workers but a laugh or two as well.”
The GAME is currently entering its fourth season as the flagship station for the A’s, and just completed its first as the flagship for the Raiders.
As BASG points out, there was no mention of program director Jason Barrett in the email, leading to speculation that the station’s boss could also be on his way out. On his Twitter account, Barrett still describes him self as “mak[ing] all the programing decisions” at the station.