WNDE yanks sports show during morning drive time

June 18, 2014
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And then there were two.

WFNI-AM 1070 and WXNT-AM 1430 are now the only Indy radio stations offering sports-talk during the morning drive.

WNDE-AM 1260 on Monday yanked Fox Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North in favor of Rover’s Morning Glory, a syndicated news commentary show out of Cleveland.

WXLW-AM 950 abandoned sports-talk in September 2012.

WNDE will continue to play in the sports-talk game, airing the Dan Patrick Show from 9 a.m. to noon, Jay Mohr’s show from noon to 3 p.m., and the locally based Query & Schultz show from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., according Rob Cressman, director of operations for Clear Channel Indianapolis, which owns WNDE.

Cressman emphasized WNDE is not transitioning out of sports-talk, but rather attempting to bring on a morning show that WNDE’s mostly male, sports-loving audience will appreciate. He also stressed the move has nothing to do with changes at other stations in the market.

“This [Rover’s Morning Glory show] is a rising star in the world of morning talk radio,” Cressman said. “It’s done well in Cleveland and Rochester and we think it will do well here.

“We think this show is a good mix with what we have and the audience [WNDE] attracts,” Cressman added. “Rover does talk some sports, but it’s a little broader than that. It’s a show for guys, kind of a Maxim Magazine type of radio show.”

Hosted by radio personality Rover (Shane French), the show launched in 2003 and quickly became one of the top-rated shows in the Cleveland radio market. It is now syndicated by San Antonio-based Clear Channel and covers a wide array of topics, from politics to pop culture. The show most often airs on rock music stations.

Though he declined to discuss WNDE ratings for Fox Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North, Cressman said: “The [Fox Sports Daybreak] show wasn’t doing well at all. The content just wasn’t compelling enough.”

According to New York-based Nielsen Media Research/Arbitron Inc., Fox Sports Daybreak on WNDE was attracting less than one-half of 1 percent of the Indianapolis radio audience.

Rover’s Morning Glory on WNDE will be pitted against the popular ESPN Radio show Mike & Mike in the Morning, which airs on WFNI (1070 The Fan) in addition to WIBC-FM 93.1’s new morning show featuring Tony Katz. WXNT airs CBS Sports Radio programming.

Cressman isn’t too concerned with what the other stations are doing.

“It has to do with better serving our listeners,” he said.

Cressman said WNDE’s other sports shows “are all doing great,” adding that he is especially pleased with the growth of the afternoon drive-time show hosted by Jake Query and Derek Schultz.

“Query and Schultz have gained a lot of momentum in this market and their show is doing very well,” said Cressman, who joined Clear Channel Indianapolis in December. “They’ve gotten out in the market, made a strong connection with the community and built their audience.”

Query and Schultz compete head-to-head with The Ride with JMV, the popular locally originated sports-talk show on WFNI.

  • Bring back Czaban
    The dumbest decision was getting rid of Steve Czaban years ago. Everything else has been crap.
    • 'Bout Time
      That morning show was unlistenable. I would have WNDE on in the evenings driving home listening to the EXCELLENT Query and Shultz, and then it would still be on that station when I started the car in the morning and I couldn't get it changed fast enough listening to that horribly annoying Chicago guy. Just glad the rest of the programming is intact for WNDE!
    • Amen Jason
      Jason, I agree. I'd be a WNDE listener in the morning if Czabe was on the air.
    • Query & Shultz
      I really enjoy Query & Shultz when they can stay on topic but Query has a tendency to get fixated on something and just stick with it even as Shultz tries to get them back on topic. Not to mention that on my 30 minute drive home from work, there's usually about 15 minutes of commercials. I don't know if 5:15 to 5:45 is not the best time to listen to them or what, but that is way too many commercials for my taste. Part of the same reason I stopped listening to Bob & Tom in the morning. 8-10 minutes of program followed by 6-7 minutes of commercials.
    • Bring Czaban Back Instead !!
      Steve Czaban had best morning show out there... why did you change in the first place...
    • Czabe
      Agree with the others... if Czabe's show was back on the air, my radio would be tuned to WNDE... or WXNT or whatever station.
    • furball didn't translate well nationally
      Having driven to Cincy and back a lot on weekdays/nights, I used to enjoy listening to Furball on WLW beforfe he got into a war with management that caused him to lose his job. He was well plugged in with Cincy sports and politics and those outside the Queen City who weren't familiar with his shtick found him to be boorish and unlistenable.
    • Bring back Czabe!!
      Would definitely be listening to Czabe and not have to put up with the clown act that is Mike and Mike. Nauseating!
    • Czabe
      I'll back up all the Czabe requests. Don't know why they cancelled it in the first place. Andy Furman & Mike North are seriously the embodiment of "zany sports talk guy" that no one likes.
    • Another Czabe Supporter
      You'll definitely have me back if you bring back Czabe.
    • listen all day
      I listen to wnde all day with the exception of the morning when I listen to Czabe on xm. So very good about the old show it was horrible. Maybe check on bringing back Czabe. But being one of the few women that listen, this show may not appeal to me. But I love all the other shows especially Quarry and Schultz.
    • Rover is horrible
      As a women who loves sports talk I find this Rover guy horrible. Very sophmoric and not enough sports. What a mistake to think only of male listeners. Bring back a sports talk show!
    • How did this take so long
      Who is the idiot at WNDE that thought Indy listeners wanted to be yelled at by NY accent guy, Chicago accent guy, former Patriots player, et al. That show was awful, and good riddance. Q&S in the evenings are great, as is Dan Patrick. Hopefully this new show doesn't suck.
    • Morning Local
      I know it won't happen cause of Bob and Tom, but I'd love to see a morning sports talk show that is local. 1070 does everything but a morning show, why doesn't WNDE try to take that share from them?
    • BOB & TOM
      I used to listen every morning....now during a 45 min drive to work in the morning its hard to catch much more than the never ending commercials. Its not that fun listning to 6 min of program followed by 10 min of commercials followed by bob and tom reading more commercials. I'll give this new program a try. the previous furman and north were awful. i still can't understand how they do that for a living.
      • Bring czabe back to Indy market
        I agree with the others. Czabe was a refreshing contrast to Mike and Mike, which can only be tolerated in small doses. I'd love to have Czabe back on the Indy air. Is it the Yahoo affiliation that's the problem? Furman and North was horrible. Why would anyone ever think that would work in our market? I have no interest in the new show from Cleveland. If you're doing Sports Radio, stick to Sports Radio please.
      • Horrible new addition
        I was not a fan of Furman and North, but I would at least tune in during breaks during Mike and Mike. This new show from Cleveland is terrible. I listened two separate mornings, and both 30-minute segments I listened to were basically about drunken adulterous affairs. These guys seem like losers who never left their high school days behind. I will not even bother tuning to 1260 in the AM unless this show is replaced.

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