After developing an entertaining morning show together on KNBR 1050, Drew Hoffar and Kevin Frandsen have demonstrated they’re ready for a larger platform. That chance is about to come their way thanks to Cumulus Media who have named the two Bay Area natives as hosts of KNBR 680 AM’s new evening show, KNBR Tonight.
The new program featuring Hoffar and Frandsen debuts Monday, August 14th. KNBR Tonight will air weeknights from 7p-10p PT or immediately following weekday San Francisco Giants postgame programming. KNBR says the program will also be available nationally on the KNBR app and via live video stream at KNBR.com.
Frandsen, a San Jose native and graduate of San Jose State University, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2004. He played for San Francisco from 2006-2009, before joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010), Philadelphia Phillies (2012-2013) and Washington Nationals (2014), before ending his 10-year MLB career with the hometown Giants in 2015.
Hoffar, grew up in San Leandro and has over 12 years of hosting experience. In addition to hosting mornings on KNBR 1050, he spent time as an anchor and host at crosstown rival 95.7 The Game, and worked in Sacramento at Sports Radio 1140 KHTK.
Jeremiah Crowe, Program Director of KNBR 680AM and KNBR 1050AM, said: “Drew and Kevin are primed to make a huge impact in their new roles within KNBR Tonight. Their work ethic is unmatched and both are committed to the smallest of details that will generate a great listener experience. They are Bay Area natives whose personalities are relatable to the common fan, yet they each possess a vast knowledge of the overall sports landscape. I’m equally excited to see what they will provide us digitally and I applaud Cumulus San Francisco for putting them in a position to shine. Bay Area sports fans will find unmatched opinion, insight and humor each evening when they tune in from 7:00-10:00pm.”
Frandsen said: “In my time as a major leaguer, I prided myself on performing in several roles as a utility player. Since arriving at KNBR. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the format’s most established personalities across a variety of timeslots. This evening post on KNBR Tonight is a chance to advance my relationship with one of the best young talents in radio, connect with the best sports fans in the country and move the KNBR brand forward into the digital age. Drew and I are looking forward to starting on August 14th and KNBR 680 fans can expect a local-born show with established chemistry out of the gates.”
Hoffar said: “As a lifelong KNBR 680 listener and San Leandro native, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to reach so many die-hard Bay Area sports fans on a nightly basis. Hosting evenings on KNBR carries a responsibility to serve fans the quality content they deserve as the daily news cycle hits a close. On KNBR Tonight, Kevin & I will provide a unique perspective on the games and will look to entertain/inform listeners every time we open the mics. I can’t wait to get started on August 14th!”
Hoffar and Frandsen’s move into evenings fills the vacant evening slot which previously had been occupied by Ray Woodson. The sports radio veteran was let go recently after two decades with the station.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.