Steak Shapiro and Sandra Golden are returning to the airwaves in Atlanta. The former 680 The Fan morning duo are moving across town to join 92.9 The Game for a new show with an old name. Barrett Sports Media broke the news earlier today, it was officially confirmed at 4pm on The Game’s afternoon show Dukes and Bell.
The longtime friends and on-air partners will team up again under the moniker The Front Row. It was the same name their show used previously on 680 The Fan. Additional members of the show cast are expected to be named at a later date.
As with their previous partnership, Shapiro and Golden will not necessarily stick to sports. An email sent to Barrett Sports Media promises the show will cover a variety of Atlanta topics in addition to sports including food and entertainment.
During an appearance today on Dukes & Bell, which included Mark Zinno who was filling in for Mike Bell, Shapiro expressed his excitement to join the station, and specifically to be heard on a big signal on the FM dial.
“After doing this for twenty five years, practically every day of my life, I’ve been off the radio for a minute,” said Shapiro. “To be with Sandra, and bring back The Front Row, and be at this station, I’m used to stations with little bitty signals. That’s been my career. Having started and built a station called 790 The Zone and then somewhere else, to be at a 100,000 watt flamethrower with the NFL, NBA, Atlanta United, big personalities, in a city that’s given me everything I could’ve ever asked for, a city that I love, and to squeeze me in from 9 to 11 every morning, and to be surrounded by these properties, and meet some new guys, I’m thrilled, and have to thank Rick Caffey, Mike Conti and everybody here for putting us in a great spot.”
Shapiro and Golden were radio free agents. Steak lost his job at 680 The Fan in Atlanta amidst Covid-19 related layoffs in 2020. He had been with the station since 2014 in morning drive working alongside Golden and former Falcon Brian Finneran. Prior to that he built an impressive profile as one of the city’s top talents at 790 The Zone, a station where Golden worked as well. Since losing his show at 680, Shapiro has continued hosting his locally produced television show Atlanta Eats.
Golden meanwhile announced she was leaving The Fan a short time after Shapiro. Her final day was February 19, 2021.
“I’ve had a ten year run at the station,” Golden said when announcing her departure from 680. “I’ve been here in Atlanta doing media since 1997 and I feel like it is the greatest blessing of all time.”
The new incarnation of The Front Row will launch on Thursday August 4th. The show will be heard weekdays from 9a-11a. The program is being added to The Game’s current lineup, not replacing another show. Instead, the station will replace a ‘Best of’ hour of John & Hugh’s, and reduce Andy & Randy’s show by 1-hour.
The new lineup at 92.9 The Game will look like this:
5-9 AM: John & Hugh
9-11 AM: The Front Row
11-2 PM: Andy & Randy
2-7 PM: Dukes & Bell
7-11 PM: John Chuckery
Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air
In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.
The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.
“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”
In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.
McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book
Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.
Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.
According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.
Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.
Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.
Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.
Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.
Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft
“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”
If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to.
For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms.
“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.”
The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort.