Former WFLA-TV sports anchor J.P. Peterson is heading up north a bit to Atlanta sports talker 790 “The Zone”. Peterson will team up with former NFL’er Alge Crumpler on the station’s morning show, which will be called “The Locker Room”.
The duo replaces the trio of hosts who formerly held the A.M. drive show “Mayhem in the A.M.”. Steak Shapiro, Chris Dimino and Nick Cellini were all fired in June for doing an ill-advised bit about ex-NFL player Steve Gleason who suffers from ALS.
Since leaving WFLA-TV, Peterson had been hosting various radio shows in the Tampa Bay market on WHBO 1040 and WDAE 620. He also had a sports news website, www.tampabaysportscentral.com. Peterson recently did some sideline reporting on Tampa Bay Bucs games and Tampa Bay Rays pre and post-game shows. “The Locker Room” is scheduled to start on September 5.
On the satellite radio front, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has extended his contract with Sirius/XM to remain on his “Mad Dog Unleashed” channel for three more years. There had been speculation that Russo might head back to terrestrial radio when his deal expired. “Mad Dog” will cut back his show to three hours a day from 3 to 6 p.m. (ET). He will also do a show on the Major League Baseball channel.
Another big change to the “Mad Dog” channel is the addition of Dan Patrick’s syndicated show to air from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. To make room for Patrick, “Evans and Phillips” will trim an hour to air from 6 to 9 a.m. and Adam Schein will move to a noon to 3:00 p.m. slot.
Out of the mix is nighttime host Dino Costa who will move to a new sports talk channel to reportedly be called “SiriusXM Radio Sports Zone 92.” Costa said on his website that he signed a three year renewal with the satellite radio service and will reboot his show beginning Thursday September 5 on Sirius Radio channel 92, and on XM radio channel 208 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays.
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