The Coveted Third Hour

It had become a running joke on Good Karma sports WKNR/850 “ESPN 850″‘s mid-morning show, hosted by WJW/8 “Fox 8” sportscaster Tony Rizzo.

Whenever a new “announcement” was being touted, Rizz and the gang joked around that it didn’t involve adding a “coveted third hour” to the two hour program, which has aired weekdays from 10 AM to noon.

Well, this time, it apparently does involve that “coveted third hour”.

We’d heard from readers that such an announcement was made at the end of Friday’s “Really Big Show”…but the confirmation for us appears on the station’s official Twitter account:

Heard the Really Big News? The Really Big Show is extending their hours to 9am-12pm starting Sept. 8! Three hours of Hammer and Rizz, yay!

Though we’re convinced many would not have worded that last sentence in exactly the same form as WKNR did, the two hour show has always seemed a bit crowded to us…as Rizzo and the gang (producer/sidekick/assistant program director Aaron Goldhammer, Josh Sabo, etc.) try to do a less-structured-sometimes-not-sports show, with lots of “extra hijinks”, in a very short time slot.

Left unsaid is the fate of the final hour of ESPN Radio’s flagship morning drive show, “Mike & Mike”, which now airs on WKNR from 9 to 10 AM.

We’re wondering if the Worldwide Leader is OK with the 6-9 AM only slot, or if the fourth hour of “M&M” gets nudged over to WWGK/1540 “KNR2”, displacing the first hour of Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick Show. We don’t know the answer to that part of it at this time.

Patrick’s show, of course, airs 9 AM-noon on Clear Channel sports WARF/1350 Akron “Fox Sports 1350”, which may have a larger coverage area in the Cleveland market than WWGK, with its current 1 kW East Side-based signal…

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