Seattle talk radio earth moved today, when Entercom changed KQBZ-FM 100.7 (The Buzz) a major FM all-testosterone talker into a country station called The Wolf.
BJ Shea and his sidekicks Double R and Topshelf, were moved into the anxiously watched KISW space left by Howard Stern as he moves Jan. 1 to to Sirius, the satellite radio network. That BJ, got the nod for Stern's position, wasn't unexpected, but the re-formatting of The Buzz and the talent shifts certainly were.
Is Entercom shooting at Infinity's top-rated shit-kicker KMPS? Yes. Will it work? Probably not, judging by how many have tried it before.
We're sure hearing about nationally syndicated Tom Leykis from our outraged readers- he's been moved to KISW too, but to the ratings ghetto of late night weekdays from 10p-2a, where he'll be live...on tape.
Nobody knows what will happen to the Buzz's morning drive team, Robin & Maynard, who are still under Entercom contract but have no time slot.
With typical Entercom sensitivity, a robotic voice suddenly started counting down to The Wolf 's noon launchwith Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now" right in the middle of Robin & Maynard's show.
Maynard says he had no warning of what was so abruptly coming down.
"'You don't have a chance to explain anything to anybody,'" Maynard told the PI's Bill Virgin, "'I stayed for an hour after they pulled the plug, just answering one call after another, seven lines ringing non-stop as fast as I could answer them.' from listeners asking what was going on."
This kerfuffle is long from over. BlatherWatch is hearing from dozens of outraged listeners- especially Leykis fans. It's all reminscent of the recent Allan Prell extermination by Entercom, except this involves far more listeners.
We've also been hearing rumblings and rumors as well about Entercom's conservative KTTH- a major shake-up- maybe even a format change- is rumored to be beginning. Never know where Tom Leykis will show up.