New sports talk a major threat to WJOX; Tim Brando banned from WJOX

Is the writing on the wall for WJOX? Cox Radio has launched a major threat in the sports talk genre. Cox released details of its planned 24-hour sports talk radio station.

The station launches today (Tuesday, August 30) on 97.3 FM in Birmingham.

The station plans a lineup that includes “a weekday 6 to 9 a.m. morning show co-hosted by Alabama radio play-by-play announcer Eli Gold and Auburn color analyst and former Auburn Tigers quarterback Stan White. Additionally, long-time sports radio fixture Matt Coulter, who previously worked at WJOX, will be on air noon to 3 p.m. The station also will carry Tim Brando’s syndicated show,” according to a release from Cox.

Tim Brando’s inclusion generated some immediate fallout.

According to Tim Brando’s twitter, “Reminder to those that don’t listen to my show. I have been banned from @finebaum Network. Paul will be on my show and hopefully explain.”

This was followed by a second tweet, “Paul and I are fine and NO Derek Dooley didn’t tell me I couldn’t come on anymore. Paul’s radio distribution company does not want me on air.”

This latest development makes WJOX and Citadel look like they are petrified.

And they should be.

Alternatives to WJOX will hurt the bottom line, and it is hard to imagine the WJOX leadership has any confidence in the current programming slate. If WJOX loses Paul Finebaum, will anyone listen to that station?

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  1. 1
    Pluto

    I think that the only chink in the armor – is Matt. Can he carry 3 hours ? I think that there is a core group of callers out there – that do the homework and talk with smack – that will make or break the deal. The secret to success is still … those damn good callers bringing that smack.
    Based on the lawsuit – if you look at the Tort and discovery in detail – I bet that Paul stays.

  2. 6
    tidefm

    I for one will not miss Jox if they leave. Al has pretty much taken over and it has turned into the Awbarn football show. Jay needs to stay home and do WHATEVER Sara orders him to do. The roundtable sux and always has. But then I don’t think I can stomach Eli and Stan White more than about 15 minutes a couple of times a week. And then there is FInescum… oh well!

  3. 7
    Bama-Rolls

    Still playing country at 9:30…..plz get Herb into a contract.
    Sonny & Wimp would be a good addition….then it would get back to real sports radio.

    Jox is just like a worn out reality series….its flat and the masses are tired of hearing ignorant callers who want to outdo the other. Finebaum’s run is about to end.

  4. 9
    finebammer

    Sonny and Wimp……..Jesus.

    We could call the show ‘Asleep At The Wheel’.

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    They could do remotes from local retirement homes.

  5. 10
    Pluto

    LOL – I just picked up on something else today. XM is a major irritating factor. XM does not pay Citadel – Cumulus nothing for the airspace. They allow some local ads to help your revenue source – they put their own ads in to make money. The point is that XM is revenue neutral. The only plus is that some of your local stuff will get national exposure. Here is another fact – XM does not share rating data to nobody. Only upper management knows that. Citadel- Cumulus figures that (guessing) that XM is not worth it. They cannot show any numbers to potential clients. All they can pimp to buyers – is that it is simply on XM.
    This is very bad news to PFRN. This fuels the lawsuit. Just saying…..

  6. 11
    David G

    Bring on Herb if you want a “professional show” with a true sports format. The Finebaum show is nothing more than Jerry Springer on radio and has really gotten out of hand.

  7. 12
    finebammer

    The Miami Dolphins are coming to Birmingham……..it’s a “done deal”!

    Yeah, that Herb, he’s a real professional.

    (snort snort)

  8. 13
    Herb Winches

    HELLO EVERYBODY!!! I am coming to take back what I built. FINEBAMMER, YOU STOP BRINGING UP THAT MONKEY ON MY BACK.

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