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Media note: WQAM firming up plans to replace Sedano; UM/NCAA item

I interrupt vacation briefly for a quick media note and something unrelated:

WQAM-560 is promoting from within to replace Jorge Sedano, who will do his final show Thursday before taking a job as a weeknight host on ESPN Radio.

Though nothing has been announced, WQAM has offered the 3 to 7 p.m. slot to former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder (who would move over from the 1 to 3 p.m. slot) and WQAM staffer Brandon Guzio. Both want to do it, but contracts must be finalized before this is official.

Meanwhile, longtime WQAM staffer Curtis Stevenson would replace Crowder in the 1 to 3 p.m. slot, alongside Adam Kuperstein. Again, contracts must be finalized for this to be official. The station won't comment until that happens.

WQAM hopes the new lineup will be in place starting Tuesday.

Kuperstein could not join Crowder in the 3 to 7 p.m. slot because Kuperstein has a significant gig that time of the day - as the lead co-anchor on NBC 6's evening newscasts.

Before deciding to offer the 3 to 7 p.m. shift to Crowder and Guzio, WQAM also spoke with Evan Cohen, who does a radio show in West Palm Beach and for Sirius. But those talks did not materialize.

Guzio has appeared regularly on WQAM, and before that, on 790 The Ticket, in recent years. Sedano hired him after joining WQAM as program director.

Coincidentally, Crowder and Guzio have been as critical of the Dolphins as any hosts in the market in recent years. They've worked together on air in the past and have a good relationship.

As for Sedano, he will co-host a 7 to 10 p.m. show with former Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth on ESPN Radio beginning Sept. 9. Meanwhile, Dan Le Batard's 790 The Ticket show is expected to be picked up by ESPN Radio and begin airing nationally (as well as locally) sometime this fall, potentially as early as late September or October.

By the way, WQAM staffer Andy King is expected to succeed Sedano as the station's program director.

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The letter that Nevin Shapiro wrote to Greg Cote (now appearing on Greg's blog) was very much like the one he mailed to us this past spring, and one we wrote about in a May 26 post.

Incredibly, Shapiro keeps insisting to anyone who will listen that UM is the subject of a new NCAA investigation (one involving agents and runners) -- something he referenced in a separate letter to me this summer. But UM people have assured us that they have no indication that UM is being investigated for anything new -- nothing beyond the scope of the investigation that ended many months ago.

UM believes the NCAA has stopped listening to him, even though Shapiro continues to allege ongoing rules-breaking by UM, as he did in the letter to Cote, without explaining how anyone in a federal prison would be aware of such violations even if they were occurring.

The NCAA's infractions committee told UM in June that it would try very hard to rule on the case within six to eight weeks of UM's hearing. It's now 10 1/2 weeks and counting. But remember, North Carolina waited four months for its sanctions. UM remains hopeful that its worst punishment will be scholarship reductions.

Regular buzz posts will return next week.

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