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Media column: Major local radio changes brewing; NFL notes; N-word stirs debate


Marc Hochman has told friends he is leaving 790 The Ticket’s morning show in a move that will significantly impact two of the market’s sports-radio stations.

Hochman is expected to move to WQAM-560 in 4 1/2 months, and barring something unforeseen, look for him to take over the station’s afternoon-drive slot, which has been handled by Channing Crowder and Brandon Guzio since Jorge Sedano left for ESPN Radio in September.

Hochman, who declined to comment, will remain at The Ticket, where he co-hosts the morning show with Jonathan Zaslow and Joy Taylor, through the end of his contract on Dec. 31, unless 790 decides to yank him from the air sooner than that.

But because of a non-compete clause, Hochman cannot begin work at another station until April 1, according to an industry source familiar with his contract.

WQAM is very much interested in Hochman, and if he takes over the afternoon drive show there as expected, he would be competing with his buddy Dan Le Batard, whose 790 program he produced for nine years.

Hochman, 43, parlayed his creative work as Le Batard’s executive producer into a full-time on-air gig; he was named The Ticket’s morning co-host in August of 2012, after four months of filling in, and helped steer the program to the highest ratings among South Florida’s four morning-drive sports shows. 

The Ticket wanted to keep Hochman, but former program director Tod Castleberry missed an exclusive negotiating window in his contract, which was one factor that led to Castleberry’s dismissal this week, according to a station source. Castleberry declined to comment.

At WQAM, Hochman likely would be given some authority to decide his on-air co-hosts, with the approval of station management. It’s unclear whom he might hire.

If Hochman takes over WQAM’s afternoon drive slot as expected, Crowder would resume working with Adam Kuperstein from 1 to 3 p.m., because station management very much liked how those two interacted. That change also would happen in April.

WQAM would have loved pairing Kuperstein and Crowder in the 3 to 7 p.m. slot, but Kuperstein’s job as NBC 6’s lead news co-anchor prevented that.

Presuming Crowder resumes working with Kuperstein in April, WQAM then must decide whether to retain host John Renshaw (who was hired by previous program director Sedano) or use Curtis Stevenson – who took over Crowder’s role alongside Kuperstein – and/or Guzio on the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. show.

So WQAM general manager Joe Bell has decisions to make. And Hochman’s availability might end up affecting his station more than the station he’s leaving. Bell declined to comment.


CBS might turn to No. 3 NFL analyst Dan Fouts to replace No. 2 analyst Dan Dierdorf, who’s retiring in January after 30 years of delivering mostly smart, sensible commentary as a broadcaster --- including 12 years on ABC’s Monday Night Football and the past 15 years on CBS.

But if CBS turns to Fouts – which is hardly assured – network sports division president Sean McManus would need to decide whether to keep him paired with Ian Eagle or team him with Greg Gumbel, who is No. 2 behind Jim Nantz on CBS’ NFL play-by-play depth chart. CBS’ Rich Gannon also deserves consideration. Dierdorf, 64, said traveling has become too difficult because of physical ailments (hip, knee, back).

### Is this really necessary? Turner Sports and CBS will produce three different telecasts for the two men’s semifinal games in the NCAA Tournament this season.

The traditional national telecasts will air on TBS, while TNT and TruTV will carry the same games with announcers and camera angles customized for each team. CBS will air the 2014 and 2015 championship games, with Turner getting the 2016 title game.

### The Dolphins’ bullying scandal has spurred passionate debate about use of the N-word, with prominent black announcers offering starkly contrasting views about whether that racial epithet is acceptable.

On CBS, Shannon Sharpe suggested it is not, adding: “All black Americans know the stigmatism and vitriol and hate that comes with that word.”

But TNT’s Charles Barkley sees it differently: “I’m a black man. I use the N-word. I’m going to continue to use the N-word with my black friends and white friends. In a locker-room, we use racial slurs. What I do with my black friends is not up to White America to decide what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate.”

TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal said: “When we say the [N- word] to each other, we mean it in a positive sense.”

And ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said: “I have a problem with white people framing the discussion for use of the N-word. [Commissioners] David Stern, Roger Goodell need to call in some people who look a little different from them.”

### Tim Tebow hired powerhouse agency CAA to represent him with on- and off-field opportunities. If he pursues TV work, a studio role on CBS’ SEC football package would make sense, provided he’s willing to say anything interesting or substantive.... Former Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss fills in for Howie Long in Fox's studio Sunday.


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Randy Shannons' Agent

Strong Work.

Id give Curtis Neil Rogers slot he has paid his dues

Sid R.

Bring back Sid!

Henry Flagler

Hochman's got a bad case of the "Stuttering John Syndrome", guess that's it for his career.


Hooray! It's just about over for Brandon Guzio! I'm sure Crowder will be glad to see him go, and WQAM will be thrilled that his grumpy, arrogant and monotone delivery will be finally off the air. Put him in the midnight to 2am slot.


So disappointed in this news. Hochman to WQAM? That just sucks.

alexander the great

Hochman needs to grab Freeman & Fox as his co hosts. That would be a fun show to listen too Hochman's dorky style along with their hip hop style. WQAM has some of their best talent doing spot duty on weekends. That's a joke, I bet 790 tries to get those guys back.

octavio de armas

Joe Rose still the king !!!

Mr. Titman

I agree octavio,Joe Rose is King in the AM,but since Hank Goldberg left and the "Mad Dog" passed away,afternoon radio has never been the same. Sad


Hoch and mike marchant would be entertaining I think


Someone please tell Joe Rose to stop singing...at least stop singing the Air Around the Clock ditty with the final screech. And raise the bar a little Joe...sometimes you come off like a 13 year old talking about girls with his dirty little friends. Grow up for Christ sake.


Dan Le Batard"s show was hilarious when listeners contributed with athlete imitations and knock-off songs.

For some reason all that stopped and it's not the same. I still like the show but it's a bit childish at times.

The segment with the guy from the zoo who knows everything about animals is great though. Forgot his name, the dude is great.

Henry Flagler

Ron McGill - he is awesome.

Gonzalo LeBatard

Hoch going head to head vs. LeBatard? Hope this is a big payday for Hoch cause the ass-kicking he is going to get will severely damage his ego!


I'm going to bet that he stays at 790. Either that or he thinks he's going to do a Sedano and end up on ESPN.


If you use the "n" word when you're socializing, that's up to you.

But no one should have to listen to the "n" word at work, which is what this is all about.

And the standard most emphatically is not coming from a bunch of grumpy old white men. Rather, it was created by decades of civil rights litigation and legislation, involving an untold amount of give-and-take dedicated to figuring out what makes a workplace feel safe.

cool and the gang

I like Joe Rose for eons.He s knowlegable,opiniated but careful and funny as heck most of the time.I don t take everything he says that serious although I know he s got a latin wife like me.THAT is enough to deal with I can tell you.Too funny.

Neil's Ghost

F U K C Jolly Joe Bell! And Joyce too.


Joe Rose is a relic. Completely washed up. Hasn't been entertaining since he was part of the First Team. Possibly the most overrated "talent" in S. Fla radio history.


Sports talk radio is boring. The ratings are very low. Most people are listening to something else.

Sorry to see Dan Dierdorf retire from broadcasting football games. I always enjoyed his work as an analyst. Football is a violent sport and really takes a toll on the players.


I can't wait until I die and can go up there to listen to Mad Dog's program every day. Word is that his rating's are through the sky!! Miss you Jim! Holy fanoly!!!

long time cane

"Just drivin around ....with my windows down".Alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllrightttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.....Miami.Always listened to Jim with a smile on my face driving home every night from work,(long drive).He was the best and so human.Still miss him and think of him often.Those were the days.RIP buddy.

Captain Obvious

Mandich was a joke, in love with Chad Henne because he went to Michigan, good riddance.


One of the first times I have disagreed with Barry. Glad to see Dumdorf go. Never thought much of him as a broadcaster. Probably a fine human being, but terrible in the booth.


I think Hoch will bring something to wqam its missing. I have not tuned in for months, its total sport nerd garbage and I like Joe Rose, but is crap. The Hoch & Zaz show was 500 times better than what Rose was doing. WQAM has the curse of Uncle Neil its garbage and their signal suxs!

Fake Rick from Hialeah


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