“Sports Radio 102.5 “The Fan” officially launched at midnight in Kansas City (and nationwide) and is now the third sports talk station in the market.
The Cumulus-owned station replaced the All-Comedy channel “Funny 102.5,” and features national programming 24/7 from the CBS Sports Radio Network. The station will reportedly add local hosts in the future.
The network will have more than 100 stations.
It will be the third sports talk station in the Kansas City market with Entercom’s KCSP 610AM and Union Broadcasting’s sports talk leader WHB 810 AM firmly established. Notable hosts on “The Fan” include Tiki Barber, John Feinstein, Jim Rome and Doug Gottlieb.
Ironically, WHB’s veteran talker Soren Petro will be paired against Jim Rome again with Petro on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Rome from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A few years ago KCSP had Rome’s syndicated show against Petro and dropped it due to poor ratings.
One familiar voice for Kansas Citians will be heard from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. as Damon Amendolara (“D.A.”) will be handling the overnight slot.
Amendolara was with KCSP 610 Sports for five years after the station was launched in September 2003. He began as an evening anchor and then was the host of the popular morning drive show until he departed in 2008 for Miami. In less than a year he moved to WBZ-FM in Boston and joined “The Fan” in December.