WQRT/Cincinnati To Flip From Talk
January 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM (PT)
CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM Talk WQRT-A (REAL TALK 1160)/CINCINNATI will go dark after MONDAY night and will change to an as-yet-undisclosed format as of FEBRUARY 1st, reports the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER's JOHN KIESEWETTER. The station has let its local staff go, including morning host DEAN MIUCCIO, afternoon sports talkers DENNIS "WILDMAN" WALKER and JEFF PIECORO, and news anchor T.C. SUMMERS, and will fill with syndicated programming until it temporarily signs off.
Owner JON YINGER told KIESEWETTER in an e-mail, “We’ve decided to change directions with WQRT. Clearly, this was not the success that we though it would be. Having given it a really good run, we’ve decided to pull the plug. The live programs are gone as of today. We are fulfilling our obligations through 1/7/12. I’ll let you know as soon as we have everything lined up for the format change 2/1/12 ... Thanks.”
Previously, OM ROB WILLIAMS and host/producer RICK UCCHINO left the station to join crosstown RADIO ONE Sports WCFN (FM 100 THE FAN, formerly Urban Oldies WMOJ (MOJO 100.3)), which launched its new Sports format TODAY with CBS SPORTS RADIO programming and the local TOM GAMBLE morning show.