Report: SummitMedia To Pull Plug On ESPN 97.3 The Zone/Birmingham
June 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM (PT)
The BIRMINGHAM NEWS' AL.COM is reporting that SUMMITMEDIA is pulling the plug on Sports WZNN (ESPN 97.3 THE ZONE)/BIRMINGHAM on FRIDAY, paving the way for PAUL FINEBAUM to return to crosstown CUMULUS Sports WJOX, from which he left after dueling lawsuits with management, with his new ESPN RADIO regionally-syndicated show. A new format for THE ZONE has yet to be disclosed.
In an email to AL.COM, SUMMITMEDIA EVP/COO DAVID DUBOSE said, "We have been evaluating the sports format in light of multiple factors, including FINEBAUM's placement, After nearly two years, it became clear the market did not support two competing sports stations. Therefore, we have determined we should focus on other format opportunities."
FINEBAUM's show, a fixture in the market for years, will return in AUGUST from his new base in CHARLOTTE and will air 2-6p (CT) weekdays.