WGN Drops 'Sports Central'
March 26, 2010 at 4:49 AM (PT)
TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO is dropping its long-running "SPORTS CENTRAL" evening show and extending its CHICAGO CUBS post-game show, "CUBS 10th INNING," hosted by DAVID KAPLAN for most weekday games. KAPLAN will also host a weekend show, "CUBS INSIDER," with the week in review, highlights, interviews, and analysis, and will also continue to host the recurring "CUBS CONFIDENTIAL" show. Also being added to the pre-game show is "CUBS UNDERGROUND," with KAPLAN interviewing behind-the-scenes workers at WRIGLEY FIELD, and "60 SECONDS WITH...," in which KAPLAN will ask non-baseball questions of players and coaches.
"With CUBS baseball, BLACKHAWKS hockey and NORTHWESTERN basketball preemptions, SPORTS CENTRAL was preempted or abbreviated more than half of the time during the past year," said PD KEVIN METHENY. "DAVID KAPLAN will be WGN's sports insider, with intense focus on the CUBS beat. KAP is the consummate CUBS fan and I predict only wins for CUBS fans, Kap, and WGN Radio sponsors from his reporting on all things CUBS all year long, with a hefty piece of that job being the rechristened CUBS 10th Inning post-game program."
"I've been lucky enough to talk sports in this town for the past 20 years. I look forward to continuing to talk sports, which is my passion," said KAPLAN.
In addition, WGN is adding a new current-events talk show hosted by current weekend host JIM LASKI for weekday evenings when no sports coverage is scheduled, replacing "SPORTS CENTRAL" effective APRIL 12th. LASKI is a former CHICAGO Alderman and City Clerk who went to prison after pleading guilty in 2006 to accepting bribes in the HIRED TRUCK scandal.
"In the past few months, LASKI has built a strong track record on WGN. He's a fascinating character who was called to public service and eventually behaved criminally. He paid for his crime, is sincerely contrite and is moving on," said METHENY. "He has a unique insider's perspective on life in and around CHICAGO."
"I'm excited to expand my presence on WGN Radio's airwaves. I grew up in CHICAGO and what I hope to bring to CHICAGO radio is a no holds barred, tell-it-like-I-see-it show that focuses on controversial subjects and the issues that affect us every day. You might not agree with me, but you'll definitely know how I feel," said LASKI. "I'm moving on with my life, am excited about this new opportunity and hope that listeners will enjoy the show."