Well, that was quick. I figured 95.7 FM “The Game” would spend the next month auditioning hosts to take over the drivetime spot recently vacated by Brandon Tierney, but today’s 4 pm announcement was actually about a permanent lineup change.

From 95.7’s release:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, today announced new hosts for afternoon drive.   Longtime Bay Area natives Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) and Chris Townsend (@TownsendRadio), will be heard weekday afternoons 3:00-7:00 pm, effective December 3, 2012.

“Ric & Chris are two of the best sports personalities on the radio and with their deep local roots covering Bay Area teams, I have no doubt that sports fans will be thoroughly entertained every weekday afternoon,” said Jason Barrett, Program Director of 95.7 The GAME.

“It will be a great honor to share the mic and talk sports with Ric Bucher every afternoon.  We’ll be taking to the biggest & best guests and engaging with the best sports fans in the country,” said Townsend.  “Since Day 1, I’ve believed in this station, because day in and day out, 95.7 The Game delivers the best sports lineup from top to bottom.”

The release also listed the schedule, which leaves “The Rise Guys” (Mark Kreidler, Whitey Gleason and Dan Dibley) and “The Wheelhouse” (Greg Papa and John Lund) unchanged. However, the release listed Matt Steinmetz as a solo act on “The Pulse.” Perhaps there will be a rotating group of co-hosts who works with Steinmetz, like Roxy Bernstein and Brodie Brazil.

Based on the comments on this site, Jason Barrett’s decision to move Townsend to sports talk radio’s version of primetime should be a popular one. Whether it will chip away at Tom Tobert’s considerable ratings advantage, or spur KNBR to pair him with a permanent partner, remains to be heard. Speaking of Barrett, he had this to say a few minutes after the announcement was made: