Dan Dibley, whose departure from KNBR 680 signaled a symbolic start to the “Radio Wars” between the established AM sports talk station and it’s relatively young FM competition, will remain with 95.7 FM The Game for at least another year. Here’s The Game’s announcement, which I received via email.
San Francisco, CA – 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound For Sports, today announced that Dan Dibley, co-host ofThe Rise Guys, has signed a 1-year contract extension with the station. “Dan is a big reason why The Rise Guys are the best sports radio morning show in the Bay Area,” said 95.7 The GAME Program Director Jason Barrett. “His energy, passion, sense of humor, and work ethic define what the Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports is all about.”
The Rise Guys are Whitey Gleason, Mark Kreidler, and Dan Dibley, heard weekdays from 6:00-10:00am. “Talking sports with the Bay Area’s best sports fans every weekday morning is such a privilege,” said Dibley. “I said before that the future of sports radio is on FM and I believe it more and more every day.”
Dibley joined 95.7 The GAME from KNBR-AM in May 2011, where he was Executive Producer for the Murph & Mac Show and Sports Update Anchor. He’s worked in Bay Area sports radio for 12 years and also serves as the Television Sideline Reporter for San Jose Earthquakes Soccer and as the television play-by-play voice for Comcast Hometown Network (high school sports and California League Baseball).
Unlike when athletes sign extensions, we’ll never hear about Dibley’s salary. Too bad. It’d be nice to hear about someone in the sports biz whose paychecks don’t dwarf what most of us are making.
When Dibley left KNBR, things started changing at “the sports leader.” Instead of Gary Radnich hosting with the help of Patrick Connor and Dibley for the first hour, they tried pairing Radnich with Damon Bruce. Then after that blew up in their faces, they moved Bruce back to KNBR 1050 and brought back Larry Krueger as Radnich’s new co-host. KNBR replaced Dibley with Kate Scott, although she doesn’t have as large of an on-air role as Dibley did before he left.
Meanwhile, Dibley went from being a part of “Murph and Mac” and Radnich’s first hour to competing directly against both shows both on air with Kreidler and Gleason and on Twitter in March and back in November. Today on Twitter, Dibley accepted “congratulations” from CSN Senior Insider (and KNBR contributor) Ray Ratto.