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Huge shakeup at 95.7 The Game – Damon Bruce in, Rise Guys out

Damon Bruce Giants paradeI was on my way to a Spring Training game in Goodyear, when I realized I forgot my money and ID. Then I checked my phone on the way back home and got an email I didn’t believe at first. However, it comes from Tony Cafarelli, a promotions director at Entercom, so it looks legit.

Also, KNBR’s website shows the noon-to-three slot on KTCT as “TBD.” And like that … he’s gone.

San Francisco, CA — 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, today announced a series of moves to its weekday lineup. Starting on Monday, March 31, KNBR veteran Damon Bruce will anchor The GAME’s afternoon drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Afternoon anchors Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend will shift to mornings as part of this move.

“This is a great day for 95.7 The GAME and Bay Area sports fans. For years, Damon Bruce has been one of the strongest, most opinionated and passionate personalities in Bay Area sports. He understands what it takes to compete and win in this market,” said Steve DiNardo, Entercom San Francisco’s Vice-President and Market Manager. “Just as exciting is moving Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend to morning drive. In just 14 months, they have developed strong chemistry and a loyal following. We feel like we have the perfect team in the perfect time slot to grow The GAME.”

Damon Bruce is a San Francisco radio veteran. A staple with KNBR between 1998 and 2000, Bruce returned to KNBR in 2005 as a host of “The Damon Bruce Show” on KNBR 1050. He first gained national exposure hosting Sports Overnight America before leaving to become a SportsCenter anchor on ESPN Radio. Bruce has also filled in on the Jim Rome show and has hosted SportsCenter for ESPN International. He later was a fill-in host on Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio, as well as the CBS Sports Network, before rejoining KNBR. Additionally Damon has hosted Pre and Post-Game shows for the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers.”

“I’m truly excited to join 95.7 The GAME and Entercom Communications. The Bay Area has a one-of-a-kind sports scene, one of the hottest and most exciting in the country today. Bay Area fans are some of the most passionate fans in the country, and I can’t wait to start and kick off a new drive-time experience for Bay Area sports fans,” said Bruce.

Bucher, a 20-year Bay Area native, joined 95.7 The GAME for afternoons in 2012, having previously served as a Bay Area-based NBA reporter for ESPN’s SportsCenter and NBA studio shows, as well as a senior writer covering professional basketball for ESPN The Magazine. In addition to his hosting duties, Bucher is currently the Golden State Warriors Sideline Reporter and NBA Insider for Comcast SportsNet, and also writes for the NBA beat on Bleacher Report. Townsend, a 14-year Bay Area native, previously hosted The Pulse and The Chris Townsend Show, as well as the pre-game Dugout Show & post-game A’ Talk shows on 95.7 The GAME.

“I’m excited about the chance to give the day’s first take on sports, as well as expand on the lighter side of our current show. I like the idea of helping our listeners get their day off on the right foot — not only with sports knowledge to exchange with friends and workers but a laugh or two as well,” said Bucher.

95.7 The GAME is the largest radio market FM Sports Station in California and the flagship radio station for the Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders. Effective March 31, 95.7 The GAME’s new lineup will be:

  • 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Bucher and Towny with Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend

  • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Haberman & Middlekauff

  • 12:00-3:00 p.m. The Wheelhouse with John Lund & Greg Papa

  • 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The Damon Bruce Show

Damon Bruce takes the spot formerly held by Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend, which means he’s going from KNBR’s “B” station (1050) to a drive-time spot at the station he used to mock incessantly. That’s quite a step up for Bruce, who just four months ago became a nationally known figure for all the wrong reasons with his infamous “sports has lost its way because women are giving directions” rant.

“Bucher and Towny” replaces “The Rise Guys,” the morning show that featured Whitey Gleason, Mark Kreidler and Dan Dibley.

Bruce fills the most important slot in talk radio, a spot which for KGMZ has equated to a game of musical chairs since Jason Barrett took over as Program Director. Brandon Tierney and Eric Davis used to host from 3-to-7, then Davis left and was replaced by Bucher. Then Townsend replaced Tierney after the New York native bounced to CBS Sports Radio.

One thing to note — Barrett’s name was not mentioned in the email from Carafelli. I haven’t heard whether he’s still employed by Entercom, but that may be something to monitor.

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ricoj175
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I cant stomach this station anymore. Wheelhouse is only thing saving it. Tom and Ratto much better than Bruce at Drive time, Gary and Larry > Haberkauff. Both morning shows will be snoozers. Bad moves all around, and its sad considering I used to listen all the shows.

someythemoney
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So now I’ll listen to 95.7 24 hours a day….screw you knbr with all that giants talk that puts my to sleep..

AdrianReynolds
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AdrianReynolds

“20 year Bay Area native” in reference to Ric Bucher? Resident would be a more appropriate word.

someythemoney
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someythemoney

ricoj175

HollywoodinSJ
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THIS SUCKS.  I can’t stand the Dorks in the Morning on KNBR so I started listening to the Rise 
Guys & I found that I really enjoyed them.  “Towny’s a DWEEB of the first order, I wish Bucher was w/someone else.  Now I don’t know what I’m going to listen to when I wake up.  Maybe ESPN radio on my phone?  NOT GOOD.  NOT GOOD AT ALL.

BrianDavisSFG
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Well this isn’t great news at all for us “Downloaders”  Due to where I live I have to DL most of my bay area sports radio and listen back the next day at work or the same evening out on my runs after I have got home from work (Unable to stream live at work and being 8 hours ahead, my primetime tv/sport in the evenings clashes with your midday)  The Rise Guys provide some funny material and good interviews and I like the way they work together. Damon has his whole show available for DL each day, something 95.7… Read more »
Delgado
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Delgado

Ugh so bummed to hear about this. 95.7 is now the station for creeps. Towny and his creepy drunk frat guy routine, Haberkauff think they are real playboys, Lund and Papa make 3 hours of “cider” jokes, and then Damon Bruce comes in with his straight up misogyny. So awful.

bosh510
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I’ll listen to A’s games and that’s it if this goes down. Rise Guys are the remaining bright spot.  Is this an elaborate April Fools?

Dan
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AJ_Strong  I’d imagine they keep Papa at 12 – 3 because that’s the one spot they can really challenge KNBR with the widely hated Fitz manning the mic.  Moving him across from Tolbert is a futile move.

As far as Dibley…..I haven’t listened to that show forever but I’ve always been a fan of his.  Funny and quick guy.  Hope he lands on his feet somewhere.

Tony Shiovanne
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Tony Shiovanne

someythemoney Damon Bruce won’t cover the Giants professor?

Delgado
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Delgado

Delgado

Slam
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Slam

ricoj175 I wish Damon wasn’t going against Tolbert … but major HIGH FIVE to 95.7 for this move !

Slam
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Slam

Where exactly does this put Dibley ? He and Papa the only guys on The Game I like.

Harold Asmiass
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Harold Asmiass

Slam  I’m with you.  Both entertaining. The rest are mediocre at best.

The Golden 0ne
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95.7 finally got it’s man. They have wanted Bruce since the start. KNBR moved him to 680 just to get him to stay. Then moved him back to 1050 after 95.7 filled lineup.  Rise Guys problem with 95.7 seems to be having no teams affiliations. Papa has the Raiders. Bucher gets moved to mornings because of his work with the Warriors.  Personally I wish papa was gone, and Rise guys given that slot but that’s not gonna happen. With them having the Raiders now. Too bad they couldn’t move them to the 7pm slot at least. My guess is Rise… Read more »
Beaver
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Beaver

Slam Dibs should go back to KNBR – he has always done a better Dibs impersonation than Kate Scott.

Slam
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Slam

I like it Beaver

ntrinsik
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ntrinsik

Sad. Wife and I loved listening to the Rise Guys on our morning carpool commute. I guess it’s back to music in the AM.

UnkieNoah
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UnkieNoah

horrible moves….that PD at 95.7 is a douche and a half.  he has no clue how to run a station…

408to253
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someythemoney  LOL cause 95.7 doesn’t call themselves the “Giants Information Station”.

T
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T

1) why you just move the rise guys to the 7pm time slot?  there is nothing going on there anyway.
2) I just cannot see Damon Bruce offering anything regarding the a’s.  He barely ever talked about them and now he is going to lead into their home & away games?

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I am really disappointed by this.  I hate to lose the Rise Guys — I genuinely enjoyed them every morning.  And Damon Bruce is awful.  This is a real move backward for 95.7.  Disappointing.

TheRealOldPro
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How bad has Bay Area sports talk become when beating out shows like Murph & Mac and Fitz & Brooks is a problem?

Otis Byrd III
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Otis Byrd III
Wow, I’m shocked by this move. Who would’ve thought Damon would’ve ever moved to 95.7 with the way he’s criticized them in the past? I’ll miss him on KNBR 1050 and on KNBR in general. This is a huge blow for KNBR, whether they realize it or not. With that being said, it will be nice to listen to Damon at a more convenient time. I agree with AJ that he worked well in the Noon-3 hours, but I can now listen to him when I come home from work. Plus, it seems like his show is better suited for… Read more »
Pulgas de Brent Burns
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No idea why they didn’t do this ages ago. At least the hiring Damon Bruce part. I’m assuming this will cost him his gig at CBS since he’s no longer affiliated. I wonder if the whole sandbox incident made KNBR less willing to fight to keep him than before.  I’m not a Damon Bruce fan, but this is an upgrade for 95.7, which just shows how awful their lineup is. I will actually give him a listen on there because I’m curious how much he changes his show up. He’s always been the anti-95.7 in almost every way. Dumping the… Read more »
TSL
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TSL

Excellent news. Damon has earned a spot on a quality radio station.
Now if they could only work on their signal, they might gain a listener or two.

AJ_Strong
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Is my scorecard current? 6am-10am: The Rise Guys 10am-2pm: The Wheelhouse with Lund and whoever 2pm-6pm: The Drive with Tierney and Davis 6pm-10pm: Chris Townsend then 6am-10am: The Rise Guys 10am-2pm: The Wheelhouse with Lund and whoever 2pm-6pm: The Drive with Tierney and Bucher 6pm-10pm: Chris Townsend then 6am-10am: The Rise Guys 10am-12pm: Townsend and Stienmetz 12pm-3pm: The Wheelhouse with Lund and Papa 3pm-7pm: The Drive with Tierney and Bucher 7pm-10pm: Guy Haberman then 6am-10am: The Rise Guys 10am-12pm: OC and Stienmetz 12pm-3pm: The Wheelhouse with Lund and Papa 3pm-7pm: Townsend and Bucher 7pm-10pm: Guy Haberman then 6am-10am: The Rise Guys 10am-12pm: Haberman and… Read more »
GoldElephant
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GoldElephant

Most importantly who is gonna do A’s pre/post game? Hopefully it goes to Rick Tittle or Roxy Bernstein or perhaps dan dibley?

Pulgas de Brent Burns
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AJ_Strong  You’d be wrong. Right now the strongest in the new lineup is Damon Bruce followed by Bucher and Towney. Given that they just brought in DB, it’ll probably be firing Townsend and pairing Bucher with Papa in the afternoon and moving Lund into the AM spot with Middlekauff, billed as “Anus and the Ass in the morning”

T
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GoldElephant drew hoffer?

Otis Byrd III
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With this move comes a ton of questions. One, what now happens at KNBR? Will Ted Ramey replace Damon on KNBR 1050, or will they eventually go to CBS or NBC Sports Radio from Noon-3? This definitely makes KNBR 1050 even less of a factor now. Damon was pretty much the host they hitched their wagons to. Now he’s gone, and they’re probably going to promote the heck out of the John Feinstein show now. Ted Ramey could replace Damon, but as we said before, who knows if he could host a show full-time. I think Ted is better as a fill-in… Read more »
Mister Incredible
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Mister Incredible

95.7 The(NO)Game…

AJ_Strong
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AJ_Strong

Otis Byrd III  Chances are, Dibs burned his KNBR bridge. I think it’s either Ramey or they go with JT or another syndicated guy.

Otis Byrd III
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Also, what happens to Bucher? Will he be able to do a show at 6AM after being out late for a Warrior game the night before? He’s also going to have to change his promo for the show during Warrior games on CSN Bay Area. LOL…. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bucher eventually goes to TNT to do sidelines for NBA games, like he did when he was on ESPN. He did sidelines for the Warriors most recent telecast on TNT a few weeks ago, and the Clippers-Lakers blowout last week. Kind of feel bad for Townsend though. They keep moving him… Read more »
Otis Byrd III
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GoldElephant I think it’s still Guy Haberman

Lester
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Lester

What in the world?? Damn Bruce from 3-7pm….alone?? All by himself?? Ugh…he is okay….but he comes off as just annoying sometimes. Getting rid of Rise Guys is a mistake. Nothing wrong with Towny and Bucher…..but losing Rise Guys and adding Damon is a downgrade.

Lester
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GoldElephant  
Tittle all the way!

mja
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mja

Ugh. Rise Guys were fantastic in the morning. One of the best sports radio shows I’ve heard. Can’t even bear to listen to Bucher and Towny, let alone first thing in the morning.
On the bright side, it frees up a preset button on my radio.

Lester
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Pulgas de Brent Burns  
Agreed. Getting rid of Rise Guys is a dumb move. Papa and Lund are the perverts!

Lester
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Lester

Takeo Spikes is a terrible to listen to!

raiderbong
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AJ_Strong  all i remember is last year, damon bruces question to for an a’s beat writer, perhaps it was slusser, was something along the lines of “what are the a’s going to do with 1B?  are they still going to trot barton out there?”  to which a bemused beat writer had to explain that barton hardly played and 1B had a very efficient platoon of moss/freiman.

Sunset Boy
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Not surprised they would bring in D. Bruce. Really surprised they would drop the Rise Guys, who, IMHO, were a way better alternative to Romper Room on KNBR in the morning: Murph and Mac. Murph, in particular, makes me want throw my radio out the second story window.  If 95.7 is going to cut any show, it should be the Haberman/Middlekauf 10-12. Its by far the weakest link in the lineup. I’ve given the show a listen and its just an utter bore. Haberman has no personality and Middlekauf, while an interesting guest on other programs, doesn’t translate for two hours. The other… Read more »
justme21
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Tweet from Dan Dibley a few hours ago: First https://twitter.com/SJEarthquakes, now https://twitter.com/957thegame. I guess the good news is, I don’t have any other jobs to lose. Been fun https://twitter.com/whiteygleasonhttps://twitter.com/MarkKreidler Should be interesting to see if any of Damon’s listeners will follow him or if they’ll still remain devoted to Tom & Ray. Huge news though — I was shocked when I saw the Tweet from 95.7. First I thought that Bucher & Towny were replacing Haberman/Middlekauf, till I read it was the Rise Guys who got the axe.  Guess Damon figured it was a good idea to get his back… Read more »
justme21
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Sunset Boy  I’m pretty much devoted to John Feinstein in the mornings when I wake up that early — he and his co-host actually talk hockey once in a while.

justme21
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Otis Byrd III  I like that idea a lot — or maybe put him with Murph & Mac and move Kate to the 9-3 shift working with both Gary/Larry and Fitz/Brooks. 

Got to wonder if 1050 will go with CBS Radio on a more full-time basis. Also wonder what happens to Bruce’s CBS Radio stint on Saturdays, since 95.7 is the ESPN Radio affiliate.

Lester
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Sunset Boy  
Don’t understand why they kept HaberKoff ahead of Rise Guys. What a bad move. Rise Guys were a great morning show and even better with Dibley. Damon for 4 hours….alone?? Ugh

Lester
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justme21  
Don’t understand why they kept waste of airspace HaberKoff ahead of Rise Guys. What a bad
move. Rise Guys were a great morning show and even better with Dibley.
Damon for 4 hours….alone?? Ugh

justme21
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AJ_Strong  Problem with that 2-6 slot for Papa and Lund is that Greg would have to cut out early a lot of the time for his TV work (Giants and Warriors pre-games on CSN, plus Raiders). Not sure if Lund is strong enough to carry the slot on his own even for just an hour or so. The Wheelhouse gets some good regular guests — including a lot of Giants talk which pisses off the A’s fans.

jeff
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I usually don’t post on here but I always follow the radio wars and listen to a little bit of everyone but the one show I would not miss was the rise guys. They made my morning commute something to look forward to which seems impossible. I am deeply depressed by this news. I never understood all the hate towards the game until now.

jeff
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@mja couldn’t agree more

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