With CBS Sports Radio debuting their new lineup at the beginning of January, it’s not out of the question that Cumulus (a partner of CBS Sports Radio) could shake things up a little at both KNBR stations. The ratings at “The Sports Leader” have been fantastic for months, but Cumulus could look at the Arbitron numbers (both the public ones and the demographics-based figures we aren’t privy to) and point to another World Series championship for the San Francisco Giants as the primary reason for the station’s success.

In terms of scheduling, things have been a little unsettled over at “The Sports Leader” in recent weeks. Tom Tolbert is still without a permanent co-host, although we’ve heard more from Ray Ratto in that spot lately. Eric Byrnes has been replaced on Sportsphone 680 by Ray Woodson, a move that came with almost no fanfare.  It seems almost like KNBR is in a holding pattern, content to try things out while their FM competition makes bold announcements and lineup changes.

Cumulus didn’t form an alliance with CBS Sports Radio so they can profit less — they’re almost certainly going to ditch the ESPN and Fox Sports content and go 100% CBS. That means no more Mike & Mike, Colin Cowherd, Nick and Artie, or J.T. The Brick.

Let’s all have a moment of silence to observe the losses of those scintillating shows.

OK, that was more than long enough. Now look at the CBS Sports Radio lineup:

  • 3:00-6:00AM: Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson
  • 6:00AM-9:00AM: John Feinstein
  • 9:00AM-Noon: Jim Rome
  • Noon-3:00PM: Doug Gottlieb
  • 7:00PM-11:00PM: Scott Ferrall
  • 11:00PM-3:00AM: Damon Amendolara

There are a couple likely options for KNBR, if we assume two things. First, that Murph and Mac and Mr. T are locked into their current spots (that seems to be a safe assumption, based on the popularity of both shows). Second, that there is no way Damon Bruce will ever host Sportsphone 680 again as long as the San Francisco Giants have a say.

Option No. 1: Move the entire CBS Sports Radio lineup to KNBR 1050 except Gottlieb. That means 1050′s schedule would be:

  • 3:00-6:00AM: Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson
  • 6:00AM-9:00AM: John Feinstein
  • 9:00AM-Noon: Jim Rome
  • Noon-3:00PM: Damon Bruce
  • 3:00PM-7:00PM: Tom Tolbert (plus new full-time co-host?)
  • 7:00PM-11:00PM: Scott Ferrall
  • 11:00PM-3:00AM: Damon Amendolara

This would leave KNBR 680′s lineup as is. Also, how funny is it that Ferrall will probably be heard on the air here again? I’m sure at least a few of you remember when his show (complete with constant sound-drops of beer pouring) was simulcast on local cable TV.

Option No. 2: Air every CBS Radio show on 1050, including Gottlieb’s show in the spot currently held by Bruce. This would allow Cumulus to make some drastic moves on 680, such as:

  • Cumulus could let Gary Radnich go, then slide Bruce into the 9-to-noon slot and move Larry Krueger to his old spot: Sportsphone 680.
  • Replace Bob Fitzgerald and Rod Brooks with Damon Bruce.
  • Drop Bruce entirely, a move which would upset several BASG commenters.

Options Nos. 3, 4, 5, etc.: Any and all changes the BASG commenters come up with. I’m sure there will be many.

With KNBR 680 performing so well in the ratings, No. 1 is the likeliest option, as it would provide the most stability. Then again, as we saw when Ralph Barbieri got fired, when it comes to potential money-saving moves, stability isn’t always the top priority for Lew Dickey and Co.

(I’ll let you guess what the top priority is.)