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Back in April, when it was announced that Dave "The Groz" Grosby would be defecting from KJR-AM to 710-ESPN, which switched to an all-sports format in April 2009 (news-talkies Dave Ross, Dori Monson & Co. were exiled to the FM dial), P-I columnist Jim Moore remarked that "sports-talk radio in Seattle took an interesting turn this week."
Now, with word that Grosby won't be teaming up with afternoon host Kevin Calabro in August as planned, that interesting turn has taken an even more interesting turn.
Instead, Grosby will have his own show, which will air from noon-3 p.m. and pit him against the host KJR chose to retain full-time while scaling Grosby back to part-time hours (and salary) two years ago, Ian Furness. (Grosby already had a foot in 710's door, by virtue of his broadcasting Seattle U men's basketball games on that station this past winter.) Calabro's show will continue to air from 3-6 p.m. and will be co-hosted instead by...Moore, a beloved Wazzu homer of a columnist who was relegated to freelance status once the P-I put a halt to its print edition. The new lineup, which also includes Brock Huard and Mike Salk's show moving to the 9 a.m.-noon shot, thus canceling Colin Cowherd's syndicated show, will take effect August 9.
Moore, as he semi-jokingly noted back in his piece on 710's plan to pair Grosby with Calabro during afternoon drive time, has "been auditioning to be Calabro's permanent co-host since January, and the fact that it didn't work out is unfortunate." Now, with the ink dry on a one-year contract with the station, the audition has proven, contrary to initial plans, to have been a successful one.
710 has been holding its own against KJR in the Arbitron ratings war, even surpassing them in April once Mariner broadcasts began (in fairness, a somewhat predictable spike), thus proving to skeptics that the too-cool-for-sports Seattle metro area can actually support two sports-only stations--and isn't too cool for sports. In a rare bit of prescience, when 710 switched formats back in 2009, I suggested they hire Moore full-time in an effort to get more local. Now, they've done just that.
"I'm glad you were prophetic because I've been looking for full-time work for more than 15 months now," quips Moore, who put $20 on the Netherlands to win the World Cup at 9-2 odds during a recent trip to Lake Tahoe.
Rebecca Cohen contributed reporting to this post.