Sports talk radio station hits the airwaves

98.7 The Fan debuted at noon on Thurs., Aug. 2.

But on Thursday at noon, the game officially took a major turn when the FM station 98.7 The Fan debuted with a press conference announcing the partnership between CBS Radio Tampa Bay and USF Athletics. The multi-year agreement begins with the 2012-13 school year and includes coverage of USF football and men’s basketball, with baseball and women’s basketball broadcasted on 1010AM The Fan.


“Today marks the beginning of Sports Radio The Fan — a station dedicated solely to Tampa Bay area sports,” said Ben Hill, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio Tampa Bay. “USF programming is an incredible complement to our lineup and a win for the local audience.”


The station will have locally produced programming throughout the entire day, including former Buccaneer lineman Booger McFarland, Lightning forward Chris Dingman and Tampa Bay Times columnist Gary Shelton.


The Tampa Bay region now includes three stations devoted to sports. In addition to WDAE and CBS Radio, 1040 ESPN features sports talk programming.


Here is the lineup for 98.7 The Fan:


6-10 a.m.
Kirk and Dinger...Kirk McEwen & former Tampa Bay Lightning player Chris Dingman


10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gary and the “Commish”...Tampa Bay Times Columnist Gary Shelton & Justin Pawlowski


2-6 p.m.
Todd and Booger...Todd Wright & former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Booger McFarland


6-10 p.m.
Rich Herrera


Nanci Donnellan, best known as the “Fabulous Sports Babe,” will be featured from 1 to 6 a.m.

click to enlarge MEET THE HOSTS: From top, left, the Fan's hosts are Kirk McEwen, Chris Dingman, Gary Shelton, Justin Pawlowski, Todd Wright, Anthony “Booger” McFarland, Rich Herrera and Nanci Donnellan, aka “The Fabulous Sports Babe.” - CBS SPORTS RADIO THE FAN TAMPA BAY
CBS SPORTS RADIO THE FAN TAMPA BAY
MEET THE HOSTS: From top, left, the Fan's hosts are Kirk McEwen, Chris Dingman, Gary Shelton, Justin Pawlowski, Todd Wright, Anthony “Booger” McFarland, Rich Herrera and Nanci Donnellan, aka “The Fabulous Sports Babe.”
  • CBS SPORTS RADIO THE FAN TAMPA BAY
  • MEET THE HOSTS: From top, left, the Fan's hosts are Kirk McEwen, Chris Dingman, Gary Shelton, Justin Pawlowski, Todd Wright, Anthony “Booger” McFarland, Rich Herrera and Nanci Donnellan, aka “The Fabulous Sports Babe.”

Sports talk radio in the Tampa Bay region sure has taken leaps and bounds over the past few years. After being dominated by WDAE since the station switched over to the format in 1997, 1040 ESPN and 1010 CBS Radio joined the game within the past three years.

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