When I was aspiring to have a career in radio while an Ohio State student in the mid 1980's, there was one place I wanted to work....WTVN. It was the station I listened to for sports news in general and Buckeye news in particular. I still remember getting my first shot on the air here--doing a Sunday afternoon sports show back in 1996. I still remember doing my first sportscast weeks later. I still remember working my first Buckeye Football game, doing scores and updates on WTVN's Best Buckeye Coverage in 1997. In fact the first game I worked was an Ohio State vs. Wyoming Thursday night match up when OSU quarterback Stan Jackson ran for one score and threw for another.
It would be 10 years later, when that Stan Jackson would join our WTVN staff as a football analyst. It's another 10 years---today---that I begin a new phase in my career, with Stan Jackson along side.
Beginning Monday afternoon, my career changes directions significantly. My primary role moves from being sports director at WTVN, to becoming a sports talk show on WTVN's all sports FM sister station 105.7, the Zone. We are debuting "Jackson and McCoy" Monday. Stan Jackson will serve as my co-host every afternoon from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This is exciting news for all of us with The Zone. The all sports station has been gaining traction since it came on the air last November. Spielman and Hooley, our morning show (6-9 am Monday through Friday) with Chris Spielman, Maddie Spielman and Bruce Hooley is becoming a destination show for the Columbus sports fan. The time has come for The Zone to expand to afternoons and Stan and I are excited for the opportunity.
I would be lying, however, if I did not acknowledge that I do have some mixed emotions. While I will still have a role at WTVN, my weekday morning time with Joel Riley is going away. I love working with Joel. It's frankly been the best part of my day for the past six years. He's the consummate pro and a close friend and our on-air time together has been a blast. Similarly, I've been working with John Corby and Joe Bradley in the afternoon for a decade and have enjoyed that very much as well.
The good news is, I'm not going anywhere. I will still contribute to WTVN and will still join Joel on the morning show from time to time and have a small role with John. You can't take WTVN completely out of my blood, but to have the chance to do a weekday sportstalk show with Stan I could not pass up. If you love sports, join us. We can't wait to inform and entertain you.