Various industry sources are buzzing me about a possible defection from ESPN Radio Network to the new CBS Sports Radio Network.
My sources indicate CBS Sports Radio Network has targeted the services of John Kincade, currently the host of "The John Kincade Show" on ESPN Radio heard nationally Sundays from 7-10am ET. In addition to his own show on Sunday mornings that has run since 2007, Kincade seems to be the first body off the bench filling in on "Hill and Schlereth" and the new "Coach and Company" program. Kincade served as the fill-in host for Colin Cowherd for many years before the show became a TV simulcast a few years back.
Kincade filled in during the gaps on ESPN Radio when both Brian Kenny and Doug Gottlieb exited the network, but was not chosen to take over the time slots. It is not apparent whether he was ever offered the option considering he broadcasts out of Atlanta.
The logical link is that Kincade has been the co-host of "Buck and Kincade" in Atlanta since 2000. The station is operated by Dickey Broadcasting, the same Dickey family that operates Cumulus Broadcasting. Cumulus is the business partner of CBS Sports Radio in their new sports talk radio network so it would make sense for them to want to add one of their own.
680 The Fan, the station where Kincade works in Atlanta dropped the ESPN Radio affiliation a month ago and will be the home of the CBS Sports Radio national programming. Despite the change of local station affiliation, Kincade has continued to be featured on ESPN Radio.
Attempts to contact Kincade for any comment were unsuccessful.
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