Rosinski yanked by syndicator

from the Charlotte Observer on Bill Rosinski, the former play-by-play voice of the Carolina Panthers and host of a sports talk show that was broadcast here in the Triad.

Bill Rosinski’s sports talk show was abruptly canceled by the syndicator and has been replaced temporarily on WFNZ-AM Charlotte(610, 1660) by Tony Bruno of Sporting News Radio.

Rosinski said Wednesday he was told by Danny Fontana, who syndicated the mid-morning show through his Charis Radio Network, that the show wasn’t attracting enough advertising to make it profitable.

“It was not in his best financial interest to keep it going,” Rosinski said. “I’m sorry it came to an end the way it did.”

Casey Shannon, executive vice president of CRN Communications, said that the show had been squeezed out of some Carolina markets because of aggressive competition from ESPN Radio, which pressured stations to carry their product.

At one time, the show was on four stations but in the end, it was carried on only WFNZ and WBLO-AM in Greensboro-Winston-Salem.


  1. I liked Bill Rosinski’s show out of Charlotte. I had liked him as the Panther’s play-by-play man until he was forced out because of personality conflicts with the Panthers’ top brass (at least from what I heard). I understand that revenue is the key and the lifeblood to radio broadcasting, but Rosinski at least told it as he saw it. He may have talked a bit much on hockey for my taste, but I did enjoy his program. It seems like there should be a local sports talk show that could make it in this area–something like the former shows hosted by Big Mo’ or Bill Kimm. Do you think it’s possible for a Triad area sports talk show to make it?

  2. Word on the street is that ROCK 92 is going to start an afternoon show similar to what Chris and Chris are doing in the morning and this would lead them in their battle against 101.1 if there is an FM Talk battle going on. WZTK does a local sports call-in show on Sundays after the Panthers games with Britt Whitmire and Scott Brigaman. It usually runs for at least one hour on 101.1 FM and they break down the game and they do take listener phone calls.

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