The Front Range Sports Network which owns and operates ESPN 105.5 in Denver, has decided to exit the sports radio business. The company has reached an agreement to sell the radio station to Greeley-based KUNC. KUNC will expand its news and information programming on 91.5 FM and introduce full-time non-commercial music programming on the 105.5 FM signal.
As a result, this leaves two talented sports talk show hosts out of work. Cecil Lammey who’d been hosting middays on the station and Nate Kreckman who occupied afternoon drive will both be let go and free to explore new opportunities.
“The writing has been on the wall for a while,” Kreckman said. “This had much more to do with station ownership looking to get out of the sports market.
“I was long overdue to have a shakeup (in my career), but whatever happens, happens.”
The change also means that ESPN Radio programming will have a new home in the market. Bonneville, which owns the market leading sports brand 104.3 The Fan and KEPN 1600AM, has reached an agreement to shift ESPN Radio’s programming over to their AM signal.
The Fan will now be able to welcome ESPN analysts and insiders as guests on their airwaves and carry the network’s play-by-play events of the biggest national sporting events. The new partnership with ESPN Radio is expected to begin on January 4, 2016.
Credit to the Denver Post for the quotes from Kreckman