Less than two weeks after BSM writer Matt Fishman tried to make sense of recent lineup changes at 670 The Score, the person in charge of the station, Jimmy deCastro commented on the moves and Fishman’s opinion.
Fishman’s article pieced The Score’s changes together, connecting them to deCastro’s short-lived 2014 attempt at launching an FM Sports station in Chicago, 87.7 The Game. Fishman points toward 670’s decisions to bring in two former hosts from The Game, David Haugh and Connor McKnight, as well as Dan McNeil who deCastro coveted at 87.7FM. The long-time hosts being replaced were Jason Goff, Matt Spiegel and most recently Brian Hanley from The Score’s highly successful morning show which dominated ESPN 1000 in the spring book 6.9 to 2.7. Still, deCastro strongly disagreed with the sentiment.
“It’s ridiculous,” deCastro told Jeff Agrest of the Chicago Sun Times. “The Game was a pure experiment of a television format to try and drive some imaging on FM. It was a horrible signal. All we were trying to do was be younger and different. Kap and Haugh together on TV and radio was really great. I want to replace that model. I intend to do that with The Score.”
The one similarity with The Game that deCastro admitted to since taking over The Score is the attempt to get younger and different. “Why did I make the changes? We needed to be young, we needed to have more fun. Our cross talks explode now. We needed more content to be able to drive. I’m deeply down in trying to continue to make this hipper and younger and better and engage people in more and different ways.”
While former host at The Game and Tribune columnist David Haugh is considered the favorite to replace Hanley full-time on the morning show, deCastro said the hire hasn’t been made yet and the station continues talking to other candidates.
According to deCastro, the moves at 670 are strictly about making the station better, there is no personal vendetta. “This isn’t deCastro riding in on a horse with a black hat on and an eye patch on going, ‘I’m going to shoot it up with AM-1000.’ That’s not the way we do things. We analyze it, we research it. We think it through. Will we take risks? Yes. That’s why we’re successful,” said the longtime Chicago radio veteran.