Radio listeners in Columbus, Ohio will no longer find sports talk on 105.7 FM. iHeartMedia flipped formats on the station today and 105.7 the Zone is now 105.7 the Brew. The name is actually a throwback for the 105.7 frequency. The station was previously called the Brew from 2005 until 2014.
The Brew is an updated classic rock format that iHeartMedia has previously rolled out in other markets across the country including Portland, Oregon, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Oklahoma City.
The Zone was a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. It was also the Columbus affiliate for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, and Cincinnati Bengals. The station had local shows in morning and afternoon drive. Neither morning man Bruce Hooley nor afternoon co-host Stan Jackson have commented on their future radio plans.
Jackson’s co-host Matt McCoy took to Twitter to announce he will remain with the iHeart cluster in Columbus. He will serve as the sports director for news talk outlet 610 WTVN.
Lori Schmidt, who served as a reporter covering multiple teams for 105.7 the Zone, said that she is trying to absorb everything that has happened, but is happy to hear McCoy will still be on the air.
105.7 the Zone always trailed RadiOhio’s 97.1 the Fan in the ratings, and lately it had been by a significant margin. The Fan is now Columbus’s only local sports station. 1460 AM is a 5000 watt AM station, also owned by RadiOhio, that airs the full ESPN lineup.