Bo Mattingly Sports Show Moves to Fresh Talk KKSP-FM

by Lance Turner  on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 1:07 pm  

"Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly," which airs on KABZ-FM, 103.7, in Little Rock, will begin airing on KKSP on Dec. 10.

Bo Mattingly's sports talk radio show is jumping to news and talk station KKSP-FM, 93.3, in central Arkansas as the "Fresh Talk" station tweaks its programming lineup.

"Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly," which currently airs on KABZ-FM, 103.7, in Little Rock, will begin airing on KKSP on Dec. 10, according to a new release from KKSP Station Manager Neal Gladner.

Mattingly's four-hour show will air from 2-6 p.m. weekdays. It is co-hosted by Clay Henry and Dudley Dawson of Hawgs Illustrated.

Replacing Mattingly's show on KABZ-FM is "Overtime," a show hosted by former Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Matt Jones and KABZ contributor Trey Schaap. "Overtime" goes on the air Nov. 12.

"Our central Arkansas listeners have been telling me they want to hear me later in the day, especially on the way home from work," Mattingly said. "2 p.m. to 6 p.m. is our time slot on our other network stations throughout most of Arkansas and our central Arkansas listeners wanted to hear the entire show. This is a chance to make that happen."

The show currently airs from 1-4 p.m. on KABZ, "The Buzz." Mattingly said the arrangement has been difficult because the show airs at a different time on other Arkansas stations.

"Since our show airs on different stations throughout the state, some may not realize that our time slot in central Arkansas has been different than most of our other affiliates," Mattingly said. "We have always been on from 1-4 p.m. in the Little Rock market, but 2-6 p.m. everywhere else, which caused a strain on our system. This move puts us 2-6 p.m. throughout the state and allows us to produce a better product for our loyal listeners."

Mattingly said it was "an honor" to be a part of the KABZ lineup. His final show on The Buzz will air Friday.

Justin Acri, KABZ's program director, said he was surprised by Mattingly's move.

"Bo came to us a few weeks ago to let us know of his desire to sever the relationship between his company and 103.7 The Buzz," he said. "We were surprised by the decision, but wish him nothing but the best as he continues in his career.

"We are thrilled about being able to put together what we think will be a high-quality and extremely entertaining show with a Razorback legend in Matt Jones and a very talented and experienced broadcaster in Trey Schaap."

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