Fayetteville's KQSM 'The Ticket' Drops ESPN for CBS Sports

There’s a reason northwest Arkansas sports talk listeners aren’t hearing the people they’re accustomed to hearing when Fayetteville’s KQSM-FM, 92.1(the Ticket), is playing national programming. And ESPN national radio personalities aren’t simply on an extended holiday break.

On Jan. 2, the Cumulus Media-owned 92.1 made the transition to CBS Sports Radio. It’s a change happening nationally for Cumulus stations.

The move leaves northwest Arkansas without an ESPN radio affiliate.

While the national format has changed (and allows 92.1 to run syndicated talk host Jim Rome), 92.1 Program Director Josh Bertaccini said the switch would not impact local programming. Bertaccini’s morning show, “The Red Zone,” and the afternoon’s “Sports Talk With Bo Mattingly” will continue to run on the station.

The Ticket will also continue to run University of Arkansas game broadcasts for football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, Bertaccini said.

Bertaccini’s morning show is also now being simulcast on a recently launched Cumulus sports talk station in Fort Smith (KSLZ-FM, 100.7). It airs from 7 to 9 a.m.