Cooley/Walker/Jackson/Weinstein out at ESPN 980

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Source: Cooley, Walker, Weinstein, Jackson Out At WTEM - 8/2 - DCRTV hears from a reliable local radio source that Urban One is making massive budget cuts to their newly-acquired WTEM, The Team 980. Out are: Chris Cooley, Doc Walker, Bram Weinstein, and Scott Jackson. The only show not affected is Steve Czaban's. Cuts expected to continue, including off-air positions. New shows not yet determined, though Al Koken, Fred Smoot, and Chick Hernandez are all getting try-outs this week. Back in May, Silver Spring-based Urban One, formerly Radio One, agreed to purchase sports talker WTEM from Red Zebra, which was owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The 980 AM signal was Snyder's last broadcast radio property. He'd sold WTEM's two FM signals last year..
 

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Just for shits and and giggles, I checked in around 11:30. Al Koken, who is a consummate pro, must have lost a bet. He was paired with Fred Smoot. Whoa. If you thought Brian Mitchell is bad, don't come knocking.
 

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Just for shits and and giggles, I checked in around 11:30. Al Koken, who is a consummate pro, must have lost a bet. He was paired with Fred Smoot. Whoa. If you thought Brian Mitchell is bad, don't come knocking.
My very thought when I read about Smoot. Holy Sweet Tapdancing Jesus, he'll make Mitchell sound like Churchill.
 

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I was thinking more about how glad I was that I haven't listened to that station since TK last signed off.
The only remotely listenable show is Czaban, and either you like him, or you don't. I don't much, but in small doses, he can amuse. He's pretty much just your generic "hot take" sports yakker.
 
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