Sports fans across the Grand Strand have a new radio show to start the day, and Myrtle Beach is part of its home base.
WSEA-FM 100.3 “The Team,” a CBS Sports Radio affiliate, has added “The Press Box with The Bad Boy of Sports Radio,” with Allen Smothers. The show airs 7-10 a.m., covering a ton of topics, especially updates from the university teams at Coastal Carolina, South Carolina, and Clemson. Hockey fans might have liked this past Monday, when the conversation included a few minutes on the Pittsburgh Penguins repeat win for Lord Stanley’s Cup on Sunday night, and Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s support for the Predators’ debut berth in the finals since the franchise took to the ice in 1998.
The call-in number to chat with Smothers’ crew is 843-407-5812. Host for “The Press Box” for 12 years, and airing across the Pee Dee into North Carolina, Smothers lives in Myrtle Beach. Other stations airing the show include WOLH-FM 96.3 and WOLH-AM 1230, a simulcast on the Florence outlets for ESPN. More details at www.thepressboxradio.com.
Night Train, the operations manager for the Cumulus Myrtle Beach cluster of stations such as WSEA, WSYN-FM “Sunny” 103.1 and WLFF-FM “Nash” 106.5, said “The Press Box” scores in multiple ways as an addition to its broadcast roster and that Smothers “does the show here in studio three days a week, and two in Florence.”
“Allen has been involved in many things for years,” Night Train said, “and he has also, for years, wanted to be on the air here in Myrtle Beach.
“He is edgy, and his in-your-face style was something that was appealing to me, plus we wanted to do more local and region sports so it was a natural fit.”
CBS Sports Radio’s “Gio and Jones,” with Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones, continues to air 6-7 a.m. on WSEA, which had carried that whole show till 9 a.m. of late.
‘Eagle 92.9’ also shifts morning lineup
WEGX-FM “Eagle” 92.9, an iHeartRadio country station with a strong signal reaching the Grand Strand from Florence, already is in its second month of carrying “The Bobby Bones Show,” 6-10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. Syndicated by Premiere Networks from Nashville (bobbybones.iheart.com), this show took the place of the longtime local morning drive show co-hosted by Randy “Mudflap” Wilcox and Ed Palmer.
Those two men, whose final shift aired April 28, spoke about Grand Strand events frequently and relayed major traffic reports involving sites across Horry County regularly. In a posting on their “MudflapAndPalmer” Facebook page, the men noted the station ownership’s “financial decision” to shift the morning programming as of May 1 and thanked many people for community support through the years, including Mattie Jarrett and Tessa Rodriguez, each a former morning show co-host.
Classic country shows fill weekend nights
Fans of older country music might like two syndicated programs on weekends on WJXY-FM 93.9 “Carolina Country,” among the amenities added since the station was changed from a talk format in February by its new owner, Colonial Media + Entertainment:
▪ Compass Media Networks’ “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence,” 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, with music from the 1980s, ’90s, and early 2000s (www.tracylawrence.com/honky-tonkin/#).
▪ Westwood One’s “The Original Country Gold with Rowdy Yates,” 6-11 p.m. Sundays (www.rowdyyates.com/countrygold/).
Contact Steve Palisin at 843-444-1764.