Shakeup at WFNZ Charlotte
(December 23, 2010) Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad has agreed to become the full-time co-host at WFNZ 610-AM as part of some wide-sweeping changes at Charlotte’s top local sports talk radio station, according to sources.
Muhummad, the franchise's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, will join former Panther Frank Garcia in the noon to 3 p.m. time slot, replacing Brentson Buckner as co-host. Buckner’s contract was set to expire at the end of the year and previously wrote on his Facebook page he was leaving the station.
Muhammad played for the Panthers from 1996 to 2004 and then returned in 2008 to play two more years before retiring after last season. He was unavailable for comment.
The station will also be making changes in the other time slots as well.
In the 3-7 p.m. slot formerly occupied by Mark Packer, the station will debut a new co-host format featuring Taylor Zarzour and Marc James.
Both Zarzour and James have extensive experience covering sports in the South.
Zarzour’s morning show on WDNC is currently the highest-rated talk show in Raleigh. Previously, he worked as a broadcaster for WEAR TV in Pensacola, Fla., in 2000-01. From there he went on to host the Morning Show for Sports Radio 560 in Nashville, Tenn., before returning home to Mobile, Ala., where he served as the program director and afternoon host for Sports Radio 105.5 until 2004.
He first came to North Carolina in June of 2004, serving as program director and morning host for triangle sports talk 1490/1090 in Raleigh/Durham until the summer of 2006. He also hosted pre- and post-game shows for football and men’s basketball for the Tar Heel Sports Network in addition to being the play-by-play voice of Carolina’s women’s basketball team.
James has hosted radio shows in Miami and Tampa, Fla., and is currently covers the Miami Hurricanes college football team.
In addition, the station will also debut a new local sports talk show from 10 a.m. to noon hosted by Brett Jensen, who has worked previously at the station as a fill-in co-host and for a number of newspapers and Internet sites covering college football. The show will feature daily guest hosts such as former professional players, sports writers and broadcasters — primarily the same individuals that once worked alongside Packer during the now-defunct Primetime with the Packman Show — only during that 10 a.m. to noon time slot.
Jensen's show will replace The Herd with Colin Cowherd, giving the station a local flavor throughout the day and well into the night.
Also, the station will air the David Glenn Show from 7-10 p.m. When the station carries a live sports broadcast, the David Glenn Show will be played on tape delay following the conclusion of the game. Glenn has been a reliable source on the ACC and serves as host of 99.9FM The Fan in the Raleigh area weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. He’s also an editor/writer for the ACC Area Sports Journal and ACCsports.com.
D.J. Stout, the operations manager and program director at WFNZ, refused to comment on any changes to the station’s lineup except to say he is “very excited” about the station's future.
WFNZ-AM's highest-rated show, the Mac Attack featuring Chris McClain and Jim Celania, will remain in the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. time slot.
The changes are expected to take place on Jan. 3.
Read more at the Shelby Star where this story was originally published.
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