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Jared Max is Done at ESPN 98.7 FM

jared-max-headshot1In a abrupt announcement, ESPN and Jared Max have ended their association. We don’t know much about Max leaving ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN, but it can be inferred from his statement that this wasn’t choice.

“I am sorry that Maxed Out will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences I had working with and learning from such good men and women — broadcasters, producers and interns,” Max says.

Robin Lundberg was added as co-host of Max’s Maxed Out from 4 to 6 a.m. Max also provided local updates during the national Mike and Mike show. Max left the company as of Wednesday. Reportedly, Lundberg will host the show solo for the foreseeable future.

“My ESPN experience elevated and prepared me for the next exciting chapter in my career in a way which I could not have foreseen,” Max adds. “In the past two and a half years at ESPN, I achieved seismic growth — professionally and personally.”

In March 2011, after 11 years as WCBS 880 morning sports anchor he joined ESPN Radio in New York. Just two months later, Max took to the airwaves and sent shockwaves through the industry when he told his ESPN listeners that he was gay.

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No Change in the July Arbitron Ratings: WLTW Take First, WCBS-FM Keeps Second

wltw_2010_200x90If the familiar is boring, then WLTW/LITE-FM is the most boring station. Of course, WLTW is also the most popular, winning the overall (6+) Arbitron ratings for July. WLTW did see a slight drop from June (6.8 to 6.6), but its nearest competitor WCBS-FM also made an about-face. The classic hits station took a .4 nosedive for the month, after closing within a tenth of a point behind the Clear Channel juggernaut.

WBLS held third place with a 6.0 (down .2 from June).

No change for Z100/WHTZ. Fresh off celebrating its 30th anniversary last Friday, it maintained a 5.5.

The first gains of the month are registered by Spanish station WSKQ in fifth position. The SBS-owned station jumped .9 to 5.1.

Status quo for rocker WAXQ/Q104.3 at 4.5, while sister station WKTU made a modest improvement to 4.6.

WINS took a step back to 3.9 (down .4 from last month). WCBS 880 kept pace at 3.6.

Emmis’ lone New York entry Hot 97/WQHT saw a nice .5 boost to 3.1.

WFAN, with its dual AM-FM simulcast, dropped slightly to 2.9. However, ESPN 98.7/WEPN also took a step back to 1.4.

New York’s Country home: NASH-FM/WNSH-FM landed at 2.0, losing minimal ground from June.

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Exclusive: WFAN Reportedly Will Drop Its Legendary 660 Format for CBS Sports Radio

WFANNewLogoFinalBy JERRY BARMASH

WFAN has become a sports radio institution since moving to 50,000 watt clear channel 660 on the AM dial in 1988. Tuned In has learned exclusively that station brass have decided to put upstart CBS Sports Radio on 660 in January. A person close to the situation cautions the switch is tentative.

“There is an effort to make sure that the FAN is not too adversely damaged by the change,” the source indicates.

As we reported last week, a source told Tuned In that CBS Sports Radio will finally get its elusive New York clearance sometime early in 2014.

WFAN/CBS Sports Radio had no comment for Tuned In.

Related: Insider Says WFAN to Become CBS Sports Radio in 2014 

Reportedly, there has been an internal struggle between ‘FAN execs and the network honchos regarding what to do with WFAN. CBS Radio began a ‘FAN simulcast on 101.9 FM in November. But sports powerhouse ESPN took the first dive into the FM pool in April of last year by shifting its poor 1050 signal to 98.7.

The source says removing WFAN from its popular AM spot is a no-brainer, but everyone needs to tread lightly.

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First Time Mom Jodi Applegate ‘Interested’ in TV Return ‘If Something Pops Up’

photo (4)By JERRY BARMASH

Motherhood is definitely agreeing with ex-anchor Jodi Applegate. She took a step back from her high profile gig at WPIX in December to concentrate on expanding her family with husband, YES Network’s Michael Kay.

Applegate had been the solo anchor of the station’s 5 and 10 p.m. broadcasts. Her hope was to remain with the station in a part-time capacity while caring for her three-month old daughter. Kay took to Twitter moments before she signed off at PIX to air his displeasure with the Channel 11 brass.

“That was unfortunate. It’s hard to really convey emotion in 140 characters,” Kay tells Tuned In. “I just felt that if they would have just let her do one show, she would have stayed. They needed her for two [shows] because she’s so good. But I didn’t mean any animosity toward it at all.”

The PIX anchor since October 2010, Applegate offered to tape segments, giving her a presence in both broadcasts.

“That just wasn’t in their plans,” Applegate says. “I understand. They’re running a business.”

A WPIX spokesperson tells Tuned In, “Leaving PIX11 was Jodi’s decision. We enjoyed working with Jodi and offered her several different options at the end of her contract but she chose not to renew.”

She also realizes the business of TV news and parenting can make strange bedfellows.

“Anchoring a newscast isn’t like working in a factory, except that time-wise, hours are very rigid. I was there after 11 p.m. every night. Anyone who has kids who works that shift knows that it’s tricky,” Applegate says.

Going forward, Kay wants the PIX experience to play heavily in his wife’s future endeavors.

“The next job that she has I hope that they’re more ‘mommy friendly,’” Kay says. “Not that they weren’t, but they needed her for two shows. The next job she is going to want to be a mom and be on TV.”

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