Chad Dukes is now the solo host of an afternoon show on CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, now that LaVar Arrington, his co-host on "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes," is heading to Los Angeles to work on the NFL Network's weekday morning show.
During his show July 23, Dukes said: "I have re-signed with CBS Radio for many years, and I will be hosting afternoon drive here on 106.7 The Fan.
"If I could get real real for a minute, a lot of people have a lot of boyhood dreams. I literally sat in my mom's basement when I was 19 years old, not knowing what I wanted to do, thinking I was going to be a failure my whole life. And my goal was to host afternoon drive on 106.7 The Fan and do my own radio show. And so when I tell you that I take this with the heaviest gravitas, it absolutely is the case. I could not be more thrilled."
Dukes' new show will be called "Chad Dukes Versus the World." Arrington will continue to make hour-long guest shots with Dukes Mondays and Fridays via satellite from California.
Dukes had already been the sole host of the 6 p.m. hour on WJFK, after his show with Arrington.
There were rumors that WJFK would replace Arrington with someone else to co-host with Dukes. One of the names mentioned was Oscar Santana, Dukes' longtime "Big O and Dukes" show radio partner who used to work with him at WJFK before the station flipped to sports talk in 2009. Santana still does a podcast show with Dukes.
Comcast SportsNet confirmed that Nicole Darin, who had been part of "SportsTalk Live" on CSN, had left the network in June. She came to CSN Mid-Atlantic from its sister regional sports network, CSN Chicago, in 2012.
CBS executives haven't enforced a policy with the network's broadcasters about using the word "Redskins" when talking about the NFL franchise in Washington, D.C., according to the Associated Press.
"We don't tell our announcers what to say about any topic," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said during a meeting with TV critics July 17. "That is true about team names also. We haven't made any specific plans as far as the name. We're looking at it, but right now we don't have any change in our plan."
In addition to its coverage of AFC games on Sundays, CBS is launching Thursday night coverage of NFL games in 2014. The network will air eight games, which also will air on NFL Network.
Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group will launch a collegiate sports service called the American Sports Network.
Its programming will air on Sinclair's CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates. The firm has deals with Division I conferences such as Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Big South Conference, the Southern Conference and the Patriot League. The sports the service will air live will include football, basketball and soccer.
In D.C., the network will most likely air on Channel 54/WNUV, a Sinclair-operated CW affiliate in Baltimore. Sinclair is awaiting Federal Communications Commission approval to buy D.C.'s ABC affiliate, Channel 7/WJLA, and its sister NewsChannel 8 local cable channel.