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ESPN 980's 'Man Cave' Debuts; Tim Brant Leaving WJLA

March 30, 2015

Sportcaster Tim Brant will be leaving Channel 7/WJLA after the May ratings sweeps.

In a March 26 staff memo, Brant said that he and new WJLA owner Sinclair "struck out in reaching a new agreement for me to stay."

He joined WJLA in the mid-1970s. He left in 2002 to co-host the morning show at news talker WMAL, 630 AM.

In 2004, Brant returned as WJLA's vice president and director of sports, and has been anchoring the ABC affiliate's evening sportscasts ever since. 

Despite leaving WJLA, Brant will continue to call college football for CBS and ACC basketball for Raycom Sports. 

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Two weeks after it was supposed to debut, the "Man Cave" finally aired its first show on ESPN 980, WTEM, March 30. 

The hosts of the new morning show, former Washington Post sports columnist Jason Reid and area radio veteran Chris Paul, did acknowledge what originally looked like a cancellation but turned into a delayed start. However, they avoided talking about the multiple rumors surrounding the happenings. 

"During that whole time that we were not on the air, Jason and I both remained silent because we had to," Paul said on the debut show. "Things were being worked out behind the scenes -- things you young folks wouldn't understand. It's a different level of grown-up mentality needed to understand exactly what was going on behind the scenes. 

"So, we had to let the people talk. We had to let them say what they were going to say. But now, if you want to know what happened with the "Man Cave" and why we did not debut, this is why."

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Tony Kornheiser's online, podcast version of his WTEM, ESPN 980, 10 a.m.-noon show will now be available without a 24-hour delay. The same-day podcasts will be available shortly after the conclusion of the live show each day.

Previously, each day's show was not made available for replay until the following day, which caused complaints from some of Kornheiser's listeners. 

Kornheiser's podcast show can be heard at espn980.com.  

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CBS sports talker WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan, placed 18th in the Washington market radio ratings for February in the age 12-plus demographic. Its rival, ESPN 980, ranked 21st.

CBS news talker WNEW, 99.1, which broadcasts Washington Wizards games, ranked 19th.

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