HITZ 92FM to roll out new sports package
HITZ 92 Fm will be ramping up its coverage of sports this year as it seeks to satisfy the demands of its audience.
Patrick Anderson, group head of the sports of the RJR Communication Group, said that the outlet is increasing its coverage of sports to underline its reputation as a leader in sports broadcasting. These changes, he said, will take effect on January 9.
"We are increasing our hours of sports, married with true blue Reggae music and so you are not going to get a lot of dancehall on Hitz anymore," said Anderson.
"We intend, within a year or year and half, to be the number-one dominant force for sports coverage in the country," he said.
"Apart from the fact that it is our stated aim, it is our passion, the guys and the ladies here are jumping out of their skins that they want to cover sports and I want to cover sports and that's my passion," Anderson said.
SPORTS EXPLOSION EXTENDED
Chief among the changes is that the popular Sports Explosion, programme, which is hosts by Earl Bailey and Oral Tracey, has been extended by an hour and will now be heard from 9a.m.-11 a.m.
There will be a call-in segment in the second hour, where listeners can call in to debate with Bailey and Tracey.
Additionally, the station will be adding an all-female show, which is called the Girls' Sports Club, which will be hosted by Karen Madden and Trishana McGowan. This show will run from 12 to 2 p.m.
A music show will take place from 2 p.m.-5p.m.
The Sports Grill has been extended by a day, and will now run from Monday to Friday from 5p.m.-7p.m. The programme will be an investigative show where the hosts will look at the issues in sports, instead of taking a call-in format. The programme will be hosted by Anderson and another member of the team, with details still to come in that respect.
There will also be a new show called The Sports Machine, which starts on January 14 and will run from 1pm.-5p.m.
This programme features live sports from all over the island as well as live intentional sports. The show will be hosted by Earl Bailey and a radio disc jockey. It will also feature reporters in the field giving live updates on sporting events.
Meanwhile, live horse racing from Caymanas Park will be shifted from Power106 FM to Hitz in February.
Anderson said he is very optimistic that the public will welcome these new changes.
"I have every trust that the public will support it and of course we are looking for excellent support from our sponsors and advertisers," he said. "I really appreciate Mr (Gary) Allen, Mr (Christopher) Barnes and Dr Dennis Howard, who is the new general manager for radio services for supporting this vision."