I share AP's regret at Mark Elfenbein's departure from Sunday mornings for a midday gig at 105.3.
This site has had occasion to remark on Elfenbein's unique broadcast sound in this market. I'll miss him on Sunday mornings. He had a solid show and good chemistry with his guys.
However . . .
I have also thought that Elfenbein is probably best in small doses. A few hours of an all-Elf show a week was probably about right. I wish him the best on his everyday gig (real estate biz must really be depressed), but if I were Fan management I'd look for a strong co-host for him, or at least a sidekick that will offset his somewhat spicy delivery. He works well with other voices on the show, doesn't seem to have big ego issues. [[SEE CORRECTION BELOW.]]
Could they have found an everyday slot for Elf? If it were up to me, I'd ditch the Top Ten and install a nighttime host, and Elfenbein would have been perfect for that.
Richie Whitt in his report suggests that Elf may have been ill-treated by The Ticket, as a second-class citizen weekend host not worthy of standing with the weekday guys in the recent 15th anniversary celebrations. So there may have been some behind-the-scenes stuff that made it uncomfortable for him to stay, or easy to go. Maybe some anonymous insider in the know will lift the veil for us.
I'd been meaning to talik about some of the larger changes at The Ticket, but I don't know exactly what's going on. New studio; new signal. Elf leaving. And all those ads for new sales and technical guys. Sounds to me like The Ticket is going through some behind-the-scenes stuff, some of it good for P1s, some of it bad.
Some of it, of course, is natural turnover in the volatile world of local radio. Well-regarded but poorly-paid second-stringers at the mic and at the board looking for a better living elsewhere.
The Fan is not sitting still. So far its all-Ticket hiring policy isn't working out for it, kind of like the Bengals' Cowboy poaching. But they're in there slugging, and somewhere along the line, somewhere during the broadcast day, they're going to strike a little gold.
Note that in the portrait above, that Your Plainsman is "scanning the sports radio horizon," despite the name of the site. I've been switching channels more frequently lately, checking out the competition when I've wearied of some tired bit or overexposure of one host or another. Anyone want to steer me in the direction of good sportstalk elsewhere, lemme know.
CORRECTION: I didn't realize they were going to team Elfenbein up with Josh Lewin.. Wow, an all-Jewish midday on The Fan. Interesting. That might be a potent alternative to BaD Radio. If you're tired of all the bickering over there, Josh and Elf might seem worth a listen.
ADDENDUM, 2:30 pm: Looks like Todd Archer is also changing his affiliation to ESPN. Todd's OK, but this is not an immense loss from a daily broadcast standpoint. The question I have is -- what does it mean about what's going on at The Ticket or, perhaps more meaningfully, what's ESPN's management up to? Guessing that they're tired of looking foolish in this market (although promoting Hammer to five endless hours of drive is unlikely to prove an inspired strategy) and going to spend some bucks to class up their output.