Shan Shariff is celebrating his 12-month anniversary at 610 Sports by taking a morning-drive gig in the big-hat city of Dallas. This Thursday, March 31st is Shariff’s final show at 610 Sports. Shariff declined to comment on his move to Dallas, simply asking to wait. “I would prefer to wait until both sides send out their releases this week,” said the mid-morning host at 610 Sports.
Ryan Maguire, the Program Director at 610 Sports who hired Shariff, confirmed his pending departure. “I can confirm that Shan has resigned.,” stated Maguire. “His last day on the air will be this Thursday. He has accepted a job in another market. It was an opportunity that he wanted to go after and we allowed him to pursue it.”
Shariff parlayed a weekend sports talk show in the Baltimore/Washington D. C. area into his current post here at KCSP. He was part of the station’s shake up when they dumped Chris & Cowboy for Nick Wright and added the “new sheriff in town” from the east.
In his online bio, Shariff discusses working in different sized markets. “I will say that whether I was in market 142 or 32, I ALWAYS approached every show like I had a nationwide audience,” wrote Shariff. “I always believed that I could make it to a major market so my preparation reflected that attitude. I was taught from the beginning that you never know who’s listening and when that lucky break could come.”
It appears someone with a Texas drawl was listening and Shariff is about to get one of the biggest breaks any 610 sports talker alum has been granted. Damon Amendolara was canned by 610 Sports in December of 2007 and now works in Boston as the evening host at The Sports Hub, WBZ-FM. But D.A. had to hustle to get his Boston gig, while it appears Shariff has been plucked from 610’s young stable by a Dallas station that sees promise in the 29-year-old American University graduate.
“I’m happy for Shan…although I regret seeing him go,” said Maguire. “He’s a rising, young talent and I was hoping that he could continue to grow with us.” Maguire went on to say how impressed he was that Shariff could so quickly come into a new market and establish himself. “It’s intimidating for someone that is not from the area, to come into a place like Kansas City and do sports-talk radio. Shan rose to the challenge and in a very short period of time, became one of the most listened to hosts in his demo and time slot. All of us wish him the best of luck.”
Shariff’s replacement is scheduled to start in Shariff’s 610 time slot on Monday, April 4th. “Right now we’re finalizing the process of finding replacement for him,” added Maguire. Do not expect a syndicated host to fill Shariff’s slot. “We will be keeping weekdays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am time local on 610 Sports Radio,” confirmed Maguire.
Word out of Entercom also has Bob Fescoe possibly receiving some “help” for his morning show in the form of cohost. It might be interesting to pair Fescoe, an ardent and unapologetic Kansas homer, with a Mizzou fan. Not the most original idea, with the Border Patrol down the dial already presenting that format, but one that would very likely vastly improve Fescoe’s show.
GregHall24@Yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24