Mad Dog Jim Mandich On Air Future Uncertain
The Miami Dolphins announced a new radio broadcast rights deal in South Florida that will likely keep former Dolphins Jim Mad Dog) Mandich and Joe Rose off the air during games. This would be very unfortunate, as the pair of talking heads are really good at what they do. The Dolphins’ six-year deal with Clear Channel Communications comes after the contract with WQAM (560-AM) and its flagship station came to an end.
The Dolphins said they did not yet know which station or stations in Palm Beach County would carry live radio broadcasts. So far South Florida, WINZ (940-AM) and Big 105.9 (WBGG-FM) will serve as the team’s flagship stations for the 2010 season.
Former Dolphins receiver Jimmy Cefalo, who has called play-by-play during games the past five seasons, is likely to remain in that role because he’s a Clear Channel employee. Mandich, who has been the radio analyst for all except two seasons since 1992, and Rose, who has been on Dolphins broadcasts the past five seasons, each host sports talk shows on WQAM. The financial terms, which run through the 2015 NFL season, were not disclosed.
“We couldn’t be more excited that Big 105.9 and WINZ radio will broadcast our games,” Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said in a statement. “This is a big win for Dolphins fans. Clear Channel’s strength of signal, network of stations and multi-media platform, combined with the additional Dolphins programming content will ensure that more fans will be able to listen to our games and follow our activities on and off the field.”
The stations also will broadcast a two-hour pre-game and two-hour post-game show. The agreement also features additional programming elements, including a year-round Dolphins radio show, which will broadcast on WINZ Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.
“Life will go on,” WQAM General Manager Joe Bell wrote in an email sent to staff members. From their inception in 1966 through 2001, Dolphins games were heard on WIOD (610-AM). After jumping to WQAM in 2002, the team landed on start-up WAXY (790-AM) for two seasons (2005-06) before returning to WQAM.