Which afternoon radio sports talk show will you listen to?

Leading Off: Return of Rise Guys livens afternoon drive

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 - 8:45 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 - 8:02 am

Tuesday’s announcement that the Rise Guys – Whitey Gleason and Mark Kreidler – will be back on the air in Sacramento is most noteworthy because the show won’t be on in the morning as it had been since Gleason helped launch it at 98 Rock in the early 1990s.

Even Gleason noted the twist in one of his tweets: “If Rise Guys are in afternoon drive, shouldn’t we be Rides Guys?”

All joking aside, the move by ESPN 1320 to hire Gleason and Kreidler for the station’s first local weekday sports talk show – and put them in a 2-6 p.m. afternoon drive slot – is great news for Sacramento sports fans.

It adds another voice – in this case, two voices – to the afternoon mix.

If you want to listen to local sports talk radio on your drive home, you’ve been limited to Grant Napear on KHTK 1140 and Tom Tolbert on KNBR 680. We have nothing against Napear or Tolbert – both are established hosts with loyal followings – but the Rise Guys’ return will give listeners another option.

The show also will heat up the competition for the lucrative afternoon drive audience, though neither Napear nor Kreidler wanted to focus on the battle for ratings.

“They are great guys,” Napear said. “I’m not concerned about competition ... I’ve only always worried about my show.”

Kreidler, a former sports columnist for The Bee, echoed that sentiment.

“Not too focused on that right now,” Kreidler said. “This is an opportunity for us. ... It’s a big move (by ESPN 1320) and overdue.”

Mostly, Kreidler wanted to talk about the Rise Guys.

“Seriously lucky,” Kreidler said about returning to Sacramento’s airwaves. “We never moved. This area remained home to us all that time.

“It’s great to be back.”

– Tom Couzens


What to watch

World Cup semifinal, Netherlands vs. Argentina, 1 p.m., ESPN, Ch. 19: Who will face the powerful Germans in Sunday’s championship?

What to do

Baseball, A’s at Giants, 7:15 p.m., AT&T Park: The four-game series crosses the bay with Jason Hammel making his A’s debut against Matt Cain.

Today’s poll

Which afternoon radio sports talk show will you listen to?

• Grant Napear on 1140

• Rise Guys on 1320

• Tom Tolbert on 680

• Other

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Tuesday’s results

Is allowing baseball fans to pour their own beers a good thing?

• Yes, it’s innovative: 26%

• No, it’s a bad idea: 74%

Total votes: 92

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