Leading Off

Leading Off: The Rise Guys return to local radio Monday

There’s a new team in town – a radio duo, that is.

And they’re not really new, but we wouldn’t dare call them old.

At 2 p.m.Monday, The Rise Guys – Whitey Gleason and Mark Kreidler – debut at ESPN 1320 (KCTC AM) with only the second local weekday program for the station since it switched to sports and affiliated with ESPN in 2007. (Who can forget the short-lived “Rob, Arnie and Sports” show in 2011?)

Gleason and Kreidler left KHTK (1140 AM) in 2011 and took The Rise Guys to 95.7 FM in San Francisco, but their show was canceled in March.

Gleason, who had been on the air in Sacramento for about 30 years, was one of The Rise Guys when the show launched on 98 Rock in the early 1990s, but it wasn’t a sports show until it moved to KHTK in 1999.

Kreidler, a former sports columnist at The Bee and an author of three books, joined Gleason (and Mark Lowe, aka “Phantom”) on The Rise Guys in 2009, bringing what Gleason calls “journalistic integrity” to the program.

Now Gleason and Kreidler are back in Sacramento with four hours of sports talk every weekday. The show will focus on the major pro teams in the region with colleges and high schools sprinkled in, according to ESPN 1320 program director Brian Lopez.

And has there ever been a more exciting time for sports fans in Sacramento?

The 49ers are expected to challenge for the NFC title again, the Raiders should be vastly improved, the Giants and A’s appear headed to the playoffs, and construction on a new arena for the Kings should begin soon.

More importantly, sports fans now have another radio option in the afternoons.

– Tom Couzens


Today’s poll

Do you listen to sports talk radio?

• Yes, but only in the car.

• No, I prefer music.

• What’s a radio?

To vote, go to sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

Should the Raiders play at Levi’s Stadium?

• Yes: 35%

• No: 65%

Total votes: 151

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