In a major shake-up to the D.C. sports-talk radio scene, Red Zebra Broadcasting announced on Tuesday that former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will replace industry veteran Andy Pollin on its afternoon drive show next week.
The new show — “The Drive, with Cooley and Czabe” — will feature a three-man panel, also including Al Galdi. It will debut on August 1, and will continue to run from 4-7 on weekdays. Yes, if you look real hard, you can see a “47″ in there.
Pollin had co-hosted ‘The Sports Reporters’ with Steve Czaban for 13 years, making it one of the longest running local sports radio programs. Pollin remains with Red Zebra for now while mulling his options, and will fill in for the vacationing Tony Kornheiser on his morning show starting August 5.
The new show will be broadcast from the station’s Redskins Park studios three days a week.
Galdi, who started as an intern at WTEM 15 years ago, has worked with Czaban on his national show. He will also host a weekend baseball show, while his former weekend morning show, “Sports Saturday,” will undergo a change.
Meanwhile, Cooley will go head-to-head with his former teammate LaVar Arrington, who co-hosts 106.7 The Fan’s afternoon drive show.
“I will work tirelessly to make Chris Cooley the second-most beloved ex-Redskin tight end on radio in the D.C. market,” Czaban said in a statement, referring to 980 employee Doc Walker.
“I have listened to and enjoyed Czabe’s show since I was a little kid, a real little kid,” Cooley said in the statement. “He kind of reminds me of a much older Sherm Lewis.”
The station’s Redskins recap show, Monday Morning Quarterback, will now be hosted by Galdi and Kevin Sheehan.