“To me, he was like the king of 980,” said John-Paul Flaim of the Junkies during that segment.
“We’re signing all these big-time free agents,” added Jason Bishop.
“At my age, it’s good to be wanted anywhere,” Pollin quipped.
Pollin — the longtime co-host of WTEM’s “Sports Reporters,” among other shows — will now serve as a regular guest and fill-in host for 106.7. It will be his first regular gig on FM radio during his lengthy radio career.
“It just gives us more great talent,” said 106.7 The Fan program director Chris Kinard. “You can never have enough good people, and to have someone the caliber of Andy Pollin available is a pretty rare thing. He hasn’t been available for 25 years, because he’s done such a good job. So to have someone like that available, we’d be crazy not to work something out with him.”
Pollin will also team with another ESPN 980 exile, his former “Sports Reporters” guest Thom Loverro, to host a Saturday morning program on 106.7 The Fan. That show, tentatively known as “Pollin and Loverro,” will air Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, starting on Feb. 25
“It’ll be great destination listening for sports-radio fans who’ve listened to both those guys for years,” Kinard said.
Pollin and Loverro will also team up to host fill-in shows when the station’s regular hosts are out. On Monday’s holiday, for example, they will co-host a show from 4 to 7 p.m., Chad Dukes’s regular slot.
Pollin is just the latest WTEM exile to land on the rival network. The Fan has also hired former 980 Redskins reporters Chris Russell and Craig Hoffman, former 980 producer Nick Ashooh, and former 980 host Loverro, mostly within the past few months.
But Pollin has by far the most sports-radio experience and cachet of that group. He was one of the original staffers at WTEM, was the first local on-air voice heard on that network 25 years ago, and is the repository of about as much historical Washington sports context as anyone in the market. (He has also served as a Washington Post contributor in recent weeks.)
“He’s proven through 25 years of being on the air that he is a great entertainer and one of the most — if not the most knowledgeable hosts about Washington, D.C. sports history,” Kinard said. “He brings a great amount of perspective and experience to the station, and I think that he’s certainly developed a very loyal audience. I think they’ll be excited to be able to hear him again.”