102-5 The Bone Will Be Tampa Bay’s First FM Talk Station

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ATLANTA –  April 11, 2012 Cox Media Group (CMG) Tampa announced today that on Monday, April 23, 102-5 The Bone will take the next evolution of the station’s history by dropping the remaining music from its weekday programming and become Tampa Bay’s first FM talk station. But hold on, this isn’t your average talk station. This is real, raw radio!

Mornings will continue to be anchored by Tampa Bay’s highest rated morning host, Bubba The Love Sponge. The Cowhead Show will maintain their dominance in PM Drive.  The wildly popular Nick and Artie show hosted by Artie Lange of Howard Stern fame and comedian Nick DiPaolo will air weeknights 10 p.m.-1 a.m.  Middays and early evening shows are currently under consideration, and will be announced prior to the April 23 premier. . 

“The Bone dominates the morning and afternoon drive talk shows and has room to grow in the midday and evening classic rock shows. Evolving this station into an all talk station is an obvious move,” said Keith Lawless, CMG Vice President & Market Manager. “Bubba plays no music and is clearly the market’s leader in mornings. Filling in the other day parts with compelling talk and removing all music from the already successful Cowhead Show will make The Bone dominant with men and adults all day long.”  

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group  is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies.   With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.   CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.