92.3 FM flipped the switch Monday morning from modern rock to sports talk in becoming Cleveland's only FM sports station. "Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan," owned and operated by CBS radio, offers a mix of North Coast-centric sports speak as well as NFL and college football play-by-play coverage.
The new station will go up against WKNR, previously the market's only dedicated sport-talk source, while WTAM 1100 will remain the flagship home of the Browns, Cavs and Indians. 92.3 arrives with an eclectic if somewhat locally unknown lineup to battle WKNR's mix of local and national shows. For a city that loves its sports, you'd think breaking up WKNR's veritable monopoly would be a good thing.
The question is, Does Cleveland really need an FM sports station? The answer would seem to be "Hell yes," as over the last few years WKNR has degenerated into an odd grab bag of local programming that doesn't know if its wants to entertain or inform.