With the New York Mets moving to Entercom “NewsRadio 880” WCBS next season, residual changes at the team’s former home, iHeartMedia talk WOR (710), include the cancellation of “The Sports Zone” and the exit of a pair of sports talk radio hosts.
“With the Mets changing stations, WOR is discontinuing the Sports Zone at some point this fall,” show host Pete McCarthy tweeted. “It’s been a dream come true talking about the team I grew up rooting for these last five seasons. Many thanks to all those who listened or contributed.”
Also gone amid the changes is former Mike Francesa producer Sal Licata, who served as a fill-in sports talk host at WOR. Licata also took to Twitter to announce his exit. “It was a fun 5 years at WOR, doing things on my radio shows that I couldn’t have done anywhere else,” he posted. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity and really enjoyed my time there working with good people.”
It was on “The Sports Zone,” as Licata was filling in, that his former boss joined him on the air. Francesa spent an hour with Licata on the show, while serving his short-lived retirement. It was there that he vowed that he would work again.
It’s likely that veteran sportscaster Len Berman will remain in mornings at WOR, as the show is not a sports-talk show in nature. Berman is paired with theater critic Michael Riedel in AM drive. Berman was brought aboard WOR in 2015, originally working alongside Tampa radio veteran Todd Schnitt.
Shortly after the Entercom-Mets deal was announced, the New York tabloids were quick to suggest changes could be coming to the Mets broadcast team as it slides up the dial. The current team consists of Howie Rose and Josh Levin calling games with Wayne Randazzo hosting pregame and postgame shows. The New York Post speculated that Ed Coleman, who covers the team for “The Fan” WFAN-AM/FM (660/101.9), could play a larger role again once the team is on sister WCBS.