There appears to be a major change coming to the radio waves in Tallahassee.
Reports indicate that Tallahassee’s WTSM 97.9 ESPN Radio station – home to the popular Jeff Cameron Show (JCS) – has been purchased by the Radio Training Network.
The Radio Training Network (RTN) owns and operates 14 christian adult contemporary format stations under “The Joy FM” name. Along with WTSM 97.9, RTN purchased Coast 101.3 WHLG in Port St. Lucie, Florida for $1.3 million from Horizon Broadcasting Company.
It is anticipated that the stations will flip to the Joy FM format in the near future.
So what happens to the Jeff Cameron Show?
It is clear there are changes afoot. Longtime producer Tom Lang announced abruptly that the show on Tuesday, June 15th, was his last.
Lang joined the Jeff Cameron Show as an intern when the show was broadcast on the Clear Channel station 1270 The Team. Lang reconnected with the enterprise when it debuted on WTSM 97.9 ESPN approximately ten years ago.
Referring to Lang, Jeff Cameron told his audience the “relationship has been fantastic” and was quick to add that “there is good stuff on the horizon.” Lang thanked listeners and left them guessing about his future by saying he would remain in Tallahassee as a member of the sports media.
Cameron was quick to point out that the Jeff Cameron Show would continue, but hinted at future changes.
In an exclusive interview, Jeff Cameron told Tallahassee Reports that he will remain on terrestrial radio in Tallahassee in the future, but could not be more specific at this time. He added that he is also pursing opportunities available through podcasts and other media platforms.
Cameron expects things to be worked out by the end of July. Until then he will be on 97.9 ESPN.
Tallahassee Reports reached out to Jon Jopling, the general manager of Real Talk 93.3, to get an industry perspective on the situation.
Jopling told TR that from his perspective local programming is extremely important and that the Jeff Cameron Show has developed a unique and valuable brand around FSU football. Jopling said, “the Jeff Cameron Show would be a huge benefit to any radio station.”
However, Jopling said “most radio stations in Tallahassee are corporate owned and do not have the flexibility to get a deal done. It will be interesting to see what happens.”
With the start of college football on the horizon, diehard college football fans will be waiting to see what form the Jeff Cameron Show takes in the coming weeks.