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Updates: Rocco leaves 'Dancing,' ESPN Radio and WWBA upgrade



Rocco10131_2 As I predicted, pretty-boy chef Rocco DiSpirito left ABC's Dancing with the Stars tonight, the victim of a coordination-challenged dancing style and a lack of fan base.

While the unexpected injury of olympian Misty May-Treanor has upended things a bit -- she was likely to be a strong contender throughout -- we are getting down to brass tacks on the show, as most of the also-rans and comic relief have been shown the door. Among the contestants left, 80-something Cloris Leachman is the last lower-teir competitor, with soap actress Susan Lucci a close second.

Indeed, Leachman's befuddled, vaudeville-broad antics have become increasingly hard to watch -- like seeing grandpa struggle to tell a joke at the family barbecue as you wonder whether to laugh sympathetically or just put the old guy to bed. Before long, you may see Free Cloris campaigns like the one launched to get the 5-year-old singer off America's Got Talent.


It's easy to overlook some radio stations locally because their weak signals can make reception difficult. But two local stations are claiming serious upgrades this week, as ESPN Radio moves to 1040 on the AM dial after that frequency's previous occupant, conservative talk station WWBA, moved to 820 AM.

The change gives longtime conservative talker and WWBA morning man Mark Larson a bigger perch, broadcasting on a 50,000 watt frequency. Owner Genesis Communications says ESPN Radio will triple its potential audience as well, with its signal now available to more than 2-million people. The former occupant of 820, Spanish language WMGG, disappeared when Mega Communications sold the station to Genesis earlier this year.

ESPN Radio will broadcast on both 1040 and its old frequency 1470 through this fall. Genesis plans to announce the new format for 1470 in December.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:52pm]


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