Why We Kept Talking About Joe Finan

There’s a reason we kept mentioning the name of former WNIR/100.1 afternoon drive legend Joe Finan, who retired from the Akron market talker one year and change ago.

He’ll be back on the air.

Clear Channel liberal talk WARF/1350 “Radio Free Ohio” will air a new midday program hosted by Finan starting in February. The new gig for Finan was announced officially by the station this afternoon, and WARF has already started hinting at his return on their website. Like the station’s first pre-launch “Radio Free Ohio” website, the web page has a few snarky shots at Finan’s former employer, and his replacement there, former Browns defensive star Bob Golic. (Yes, it’s difficult to live down working next to a TV character named “Screech”.)

OMW hears that Joe Finan’s next radio chapter begins February 13th from 11 AM to 1 PM weekdays. The move will result in Finan’s 2 hour show taking an hour each from Jones/WYD’s Stephanie Miller and Air America Radio’s Al Franken.

It’ll be interesting to see Finan do something he’s never done – compete directly with WNIR midday fixture Howie Chizek. Regular listeners to both hosts are certainly aware that there’s no love lost between Chizek and Finan, and that they frequently threw on-air zingers at each other while they shared the same building. February 13th at 11 AM should be VERY interesting listening for that reason alone…

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