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Korun fired as station revamps

More changes expected at WQYK-AM 1010 after the departure of afternoon co-host Tom Korun.

By SHARON GINN

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2001


In the first of what is expected to be several changes to the sports-talk station, WQYK-AM 1010 afternoon co-host Tom Korun was fired Friday.

Korun was on the air weekdays from 3-7 with Scot Brantley, who will continue to co-host that time slot. Program director Jeff Ryan said the afternoon show is being revamped. Neither Korun nor Brantley was on the air Friday.

Korun, who Ryan said did not have a contract, came to 1010 with Brantley and other former WZTM hosts two years ago when WZTM became a Spanish-language station. Before he started at WZTM in 1997, Korun was weekend sports anchor at WFLA-Ch. 8. He also was sideline reporter on WQYK's Bucs broadcasts.

Korun could not be reached for comment Friday.

"These decisions are never easy, but we're going to be headed in a new direction," Ryan said. "We'll have to see what happens after that."

Korun and Brantley's winter 2001 ratings in the 25-54 age group were up slightly from the fall, but the show still ranked 20th in its time slot out of the 25 area stations rated.

While operations manager Eric Logan has said the station is likely to see several changes soon, he and Ryan say 1010 will retain its sports-talk format. The 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot also is due for a permanent host, which it hasn't had since Nanci "The Fabulous Sports Babe" Donellan's national show was canceled in January.

"This week, it's a focus on the afternoon show," Ryan said.

- Staff writer Pamela Davis contributed to this report.

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