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Sean Rima moves to mornings on the Big Talker

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
Sean Rima will switch to mornings on 98.9 the Big Talker starting this week.

Listeners to 98.9 the Big Talker are in for some changes starting Monday.

That's when host Sean Rima moves from afternoons to the 6 to 9 a.m. time slot, replacing the syndicated "Bob & Tom Show," which suffered weak ratings.

"I'm excited for this opportunity and ready for the challenge," Rima says. "I've met so many great listeners during my first year in Austin, and as the station has grown, it's been clear to me that moving to morning drive will help 98.9 the Big Talker reach its fullest potential."

Rima's relocation, coupled with the cancellation of the locally produced "High Noon" show with Robert Rees, means new times for most of the station's afternoon and evening shows, as well as the addition of the nationally syndicated "Schnitt Show," featuring conservative talker Todd Schnitt.

The Big Talker's new weekday lineup:

  • 6 a.m.: Sean Rima
  • 9 a.m.: Glenn Beck
  • Noon: Dave Ramsey
  • 3 p.m.: "Schnitt Show" with Todd Schnitt
  • 5 p.m.: Mark Levin
  • 8 p.m.: Jason Lewis
  • 11 p.m.: "Red Eye Radio" with Doug McIntyre

Tricks aren't just for kids

Seems someone with a little too much free time on his hands is pranking Beat 102.3 listeners.

Several folks report receiving calls telling them they've got 45 minutes to make it to the station's studios to pick up a prize, prompting the Beat to post this warning on its website:

"Clear Channel is investigating this matter as well as informing the authorities and will take all appropriate action once the culprit is identified. When we do run promotional contests, the rules and requirements are clearly mentioned on air during our programs. So remember, if someone calls you and says you've won a contest you never heard about, it probably doesn't exist."

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the station at 684-7300.

Spreading Christmas cheer

Austin radio stations are getting into the holiday spirit.

Here's a sampling of what's going on around the dial:

  • KGSR's annual "Broadcasts" CD is on sale at stores all over town for $15. Proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation, which offers mental health services to area musicians.
  • JB and Sandy's Bikes for Kids Golf Classic is set for Monday at Twin Creeks Golf Club. Tee time is 11:30 a.m. Funds raised by the Mix 94.7 morning duo help buy bikes for needy Austin-area children. Find more details at mix947.com.
  • KASE 101 is again one of the sponsors of the Junior League of Austin's Coats for Kids Drive. The final day to donate is Wednesday, when you'll find the KASE morning crew at Rudy's, 11570 Research Boulevard, from 5 to 10 a.m. Coats will be distributed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palmer Event Center.
  • KISS-FM morning man Bobby Bones will host a Christmas party with Matisse, the Ready Set, Far East Movement and Travie McCoy Thursday at 7 p.m. at Republic Live. Guests are encouraged to wear tacky sweaters. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $25 for VIP access. Buy them at 967kissfm.com.
  • KGSR is giving away tickets to the SIMS Benefit Bash at the Austin Music Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. Performers include Amy Cook, Kat Edmonson, Ruby Jane and David Garza. Log on to kgsr.com to enter.
  • The annual 101X Indie Workforce Xmas Concert featuring Cold War Kids and Young the Giant happens Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Parish. The event's technically sold out, but tune in or check out krox.com for a chance to win a pair of passes.

Around the dial …

Not digging the round-the-clock holiday tunes on Majic 95.5? Head to majic.com, where the station's still streaming its usual mix of soft rock hits. … Dr. Laura Schlessinger shifts to Sirius XM Radio next month, leaving a three-hour hole in the Talk Radio 1370 schedule. Station execs say they're not ready just yet to announce who will fill the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot. We'll keep checking. … Toyota has announced plans to add Clear Channel's iHeartRadio mobile app, home to more than 750 radio stations from across the nation, in some of its vehicles beginning next year. Locally, Clear Channel owns KISS-FM, KVET, KASE 101, Beat 102.3 and AM 1300 The Zone. … Congrats to KUT, winner of our Your A-List poll for best radio station. … My Radio Fest, an annual event put together by KTSW, the student-run radio station at Texas State University, won first place for best station promotion at the recent College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Media Convention in Louisville, Ky. We're told work on the 2011 MR Fest, set for April 29-30, is already under way.

gdinges@statesman.com; 912-5987