ST. PETERSBURG, FL – To enhance its lineup as Tampa Bay’s only FM sports talk station, WHFS 98.7 The Fan Program Director John O’Connell announced several additions to the staff, effective Monday, July 1.
Veteran sports announcer Jim Lighthall will join Justin Pawlowski on Fan Interference with Justin Pawlowski and Jim Lighthall middays from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, along with talented producer Jeff “Pants” Pantridge from the Kirk and Dinger Morning Show. Lighthall is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Florida and has been a sports announcer for over 21 years. He is the play-by-play voice of USF Men’s Basketball, a member of the USF Football broadcast team and has been 98.7 The Fan’s 20/20 Sports Update reporter since The Fan’s launch in August 2012.
The combination of Pawlowski, Lighthall, and Pantridge have known each other for years and plan to bring a unique blend of humor, stories, and sports as a new-age sports talk radio show. The show will be very aggressive in the use of new technology and social media methods which will be incorporated into the show.
Ed “Special Ed” Grube will join 98.7 The Fan as Head Producer of the Kirk and Dinger Morning Show with Kirk McEwen, Chris “Dinger” Dingman and Roxanne Wilder, the fastest-growing morning show in Tampa Bay. Grube is a 15-year veteran of CBS Radio’s WiLD 94.1 FM.
“We are very excited about these additions and what Ed brings to the table,” said John O’Connell. “His quick wit, creativity and great sense of humor will bring a new dimension to the Kirk and Dinger Morning Show. Ed has the ability to help take the show to the top of the ratings, and like Jim, he’s a big basketball fan who offers a unique perspective.”