After a 10-year run on CBS-owned South Florida radio station WQAM, the Weekly Fisherman Show has a new home and a new owner with Nautical Ventures Group.
Nautical Ventures acquired the rights to the show after its longtime hosts, radio disc jockey Eric Brandon and Sun Sentinel outdoors writer Steve Waters, approached NVG CEO Roger Moore with the idea.
A longtime listener and sponsor of the show, Moore saw an opportunity and quickly embraced the idea.
“I’ve been a steady listener of the show and have witnessed its listening audience grow over the years,” Moore, an avid boater, fisherman and occasional guest, said in a statement. “Simply put, it’s the go-to show for fishermen who want the intel on what’s biting and where they’re biting from Stuart to the Keys.”
The show’s two-hour format consists of live call-ins by celebrity captains who share their local fishing knowledge on what should be biting for the next several days and how to catch those fish.
Between captains, listeners call in to quiz the hosts on tips, techniques and hot spots. In the 10 years the show has aired, it has never missed a broadcast.
“We have plans to expand the show to include fishing experts from other platforms, experts in related fields and guest speakers from the industry — all designed to entertain, engage and educate our listening audience,” said Brandon, a former Magic 102 and KISS country DJ, who will continue to co-host the show. “An example of this is the addition of kayak fishing guru Joe Hector, who will call in a kayak fishing segment every week.”
The show also will have a new broadcast home — 940 WINZ, Miami’s Sports Station, an iHeartRadio network.
“Upon learning that our CBS contract was up for review, other networks came calling,” said Waters, the Sun Sentinel’s outdoor writer. “The opportunity to join the all-star lineup on a major sports station like WINZ was a natural fit.”
The inaugural show is slated for Jan. 16 in its usual time slot of 6-8 a.m.