Published on Thursday, 11 October 2012 07:08
WSCR-AM's longtime producer, reporter, writer, host, and all-around utility man Jason Goff is leaving 670 The Score at the end of this week. Goff has accepted the role as the first nighttime host of an all new FM sports talk station launching in Atlanta on October 24th.
Jason Goff has been an official part of The Score since the start of 2000. He was unofficially part of the station long before that, being a frequent caller into the radio programs and showing up at station events, even while still in high school. WSCR-AM was his favorite station growing up in suburban Evanston. Goff was able to achieve the dream of one being able to not only be part of his favorite radio station, but be a major part of its success.
Goff, who turns 32 next month, has been hosting shows on WSCR-AM since 2003 and has been the top fill-in host at the station when a weekday host is out. Since 2007, he has been heard almost daily as the Associate Producer for the top rated "Boers and Bernstein Show" on afternoons on The Score. In addition to his producing and hosting, Goff has also served as a reporter from events and a writer for the station's website, covering the Chicago Bulls, college basketball, boxing, and more.
Long been considered a "rising star" in sports talk radio, WSCR-AM's depth of talent and longevity of hosts never lent itself to having a full-time opening that would allow Goff's star to shine even brighter. Being loyal to the station and CBS Radio, where he has worked his entire career, Goff never considered offers elsewhere. Until this summer...
CBS Radio decided to flip an under-performing AAA-formatted radio station in Atlanta, WZGC-FM to a new sports talk radio station. Atlanta's "Dave FM" is soon to become "SportsRadio 92.9 - The Game." The move was announced earlier this summer, with a target date of around October. The launch date was just recently unveiled as October 24th, less than two weeks from now. The goal was to have all fresh voices on the station. Some of the hosts will have deep ties to Atlanta sports, such as Jerome Jurenovich and Jamie Dukes, while others are well-known national sports names like Randy Cross and Kordell "Slash" Stewart. For the station's nighttime host, CBS Radio went to its bench to find a new voice who could be a future star... and went after Chicago's Jason Goff.
Goff and many of his friends and co-workers will attend his going away party Friday night, before he packs up his Chicago home and heads down south to his new job.
Mitch Rosen, WSCR-AM Program Director, said to CRM today: "What a great story Jason Goff is. From a caller in high school to an intern to a full-time Producer/fill-in host, and now to a top market like ATL to be a full time host! This is a Hollywood story in progress, Jason will excel and I could not be more proud."
Dan Bernstein, WSCR-AM host and longtime co-worker of Jason Goff's, expressed his joy via Twitter last night
: "From caller 'Jason from Evanston' to evening host of Atlanta's 92.9 The Game. Google the Yiddish word 'Kvelling' to know how I feel."
Chicago radio sportscasting veteran and initial morning show host at WSCR-AM, Tom Shaer said on the CRM message board last night
regarding Goff: "A very talented guy. Class all the way. Intelligence, knowledge and creativity. Definitely a young star in Chi radio and a real credit to WSCR with his integrity, hard work and ability to think outside the box. We need more people like that..."
In a statement released this morning, Jason Goff had these farewell words: "I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words. The outpouring has been overwhelming. I really didn't think I impacted this many people and still don't. 12 years of my 31 on this earth have been spent at this station. It's hard to leave but I am extremely excited about the new opportunities that await me in Atlanta. I will never have better friends and family than I had while at The Score. I love you all and appreciate the times we've had. Thanks for everything. WSCR will always be something I'm proud to have been a small part of. Dan is my dude. Matt is my brother. Terry will forever be my friend. Love you guys."
WSCR-AM & CBS Radio is now beginning a search for a replacement producer/host.
Updated 2:00pm with additional quote from Jason Goff.