Longtime West Virginia broadcaster Dave Weekley launched his new “Hotline” sportstalk show Monday, calling it “a great opportunity for me to come home and get back in my comfort zone.”
Weekley, a Clarksburg native, is working out of the same Charleston broadcast studio where he hosted the nightly “SportsPage” during the 1990s. His television background includes anchoring the 6, 10 and 11 p.m. sports desk for WCHS-TV8 and Fox 11 in Charleston along with handling play-by-play duties for college football, basketball and baseball on the ESPN family of networks, Fox Sports Net and CBS Sports Network. He also has television experience covering football and basketball for West Virginia, Marshall and Ohio universities.
While his new show will emphasize WVU athletics, Weekley expects each broadcast to offer pop-culture appeal.
“I don’t think today’s listeners want a three-hour analysis of everything Dana Holgorsen does,” Weekley said.
In Morgantown, “Hotline” replaces Sean Hannity’s syndicated program. In Charleston, Weekley will occupy a time slot previously filled by the local newstalk show 58Live, which moves to 7-10 p.m.
Dale Miller, president of West Virginia Radio Corporation, which also owns MetroNews.com, said bringing in Weekley will broaden the network’s afternoon sports programming.
“With the type of sports fans we have in West Virginia, and with a talent like Dave Weekly, we feel it’s important to have an increased sports presence in drive-time,” Miller said. “Now we have a show that gives many of our listeners what they like most — talking about Mountaineer sports and sports in general.”
“Hotline” will serve as a lead-in to “Sportsline with Tony Caridi,” which airs from 6-7 p.m. on MetroNews affiliates statewide,