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Is Mickey Cucchiella Headed To WNST, 1570 AM?

February 20, 2015

Is former 98 Rock, WIYY, morning man Mickey Cucchiella heading to WNST, 1570 AM, the Towson-based sports talker owned by Nestor Aparicio?

Aparicio posted on his Facebook page that he'll have a major announcement Feb. 22. According to a number of Baltimore radio sources, that announcement will be the hiring of Cucchiella.    

In November 2014, Cucchiella served as a morning guest host at CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM.

After leaving 98 Rock in 2013, Cucchiella has been running the Vape Lounge in Harford County, where he sells electronic cigarettes.

On Aug. 22, 2014, WNST cut most of its air staff.


WBAL-AM, 1090, which recently saw the Orioles jump to 105.7 The Fan, has hired Scott Masteller to be its new program director.

Masteller comes from ESPN Radio in Bristol, Conn., where he was senior director for syndicated content and audio. Before working at ESPN, he was program director for ESPN-affiliated KESN, 103.3 FM, in Dallas.

WBAL, which is the flagship of the Ravens and carries Navy football games, features sports talk shows in evenings. In January, it saw the Orioles leave for 105.7 The Fan.

"Scott is among the most accomplished news, talk and sports radio executives and his ESPN experience will be key to WBAL's role as the radio home of the Ravens and unmatched breaking news coverage 24/7," Pahigian said in a statement.  "He holds a strong appreciation for the role of this iconic radio station as part of Baltimore's heritage and our relationship with listeners and the community."

Masteller, who started his WBAL gig Feb. 19, replaces Dave Hill, who left for a radio management job with iHeartMedia in Portland, Ore., in November 2014. Mike Wellbrock served as WBAL's interim program director.


105.7 The Fan placed fourth in the January monthly radio ratings for Baltimore among the age 6-plus demographic. WBAL-AM, 1090 placed seventh. Washington, D.C., all-newser WNEW, 99.1 FM, which markets to Baltimore and carries the Wizards, ranked 17th.


The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will host a panel to discuss the changing landscape of college sports in the Eaton Theater of Knight Hall at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

Scheduled to appear are USA Today's Christine Brennan, ESPN "Around the Horn" panelist Kevin Blackistone and Redskins safety Akeem Davis. George Solomon, director of the Povich Center, will moderate.

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