SYRACUSE -- It's a pretty common occurrence for The Sean Hannity Show to get pre-empted on WSYR, but usually it's because the Clear Channel news/talker is carrying live coverage of Yankees baseball. Tonight, the first hour of Hannity was bumped for a full hour of news -- hosted by former 93Q personality "Big" Jim Donovan.
It was puzzling at first, to tune in at about 7:45pm to hear an unfamiliar voice introducing sound bites from Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. Then it suddenly became surprising when we realized the voice wasn't so unfamiliar after all. Most people are used to hearing Big Jim introduce songs, rather than sound bites.
It appears the show may have been a temporary "trial" run -- there was no mention of Donovan on the station's Twitter feed or website, where Hannity is still listed with a 7pm start time. As he signed off shortly before 8:00, Donovan said he'd be back for Central New York's Saturday Morning News, which airs 6-8am.
Coincidentally, we received an email earlier this week from an anonymous reader who thought he heard Jay Fishman would no longer be hosting Saturday mornings. We emailed Fishman asking for confirmation/clarification at that time, but he never responded. When we called Clear Channel OM Rich Lauber for comment on this and Donovan's appearance this evening, we were told he's out of the office this week.
But one thing's for sure -- Donovan is no longer mentioned on the website for 93Q, the Citadel Top 40 station where he was let go from middays in 2008, then rehired part-time in 2009. In fact, Citadel Operations Manager Tom Mitchell confirms for CNYRadio.com that Donovan recently resigned "to pursue his goal to be a news-talk host. We wish him well!"
We'll update the story as we learn more about some rumored (but yet unconfirmed) changes in the WSYR weekend lineup.