It appears the experiment of running Dave Ramsey's financial advice show on sports-talk station 102.5 The Game is at its end.
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Twelve months ago, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dave Ramsey teamed up with his long-time friend and veteran of the radio industry, Bayard “Bud” Walters, president and owner of Cromwell Radio Group. “The Dave Ramsey Show” joined the WPRT 102.5 The GAME lineup in January 2013. With Ramsey leaving a News/Talk format station and The GAME breaking from sport programming, both were taking a risk. A year later, both have agreed to part ways beginning early 2014.
“We have been friends for more than 20 years, and while we enjoyed this partnership from a personal standpoint, we both realize that from a business perspective our brands would be better served if we return to our respective formats,” said Walters.
“The Dave Ramsey show” will return to the News/Talk format in early 2014, although details are not available at this time. An announcement on programming to fill the time slot on 102.5 will also come at a later date.
The move forced changes in 102's line-up. Steve Gorman Sports, the show hosted by the Black Crowes' drummer, moved to a noon start to facilitate Ramsey. Gorman left the station in July. Sports Night with George Plaster, Willy Daunic and Darren McFarland (disclosure: I make regular appearances on the show) opened its broadcast on sister station 97.5 between 3 and 4 to give Ramsey a full three hours on The Game. The Game has repeatedly been bested by 104.5 The Zone — former home of Plaster. In October's ratings, WPRT scored 1.0 in the 12-plus, publicly available ratings. The Zone scored a 6.1.
Franklin-based Southern Land Co. has joined Churchill Mortgage to form a preferred lender partnership to serve its area developments.
Southern Land is known for its traditional neighborhood development Westhaven in Williamson County. The company recently broke ground on Elliston 23, a mixed-use apartment project in the West End corridor near Vanderbilt University. Elliston 23 is the company’s first urban development, with Southern Land’s design division handling architecture work.
Interestingly, financial guru Dave Ramsey exclusively endorses the Brentwood-based Churchill Mortgage.
Williamson County-based Dan Kraus, a home loan specialist with Churchill, will spearhead the effort. He will operate out of Westhaven’s realty office.
Westhaven is located just outside of downtown Franklin on Highway 96 West. There are some 1,000 homes in the community, with more than 20 commercial and retail tenants, a private golf course and an elementary school. The development is similar in various ways to some of the TNDs Miami-based design firm Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company has created and made nationally well known.
In addition to Westhaven, Southern Land communities in Williamson County include LaurelBrooke and Windstone.
“Our first book with Dave will guide business leaders in understanding the successful intersection of entrepreneurship and leadership in all facets of business,” said Jonathan Merkh, Vice President and Publisher of Howard Books. “This book will quickly become a must-have for anyone who wants to reach for the next level of success in business.”Ramsey has for years been associated with Thomas Nelson.