WQAM makes lineup change impacting two dayparts, two stations. And Panthers hire reporter

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WQAM-560 changed its midday lineup on Friday afternoon, dropping Jonathan Zaslow and moving 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot, according to two industry sources.

The station did not make an announcement and did not comment on the matter.

Zaslow announced his departure on Twitter: “Today was the last day for the “Zaslow Show” on local Miami radio. 18 years, very good run. Thanks to all my listeners!!!”

Zaslow did not immediately respond to a question about his plans.

Tobin, one of the market’s most creative personalities, and Hoard are expected to begin in their new WQAM time slot during the week of Oct. 3.

Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program.

Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

WQAM and 790 The Ticket have trimmed staffing considerably under multiple owners in recent years. Local evening talk shows, anchored by Josh Friedman and others, were eliminated three years ago, and replaced mostly by games and syndicated programming.

The Heat recently announced that its games will move from The Ticket to WQAM this season. Panthers games, which had been airing on WQAM, are now expected to air on WQAM or The Ticket - whichever station is available.

WQAM also carries Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins games.

Meanwhile, Zaslow’s departure from WQAM and The Ticket leaves the Heat with four jobs to fill in the next month: A radio studio host job (replacing Zaslow); a Bally Sports Sun reporter’s job (replacing Kristen Hewitt, who left the television industry) and two jobs vacated by Ruth Hunter’s move to the Heat’s front office: the radio game analyst slot alongside Jason Jackson and the Bally Sun studio analyst job alongside Will Manso or Jackson. (Ron Rothstein remains one of the Heat’s TV studio analysts.)

PANTHERS HIRE REPORTER

Bally Sports Florida hired Bally Sports Southwest reporter Katie Engleson to replace Katie Gaus as the Panthers’ new in-game reporter. Gaus left earlier this offseason for a job in Denver.

Engleson previously was involved in coverage of the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Texas Rangers and high school football.

Engleson, an Alabama alumnus, is originally from Broward County, according to the network.