Pitt’s radio pregame show will have a new sound in 2019, and it’s proving to be an unpopular change with Pitt fans thus far.
Broadcast partner 93.7-FM The Fan announced its broadcast lineup for the upcoming season on Tuesday.
The final two hours of the three-hour pregame show will still feature Larry Richert and former Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick, as it has in the past, but a change has been made to the first hour.
For the last two seasons, former Pitt All-American tight end Dorin Dickerson has co-hosted the first hour, along with another Fan host, typically Chris Mueller.
This season, that slot will feature Fan hosts Bob Pompeani, Paul Zeise and KDKA-AM talk show host Wendy Bell. Bell is a former WTAE-TV news anchor that was fired in 2016 over a racially insensitive Facebook post.
The change from a decorated former member of the Blue and Gold to a controversial news anchor without a background in sports has not sat well with Pitt’s faithful.
— Katie M. (@k_maxi) August 28, 2019
Yep. I’m not going to get into a crying fit about Wendy Bell’s politics whatsoever, I just think its stupid that you had to push @scorindorin out to put her on instead. Don’t understand how this meets your demographic, but what do I know? I just won’t be listening.
— Jeremy Swank (@jswank80) August 28, 2019
— Pat O'Hern (@POHern) August 28, 2019
My last thoughs about Wendy Bell on the @937theFan Pitt Pregame Show: Who thought this was a good idea?
You have a former Pitt player who knows the game and a narcissistic racist with no sports background. You choose the latter and fire the former.
Makes 0 sense.
— Loran drinks craft beer and stays indoors (@OffTheTriBoro) August 28, 2019
Wendy Bell is a terrible choice. I want to listen to a Pitt Man. Bad move by The Fan.
— Josh M. (@mjoshdavid) August 28, 2019
Wendy Bell covering Pitt Football over @scorindorin is once again proof that we live in the dumbest timeline.
— Justin W. (@NFLGimpy) August 28, 2019
Dickerson, who had Tweeted that he would not be part of the broadcast earlier this month, said that he was let go altogether by the station after criticizing the decision.
“I’ve just been told that the Fan is moving on from me and all football coverage,” he wrote. “In that case, I’m a free agent and my DMs are OPEN!”
UPDATE, 11:23 a.m: Dickerson tweeted that he will once again be involved with Pitt football and Steelers broadcasts on The Fan.
Just had a great talk with @937theFan you will be hearing a lot of Pitt/Steelers coverage from me this year! 👍🏾🏈
— Dorin Dickerson (@scorindorin) August 28, 2019