LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A familiar voice was missing from his usual spot on the radio dial Thursday morning. Drew Deener has left The Early Birds on 790 WKRD.
Deener created the show in 2008 and its following has grown. Now he's hoping those listeners will follow him to his new spot on ESPN 680.
"Just 11 clicks down the dial," Deener said.
The change seemed abrupt if you're just a listener. On Thursday morning, he was chatting in his normal spot. By Friday morning, he moved. It got a lot of attention on Twitter, people wondering where he went or what his new show will be like. A surprise response to Deener.
"To know people cared that much to find out where we were, wondering why are you doing this and that sort of thing. Yes. It's pleasing." Deener said.
According to Deener, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes for the last year, including getting a spot for a new studio, in a prime location.
"Our studios are going to go into Cardinal Town down on campus," said Deener.
Deener said the studio will have glass windows for people to watch the show from the street. Construction starts Monday.
Deener said another reason for the move, the opportunity to help run the station with its current owners out of Kansas City. They are former athletes who are running stations that only focus on sports and the work their doing is impressive.
"There's no question in my mind that we're going to have all the tools necessary," said Deener. "We're going to have the best on-air talent and we're going to give people the best sports coverage in the history of Louisville in radio."
Deener said the first question he gets when people learn of his new location is about the signal. He knows right now the signal for ESPN 680 is not as strong as the Clear Channel station he left, but he's asking listeners to be patient.
"We're going to solve that problem in the very near future," said Deener. "I don't want to give away the full strategy, but rest assured that problem will be solved."
Nothing will change with Deener's University of Louisville contract. He said he'll continue as the television play by play man for UofL basketball and football.