LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jody Demling has been named the new host of WKRD-790 AM radio's morning sports talk show, "The Early Birds."
Demling became publisher of the FoxSportsNext University of Louisville fan site CardinalAuthority.com last summer after leaving The Courier-Journal. He'll take over the 7-10 a.m. program on July 1 and will continue in his role as publisher of the website.
He spent 22 years at The C-J in various capacities, most recently as its recruiting reporter. Clear Channel regional programming manager Kelly Carls said competition for the job was fierce. The program opened up when Drew Deener left to begin a morning show with ESPN Radio 680 in Louisville.
"We received nearly 200 applications for this position," Carls said. "Jody really stood out for both his deep knowledge of the local sports scene, and his valuable experience covering a wide variety of different sports. Jody will be great at not just talking about sports, but sharing the `story behind the story."
Demling has been sitting in as a guest host often for the past month. He's scheduled to continue sitting in as guest host from time to time before taking over full-time duties next month.
"Words can't express my excitement for being named host of the Early Birds," Demling said. "It's something I have had my eye on for years and the timing is perfect, taking over a great show, in a great time slot and during a year that has given us many great radio topics. There's no question in my mind, I will be working for and with the best radio team in the region. I've been in this state my entire life and feel honored to be selected as part of the Clear Channel team. I look forward to spending my mornings with you, making your drive to work a little easier."