LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — There had been whispers for weeks that the departure of sports director Lachlan McLean could spell the end of sports talk radio on WHAS 840 AM. Today on his weekday radio program, WHAS host Terry Meiners confirmed the decision.

Meiners, who signed a contract extension with WHAS' parent company, iHeart Media, last week, announced that his show will be cut back by an hour, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., to make room for a familiar name in Louisville.

Mandy Connell, who was host of WHAS' morning news talk program from January of 2010 until her departure for KHOW's Denver morning talk show in August of 2013, will host a talk show on WHAS from 6 to 8 p.m., with the station picking up the syndicated program of conservative talk host Mark Levin from 8 to 11.

“I'm back, baby!” Connell told Meiners on his show Wednesday afternoon. “I am so stinking excited you might be able to sense it all the way from Denver. . . . I am so excited to have a show in Louisville again, because this is such a target-rich environment for me. . . . This is not going to be a replay of my show (in Denver). This will be new content every day, about Louisville, for Louisvillians.”

All of which means that sports will head elsewhere on the 50,000-watt anchor of iHeart's Louisville operation. The group already owns WKRD-790, which has Jody Demling hosting The Early Birds, and Tony Vanetti and Dave Jennings on The Afternoon Underdogs from 3-5:30.

WHAS' parent company also owns Talk Radio 1080 AM, where Tom Leach, the voice of the University of Kentucky Wildcats hosts a show from 9 a.m. to 10, with Kentucky Sports Radio hosted by Matt Jones from 10 to 12 and Jerry Eaves from noon to 1.

But the tradition of SportsTalk 840, made popular by Van Vance in the 1980s, and carried on most recently by Tony Cruise and Lachlan McLean on WHAS, will end.

The station's agreements to broadcast sports events from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will remain in place.

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