WGN Radio is re-focusing and expanding its sports coverage showcasing long-time sports personality David Kaplan, in addition to adding a new current-events talk show hosted by current weekend host Jim Laski, effective 4/12.
Starting this season, the station will air an extended Cubs post-game show titled Cubs 10th Inning which will be hosted by Kaplan for most weekday games. Kaplan’s duties will also expand to include hosting a new weekend show, Cubs Insider, which will feature a week in review, exclusive interviews, and in-depth analysis. Kaplan will also continue to host the recurring program Cubs Confidential with much greater frequency, which features candid one-on-one interviews telling the life stories of current and former Cubs players and key personnel.
There is also a new feature in the pre-game show for all home games called Cubs Underground, where Kaplan will talk to players, coaches, clubhouse workers, scoreboard keepers, etc. about what goes on at Wrigley off the field. And, Kaplan will host a feature called 60 Seconds With… which will air throughout the week where he’ll ask questions of current players and coaches that have less to do with baseball and more to do with life outside baseball.
Kaplan will also continue to provide afternoon sports reports, as well as contribute live reports on the Cubs to all shows on WGN, including bringing the latest Cubs breaking news to listeners the moment it happens. With Kaplan’s role expanding to other areas at the station, Sports Central will no longer be airing.
On the nights when there are no sports happening, Jim Laski will host and give listeners the chance to talk about the big issues of the day.