Ellsworth’s Bryan Stackpole, who produced the Downtown with Rich Kimball sports talk radio show from its inception on Sept. 6, 2011, is leaving the WZON show in Bangor to co-host the Morning Pitch, a sports talk show on WEZQ in Brewer with Dale Duff.
Stackpole begins his new job Monday and replaces Clem LaBree, who left last month to take a job as an operations specialist in the transfer center at Bangor’s Eastern Maine Medical Center.
The Downtown with Rich Kimball show airs 3-6 p.m. on WZON 620 AM. Stackpole was also an on-air contributor.
The 26-year-old Stackpole will be the assistant brand manager and, in addition to his new co-hosting gig from 6 to 8 a.m., he will also be a producer and an audio board operator at 92.9 FM The Ticket.
Ryan Waning, who has been co-hosting Kimball’s show since February, will replace Stackpole. He will also serve as the show’s producer and a board operator and will handle website duties.
Stackpole said Duff and Tom Preble, the general manager of Townsquare Media, which owns WEZQ, contacted him about the job.
“I decided it would be something I would be interested in. I want to try to move my career in a new direction,” said Stackpole while taking a short break during his last show on WZON on Friday afternoon.
“It’s a little different. It’s going to be a different shift, a morning shift, and that was something that appealed to me,” said Stackpole. “I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone. You don’t want to get too complacent in one way or another.
“I’ll be working with another person in Dale Duff who has a ton of experience in the business, much like Rich Kimball,” Stackpole added. “I think I can learn a lot.”
Stackpole said he “loved” his four and a half years with Kimball’s show.
He landed the job right after graduating from the University of Maine in 2011 with a degree in broadcast journalism.
“I’ll miss working with Rich and Ryan and the relationships we built up. But I’m exciting to try something new,” he said. “This is a perfect time for the show to grow without me and include other personalities like Ryan. He could really excel in that position.”
Kimball said Stackpole will be missed but he understands the rationale behind his decision.
“It is a great move for him. It is a great opportunity,” said Kimball. “It’s a good chance for him to learn a different way of doing things and he will probably get more air time. It’s great for him and it’s an opportunity for us
“He built the show from day one so now he gets to go rescue a show,” he added.