The world of local sports talk radio has traditionally been male-dominated, but KFAN 100.3 is mixing it up by adding its only female-hosted show to the station's lineup.
Twin Cities radio and TV personality Carly Zucker is joining the station as the host of a new show called "Overtime" that will share the personal stories and charitable endeavors of local professional athletes and how they spend their time off the field, court and rink.
"We'll dive into the reason behind their philanthropic work, what makes them tick and, hopefully, just get to know them a little better," Zucker said.
It's been about 10 years since the station has had a lead female host, said program director Chad Abbott.
"From professionals to Little Leagues, there are so many philanthropic stories to report that just need a platform that fits that storytelling," Abbott said. "That is what I hope this show provides and Carly is the best one in town to tell it."
Zucker has been active in the local sports and philanthropic communities for years. She's a familiar voice to KFAN fans as a regular guest on the popular "Power Trip" morning show. Previously, she hosted Minnesota Timberwolves Entertainment Network and reported for CBS Sports and Fox Sports North.
In 2016, Zucker married Minnesota Wild player Jason Zucker. Together, the couple launched the #GIVE16 campaign this winter to support the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. They are currently raising money for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio, a space to serve pediatric patients and their families.
"Even after having our son, Hendrix, three months ago, she hasn't stopped thinking about how to better herself and her career while also making a difference in our community on a daily basis," said Jason Zucker.
"Overtime" made its debut Thursday, and will now air at a different day and time every week, depending on game schedules. Zucker's first guest was Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. You can listen to the episode on KFAN's website at kfan.iheart.com, under the "Overtime with Carly Zucker" tab. Her lineup also includes Kyle Rudolph (Vikings), Ryan Dungey (Supercross motorcycle champion) and of course, her husband. Zucker says she also hopes to interview players from the Minnesota Lynx.
"It's important to have a diverse group of people represented in any industry," Zucker said. "I love hearing from listeners, men and women, that they appreciate hearing a female voice."
Aimee Blanchette • 612-673-1715
Who is Carly Zucker?
Career: Minnesota Timberwolves Entertainment Network, reported for CBS Sports and Fox Sports North, hosted the CW Twin Cities.
Philanthropy: With husband Jason Zucker, #Give16 campaign will fund Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.