CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed Bay Area on-air personality Mark Willard as Host of “KNBR Tonight”, a two-part weeknight show on San Francisco sports radio station KNBR 680. Willard will debut on KNBR on Monday, February 18th. He will host the 7p-10p portion of “KNBR Tonight”, while current KNBR 680 host Drew Hoffar moves to a new timeslot hosting “KNBR Tonight” from 10p-Midnight, as they team up to entertain the Bay Area’s most passionate sports fans at night.
“I’m extremely excited to welcome Mark back to the Bay Area and into our KNBR family,” KNBR Program Director Jeremiah Crowe said. “KNBR Tonight” is about connecting with fans as the games are being played, and Mark will excel in that arena across all KNBR platforms. Listeners now also get to hear Drew shine as a solo host in his own time slot. “KNBR Tonight” will continue to serve as THE nightly destination for local sports talk, and I can’t wait to hear these two dynamic personalities back-to-back on The Sports Leader!”
Willard is a Foster City native who comes to KNBR from a midday hosting role with XTRA 1360AM in San Diego. He has previously hosted shows on FOX Sports Radio Network, as well as 710 ESPN and ESPN’s SportsNation, based in Los Angeles. He is a lifelong fan of Bay Area sports teams.
Willard said: “It is an absolute dream come true to come home and join KNBR. My primary career goal has been to have the opportunity to connect with Bay Area sports fans, so listeners can rest assured, I will never take the relationship for granted. I want to thank Jeremiah Crowe, Doug Harvill and Cumulus’ corporate leadership team for their vision. And I want to thank my wife and kids for supporting me through this adventure!”
Hoffar grew up in San Leandro and been a host on KNBR for over three years, first as primary host of “The Audible” morning show on KNBR 1050, then as the lead host of “KNBR Tonight” on KNBR 680.
Hoffar said: “I am grateful and excited to land in this new 10pm-Midnight timeslot, plus provide pregame coverage for the 49ers and Warriors. I was raised on KNBR and am looking forward to both growing my on-air career with the station and adding to its legacy as ‘The Sports Leader!’”