KJOC (1170 AM) is back in the game.
Eleven years after benching a sports-talk format befitting its call letters, the Davenport radio station is back to broadcasting ESPN Radio as of Thursday.
"We looked at a variety of things, but the decision was to go with ESPN," said Darren Pitra, operations manager of Townsquare Media Quad-Cities, which includes KJOC and four other radio stations.
Chicago Cubs broadcasts, which never left the station even after two format changes, remain on "ESPN 1170," as well as Iowa State University football and men's basketball.
For nearly six years, the 1170 AM frequency had music from the "True Oldies Channel," a satellite format programmed by famed DJ Scott Shannon. Shannon has announced his plans to halt the channel in June, Pitra said. From 2003-'08, KJOC ditched most sports for a news-talk format.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic's "Mike and Mike" morning show, simulcast on ESPN's cable channel, airs from 5-9 a.m.
"The Herd" with Colin Cowherd is on from 9 a.m. to noon. Noon to 3 p.m. will feature Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo.
Dan Le Batard's show airs from 3-6 p.m., with "Sedano & Stink" from 6-9 p.m. and Freddie Coleman from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Pitra said the station has the option to pick up any of the play-by-play that ESPN provides.
There will be no local voices in the early stages, he said, but "it's not something that's completely out of possibility down the road."
The station will also stream live online at ESPN1170.com.