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Thursday Wakeup Call: Additions to my role

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Morning, one and all …

The weekly chat will get going at noon, though you can begin submitting entries as soon as 6 a.m.

Going to try something a little bit different with these. That ‘Tampa Bay Lightning round’ thing we usually do for the final 20 minutes — quick questions, quick answers — will be the whole thing now. Allows me to get a lot more questions and topics considered, and I think it’ll keep it moving at a faster pace, too.

That’s but a tweak of a few things I’ll be adding to my plate, beginning next week:

>> I’ll be adding a Sunday column to my current Monday/Wednesday/Friday rotation.

The first of those will be Feb. 10. This gets me into our biggest-circulation paper, and it allows more chances to bring you live coverage of college football and other Saturday events.

>> The Friday column will now be what’s known in the business as a ‘notes’ column.

This allows a chance to offer views on matters that might not merit a full column on their own, as well as material on sports that might rarely get such treatment such as the Riverhounds or Duquesne women’s basketball. Doesn’t mean those will be the lede. Just that they’ll be in the mix.

>> I’ll appear more often on TribLIVE Radio. The weekly show, sponsored by SportsYapper, will remain 1-2 p.m. Tuesday. But I’ll also be on a few other times during the week as guests with other hosts at our station.

That allows me to do more on radio without affecting any of my writing, travel or anything like that. And best of all, it keeps everything under the Trib banner.

I’ll still visit with Mark Madden, Joe Bendel, other local hosts and, of course, Winnipeg’s TSN 1290. But the goal here is to focus more on TribLIVE Radio.

Basically, it boils down to one more column and a little more radio. Nothing else will change.

Hope to hear from you in the chat.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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