Neil Sperry's radio show moving to WBAP in July

Neil Sperry is getting a new radio home.

The iconic North Texas horticulturist announced today that his weekend radio show, Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening, will be heard on WBAP, starting July 10.

In a news release, station president and general manager Keri Korzeniewski said, "WBAP has always been dedicated to the community, and our new partnership with Neil Sperry helps solidify that dedication. We're thrilled to have Neil as part of the WBAP family."

Sperry moves to the NewsTalk station after being informed in February by KRLD-AM, where he had been a fixture since 1980, that it was canceling his show. His last broadcast will be on July 4.

The gardening guru said he talked to several interested parties before reaching an agreement with WBAP (820 AM, 96.7 FM). His show will air at noon on Saturday and from 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday.

"This opportunity to broadcast from one of Texas' most legendary radio stations is a dream come true," Sperry wrote on his Web site. "I'll be working alongside many of the state's finest radio people, those behind the microphones and those behind the scenes. Many of these are friends of long standing, and their encouragement through the past several months has meant a great deal to my family and me."

Sperry has attributed his departure at KRLD to budgetary reasons and says he is excited about joining a station with more reach. He credits his loyal listeners with helping him secure his new show.

Sperry wrote on his Web site: "You've been faithful supporters for all the years that I've been doing commercial radio - 33 years and counting, with many more still ahead. I hope you'll make that switch of the dial over to 820 starting July 10! It's a very happy day in my garden."