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USC, ESPN LA Extend Radio Deal

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USC and ESPNLA have signed a four-year contract extension, ensuring that Trojan football will continue to be heard live on Southern California’s leading sports radio outlet ESPNLA 710AM through the 2018-19 season.

Since 2006, ESPNLA 710AM has been the flagship station of the USC Football Radio Network, which reaches from Fresno to San Diego.

The extension also calls for approximately one-half of USC’s men’s basketball broadcasts through 2018-19 to air on ESPNLA 710AM. For those games not airing on ESPNLA 710AM, USC and ESPNLA will place the broadcasts on another local outlet.

USC football games will continue to be offered to ESPN Radio affiliates throughout the country.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with ESPNLA and give fans more USC programming than ever before,” said Dan Shell, Vice President and General Manager of USC Sports Properties. “Additionally, to be showcased on ESPN’s national platform is great for the USC brand and Trojan fans around the country.”

Scott McCarthy, Vice President and General Manager, ESPNLA, said, “USC is one of the premier brands in college sports with a long history of academic and athletic excellence. We are proud to strengthen our long-term association with this great institution and enhance one of the tent poles of ESPNLA’s outstanding lineup of talk and play-by-play.”

A division of FOX Sports, USC Sports Properties is a full service sales and marketing organization representing the University of Southern California. Its mission is to create long-term strategic partnerships through customized, integrated marketing programs that deliver great value while addressing the needs and objectives of its corporate partners, USC, and its stakeholders.

ESPNLA serves fans with total coverage of sports in Southern California and beyond. ESPNLA 710 AM provides sports talk, local and national play-by-play, and breaking news coverage. Mason & Ireland, hosted by Steve Mason & John Ireland airs 12-3 p.m. PT, followed by Max & Marcellus, hosted by Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley from 3-7 p.m. PT, also hosts of SportsNation on ESPN 2. ESPNLA 710 is the exclusive home of the Los Angeles Lakers, University of Southern California Football and Basketball, College Football Playoff, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and is in partnership with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Live streaming and podcasts for select content are available on ESPNLA.com, the #1 sports website in Southern California.

Credit to the USC Trojans where this story was originally published.

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Bobby Belt: ‘Pat McAfee Butchered The Name Shan and RJ’

“I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Shan and RJ is a show that routinely finds itself in the media spotlight. They may be a Dallas show, but when Jerry and Stephen Jones routinely appear on your airwaves, you are going to draw attention from outside of the market.

On Tuesday, Pat McAfee played a clip of the hosts talking to Jerry Jones. McAfee threw to the clip introducing the show as “Shan, RJ, and Chop.” On Wednesday morning, the 105.3 The Fan’s morning show had some fun with the former Colts punter’s struggles.

“There’s a lot to unpack here,” newly added co-host Bobby Belt said after listening to McAfee and his crew take three unsuccessful cracks at naming the show.

“Reggie made a good point yesterday when I was talking to him about this,” Belt said. “Reggie was like ‘I think McAfee was going to the clip, saw three faces and didn’t know a third name, and so he’s like ‘well, that must be RJ and Chop.’”

Belt delighted in the idea that in McAfee’s mind, RJ Choppy goes by “Chop” on air and even pointed out that one of the producers said that RJ “looks like a Chop.”

Pat McAfee called the show “Shan, RJ, and Chop,” “Shana, RJ and Chop,” and “Shannon and RJ” on different occasions according to Belt. He didn’t think it was disrespectful. He just didn’t understand how McAfee got it so wrong so often.

“They butchered this three ways to the weekend. I have no idea. I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Cubs Radio Voice Pat Hughes Named 2023 Frick Award Winner

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Chicago Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes has been honored as the 2023 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

The award is given annually for “excellence in broadcasting” by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Known throughout the Midwest for his easy delivery and unparalleled knowledge, Pat Hughes has called some of the biggest moments in Cubs history and has provided the narrative for one of the most successful eras in the history of the franchise,” said National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Josh Rawitch. “Since arriving at Wrigley Field in 1996, Pat has served as the radio voice for nine postseason teams – matching an ardent fan base with his own passion in every broadcast. His reverence for baseball history and gift for storytelling have made him one of the game’s broadcast treasures.”

Hughes has spent more than 25 years as the voice of the Cubs, and is a nine-time winner of the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Hughes found out on-air that he would be inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame.

Hughes was previously a finalist for the award in 2016 and 2020.

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Craig Carton: Jon Heyman ‘No Longer An Insider’ After Aaron Judge Gaffe

“That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

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MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman erroneously reported that New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was signing with the San Francisco Giants in free agency yesterday, and the news was not well received by WFAN afternoon hosts Craig Carton and Evan Roberts.

After Heyman rescinded his original tweet saying “Arson Judge” appeared headed to the Giants, he resent a new one with the correct spelling. During the confusion, Roberts told producers to get Heyman — who is an Audacy contributor — on the phone, which Carton immediately shot down.

“No, we’re not putting him on the air,” Carton said. “I’m not putting him on the air. He doesn’t get a platform on this show. Listen, he made a deal with the devil when he took a job with The (New York) Post. That’s his business.”

While Carton and Roberts processed the news, producer Chris McMonigle said he was certain that Judge would be signing with the Giants, but that was not Heyman’s report, and would hold off until it was official.

Roberts mocked McMonigle by saying he was in denial. “He still hasn’t accepted that Jon Heyman knows what he’s talking about,” Roberts said. Moments later, McMonigle read Heyman’s follow up tweet apologizing for “jumping the gun”.

“That is a horrendous job by Jon Heyman,” Carton replied.

“Heyman’s done,” Roberts shouted. “Jon, what are we doing?”

“Heyman is no longer an insider,” Carton added. “That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

Carton later took umbrage with Heyman deleting his tweets.

“To play fans like that is absolutely unacceptable. It’s not right. Sorry. That’s because everyone’s gotta be first. God forbid someone else has it first. You’re a clown. Your entire career’s work has just been flushed down the toilet.”

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