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Waddle Making The Most Out of His Second Career

Jason Barrett

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It is hard to argue with the results of Tom Waddle’s post-football career. The gritty former receiver, who played with the Bears from 1989-1994, now is in his third decade in broadcasting.

The “Waddle & Silvy Show,” with co-host Marc Silverman, continues to post strong ratings from 2-6 p.m. for WMVP-AM 1000. Waddle continues to spend his weekends in Bristol, Conn., analyzing the NFL through this Sunday’s conference title games on ESPN‘s various platforms, including “SportsCenter.” Several times, the network also has used him as a panelist on its Sunday morning “The Sports Reporters” show.

Waddle, 48, has long since demonstrated the ability to discuss a greater range of sports topics than just football. In fact, his versatility, not to mention an engaging personality, has made him arguably the most successful of the many popular Bears players who have attempted to work in media dating back to the 1985 Super Bowl team. Going back even farther, Waddle is up there with Johnny Morris (1958-67) and Mike Adamle (1975-76) as former Bears who have had a profound impact on the Chicago broadcast scene.

“I’ve worked with a lot of former athletes, but nobody works harder than Waddle,” Silverman said. “You see how he prepares for everything, and how he wants to get better. He’s constantly bringing the energy. (On Mondays), he’s doing ‘Mike & Mike’ (ESPN Radio‘s morning show based out of Bristol at 6 (a.m.) and then he’s live for our show (in Chicago). Who else does that?”

 

 

Early on, Waddle realized he needed to have coherent thoughts on baseball, football, hockey and more. He didn’t want to be typecast as just a football guy.

It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and as former Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly showed, it isn’t for everyone. Mannelly walked away from a host role at WSCR-AM 670 in February because he didn’t have “the passion” for sports other than football.

“I talked to Patrick, and I thought he was great at it,” Waddle said. “But if you want to do this line of work, you have to have a passion about more than just your sport. You have to be able to spray to all fields.”

Waddle was able to develop his radio persona thanks to stability in working with two hosts. He spent 10 years with David Kaplan at WGN-AM 720. At WMVP, he is in his ninth season, and second in afternoon drive, teaming with Silverman.

Silverman says the differences in their personalities have enhanced their chemistry.

“He’s the former Chicago athlete and I’m the sports nerd who wanted to be that Chicago athlete,” Silverman said. “We always embrace how different we are. It has been a positive for us.”

To read the rest of the article visit the Chicago Tribune where it was originally published

 

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take

“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

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Jason Fitz

When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.

The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.

“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.

Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.

“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”

He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.

“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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