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Under The Radar – January 9, 2018

Jason Barrett

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We’re not even ten days into the new year and already there have been a number of sports media developments to pass along. As always, if you have news to share and would like to have it included in a future column please pass it along via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here’s the latest.

Sports 1280 in New Orleans has reshuffled its lineup. As part of the changes, Josh Innes takes over mornings. The station is simulcasting Innes’ Houston program which airs on SportsTalk 790. The remainder of the schedule includes Dunc and Holder from 10a-12p, Eric Asher from 12p-2p, Chris Gordy from 2p-4p and Kaare Johnson from 4p-6p.

Another FOX Sports radio affiliate is also adjusting its weekday schedule. FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix has rolled out its new weekday schedule which includes Dan Patrick 7a-10a, Colin Cowherd 10a-1p, Doug Gottlieb 1p-4p and Jody Oehler from 4p-7p. Kenny and Crash and the Rich Eisen show occupy the evening hours.

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced the addition of a trio of former players to their radio broadcast team for the 2018 season. Joining play by play man Scott Franzke in the booth will be Kevin Jordan, Kevin Stocker and Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen currently works for KNBR in San Francisco. His involvement with Phillies broadcasts won’t affect his involvement in the Bay Area.

Staying in Philly, 97.5 The Fanatic has elevated Natalie Egenolf and Tyrone Johnson to full time roles. Johnson will produce Mike Missanelli‘s program and Egenolf will handle updates from 12p-6p plus take on more responsibility with the station’s social media. Andrew Salciunas who had been producing Missanelli on an interim basis returns to middays working with Harry Mayes and Jason Myrtetus.

In other behind the scenes news, congratulations to Steven Spector of 610 Sports in Kansas City. The radio station recently promoted Spector to the position of Assistant Program Director.

1280 The Fan 2 in Atlanta has undergone a rebrand. The radio station is now being positioned on-air as The Sports X 1230.

A little further south in Tampa, WDAE has eliminated midday sports updates to give more talk time back to its weekday shows. Tampa’s leading sports station is also looking to improve its promotions department and has a full-time opening which can be pursued by clicking here.

With Marc Malusis moving to mornings on CBS Sports Radio, John Jastremski has gained additional air time on WFAN. JJ has taken over Malusis’ former slot, Monday and Friday overnights. CBS Sports Radio has also added former ESPN Radio host Robin Lundberg to its weekend schedule.

A couple of news items out of Boston that occurred during the past month. Christian Arcand signed on with 98.5 The Sports Hub as a part-time host. Chris Villani announced his departure from the Boston Herald.

Another great father and son story to pass along. Patrick McCarthy, son of Philadelphia Phillies and Westwood One play by play voice Tom McCarthy has joined the Phillies Triple A minor league affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs as a Media Relations and Broadcasting Assistant, working with play-by-play announcer Matt Provence on home games and select road games in 2018. McCarthy also takes over for Jon Schaeffer who left in July to join XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego.

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Nick Wilson: Deshaun Watson Press Conference ‘Insulting’ To Local Media

“You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters get to say, ask, or think.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with the media for the first time yesterday since being reinstated by the NFL after the league ruled he was guilty of violating the Personal Conduct Policy due to improper sexual advances towards more than two dozen massage therapists. 92.3 The Fan afternoon host Nick Wilson called Watson’s press conference “trash” and “insulting” to local media.

Watson told reporters he would only answer football related questions from the assembled media members, which Wilson took issue with.

“You can’t bury this story simply by saying ‘I won’t talk about it’,” Wilson said. “It is insulting to the media who covers this team. This is not about Nick Wilson, I promise. This is about the beat reporters who cover this team. It is insulting — intentionally or not — to say ‘You know what, guys? I love y’all, but I’m going to dictate what you ask me’.

“You don’t do that. You dictate when you speak, your opening statement, or how you respond. You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters — who work very hard day in, day out covering this organization, covering Deshaun Watson, covering this town — get to say, ask, or think. That was trash.”

Co-host Dustin Fox added the whole job of the media is to bring information to fans, and Watson wouldn’t allow reporters to do that Thursday, and may never do that.

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”

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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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