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ESPN LA 710 and KFWB Join Forces with LAFC

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The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has announced that ESPNLA 710 AM and KFWB 980 AM will serve as the Club’s official flagship radio partners for the inaugural 2018 and the 2019 season. LAFC matches will be broadcast in English on LAFC’s radio home and Southern California’s number one sports station, ESPNLA 710 AM, and in Spanish on KFWB 980 AM ‘La Mera La Mera’.

“We are excited to expand our broadcast reach and partner with ESPNLA 710 AM and KFWB 980 AM,” LAFC Owner and President Tom Penn said. “We are committed to making our matches accessible throughout Los Angeles, and these industry leaders will provide comprehensive coverage of our club throughout Southern California.”

Dave Denholm, host of the popular “Soccer Weekly” show on ESPNLA, will call all LAFC matches in English. A sports radio veteran with more than two decades of experience in sports, news and talk radio as well as calling countless soccer matches on FOX Sports and other networks, Denholm will bring a varied and unique L.A. -based perspective to LAFC broadcasts.

“We are incredibly honored to be a part of LAFC’s inaugural season and very excited to help welcome the team to Los Angeles,” Vice President and General Manager of ESPNLA Scott McCarthy said. ”LAFC is a world-class organization from top to bottom – from the great players and coaching staff, to the ownership and management group, to the gorgeous new stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Fans of the beautiful game in Southern California can look forward to some great football and a game-day experience second to none.”

Long-time ESPN Deportes host Armando Aguayo will handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast on 980 AM, while Francisco X. Rivera will serve as the analyst for most matches. A familiar voice to sports fans in Los Angeles, Aguayo serves as the Director, Producer and on-air talent for two shows on KWKW 1330 AM ESPN Deportes, as well as experience calling Clippers, Galaxy and UCLA football and basketball. Rivera can be seen and heard on FS1, Estrella TV and FOX Deportes, working Mexican National Team games, Major League Baseball, NFL and numerous other broadcasts.

“We are thrilled to deliver the excitement of the LAFC to L.A.’s Spanish Speaking Community,” President and General Manager of KFWB Jim Kalmenson said. “This is a big event for Southern California’s Latino Community and KFWB’s expansive coverage ensures that listeners from Oxnard to San Bernadino and beyond will be able to cheer on LA’s new team.”

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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. That 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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