ESPN 100.9 (WLUN) brings more local coverage to their lineup with the addition of Michigan Media Network-syndicated Shep, Shower ‘N’ Shave, hosted by Matt Shepard. Shepard’s show will debut on the Midland, Michigan ESPN affiliate Monday, July 2nd, airing every weekday from noon – 3pm.
Shepard, a longtime Michigan sports radio host on WDFN 1130 had his show cancelled in April 2017, before it relaunched seven months later on the same station.
“While some shows focus on politics, or entertainment… I like talking sports. I know Michigan sports and this show will be the perfect place for listeners to have that discussion. I want to interact with the fans and let them express their feelings, fair, unfair, right or wrong. I will have the coaches and players on my show as I always have to give listeners all sides to the stories,” Shepard said after his show was renewed by its flagship WDFN last November.
With the addition of ESPN 100.9, Shep, Shower ‘N’ Shave will now be simulcast on four stations, with 1660 The Fan in Kalamazoo, 101.1 WGRY in Grayling/Roscommon and its flagship, WDFN in Detroit rounding out the other three. Shepard’s show will air on ESPN 1000 at noon each weekday leading up to The Huge Show , hosted by Bill Simonson from 3pm– 6pm, giving the Midland station six consecutive hours of local sports coverage in its lineup.
“Giving our listeners more local content is always a topic of conversation within our walls and adding a guy like Matt Shepard to our lineup is going to help us achieve that,” ESPN 100.9-FM General Manager Matt DeVries said. “He brings nearly two decades of experience covering the teams we all care about in this state. And with his show airing in the early afternoon, we’ll now have local sports talk for six hours each day.”
Although Shep, Shower ‘N’ Shave will fill an afternoon timeslot on ESPN 1000, it airs live on its flagship station WDFN in Detroit from 6am – 9am. Shepard will have already began his broadcast six hours before it airs on ESPN 1000, but the station values the opportunity to give listeners local content even though it won’t be live.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.