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Sports Talk Hosts Face DUI Charges

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Former sports radio host for 1280 The Zone in Utah, Spencer Checketts, began serving jail time on Monday stemming from a DUI.

Checketts was arrested on February 26th for going 120mph in a 70mph zone.  The Utah Highway Patrol trooper that stopped Checketts at 1:30am smelled alcohol and saw a beer can on the floor.  Checketts entered a guilty plea which dropped the open container charge as well as the speeding infraction.

The former radio host was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but the judge suspended 145 days and allowed 30 days of credit for the time Checketts spent in treatment.  Checketts is left with just five days remaining on the sentence, which he will serve this week.

Checketts, who according to court records, had two previous DUI convictions, was ordered to pay a $1,610 fine, complete counseling and stay out of bars.  Checketts resigned from his afternoon show on Utah’s 1280 The Zone shortly after his February arrest.

A second sports radio host is involved in a separate DUI arrest.  At approximately 3am on Sunday, Will Burge, was arrested for a wrong-way crash which left a woman seriously injured.

Burge, formerly of ESPN Cleveland and iHeartMedia’s WTAM 1100, hit a car head on while going east in a westbound lane.  Burge was taken to the hospital with minor injuries while his passenger was not hurt, but the 56-year old woman driving the other vehicle was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Burge was already departed from his previous radio employers prior to the arrest.  Burge had been hosting a podcast where he recently called out another host, Tony Rizzo, for having burner Twitter accounts and Cavalier owner, Dan Gilbert, for drunk-texting members of the Cleveland media.

Burge is due in court later this week, facing charges of aggravated vehicular assault and driving under the influence.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

 

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Sports “The Buzz” Changes Signals in Raleigh/Durham

Capitol Broadcasting has moved “The Buzz” from 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville/Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 1550 WCLY Raleigh.

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Sports “The Buzz” has moved from FM to AM in the Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina markets.

Capitol Broadcasting has moved “The Buzz” from 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville/Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 1550 WCLY Raleigh. The brand’s programming can still be heard on 99.9 WCMC-HD2 in Holly Springs.

“The Buzz” features local morning show The Sports Shop with Reese and KMac hosted by Kevin McClendon and Erroll Reese from 7-10am. The remainder of their lineup is hosted by ESPN Radio’s national lineup.

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Dan Dakich: Local Media Should ‘Always’ Go After National Media

“Look, everybody has to be in everybody else’s business.”

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93.5/107.5 The Fan’s Dan Dakich told listeners Thursday that local media should “always” defend their markets against national media members.

A viewer claiming to be from Cleveland was watching Dakich’s show on YouTube and asked the former college basketball coach if local media should “go after” national media, referencing Ken Carman and Anthony Lima defending Browns fans from criticism from national outlets.

“Always,” Dakich said confidently. “I’m for me going after all media. They can come at me, too. Which they have. Which you’ve seen. Who cares? Look, everybody has to be in everybody else’s business.

“One thing I’ve learned is people don’t care as much as you think they do. People don’t even care a little bit as much as you think they do. ‘Oh my god, this was written about you!’ People don’t care. ‘Oh my god, you’re asking Deshaun Watson for an autograph?’ Yeah, people don’t care. We act like we do, and we’re supposed to, and we can do all the things that are supposed to make ourselves look good but people don’t care. People honestly don’t care.”

Dakich then went into a larger conversation about the ease with which media members can, and have, criticized the talk show host.

“There’s nothing easier than calling me out. I mean, damn. I mean, I’m low-hanging fruit,” Dakich said. “I’m a 60-year-old white dude. That has an opinion. That’s not liberal. It’s not conservative, either. It’s common sense. I’m the easiest guy in the world. Guys make their careers ripping on me. And they have. They jump-started a newspaper ripping on me,” Dakich said, alluding to the Indianapolis Star.

Star columnist Gregg Doyel recently wrote a scathing report ripping Dakich, who the writer called his former friend, saying the host has been “revealing his true character, one episode at a time” during the last few months.

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Gregg Giannotti Mocks Mad Dog For Mispronunciations

The clip ended with Giannotti, guest host Sal Licata, and update anchor Chris Lopresti cackling with laughter.

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has a penchant for mispronouncing athlete names, and Thursday morning during Boomer & Gio, Gregg Giannotti poked fun at Mad Dog for a recent clip.

“The Yankees traded for Bentendi from the Royals,” Russo said in the clip, referencing Andrew Benintendi. “I’m assuming he got his vaccination shot because the Yankees wouldn’t have traded for him unless he did. A guy like Bentendi, who’s got a lot of guys around him, is a good useful baseball player.

“Galloway is outta there,” Mad Dog continued, referring to former Yankee Joey Gallo. “He’ll be better than Galloway. If he’s blind, he’ll be better than Galloway. From that perspective you’ll get Bentendi up here.”

The clip ended with Giannotti, guest host Sal Licata, and update anchor Chris Lopresti cackling with laughter.

“Galloway stinks,” Giannotti said as he impersonated Russo. “We all know it. You know it. I know it. Get Galloway outta here.”

Radio Hall of Fame, right there,” guest host Sal Licata said.

“The year you’re getting out of Aaron Bayliff is off the charts,” Giannotti said tongue-in-cheek, meaning Aaron Judge.

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