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Team 980 Posts New Lineup But Questions Still Abound

Brandon Contes

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Instability surrounding The Team 980 in Washington DC continues. New ownership group Urban One took control of the station on August 1st, two months after the sale by Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder was announced.  Although management has not made any announcements regarding 980’s schedule, the station’s new lineup is becoming clearer.

Last week the station’s website still promoted Chris Cooley, Kevin Sheehan, Bram Weinstein, Scott Jackson and Rick “Doc” Walker as part of 980’s weekday schedule even though none of the five were still hosting their daily shows.  TheTeam980.com has since adjusted their website to display the current weekday lineup.

6a-10a The Al Galdi Show

10a-1p Fred Smoot

1p-4p Brian Mitchell and Scott Linn

4p-7p The Steve Czaban Show

On Monday, however, 980 didn’t follow the listed show schedule as Smoot co-hosted with Linn from Redskins training camp and Mitchell was joined by NBC Sports Washington reporter JP Finlay.  Chick Hernandez, Al Koken and Chris Knoche have also made fill-in appearances during the last week.

Although not on the air during the week, Cooley and Walker still remain part of the station as analysts on The Redskins Radio gameday broadcast for The Team 980 and WMAL.  Cooley and Walker partner with Sonny Jurgensen and play-by-play announcer Larry Michael on the call.  Whether or not their continued involvement could lead to a return to hosting a talk show remains to be seen.

When reached for comment by The Washington Post, program director Chris Johnson declined to offer any additional information since saying the station was “still in the process of finalizing our lineup,” earlier in the month.

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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Yankees Announce John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Talking Bobblehead Giveaway Night

On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

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On Friday, the New York Yankees announced a bobblehead giveaway that will honor the two radio legends that voice the team’s games. On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, the two longtime Yankees broadcasters.

The team made the presentation in a thirty second promotional video in which you see both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth, listening to their talking bobblehead.

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93.7 The Fan Morning Show Criticizes Ken Carman And Anthony Lima

“I get what they have to do over there. I get what Ken Carman, and I forget the other guy (Anthony Lima), have to do.”

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Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Morning Show took time Friday morning to criticize Cleveland duo Ken Carman and Anthony Lima of 92.3 The Fan for their defense of Browns fans from the national media.

Carman and Lima defended Browns fans Thursday from what they viewed as attacks for fans wanting autographs from recently suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson, who the NFL found sexually assaulted massage therapists and had violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

“I saw this morning that the morning show in Cleveland, they went off on this big tirade ‘you can criticize the organization but you can’t criticize Cleveland Browns fans’,” 93.7 The Fan producer Adam Crowley said. “The organization can’t be criticized enough. I’m sorry but if fans get dragged into that and criticized as well, they should because to me they said it’s the national media — these morning show hosts in Cleveland– ‘It’s the national media that’s making the suspension get wider because the league is going to kowtow to the national media’.

“It’s not just the national media. It’s the American (Massage) Therapist Association talking about how women are being abused,” Crowley added. “It’s not about the national reaction as much as it’s about there was wrong that was done here.”

“That’s the point,” host Dorin Dickerson said. “There was wrong that was done and whoever can get behind something that is wrong and evidently wrong, that’s wrong. I get what they have to do over there, I get what Ken Carman — and I forget the other guy (Anthony Lima) — have to do. I get that you have to salvage something. But rightfully so, people are coming at Cleveland Browns fans, the Cleveland Browns community, the team. Rightfully so.”

It’s the latest in barbs traded by the two Audacy-owned stations, as 93.7 The Fan afternoon host Andrew Fillipponi called out Cleveland callers for celebrating the Watson suspension length earlier this week.

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Audacy & CBS Sports Partner For Podcast Sales/Distribution

Audacy and CBS Sports have announced a multi-ear partnership that will see Audacy become the exclusive ad sales and distribution partner for the network’s podcasts.

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Audacy and CBS Sports have announced a multi-year partnership that will see Audacy become the exclusive ad sales and distribution partner for the network’s podcasts.

“We are continuing to heavily invest in our podcast network and the creation of award-winning audio content at a time our network is experiencing sustained periods of audience growth and engagement,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President, Digital, CBS Sports and CBS News and Stations. “We’re excited to partner with Audacy, an industry leader in ad sales and delivering premium opportunities for advertisers, to bring impactful integrations and campaigns to the podcast market.”

Podcasts currently airing from CBS Sports include Pick Six, The Early Edge, Fantasy Football Today, the Cover 3 College Football Podcast, and Attacking Third. Podcasts from college recruiting site 247Sports will also be included in the partnership.

Audacy’s podcast network features over 40 million listeners globally. Audacy is also the nation’s leading radio play-by-play company, featuring more than 90 professional and NCAA Division I college teams and programs.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with CBS Sports in the podcasting space – properties I know well from my time spent there,” said Ken Lagana, Executive Vice President of Digital Sales, Audacy. “Adding this family of content to our roster provides Audacy with a number of the leading sports, fantasy sports and betting podcasts, areas we have enjoyed significant success to date and are important to our clients.  This partnership could not come at a better time with football season fast approaching.”

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