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Julie DiCaro Exposes Toxic Message Board

Brandon Contes



Women watch sports, women are opinionated and entertaining.  Women make successful radio hosts, yet very few are sports radio hosts.

At times women are overlooked, many will not view sportscasting as a viable career option because they don’t see the avenues to get there.  Many women are also deterred because they fear receiving backlash for entering what has long been deemed a man’s world.  Chicago radio host, Julie DiCaro has again recently brought this to light.

DiCaro, a 15-year lawyer turned media member, has been covering Chicago sports for over a decade, starting with her own blog in 2007.  Now an anchor, host and columnist for 670 The Score, DiCaro has worked to expose how common it is for women sports media members to be harassed online.

Earlier this week, DiCaro stumbled on the website, an older forum messaging board style website.  The radio host found a board titled, “Julie DiCaro!!!” and quickly saw it contained, not 756 comments, but 756 pages (since increased to 800 after she publicized it) of comments, the bulk of which were harassing, mean-spirited and derogatory.

After sharing the board on Twitter, the anonymous website admin soon responded.

“Your thread has nearly 23k posts and is by far the most popular thread in the nearly 20 year history of our site. That says a lot about your popularity and above how passionate our members are.” wrote @ChiFanatics in an attempt to diffuse the issue.  Unfortunately the passion of the website’s members is poorly directed.

“Why highlight it?” Another Twitter user, not affiliated with the website wrote to DiCaro.  “What benefit do you get? Does playing the victim benefit your career? I’ve never posted about it, but from when I listened I didn’t particularly think you’re great at your job either. Have you ever reflected on why so many people don’t like you?” …As if the despicable personal insults are warranted.

DiCaro took to where she directed her own passion more appropriately, sharing with everyone the inability of many people to accept women into the world of sports.

“Why do sites like this exist? Why do people like this exist? Why do people obsess over everything a person says and does simply because they are on the radio?” wrote DiCaro.

“Frightening women and lying about women and trying to drag women down into the muck will continue to be sport for a certain kind of man.  But please don’t be a part of it. You can choose not to be part of it,” she added.

This is not the first time DiCaro publicized hateful comments directed toward her and other women in sports.  In 2016, DiCaro and Sarah Spain of ESPN posted a powerful video of men reading actual Tweets containing hard to imagine deprecating comments directed at the female hosts, titled #MoreThanMean.  The YouTube video has since amassed over 4.5 million views.

There is a certain amount of criticism that is expected when entering the public eye, but personal, vile attacks such as those many women in sports receive, shouldn’t be said to anyone, let alone become a common daily occurrence.

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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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.



In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.



1250 AM The Fan

Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

One host who may remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce 5% of its programming staff.

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Fred Toucher: Fred Roggin Rant ‘Is Why Everyone Thinks Radio Sucks’

“I understand defending yourself, but then there’s like desperation,” he said.

Jordan Bondurant



A recent piece in the L.A. Times painting the picture of why the sports radio audience in Los Angeles is smaller than that of Boston struck a nerve locally.

And when AM 570 LA Sports host Fred Roggin tried to explain why Boston does so much better with listeners, Fred Toucher couldn’t contain himself.

Let me give it to you in a nutshell real, real quickly,” Roggin said in a clip that played during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday. “The implication here is that you don’t care. Do they have as many Latinos living in Boston? I don’t think so, and if you look at the ratings, they don’t. We’re a melting pot, we’re very different here. Sports is a niche audience.

Toucher and company laughed at the sound byte before Toucher laid into Roggin.

“Does that mean that Latinos don’t like sports?” he asked. “To do well in Los Angeles, you have to adapt to the market, you jackass! Latinos have to listen to ya.”

Roggin and co-host Rodney Peete sounded even more out of touch in the clip by saying that part of the reason more people listen to sports talk in Boston is because of weather and an affinity for baked beans. Additionally, there’s just more to do in LA versus Boston.

“He is under the impression that the east coast is really something else,” Toucher said. “But he’s painting the east coast as if like no one lives out here. Like New York City and Philadelphia are these minor flyover states. It’s really funny.”

Toucher understood Roggin taking the time to go on the defensive, but he just couldn’t get over the way in which the defense was presented.

“I understand defending yourself, but then there’s like desperation,” he said. “What do you care if the station in Boston does better than you? What does it matter to you?! Clean up your own business! Jesus Christ!”

“This is the first time I think I’ve ever heard the northeast described as like toothless hicks that like got nothing better to do,” Toucher added.

Toucher finished his point by piling on the hosts further, saying that if their show aired anywhere else, it would fail.

“This is why everyone thinks radio sucks,” Toucher said before the rest of the Roggin clip was played.

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