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Dunlap, Switzer Turn Twitter Beef Into Charity Drive

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Ryan Switzer of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Colin Dunlap from 93.7 The Fan proved that good can come from a social media spat after the NFL wide receiver and sports radio host turned a Twitter quarrel into a charitable “reception challenge.”

As Bleacher Report first noted, during the Steelers’ Week 11 victory in Jacksonville, Dunlap reacted to a goal-line target of Switzer by tweeting, “So the plan was to throw to Switzer? Yikes.”

Switzer later saw the tweet and took exception to the analysis replying, “You and I both know you have some quarrel with me. It’s fine. I apologize for whatever it is I upset you with. Just keep it professional, please. The “yikes” in your tweet was unnecessary. You’re applying I’m not good at what I do. Which I am. I don’t speak on your profession.”

The morning radio host defended his original tweet, but also provided a peace offering to Switzer, suggesting a performance based charity donation.

“Talking about sports is what I do. Sometimes that involves criticism. It’s my goal to never make it personal. [Ryan Switzer] felt I did, I felt I didn’t. It bothers me and demands olive branch. That said, for every catch he has rest of season I’ll donate $20 to his charity($500 min).” Dunlap wrote on Twitter.

Switzer took Dunlap up on the offer, selecting a charity that is very meaningful to Dunlap and his family, the oncology program at UPMC Children’s Hospital where the morning radio host’s 7-year old daughter, Darran Dunlap is a patient being treated for leukemia.

“Great idea. You hear that Colin Dunlap? I’ve picked my charity of choice. And I’d like to double down. $40 from me for every catch the rest of the season/playoffs to the oncology programs at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.” Switzer wrote on Twitter after a follower suggested the “reception challenge” should benefit the children’s hospital oncology program.

What started out as a Twitter disagreement over an NFL play call, quickly turned into a positive impact.  The Ryan Switzer Reception Challenge page at givetochildrens.org allows the public to provide a pledge per reception or a flat fee donation.  In less than one week, the challenge surpassed its $5,000 goal and is currently closing in on $10,000 while still accepting donations.

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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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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