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The Ump Shuffles On-Air Lineup

Brandon Contes

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Arky Shea, program director and on-air personality for WUMP in Huntsville, Alabama announced major changes to the station’s weekday lineup.  

Longtime afternoon host, Thom Abraham was dismissed from the UMP in what he categorized as a “business decision” by the Cumulus owned station.  Abraham’s nationally syndicated Saturday show, Bassmaster Radio will still be carried by the UMP along with more than 100 additional stations around the country.

Taking over for Abraham will be program director Arky Shea, joining co-host Jason Marks who remains on the station’s afternoon show titled Lockdown UMP.  On Sunday, Shea posted a Twitter video, to give listeners insight on the decision.  

“It’s not easy to have a conversation like that, with someone you respect and care about, like Tom,” said Shea.  “It’s hard, but we managed and I know a lot of people, especially a couple of you who may see this, who care about it and the UMP, are not happy with that decision and I understand, but to whoever will listen, whoever will pay attention, I will do my best to bring, like I did always, entertaining good radio to the airwaves.”

Shea’s move to Lockdown UMP continues his bouncing back and forth between mornings and afternoons for WUMP.  Shea previously hosted mornings with Cole Cubelic until Cole left to host middays for JOX 94.5 in Birmingham earlier this year.  Cubelic’s departure led Shea to join Abraham in the afternoon while WUMP carried 94.5’s morning show, JOX Roundtable hosted by Jim Dunaway, Lance Taylor and Ryan Brown.

In August, Shea launched a local morning show with former Auburn and NFL defensive back Jerraud Powers.  Powers, not a fan of the early morning schedule, decided to quit the show in the fall.  With Shea now returning to afternoons, WUMP will once again carry JOX Roundtable from 6 – 10am as their morning show.  Shea’s former co-host, Cole Cubelic can be heard from 10am – 2pm as WUMP also simulcast’s the JOX midday show.

WUMP new weekday lineup:
 6 – 10am: JOX Roundtable
10 – 2pm:  3 Man Front
 2 – 6pm:  Lockdown UMP

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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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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