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Schein Turns Down WFAN, Re-Signs With SiriusXM
“Adam Schein declined the chance to replace Mike Francesa, making it the second time in less than two years WFAN failed to convince their former host to return.”
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Adam Schein declined the chance to replace Mike Francesa, making it the second time in less than two years WFAN failed to convince their former host to return.
Schein currently has a weekday show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, followed by his TV gig, Time to Schein on CBS Sports Network every night at 6pm ET. While Schein is in the middle of a contract with CBS, his SiriusXM deal was nearing expiration, which meant Entercom needed to strike now to lure him to WFAN. According to Marchand, Schein instead agreed to a contract extension with SiriusXM, ending any chance of a WFAN return.
Recently, BSM President Jason Barrett released a podcast featuring Adam Schein, where the two spoke extensively about Schein’s start at WFAN and passing on the opportunity to take over their afternoon show last year.
“In terms of turning it down per say, I always refer to it this way, I wasn’t available,” Schein told Barrett. “Under contract at SiriusXM…under contract at CBS…I have too much respect to FAN to ever say I turned it down.”
After beginning as an intern in the mid-90s, later working as a part-time host, Schein left WFAN in 2004 to join Sirius even before Howard Stern made the jump to satellite radio. “FAN is amazing, that spot is amazing, my jobs right now are also amazing, I love SiriusXM, I’m loyal to SiriusXM, I love CBS, I’m loyal to CBS,” Schein said during his interview with Barrett.
Hosting afternoon drive on WFAN was Schein’s childhood dream, but he’s turned the opportunity down twice. The first time, because he wasn’t available while under contract with SiriusXM. The second time, because the show isn’t available as Francesa still controls the timeslot.
If Schein chose to leave his daily show at SiriusXM and return to WFAN, it’s unclear how he would’ve been used while waiting for Mike to retire again. According to Marchand, it’s possible FAN would have locked Schein up just to have him ready for when Francesa leaves. The station also could have paired Schein with Mike for a short period of time as a way of transitioning to a new show.
Although reports from last spring originally stated Francesa was returning to FAN for two years, the New York radio icon stated multiple times that he declined to sign a contract with the company. Entercom and their VP of sports programming, Mark Chernoff has undoubtedly discussed the future with Mike, but no one knows when Francesa will depart for good.
Francesa has already waffled once, retiring for four months, then forcing a shakeup of WFAN’s lineup to make room for his return. In a statement sent to Andrew Marchand, Chernoff says Entercom is “100 percent” behind Mike Francesa.
Don’t expect a second farewell tour for the Sports Pope, but a year of rumored replacements will circle WFAN as Francesa continues the task of fending off Michael Kay in a ratings battle.
Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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