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106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes can rant with the best of them and when the Washington D.C. radio host begins a segment with, “the unfathomable amounts of gall it would take, the temerity, the unmitigated temerity,” the audience should listen intently.

Last week, Dukes was given the honor of being named the best evening DJ of 2019 by Northern Virginia Magazine, even though he’s an afternoon host.  This is not the first time Dukes topped the magazine’s evening DJ list.  Dukes wanted to promote the story and honor, but he quickly noticed when the link is shared, so is a photo of a 106.7 competitor, DC 101’s Elliot in the Morning.  

“They posted a picture of Elliot in the MorningElliot in the Morning!” Dukes ranted during his afternoon show on Monday. “I’m the only person on 106.7 The Fan that won an award in this fakakta magazine.  Nobody here at the radio station cares, not one sale person’s asked me for a copy, nobody’s even mentioned it. It’s like everything else I do – a mild inconvenience.

“And that’s fine.  I like the job, I like working here.  I can deal with it, the tacit disrespect, but the fact that this is the Economic Development Authority for the city where I OWN A SMALL BUSINESS!  They mention TWO OTHER BUSINESSES, not mine, and then post a picture of Elliot in the Morning!  Who, if you took away the ability to cackle, would have an approximately 37-minute radio show every morning.  If you took away all of the EDM music and the ability to CACKLE, he would probably fill the same amount of time as one episode of Big Bang Theory!” Dukes said while offering a round of applause.

“It’s me, right?” Dukes continued after his producer noted the article mentions the business next to his store.  Dukes is the owner of Commonwealth Dry Goods on Main Street in Fairfax, VA.  

“Look, I don’t mean a lot, but I’ve worked hard.  I’ve been in this business a good, long time.  This has to be the most disrespectful thing that has ever happened to me in my life and maybe you say, ‘Dukes that means you’re living a good life.’  That’s a very healthy perspective and I’m envious you can think that way, that’s not the way I think.”

Dukes may have felt disrespected by the picture of Elliot in the Morning, but for his audience and everyone else that now knows this story, the epic rant outweighs the photo blunder.

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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