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Entercom Making Big Changes to WQAM and 790 The Ticket

“Entercom is re-branding WQAM as 560 The Joe and making 790 The Ticket more locally focused.”

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Miami’s two leading sports stations will look very different next week. Entercom has decided to re-brand WQAM as 560 The Joe and place a greater focus on national content. 790 The Ticket will become more locally focused and add a few familiar voices from WQAM’s weekday lineup.

The changes which are expected to go into effect on Monday August 5th will see Brendan Tobin, Leroy Hoard and Brian ‘The Beast’ London take over mornings on The Ticket from 6a-10a. The former morning team of Jonathan Zaslow and Amber Wilson will move into middays and host from 10a-2p. Rounding out the station’s weekday lineup in afternoons from 2p-6p will be Marc Hochman and Channing Crowder who move over from WQAM. Zach Duarte will pick up an extra hour at night and host 6p-10p on the station.

Meanwhile on 560 AM, the station will be re-named but continue to feature Joe Rose and Zach Krantz in morning drive. ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard will move over from The Ticket to occupy the 10a-1p slot. His local Miami hour will no longer be available. From 1p-3p 560 will add the Stephen A. Smith Show and the final 3-hours of Hochman and Crowder’s afternoon show are expected to be simulcast on 560. Best of programming will air from 6p-7p and a combination of ESPN Radio and/or play by play will be featured at night and overnight.

In a statement issued in the Miami Herald, Keriann Worley, senior vice president and market manager for Entercom South Florida, said: “Our stations are the home of sports in Miami. These strategic enhancements to our programming allow us to better serve fans and increase opportunities for our partners. We are committed to maximizing fan engagement and look forward to bringing them more coverage of their favorite local sports teams.”

The changes have resulted in Josh Friedman and Brett Romberg no longer working for the company. Alex Donno is being moved to a different role, and former Ticket afternoon host Curtis Stevenson has lost his weekday hosting spot but will continue in an off-air role.

Both WQAM and 790 The Ticket have long been well respected brands in the format with a local first approach. How this will impact the local sports radio landscape in the future remains to be seen, but starting next week, both Miami brands will have a different look and feel.

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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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