Connect with us

Sports Radio News

Seth Dunlap Sits Out Wednesday Show At WWL

“When Dunlap began his Tuesday show, the offensive tweet had yet to become mainstream news. By Wednesday, the tweet was not just an issue within WWL, but a national story.”

Brandon Contes



On Tuesday, WWL’s verified Twitter account used a homophobic slur in reference to station employee Seth Dunlap.  On Wednesday, the sports radio host decided to take the night off from his show. 

Dunlap hosts The Last Lap on WWL in New Orleans, Monday – Friday from 8 – 11pm in addition to the Saints pregame show on their radio network.  The offensive tweet came just days after the radio host shared that he’s openly gay, in response to Saints quarterback, Drew Brees supporting a group that has historically opposed LGBT rights.  The Tweet, sent from an unknown person, was quickly deleted, but not before it was seen, shared and screengrabbed by many.

Dunlap hosted his nighttime show on Tuesday, but chose to skip his Wednesday program.  When Dunlap began his Tuesday show, the offensive tweet had yet to become mainstream news.  By Wednesday, the tweet was not just an issue within WWL, but a national story.  Dunlap explained on Twitter, his decision to miss Wednesday’s radio show.

“Being yourself has never been more important,” Dunlap tweeted.  “The hate that has infected our society threatens to tear us apart from the inside out.  I’m overwhelmed, but I’m also very proud of who I am and the life I live. I’ll be taking tonight off from the show to reflect and decompress.”

According to The Advocate, WWL afternoon host, Scoot Paisant spoke about the incident at length during his Wednesday show, offering support of both the radio station and Dunlap.  

“We have a history of not being afraid to hire openly gay people,” Paisant said, referring to the late David Tyree of WWL. “I don’t know who wrote this. But with technology, we should be able to find out who it is.

“But I think the real bigger question here is: Who are we? Why would anybody see that and go to social media, Facebook, and attack WWL as if we really did that? … To attack us over this is absurd. We have done nothing but embrace the right thing to do.”

 Entercom, which owns WWL sent out an internal memo on Wednesday explaining the obvious, the homophobic tweet does not reflect the company’s standards.  More importantly, the memo acknowledged that Kevin Cassidy, Entercom New Orleans SVP and Market Manager, spoke to Dunlap directly to express disgust with the tweet and share support for their host.  Entercom continues to take all possible steps toward finding who sent the tweet.  

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

Continue Reading

Sports Radio News

Hebert: Bally Sports is Taking Advantage of Customers

“Pathetic, Bally, read the room! You suck!”

Jordan Bondurant



T-Bob Hebert

Bally Sports is getting set to roll out its premium streaming service Bally Sports+ on September 26.

All 19 of the Bally regional sports networks will be able to stream games on the service.

Those interested can pay either $19.99 a month or $189.99 per year for the service. But one Baton Rouge host thinks the asking price to watch New Orleans Pelicans games this season on the service is too steep.

“I‘m going to put this as succinctly as I can. F Bally Sports,” T-Bob Hebert said on Off The Bench on 104.5 ESPN Wednesday. “The worst part is I love (Pelicans broadcasters) Joel Meyers and Antonio Daniels. I think they’re one of the best combinations in the entirety of the NBA. And it’s not even that you’re asking me to pay. I’m down to pay.”

“But $20 a month?!? That is rapacious,” Hebert added. “You are taking advantage because you know that you have the only avenue with which to view this Pelicans team.”

Currently Bally Sports New Orleans is only available in the market on DirecTV. Apparently none of the other cable providers carry the network, so Bally seems to have fans by the jugular. That doesn’t sit well with Hebert.

“‘Just bundle it with DirecTV,'” Hebert said mockingly. “I don’t want to!! I just want to watch the games!”

Hebert added that given the added excitement level surrounding this Pelicans team, it’s really doing the fans a disservice to charge $20 a month to watch.

“They’re making it oppressively hard and expensive on the actual people who care and want to watch,” he said. “Pathetic, Bally, read the room! You suck!”

Continue Reading

Sports Radio News

Brady Quinn Calls Paul Finebaum A “SEC Thumper”

“Give him a break. He’s an SEC thumper,” Quinn said.

Jordan Bondurant



Brady Quinn, Paul Finebaum

College football season kicks off in the next couple of weeks, and earlier this week the Associated Press released its preseason national top 25 rankings.

Alabama claimed the top spot, with Ohio State, defending national champion Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame rounding out the top five.

But Paul Finebaum apparently took issue with Notre Dame being ranked where they were, and said partly why the Fighting Irish shouldn’t be in the top five is because of their Week 1 matchup.

“They should not even be in the top ten. It’s an absolute joke, and it happens every year with the AP poll, which is about as worthless as NFL preseason football,” Finebaum said in a recent appearance on ESPN. “It’s ridiculous. Notre Dame is going to get run in the first game of the season. I mean they’re going to get destroyed at The Big House…They’ll be fortunate to go 9-3. It’s laughable they’re in the top five or six.”

On FOX Sports Radio, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn felt the need to set Finebaum straight. He did firstly by correcting the SEC Network host, who said Notre Dame would be playing Michigan to open the season. Notre Dame is playing at Ohio State in Week 1.

“Give him a break. He’s an SEC thumper,” Quinn said on 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe on Wednesday. “So I’m surprised he even knows where Ohio State is to be honest with you, or Notre Dame. Apparently he doesn’t.”

Hey Paul, how many teams are going to walk in to Ohio State and Columbus this year and beat them?” Quinn asked. “Probably no one.”

Quinn finished by taking a little jab at the fact that the Notre Dame/Ohio State game would be in primetime for ESPN, which runs the SEC Network.

“He’s bashing his employer’s matchup between these two and trying to downplay it,” he said. “So well done, Paul, lot of logic there.”

Continue Reading

Sports Radio News

Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.



Zolak and Bertrand

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

Continue Reading

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2021 Barrett Media.