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Mike Rhyner Bids Farewell to The Ticket in Dallas

“In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Rhyner says that the folks at Cumulus were kept largely in the dark about his decision.”

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Mike Rhyner has been a huge part Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket in Dallas for over two decades. But the longtime Hard Line host and station founder isn’t going to be a part of the station’s future.

Unexpectedly, Rhyner announced his retirement today in a pre-recorded video posted on YouTube.

Rhyner noted that it was his own idea to walk away. He also said that the video was recorded in mid-December when he started his Christmas break.

In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Rhyner says that the folks at Cumulus were kept largely in the dark about his decision. He did not speak with program director Jeff Catlin or his partner Corby Davidson about not returning.

“I started to think about it early in the fall and kept waiting for something to jar me out of that idea,” he told the newspaper. “And it never came. Before long I reached – it almost sounds crazy – an almost Zen-like state with it. I guess I hit such a point of acceptance nothing could shake me. And nothing has.”

Dan Bennett, Cumulus’s regional vice president is the only one that knew Mike Rhyner’s decision ahead of time. Rhyner says Bennett did try to talk him out of leaving, but his mind was made up.

“Mike Rhyner is an iconic visionary who spearheaded what became the most prolific brand in Sports Talk radio,” Bennett said in a press release. “I could not be more proud and thankful to Mike for what he has accomplished at The Ticket, and wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Corby Davidson learned about Mike Rhyner’s decision last week. He played audio from Rhyner’s announcement on The Hard Line Monday at 3:40.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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