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Don La Greca Unleashes Epic Rant On Michael Kay Show Caller

“Sports radio listeners can thank Anthony on Long Island for complaining about The Michael Kay Show’s discussion of whether or not the NFL should develop plans for a bubble, and subsequently setting off La Greca.”

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It can’t be coincidence. The same day BSM’s Tyler McComas gave Don La Greca a 99 in the rant category for his sports radio Madden rankings, the ESPN New York afternoon co-host showed off his talents.

It had been at least 235 days since the New York sports radio airwaves were graced with a La Greca outburst, but hours after he saw his 99, Don proved himself worthy of the ranking. Sports radio listeners can thank Anthony on Long Island for complaining about The Michael Kay Show’s discussion of whether or not the NFL should develop plans for a bubble, and subsequently setting off La Greca. 

“They’re not sick indefinitely,” Anthony said, adding that no one is forced to play football. “It’s not like you get it and all of a sudden you’re dead.”

La Greca noted Anthony sounds like the people who believe we ‘don’t need to wear a mask because COVID-19 is just the flu.’

But in terms of the viability of having an NFL season, “It’s not about the fact that these guys could die or end up in a hospital,” La Greca said. “It’s about the fact that they’re not allowed to play because they test positive. Are you with me so far? Because I know you’re a little slow,” La Greca said as his agitation for Anthony on Long Island grew. 

“Stop with your propaganda BS about ‘it’s just the flu, it’s not a big deal.’ The fact is, if you test positive at your job, Anthony, they would ask you not to return to work. And if enough people do not return to work then you can’t DO THE JOB! AM I TALKING TO A MORON?!” 

The gloves were off. Flip the page on the 235, La Greca was officially ranting. 

“I CAN’T TAKE YOU PEOPLE ANYMORE! You’re all idiots. Stop with the political BS,” La Greca yelled. “The people that tweet, the people that write, the people that talk from a million miles away, we can’t hear you, we just know you’re an idiot for not wearing the mask…but when you speak, you sound like Anthony, and when Anthony spoke he sounded like a certified moron.

“You’re a moron for not taking this seriously. You’re a moron for thinking that it’s just the flu, you’re a moron for thinking it’s just gonna go away and maybe if you people took it seriously I’d be able to eat in a restaurant, I’d be able to go to the shore, I’d be able to work from my office. Businesses wouldn’t be closing, people wouldn’t be losing jobs. Kids would be allowed in daycare, we wouldn’t have a problem with schools. Do you get it through your thick skull?! WEAR THE DAMN MASK!”

Never would I have guessed La Greca’s streak without a rant could surpass 200 days with everything going on in the world around us. We might not be able to thank Anthony on Long Island for taking COVID-19 seriously, but we can absolutely thank his ignorance for triggering a classic La Greca rant. And there was no better day to do it than the day he was given the elusive 99.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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