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Internal Pushback To Pat McAfee Joining SiriusXM

“Several staffers at the channel objected to the lack of communication over the course of negotiations with McAfee.”

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The Pat McAfee Show is set to debut next week on the sat-caster’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. The show will expand by an hour and be heard from 10 AM until 1 PM on the East Coast. It adds more star power to the channel, but according to Outkick.com, everyone at the company isn’t exactly on board.

Outkick’s Bobby Burack writes that “there was pushback by at least one person employed by the channel that McAfee’s style didn’t fit with the lineup’s all sports content.” Certainly McAfee’s content is more off the wall and irreverent than Adam Schein or Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo’s, but it could be a strong follow up to The Morning Men.

There are costs to consider when adding a talent like McAfee. Putting his show in the weekday lineup means that Mad Dog Sports Radio will lose Steve Torre and Danny Kanell from its weekday lineup. Burack reports it could mean the same for Nick Wright.

Wright, who is seen in the mornings on FS1’s First Things First, hosts a two-hour show beginning at 6 pm on the East Coast for the channel. Burack reports that Wright has made it known that he wanted to move up in the lineup. There is no mention of when Wright’s contract with SiriusXM comes to an end or what alternative plans for him might be.

Several staffers at the channel objected to the lack of communication over the course of negotiations with McAfee. Whether or not hosts and producers should know the ins and outs of bringing in a new talent is debatable, but Burack’s report didn’t specify who was complaining about being left in the dark. If it were executives or programmers on the sports side of the operation, that would be more significant.

McAfee won’t be a SiriusXM employee. As he said on his show last month, SiriusXM is licensing the show, while he retains ownership. Burack reports that has lead to “a belief around the industry SiriusXM’s marriage with McAfee won’t last.”

The show has bounced around quite a bit in recent years. The radio version was initially distributed by Westwood One before being merged into the CBS Sports Radio lineup. DAZN carried a video simulcast of the show before it moved exclusively to YouTube.

In his announcement, McAfee noted that he had some trouble staying comfortable with FCC rules and regulations. Perhaps the freedom offered by SiriusXM is what he and his staff need to build stability and create a long term home for the show.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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