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Shawn Merriman Hosts Lights Out Podcast For FOX

“FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming, Scott Shapiro, says he was quickly impressed by how Merriman took to the format.”

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FOX Sports has given a former NFL linebacker his own podcast. Lights Out with Sean Merriman debuted this week on the iHeartPodcast network. Right out of the gate, Merriman delivers a thought-provoking episode.

Merriman welcomes his former teammate Quentin Jammer to Lights Out to talk about athletes and depression. Jammer opens up about the moment he realized he needed help coming after he thought he had overdosed on sleeping pills.

“I was good and then all of the sudden in like, at one point in 2015, bruh, I just hit a wall,” the two-time Pro Bowler said. “And I didn’t think nothing of it. It’s like ok, it’s just a bad day, bad week, bad month and it kept going on. It went on for five years… I, you know, I hate to talk about it, but like, I literally got in the truck, left the house and I thought that this was going to be it for me. You know what I’m saying? And I had drank so much and I was taking sleeping pills because I couldn’t sleep. And I had drank and took probably too many trazodone, to where like I parked and I thought I was going to end it all and fell asleep. And woke up the next morning and was like shit, that could of went sideways fast, bro. And I was like that was it for me, like I needed some help.”

Lights Out has already earned praise for the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year. FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming, Scott Shapiro, says he was quickly impressed by how Merriman took to the format.

“Shawne’s passion that was seen on the football field will be matched by his performance within this podcast. We are excited to share his unique personality and strong opinions across his wide range of sports interests.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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