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670 the Score Lines Up Co-Hosts For Danny Parkins

“McNeil’s ousting leaves a void next to Danny Parkins, who worked the rest of the week as a solo act in afternoon drive.”

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Chicago’s 670 The Score is experimenting with their lineup as they look to possibly replace the recently fired Dan McNeil. According to Phil Rosenthal of The Chicago Tribune, The Score will feature new combinations utilizing Matt Spiegel and Leila Rahimi over the next two weeks. 

Last Tuesday, The Score fired McNeil after his degrading tweet directed at ESPN’s Maria Taylor during Monday Night Football. McNeil’s ousting leaves a void next to Danny Parkins, who worked the rest of the week as a solo act in afternoon drive. This week and next, Parkins is joined by his former midday co-host for The Score, Matt Spiegel. 

Spiegel was removed from the station’s weekday lineup in 2018 when Parkins transitioned to afternoon drive with McNeil, who they rehired for a third tenure. Since getting bumped as a full-time on-air personality, Spiegel has remained with The Score as a fill-in and weekend host. 

Also joining Parkins during the next two weeks will be Leila Rahimi who was brought in by the station last week. On the same day that McNeil was fired for a misogynistic tweet, it was announced the female sportscaster would be joining Dan Bernstein in middays as a co-host every Wednesday. The timing appeared odd, but according to Bernstein’s producer Jay Zawaski, the move to add Rahimi was already in the works weeks before McNeil’s firing. 

Rahimi spent the last five years with NBC Sports Chicago, but was laid off in August as the company carried out cost-cutting efforts across numerous RSN’s throughout the country. Both Rahimi and Spiegel will join Parkins to finish out the week next Thursday and Friday.

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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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