After it was announced Mark Chernoff would be retiring from his longtime PD position with WFAN, morning producer Al Dukes jumped in to offer programming advice to the station’s midday show, suggesting they shouldn’t interview Lawrence Taylor.
The programming guidance by Dukes stemmed from a Twitter debate with midday co-host Maggie Gray, regarding the Mets involvement in their former manager Mickey Callaway’s sexual harassment scandal.
On Monday, The Athletic reported Callaway aggressively pursued at least five women in sports media. It’s the second sexual harassment scandal to hit Major League Baseball in the last two weeks, the other being now former Mets general manager Jared Porter. Both Porter and Callaway were hired for positions of power within the Mets organization by current team president Sandy Alderson.
While Gray never placed blame on Alderson for errors in judgement, she does believe the Mets may need to correct potential flaws in their hiring process. Realistically, every organization in every sport might need to adjust their hiring process to better vet the character and personality traits of prospective employees.
But Dukes took issue with any criticism being sent Alderson’s way and quickly connected it to former Giants star Lawrence Taylor being a planned guest on Gray’s midday show with co-host Marc Malusis.
“You cannot blame Sandy Alderson for something Mickey Callaway did, and then have Lawrence Taylor on as a guest,” Dukes wrote on Twitter.
The Twitter exchange between both WFAN personalities led to Gray joining the station’s morning show Boomer & Gio where she continued the debate with Dukes.
“Maggie, who seems to stand up for women’s rights, as well she should, is having a guest on who has been convicted of bad things against underage women,” Dukes said. “Why give him a platform?”
“Having L.T. on for 10 minutes is not me hiring someone who has a pattern of overstepping when it comes to women,” Gray said, referring to the Callaway story.
Ultimately, Taylor canceled and did not join WFAN’s midday show. The former linebacker was pulled from all of his scheduled media appearances for the day.
This was not the first time Taylor was a point of contention between two WFAN shows. In 2010, Taylor was charged with sexually assaulting a minor. Three years later, WFAN’s Craig Carton called out then afternoon host Mike Francesa for taking a soft stance on Taylor’s actions.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”