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Greg McElroy, Cole Cubelic Paired On WJOX Morning Show

Cubelic and McElroy both played college football in the SEC.

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Mere weeks after the JOX Roundtable signed off for the last time WJOX 94.5 in Birmingham has announced their new morning show. According to All AccessMcElroy & Cubelic in the Morning is the station’s latest offering from 7-10 a.m. locally starting July 12th.

Greg McElroy and Cole Cubelic are headlining the new show. McElroy famously won Nick Saban his first national championship at Alabama as the quarterback steered the ship for the 2009 Crimson Tide. While Cubelic sharpened his skills as an offensive lineman at Auburn University.

“I have worked with Greg on multiple occasions across different platforms and am thrilled to share the airwaves with someone who has accomplished all that he has in this field,” Cubelic said to All Access about the pairing. “I truly believe, with the JOX brand behind us, that Greg and I can develop the most informed college football show on the planet!”

The seasoned veterans on the gridiron have also been consistent forces on the radio since hanging up their football helmets. Cubelic is a co-host on WJOX’s 3 Man Front, while McElroy co-hosts The First Team each weekday morning on ESPNU on SiriusXM.

“After seven years on satellite, I’m so excited to come to work in my adopted hometown of Birmingham,” McElroy said. “College football is my passion and being able to cover it from my own backyard will be incredibly rewarding. WJOX has long been the home for college football, and I’m fired up to join their lineup of talented hosts. Also, I’m very excited to finally have the opportunity to team up with Cole to share our love for football with the best CFB fans in America.”

This pairing has been bandied about for awhile, and the JOX Roundtable exit gave the station a window to make it happen.

“This is a show that I have wanted to put together for a long time, and I am excited to get started,” WJOX program director Ryan Haney said. “Greg and Cole are two of the top college football minds in the country. Having them in mornings on JOX 94.5 in America’s number one college football market is huge.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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