Everyone makes mistakes, including us here at BSM now and again. One of those mistakes turned into golden content for Gregg Giannotti on WFAN Friday morning.
The Barrett Sports Media Facebook page mistakenly featured an image for former WFAN senior vice president of programming Mark Chernoff’s retirement to a post about Fox News’ Britt McHenry dropping a sexual harassment charge.
“The picture is of Mark Chernoff,” Giannotti said as he chuckled at the image. “Next to the picture of Mark Chernoff, it says ‘Congratulations,’ if you didn’t know any better, it looks like Barrett Sports Media is congratulating Mark Chernoff on the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit.”
“Which is not the case,” Jerry Recco responded as his co-host laughed hysterically. “It was just a mistake; it happens.”
It was a simple mistake on our part. When scheduling our social media posts on Friday morning, an editor clicked the wrong preview image for the column in question.
That ultimately led to Chernoff calling into the show himself to see what all the fuss was about. The legendary WFAN programmer retired from the station at the end of June.
“That’s quite a story,” Chernoff said when he called into Boomer and Gio. “Oh my God.”
Giannotti confirmed that Chernoff hadn’t heard about the flub until the show brought it up while he casually listened. He told Chernoff it was a mistake and no longer up on the Facebook page.
“Ahhh Lovely,” Chernoff responded. “Thanks, Jason! Way to go Jason!”
Giannotti chatted with Chernoff a little longer, then let him get back to retired life, making a point to ensure no one thinks Chernoff sexually assaulted anyone.
“It’s great hearing your voice, and don’t worry about that thing it’s gone now,” Giannotti said to close the conversation. “Everybody knows you didn’t sexually harass Britt McHenry, so you don’t have to worry about it.”
“That’s for sure,” Chernoff said back.
To read more about the sports radio pioneer and some kind words from those who worked with him, check out our tribute piece right here.
Obviously, we regret that this happened and truly apologize to Mark for the mix up. Giannotti is right that the post has since been taken down and reposted with the correct image.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.