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Michigan Sports Network Shows To Air On 96.1 FM In Grand Rapids

“The Huge Show” featuring Bill Simonson and the MSN morning show X’s & BrO’s with Anthony Bellino have moved to 96.1 FM in Grand Rapids.

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Confirmation came on Monday night of what billboards in west Michigan have hinted at for the last week as some change is coming for the Michigan Sports Network’s (MSN) most popular sports-talk radio shows.

The Huge Show featuring Bill Simonson and X’s & Bros with Anthony Bellino have moved to a new flagship station – The Game – 96.1 FM in Grand Rapids.

“We’re making radio history again and look forward to many more years of success with our partners,” said Marty Booher, president of Michigan Sports Network. “More Michigan sports fans can start their day with us at 6 a.m. and end their day with us at 6 p.m. That means MSN has your “6” covered with greater listening capabilities and great new partners.”

The Huge Show has been hosted by Bill Simonson for nearly two decades and will air live across Michigan every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bellino hosts The X’s and Bro’s morning show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. by breaking down the biggest Michigan sports stories of the day. When Bellino is not on the air, he is a voice for the University of Michigan and the Detroit Lions.

MSN is on over 20 radio stations across Michigan and northern Ohio, and is available online at michigansportsnetwork.com. Listeners can also connect with their favorite shows through social media via @MISportsNet, @TheHugeShow and @XBMornings.

“The move to 96.1 means that I get back to reaching a wider audience on the FM dial,” Simonson said. “It’s good for all the listeners in West Michigan, our marketing partners based in West Michigan, the local charitable organizations we support and the community. The show hasn’t changed since I came on the air Sept. 23, 2001, and I’ll always offer my Huge opinions on local, state, national and world-wide topics.” said Tim Feagan, president, West Michigan Markets for iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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