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John Fricke Tells LA Times Writer He Isn’t Welcome At Waffle House

“First off, it’s not ‘The Waffle House;’ it’s just ‘Waffle House,’” said Fricke. “No they don’t take reservations and no, you’re not welcome; get the hell out of town.”

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Following back-to-back walk-off wins by the Atlanta Braves at home in the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to take two out of three games in Atlanta. Facing elimination down three games to one Thursday night, Dodgers’ utility player Chris Taylor provided the much-needed spark to his team’s offense and morale, becoming the first player in major league history to hit three home runs in a postseason elimination game. As the series shifts back to Atlanta for a decisive game six, where the hometown Braves will try to win their first National League Pennant since 1999, some writers feel the momentum has shifted towards the Dodgers, who overcame an analogous three games to one deficit in the NLCS last year against the Braves, and ultimately went on to win the World Series.

On Friday morning, “The Morning Show with John and Hugh” on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta discussed the plethora of writers who have deemed the Dodgers to have the momentum heading into game six of the NLCS.

“Another shot at ESPN if I can — this is the website, ESPN.com,” said John Fricke, co-host of the morning drive program and former anchor at CNN. “The headline this morning: ‘Against all odds — here come the Dodgers.’ What odds are the Dodgers overcoming here? [They] have so much money that [they could] go out at the [trade deadline] and spend $200 million to get Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. There are no odds. [They] just buy stuff.”

The story, which was written by ESPN Senior Writer Tim Keown, was shared on Twitter by ESPN.com Senior Writer and Sunday Night Baseball Reporter Buster Olney, who happens to have a whopping 1.3 million followers. The Tweet highlighting the story was flooded with comments, including one suggesting ESPN and Major League Baseball are hoping the Dodgers come back and win the series.

“I guess [ESPN] was just talking about how good the Braves are,” suggested former Pro Bowl NFL defensive end and show co-host Hugh Douglas. “It’s definitely hard to say.”

Later on in the program, the show referenced Dylan Hernandez, who serves as a sports columnist at The Los Angeles Times, who recently wrote an article with the headline, “Unpredictable series swings back with L.A. now in control.” Similar to the ESPN headline, this narrative was something that “The Morning Show with John and Hugh” were clearly not adopting as bon-a-fide fact.

“Is that really true?,” questioned Fricke. “You’re down [three games to two] coming to Atlanta.”

Hugh added to the conversation: “Especially since you haven’t won one [game] in Atlanta — I don’t think that’s the case.”

Before the article was released, though, Hernandez sent out a Tweet questioning if “the Waffle House takes reservations?,” purportedly referencing his impending trip back to Atlanta for game six Saturday night. The morning show hosts then made Hernandez an offer to him live on-the-air.

“First off, it’s not ‘The Waffle House;’ it’s just ‘Waffle House,’” said Fricke. “No they don’t take reservations and no, you’re not welcome; get the hell out of town.”

More congenial in his tone, Hugh suggested he and John Fricke treat Hernandez to a meal at the ubiquitous Atlanta-based restaurant chain, which recently tweeted “Go @Braves” in support of the team’s quest for a World Series berth.

“We should all go to Waffle House together,” suggested Hugh. “If you live here, you don’t have to worry about reservations because we got you.”

Agitation abound, Fricke is irked by writers doubting the Braves’ ability to close out the series, and is calling on sports columnists to stop putting ‘spin’ on their stories to generate more intriguing headlines.

“We’ve been putting up with constant spin on all of this,” said John Fricke, “and it just makes you roll your eyes.”

The Atlanta Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the National League Championship Series at 5:08 p.m. E.S.T. on TBS, with Brian Anderson on the play-by-play, former major leaguers Ron Darling and Jeff Franceour serving as analysts and Lauren Shehadi reporting on the action on the field. The Dodgers’ Max Scherzer is set to face off against Atlanta’s Ian Anderson in what will be, at the most, the series’ penultimate contest. The highly-anticipated matchup will also be available to listen nationally on ESPN Radio with Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jessica Mendoza behind the mics, and locally on AM 570 LA Sports and across the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

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After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.

Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.

“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”

“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.

Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.

“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”

Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning 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 switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went 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 with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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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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