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Marc Malusis: WPIX Gig Seemed Like Longshot, But Ready to Be Different

“I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Marc “Moose” Malusis was going to be the lead sports anchor at WPIX-11. For the man who has become known for his radio work at WFAN over the years, he now will be providing viewers their updates every night on television.

Malusis was a guest on the most recent episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast on The Ringer. Being a TV sports anchor was something Malusis never imagined would happen and he talked about the process of how it ended up happening thanks to someone he did digital work for in the past:

“It was a case of I got a call out of the blue. At that time, I was probably 6-7 weeks out after the show was not coming back at WFAN,” said Malusis. “I got a call from Todd Ehrlich, who is the executive sports director at WPIX. I had done some digital work for Todd a long time ago when he was at CBS.

“He called me and said we have an opening at WPIX. I’d like to throw your hat in the ring. I’m not making any promises that you will get the job, but I’d like to submit and make a pitch for you to get the job. Can you get me a tape and can you get me a resume ASAP? That’s where the ball started getting rolling.”

Giving updates on the news was not something Malusis was used to doing. Even though he was doing fill-in anchor spots at SNY, it is a new format for someone who is used to doing either talk radio or debating the hot sports topics on TV.

“Honestly at the time, I thought it was more of a longshot than anything else because I had more experience doing radio, a lot more experience doing debate-style shows at SNY,” said Malusis. “I had done a lot of different things on SNY, but that was really what we had done. I anchored a couple different shows here and there. When I started doing fill-in anchor shifts at SNY, this hadn’t really taken hold.”

As for what fans should expect when they turn on WPIX-11 to get their sports news, Malusis wants to bring some new things to the table and according to him, the network is embracing that.

I wasn’t expecting to land with this opportunity. To be able to get this job and land on my feet the way I did, I am really blessed with the opportunity to land at PIX-11,” he said. “They are willing to do a lot of different things. I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”

So what is Malusis looking forward to doing with this new position? For him, he wants to be at the big games rather than talk about them from home or from a studio. Here is what he told Jastremski about what he is looking forward to the most:

“I think to be out at a big sporting event. Being at a championship parade, being at a big game, being at a practice before a Game 7. I never thought this opportunity would present itself. I am going to take the ball and run with it. I’m not afraid of hard work and sacrifice and time. Being at a big Yankees-Red Sox game in The Bronx, being at a big game at Citi Field with Max Scherzer on the mound. I’m really looking forward to that.” 

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Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.

Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.

LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.

On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.

Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?

“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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