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Jon Jansen Congratulated For Michigan Football Gig By Co-Host Mike Stone

“We kinda knew it was going to be you all along. You actually subbed for [Dan] Dierdorf a few times during the season; it kinda made sense.”

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On Tuesday, the University of Michigan and Learfield announced that Doug Karsch and Jon Jansen would be the new radio broadcast team for Michigan football.

For fans, the two bring familiar voices to Michigan football broadcasts. Karsch has been the sideline reporter and pre-game host on radio for the past 16 seasons, and has covered the program since 1994. Jansen was an All-American offensive lineman at Michigan and has been a halftime and post-game analyst for the past eight seasons. He also hosts two Michigan podcasts, In the Trenches and Conqur’ing Heroes.

Jansen is also a host on 97.1 The Ticket’s morning show in Detroit. And on Wednesday, he was congratulated by co-host Mike Stone on his new gig.

“We kinda knew it was going to be you all along,” said Stone. “You actually subbed for [Dan] Dierdorf a few times during the season; it kinda made sense. Doug, we weren’t sure about for a while. But look, here’s a guy who loves Michigan football, loved them his whole life, grew up in Ann Arbor. It’s a great day and Doug’s going to do a terrific job. We know you’re going to do a good job.”

Stone then suggested that the new Michigan football radio broadcast team needs a nickname. Although that seems more like a radio show thing than a game broadcast. Did the previous team, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf, have a nickname? For that matter, do Stone and Jansen have a nickname for their show? (Stone’s nickname is “Stoney.”)

Many suggestions may center on the fact that Karsch is actually a Michigan State grad, though he’s an Ann Arbor native and a lifelong Michigan football fan. So “Sparty” might be worked in there somehow. Some suggestions may not be safe for mainstream radio audiences, of course. But 97.1 The Ticket’s morning listenership has a chance to get creative and come up with something that sticks for years to come.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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