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Drew Deener Avoids Jail Time With Guilty Plea

“ESPN Louisville is expected to issue a statement of its own on Tuesday.”

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Drew Deener will avoid jail time following his arrest on domestic violence charges last month. The ESPN Louisville host and executive appeared in court on Tuesday and plead guilty to second degree disorderly conduct.

In March, Louisville Police responded to a report of domestic violence at a local restaurant called Roosters. Deener’s then-girlfriend was found on a bench at the scene. She told officers that Drew Deener had pushed her head into the side of a vehicle during a fight.

As part of his sentence, Deener will be forced to stay away from the victim. He will also be on diversion for nine months. The judge described it as “a domestic violence intervention program.”

If Deener completes his sentence without getting in trouble and abides by the terms of diversion, the case will be dismissed and can be expunged from his record.

“Today I am taking full responsibility for my actions and have pled guilty to disorderly conduct, a charge which accurately describes my conduct that night,” Deener said in a statement. “I regret that I caused this situation and am very sorry for how I acted and things I said. I behaved disrespectfully, disorderly and in a manner that was not in line with how I should ever conduct myself. I am taking steps to better myself, including receiving ongoing professional counseling. I regret the embarrassment this has caused to all impacted by my behavior. Thank you to everyone for your patience and grace to let the legal process play out. I am sorry. All I can do from here is work to be better.”

ESPN Louisville is expected to issue a statement of its own on Tuesday. Deener hosts the morning show there and also serves as the station’s general manager. It is not known at this time if he will return to those roles.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went 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 transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go 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.

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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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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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