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Carman and Lima Recall When Radio Hosts Weren’t Able To Be Authentic On Air

“Ken Carman mentioned that at multiple points in his career, he was told to rip callers occasionally.”

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Ken Carman and Anthony Lima were left feeling introspective after listening to Dan Le Batard and his crew recap Dan’s relationship with the late Hank Goldberg.

Carman acknowledged that he has never been a regular listener to Dan Le Batard, so he did not know what to expect. He was unaware of just how bad the relationship was between the two Miami radio hosts.

“I’m hearing a very successful group of people just eviscerate a guy who was a very successful man in Florida,” Carman said on the duo’s Emerging Podcast Scene on Thursday.

He said that Le Batard’s and Stugotz’s comments made him consider some of what radio used to be and the way he was told to act when he first got into the business. He wondered how many of his radio colleagues would surprise him by having negative things to say about their time working together.

“I came up doing the grunt stuff in radio and so I hear that and I just never want to be that guy.”

Ken Carman mentioned that at multiple points in his career, he was told to rip callers occasionally. He said that the first time he did that on his own night show, he felt bad about it because he knew he didn’t mean anything he was saying.

He also mentioned that when he was on air in Akron as a third mic, he was told that was his role. He was supposed to be the show’s jerk, but it was a persona he could only keep up for about three weeks.

Carman’s goal was always to host his own sports talk show in Cleveland. He knew that if that ever came to fruition, the listeners would not recognize the real him.

Some of the clips of Hank Goldberg that were played on The Dan Le Batard Show left Carman in shock. He described one clip as “deplorable”.

Anthony Lima said that he grew up loving what he called “mean radio,” mentioning shows like Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony. However, he noted that he wondered how many of his favorite hosts in that genre were actually jerks.

“I just wonder in the old radio world, where it was the wild, wild West, and there were ratings wars, vicious ratings wars back in the day when the ratings weren’t even accurate, do you think one thing birthed the next?” he asked Carman. “Do you think the theater that people wanted to hear ended up creating this personality that didn’t exist?”

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Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.

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Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.

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Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

“Over the past few years, Audacy has been on a transformational journey, investing in our capabilities to serve our listeners and customers and accelerate our growth through a number of strategic acquisitions, enhancements to our platform, and the addition of hundreds of team members to our workforce,” explained an Audacy spokesperson. “We remain committed to this exciting transformation which has made us a much stronger organization, but in light of current macroeconomic headwinds, like so many other companies, we have been proactively taking actions to mitigate against the impact of any downturn. These include evaluating budgets, reducing expenses, and also reducing our workforce.”

One host who is expected to remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce less than 5% of its programming staff.

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