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92.9 The Game To Add New Midday Show With Steak Shapiro, Sandra Golden

“Again, the two will be partnered under the moniker The Front Row. It was the same name their show used on 680 The Fan.”

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Steak Shapiro and Sandra Golden are returning to the airwaves in Atlanta. The former 680 The Fan morning duo are moving across town to join 92.9 The Game for a new show with an old name. Barrett Sports Media broke the news earlier today, it was officially confirmed at 4pm on The Game’s afternoon show Dukes and Bell.

The longtime friends and on-air partners will team up again under the moniker The Front Row. It was the same name their show used previously on 680 The Fan. Additional members of the show cast are expected to be named at a later date.

As with their previous partnership, Shapiro and Golden will not necessarily stick to sports. An email sent to Barrett Sports Media promises the show will cover a variety of Atlanta topics in addition to sports including food and entertainment.

During an appearance today on Dukes & Bell, which included Mark Zinno who was filling in for Mike Bell, Shapiro expressed his excitement to join the station, and specifically to be heard on a big signal on the FM dial.

“After doing this for twenty five years, practically every day of my life, I’ve been off the radio for a minute,” said Shapiro. “To be with Sandra, and bring back The Front Row, and be at this station, I’m used to stations with little bitty signals. That’s been my career. Having started and built a station called 790 The Zone and then somewhere else, to be at a 100,000 watt flamethrower with the NFL, NBA, Atlanta United, big personalities, in a city that’s given me everything I could’ve ever asked for, a city that I love, and to squeeze me in from 9 to 11 every morning, and to be surrounded by these properties, and meet some new guys, I’m thrilled, and have to thank Rick Caffey, Mike Conti and everybody here for putting us in a great spot.”

Shapiro and Golden were radio free agents. Steak lost his job at 680 The Fan in Atlanta amidst Covid-19 related layoffs in 2020. He had been with the station since 2014 in morning drive working alongside Golden and former Falcon Brian Finneran. Prior to that he built an impressive profile as one of the city’s top talents at 790 The Zone, a station where Golden worked as well. Since losing his show at 680, Shapiro has continued hosting his locally produced television show Atlanta Eats.

Golden meanwhile announced she was leaving The Fan a short time after Shapiro. Her final day was February 19, 2021.

“I’ve had a ten year run at the station,” Golden said when announcing her departure from 680. “I’ve been here in Atlanta doing media since 1997 and I feel like it is the greatest blessing of all time.”

The new incarnation of The Front Row will launch on Thursday August 4th. The show will be heard weekdays from 9a-11a. The program is being added to The Game’s current lineup, not replacing another show. Instead, the station will replace a ‘Best of’ hour of John & Hugh’s, and reduce Andy & Randy’s show by 1-hour.

The new lineup at 92.9 The Game will look like this:

5-9 AM: John & Hugh

9-11 AM: The Front Row

11-2 PM: Andy & Randy

2-7 PM: Dukes & Bell

7-11 PM: John Chuckery

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Hebert: Bally Sports is Taking Advantage of Customers

“Pathetic, Bally, read the room! You suck!”

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T-Bob Hebert

Bally Sports is getting set to roll out its premium streaming service Bally Sports+ on September 26.

All 19 of the Bally regional sports networks will be able to stream games on the service.

Those interested can pay either $19.99 a month or $189.99 per year for the service. But one Baton Rouge host thinks the asking price to watch New Orleans Pelicans games this season on the service is too steep.

“I‘m going to put this as succinctly as I can. F Bally Sports,” T-Bob Hebert said on Off The Bench on 104.5 ESPN Wednesday. “The worst part is I love (Pelicans broadcasters) Joel Meyers and Antonio Daniels. I think they’re one of the best combinations in the entirety of the NBA. And it’s not even that you’re asking me to pay. I’m down to pay.”

“But $20 a month?!? That is rapacious,” Hebert added. “You are taking advantage because you know that you have the only avenue with which to view this Pelicans team.”

Currently Bally Sports New Orleans is only available in the market on DirecTV. Apparently none of the other cable providers carry the network, so Bally seems to have fans by the jugular. That doesn’t sit well with Hebert.

“‘Just bundle it with DirecTV,'” Hebert said mockingly. “I don’t want to!! I just want to watch the games!”

Hebert added that given the added excitement level surrounding this Pelicans team, it’s really doing the fans a disservice to charge $20 a month to watch.

“They’re making it oppressively hard and expensive on the actual people who care and want to watch,” he said. “Pathetic, Bally, read the room! You suck!”

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Brady Quinn Calls Paul Finebaum A “SEC Thumper”

“Give him a break. He’s an SEC thumper,” Quinn said.

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Brady Quinn, Paul Finebaum

College football season kicks off in the next couple of weeks, and earlier this week the Associated Press released its preseason national top 25 rankings.

Alabama claimed the top spot, with Ohio State, defending national champion Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame rounding out the top five.

But Paul Finebaum apparently took issue with Notre Dame being ranked where they were, and said partly why the Fighting Irish shouldn’t be in the top five is because of their Week 1 matchup.

“They should not even be in the top ten. It’s an absolute joke, and it happens every year with the AP poll, which is about as worthless as NFL preseason football,” Finebaum said in a recent appearance on ESPN. “It’s ridiculous. Notre Dame is going to get run in the first game of the season. I mean they’re going to get destroyed at The Big House…They’ll be fortunate to go 9-3. It’s laughable they’re in the top five or six.”

On FOX Sports Radio, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn felt the need to set Finebaum straight. He did firstly by correcting the SEC Network host, who said Notre Dame would be playing Michigan to open the season. Notre Dame is playing at Ohio State in Week 1.

“Give him a break. He’s an SEC thumper,” Quinn said on 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe on Wednesday. “So I’m surprised he even knows where Ohio State is to be honest with you, or Notre Dame. Apparently he doesn’t.”

Hey Paul, how many teams are going to walk in to Ohio State and Columbus this year and beat them?” Quinn asked. “Probably no one.”

Quinn finished by taking a little jab at the fact that the Notre Dame/Ohio State game would be in primetime for ESPN, which runs the SEC Network.

“He’s bashing his employer’s matchup between these two and trying to downplay it,” he said. “So well done, Paul, lot of logic there.”

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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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