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Chicago’s 670 The Score Holds 30th Anniversary Celebration

“Good morning and good sports,” were the first words Shaer said on the air. He said nothing else that was spoken was written down or typed up.

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670 The Score utilized the day after the MLB All-Star Game, one of the only days of the year with no professional sports happening, to celebrate the station’s 30th anniversary.

All day Wednesday, station shows welcomed back former voices that built the foundation for The Score.

Tom Shaer, the first voice listeners heard when the station went on the air in 1992, told Mike Mulligan and David Haugh that the transmitter would literally be cold when he got to work. Programming at the time didn’t air overnight.

“I used to drive in, and the highways were filled with cars, and I’d say they’re not listening to me, because we’re not on the air yet,” Shaer said. “So we had to start cold…It was a wonderful time, an adventurous time, we felt like pioneers, and we were working in the bunker on Belmont. I wouldn’t trade it.”

“Good morning and good sports,” were the first words Shaer said on the air. He said nothing else that was spoken was written down or typed up.

“It was the only thing I ever scripted in all the years I did that show,” he said. “The rest of it was coming from the heart and what I thought the station was supposed to be based on what Seth Mason and Dan Lee told me.”

Former host Dan Jiggetts reflected with Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel about having Michael Jordan on his show during his first retirement from the Bulls. Jiggetts told them they had the scoop on Jordan’s return to the Bulls.

“When Micahel came back, we were the first to break the news,” he said. “That was the beginning of all this hubbub over the second run for a three-peat.”

Jiggetts took pride in the fact that they were able to break news and really have access to people with first-hand knowledge of situations.

“We had our fun and everything, but when real news came up we knew how to handle it,” he said. “The most important thing is if you have principles involved in the conversation, to try and get them on the air too. That was always our hope and desire to get the people who are making news on with us to talk about it.”

Legendary host Terry Boers joined his former co-host Dan Bernstein, Laurence Holmes and Leila Rahimi to reflect on his time at the station. Boers talked about the dynamic executive producer Matt Abbatacola had with Bernstein and how it played out on the air.

“One of the most important parts of our show was that fact that (Abbatacola) hated you,” Boers told Bernstein.

Abbatacola made it clear there was no hate there. Just a strong dislike in that setting.

“Let’s set it straight, I didn’t hate Dan,” Abbatacola said. “I just didn’t like Dan.”

“I love Dan dearly, I always will love Dan,” Abbatacola added. “But I also didn’t like Dan at the same time, especially on the air. What people might’ve thought was a bit or part of the show, it was genuine.”

Parkins & Spiegel also opened with a well-produced retrospective on the station’s history that took listeners from the very beginning through some of the best voices and moments over the last three decades.

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Hebert: Bally Sports is Taking Advantage of Customers

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

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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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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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