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New Orleans Pelicans Returning to 99.5 WRNO
“A partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans is a natural fit across our eight brands,” said iHeartMedia New Orleans Area President Tori Kahl.
After three seasons on ESPN New Orleans, the New Orleans Pelicans are returning their radio broadcasts to News/Talk 99.5 WRNO.
WRNO, an iHeartMedia station, carried the Pelicans from 2015-2019.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting season with the New Orleans Pelicans. From live play-by-play on 99.5 WRNO to our shared passion for the city, a partnership with the New Orleans Pelicans is a natural fit across our eight brands,” said iHeartMedia New Orleans Area President Tori Kahl.
The new deal also features a weekly radio show with featuring exclusive interviews with Pelicans players, coaches, and front office executives. The show is scheduled to air every Thursday at 7:00 PM, unless there are scheduling conflicts with Pelicans games.
The radio crew remains intact as Todd Graffagnini will continue as play-by-play announcer. He’ll be joined by John DeShazier as color analyst and Erin Summers continues as sideline reporter. Gus Kattengell will serve as pre-game, halftime, and post-game host.
“We are excited to be the audio partner of the New Orleans Pelicans, this aligns with our continued commitment to deliver sports content to our listeners across the country, timely and conveniently,” said iHeartMedia Sports President Kevin LeGrett. “Sports fans are passionate about their teams, and our stations in New Orleans will keep listeners informed with can’t miss content throughout the season.”
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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Trey Wingo: ‘I Don’t Really Care’ What Was Said About My Aaron Rodgers Report
“I knew the information was good. It was just a matter of letting it play out.”
Don’t expect Trey Wingo to apologize to anyone for tweeting that he heard Aaron Rodgers was headed to the New York Jets 48 hours before the Packers quarterback showed up on The Pat McAfee Show. Wingo says he knew he had good information.
Wingo now hosts the Half Forgotten History podcast and serves as a brand ambassador for Caesars. He told CBS Sports Radio’s Zach Gelb that he never let jokes or criticisms about why no announcement had been made bother him.
“Look, I’m sort of in a way where I don’t really care, you know? Say whatever you want. I knew the information was solid,” Wingo said on Thursday night. “The same sources that told me that if Randall Cobb doesn’t sign in 2021 he’s not going back there, it was the same person that told me all the other stuff that happened around the 2021 draft – same people, rather. So, I knew the information was good. It was just a matter of letting it play out.”
Rodgers has made a point of telling Pat McAfee over and over again that he keeps a tight circle and those people know not to betray his trust. No NFL insider on any network has the correct information.
Either Trey Wingo is part of the circle or there is someone in the circle that doesn’t mind betraying Aaron’s trust.
Wingo added that he expects the deal between the Packers and Jets to get done by next week.
“I think it’s gonna be faster than you think,” he said. “The same sources that were telling me what was gonna happen, were saying they were hearing Rodgers was gonna be in New York by next week.”
The Jets and Packers still have to work out the terms of compensation. Rodgers told McAfee this week that the Packers are digging in their heels on getting fair value in return. Time will tell if Wingo’s timetable is correct.
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