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Lou Merloni: I Am Not Worried At All Mike Mutnansky Lands On His Feet

“I know good things are coming. They go to good people who work their ass off, and that is you.“

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Changes are soon taking place for the talent lineup at WEEI, but last week two of the hosts on their way out from their roles at the Audacy-owned station had a chance to wish each other well.

Lou Merloni and Mike Mutnansky first broke through together at WEEI in 2011. Eleven years later, Mutnansky is leaving the station completely, while Merloni will be transitioning to more of a Red Sox-driven role.

On Friday’s Merloni, Fauria & Mego, Merloni said he was incredibly impressed with the growth Mutnansky has shown in his tenure at the station.

“I’ve seen you kind of move on and do your thing and bob and weave at different positions in this station, and I would say I can’t be prouder,” he said. “I can’t think more of you, I think you are an amazing talent. I think what you do on a nightly basis here, what you do with the Red Sox, moving around whether it’s mornings, middays, afternoons, whatever it was you were doing at this station – you are an outstanding talent, and I have no worries at all that you’re gonna land on your feet because you are fantastic at what you do.”

Mutnansky shared similar sentiments about his former co-host.

“You’ve become a really good host. The way you sort of run a show, two years ago I didn’t think you could do it.”

Mutnansky said the circumstances in which he’s making his exit from the station are not ideal, but thinking about the start he had with Merloni he couldn’t have imagined his journey.

“I think you had a line that I’m gonna steal – excited for the future, not excited it happened this way,” Mut said. “You have goals when you get into radio, and to have one of your goals be like this is how you leave a station, no that’s not on the list. You want to succeed – great ratings, make a lot of money, that’s a big part of it, and some of that stuff we didn’t accomplish. But I look back on those shows that we did, and it was fun to do but we didn’t know anything.”

Merloni noted that morale in the building recently given the announced changes has been terrible. Co-host Christian Fauria added that it’s kind of felt like a wake for a funeral.

“I’m excited about my next move but it sucks because this building sucks today and really the last week,” Merloni said.

When it came to Mutnansky and his skills offering betting picks, Merloni said he thought his colleague had a bright future in the space.

“I don’t think anyone is better at it than you,” he said. “I think there’s gonna be amazing opportunities, because these people that are in on numbers that like gambling aren’t good on the air. They can’t do shows, they don’t know how to do whatever show it might be. And I think you’d be amazing at it.”

“I know good things are coming,” Merloni added, sending Mut off. “They go to good people who work their ass off, and that is you. So I wish you all the best.”

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”

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One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.

Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.

Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.

“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”

Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.

Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.

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