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Audacy Reportedly Planning to Add Single-A Broadcaster to Mets Radio Booth

“According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Keith Raad has emerged as the leading candidate for the job.”

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Wayne Randazzo has left the Big Apple for the City of Angels. That means the New York Mets are in search of a new voice for their radio broadcast team. Just like when there is a need to fill a hole on the field, the team’s farm system may produce the answer.

According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Keith Raad has emerged as the leading candidate for the job. Raad spent last season calling games for the Mets’ single-A affiliate the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Raad was reportedly impressive in his interview with Audacy bosses. Audacy is the parent company of the Mets’ flagship station, WCBS. While he is their desired target, the team does have to approve his hire.

There should be no doubt about Keith Raad’s passion. He is a lifelong Mets fan who grew up on Long Island.

The exact number of games Raad would be expected to call is not known at this time. Howie Rose made the decision last year to cut back on the number of dates he spent in the team’s radio booth.

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Rich Shertenlieb: NESN Really Did Chaim Bloom Dirty

“If you’re asking if any of the boos were left in, sure they were! But it was a little bit of a pick-and-choosing when and who was talking when the boos were aired.”

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NESN recently aired video from the Boston Red Sox Winter Weekend in Springfield, MA. During the event, team owner John Henry and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom sat down with Tom Caron to answer questions about the future of the franchise.

Raw video from the event has been floating around social media that shows that Henry received a lot of heckling and boos when he spoke. Most of it was edited out when the event aired on NESN. Tuesday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher & Rich played some of the real audio and edited audio side by side.

“If you’re asking if any of the boos were left in, sure they were! But it was a little bit of a pick-and-choosing when and who was talking when the boos were aired,” Rich Shertenlieb said.

He pointed out that the audio was manipulated more significantly when Henry spoke. More of the audience’s true reaction was preserved during Bloom’s responses. To illustrate this point, they played a clip that had audience backlash to John Henry saying that this past season was disappointing edited out completely while the boos for Bloom answering the same question were not manipulated at all.

Fred Toucher joked that the audio made it sound like the stage manager “had slides of Chaim Bloom pushing old ladies over” and must have shown the audience photos of “Chaim Bloom flipping off kids.”

“They did Chaim Bloom dirty,” Shertenlieb said. “They took out all the boos for John Henry and let in every single one of them for Chaim Bloom.”

Chad Finn of The Boston Globe reached out to NESN about the editing. They responded that the presentation was edited and the audio was manipulated but insisted that it was nothing nefarious or abnormal.

“The show tonight at 8p — as is always the case with television production,” the network responded, “we made tweaks where needed to accommodate sound quality in the unique amphitheater environment at MGM and condensing a 90-min period to the hour-long format of the show. With that said, the lion share of the ownership/front office Q&A is included in the show.”

Shertenlieb is not buying that explanation. He played raw audio of the audience booing and heckling John Henry when he said it was expensive to field a winning baseball team. That is why the team raises ticket prices. The NESN audio cut out the response to Henry and the team owner was not heard from again during the telecast.

“Either he talked and they edited it out or he just didn’t answer for the rest of it,” Shertenlieb said. “And they really did Chaim Bloom dirty, because when Chaim would speak they left in every single boo and they edited out the time when John Henry spoke and all those boos that we heard, where he got the worst response, were cut out.”

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Knicks Fire Radio Analyst Brendan Brown

“The team has turned to Alan Hahn, Monica McNutt, Wally Sczerbiak and John Wallace in his absence.”

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MSG Networks has parted ways with Brendan Brown. The analyst on Knicks’ radio broadcasts was let go after allegations of verbal harassment. Details of those accusations are not available, but Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports they were investigated by the team’s human resources department.

Brown has been absent from Knicks broadcasts recently. The team has turned to Alan Hahn, Monica McNutt, Wally Sczerbiak and John Wallace in his absence.

“MSG Networks and Brendan Brown have decided to part company,” an MSG Networks spokesman said in a statement. “For the remainder of the season, various personalities, including former Knick John Wallace, will serve as the Knicks radio analyst on the MSG Radio Network on ESPN.”

The rotation of analysts is only scheduled to go on through the end of the season. The permanent future of the spot alongside play-by-play man Ed Cohen will be determined at a later date.

The Knicks have employed Brown since 2008. He has served in a variety of roles. He was an advanced scout prior to moving into the radio booth full-time in 2012.

Marchand reached out to Brendan Brown, who declined to comment on the accusations.

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Steve Mason: Anyone Else Gets Kicked Out For What Shannon Sharpe Did

“I would eject the guy. I would’ve absolutely kicked him out of the arena.”

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FS1 host Shannon Sharpe’s incident last week at the Lakers/Grizzlies game made plenty of noise in the media over the weekend.

Sharpe apologized for how he acted on Monday’s edition of Undisputed.

On Monday’s Travis & Sliwa on ESPN LA, host Allen Sliwa, Mason & Ireland host Steve Mason and executive producer Greg Bergman reacted to Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks, who was chirped by Sharpe initially and said after the game he wondered why Sharpe wasn’t removed from the arena. Brooks also hinted that because celebrities are known to frequent those courtside seats in L.A., Sharpe got special treatment.

Mason said Sharpe absolutely got treated differently than any other fan who would try to cause a distraction or an altercation with a player.

“The difference is Shannon Sharpe is Shannon Sharpe,” Mason said. “It’s a town of stars, Shannon Sharpe is a well-known guy. First of all if that’s regular Joe fan guy involved in this, eject, right?”

As for it being an L.A. thing, Mason said he understood what Brooks meant. But he still felt like Sharpe should’ve been thrown out.

“We do sort of enjoy our stars, and we love to see them courtside, and we love their personalities,” he said. “I would eject the guy. I would’ve absolutely kicked him out of the arena.”

Bergman said Sharpe’s star factor (three-time Super Bowl champion and a hall of famer) played a role in how the whole thing was handled. But Sliwa noted that there wasn’t a playful element to the bantering.

“It wasn’t one of those situations where Shannon Sharpe is jawing at Dillon Brooks or Ja Morant, and they’re kind of going back and forth,” Sliwa said. “Shannon Sharpe was basically telling these guys ‘You want some of this, you come right here in front of me.'”

Mason said it was clear Sharpe was the instigator and star power shouldn’t have mattered. Security should’ve treated him like any other fan in these situations.

“One’s a fan and the other one is a player. There’s a difference,” Mason said. “I mean granted three-time Super Bowl champion and all that stuff, but right now just a civilian – with a fancy sweater.”

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