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Pollin’s Show To End

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Longtime local radio fixture Andy Pollin announced Tuesday morning that his “Sports Reporters” morning drive program on SportsTalk 570 will end after Friday’s show. Pollin said he will move to an as-yet unspecified role at ESPN 980.

Pollin’s show was on borrowed time after the creation of “The Man Cave,” which will masculinely debut on ESPN 980 Monday morning. That show will push “Mike and Mike” to SportsTalk 570, in turn pushing Pollin’s program off the air.

Pollin announced the end of his morning show just shy of its 18-month anniversary. It was launched in September 2013, after  “The Drive with Cooley and Czabe” replaced the old afternoon-drive “Sports Reporters” on 980. That program launched in 1999, meaning Pollin has been using the “Sports Reporters” format in this market for more than 15 years.

“But that’s the reality of this business,” Pollin said on the air Tuesday morning. “Good shows last for five years. Really good shows go 10. Only the great ones go 20.”

Pollin brought some of his familiar guests, including Chris Knoche and Kevin Blackistone, to the lower-profile 570 gig. He said he saw it as an opportunity to audition a local morning show for 980, and said that “management” rejected proposed slots to move the show back to 980.

“We have agreed for a role for me on ESPN 980 starting next Monday, but this show…will have its last show on Friday,” Pollin said. “That’ll be the last time we do a ‘Sports Reporters’ show. And I won’t try and hide my disappointment from you. I put a lot into this. I enjoyed doing it. It’s been great to connect to people….It’s been great for me to do something that A) I really enjoy, and B) I think has been a good show for a group of people. But the reality in this business, and in any business, is we love you out there, but there just aren’t enough of you. If there were more of you, we’d be going on.”

Pollin said he would complete this week’s shows; his last guest on Friday will be Rich Campbell, now of the Chicago Tribune.

“I have no plans to retire,” Pollin said. “Friday will be the last show and that will be it, and we will move on. And like I’ve done for the last 23 years, at either SportsTalk 570 or ESPN 980, I’ll do the best I can with what I’m assigned to do, and I will do it as long as they choose to employ me here. But we will say a fond farewell on Friday.”

Credit to the Washington Post who originally published this article

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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

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After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.

Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.

“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”

“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.

Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.

“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”

Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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