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Kayal Leaves Fanatic For Sirius XM

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Nick Kayal, host of “The Nick Kayal Show,” announced to his listeners during the opening of his Friday night show that it would be his last with the station.

Kayal, who is also a weekly contributor to Philly.com, becomes the second host to exit the station just this week. Former “Jon and Sean Show” co-host Sean Brace, along with his producer Steve Vassalotti, were let go from their 97.5 The Fanatic duties on Thursday, though sources say Vassalotti is remaining with parent company Greater Media.

“I am leaving on good terms,” Kayal said, noting that the departure is on his own terms and that he has always had the desire to host a national talk show. The station allowed him to air a final show and say goodbye to his listeners before he joins SiriusXM as the host of a yet-unannounced show.

With these departures, rumors have gone into overdrive that former SportsRadio WIP host Anthony Gargano, who made a surprise appearance on Mike Missanelli’s show on April Fool’s Day, will soon return to the airwaves for his formal rival.

Gargano left SportsRadio 94.1 WIP after receiving what was rumored to be a low-ball contract. Gargano also noted to Molly Eichel that he wasn’t happy with the direction his former station is going in, a possible dig against former nighttime host Josh Inness, who along with Tony Bruno replaced Gargano in WIP’s afternoon slot.

Credit to Philly.com who originally published this article

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Yankees Announce John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Talking Bobblehead Giveaway Night

On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

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On Friday, the New York Yankees announced a bobblehead giveaway that will honor the two radio legends that voice the team’s games. On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, the two longtime Yankees broadcasters.

The team made the presentation in a thirty second promotional video in which you see both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth, listening to their talking bobblehead.

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93.7 The Fan Morning Show Criticizes Ken Carman And Anthony Lima

“I get what they have to do over there. I get what Ken Carman, and I forget the other guy (Anthony Lima), have to do.”

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Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Morning Show took time Friday morning to criticize Cleveland duo Ken Carman and Anthony Lima of 92.3 The Fan for their defense of Browns fans from the national media.

Carman and Lima defended Browns fans Thursday from what they viewed as attacks for fans wanting autographs from recently suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson, who the NFL found sexually assaulted massage therapists and had violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

“I saw this morning that the morning show in Cleveland, they went off on this big tirade ‘you can criticize the organization but you can’t criticize Cleveland Browns fans’,” 93.7 The Fan producer Adam Crowley said. “The organization can’t be criticized enough. I’m sorry but if fans get dragged into that and criticized as well, they should because to me they said it’s the national media — these morning show hosts in Cleveland– ‘It’s the national media that’s making the suspension get wider because the league is going to kowtow to the national media’.

“It’s not just the national media. It’s the American (Massage) Therapist Association talking about how women are being abused,” Crowley added. “It’s not about the national reaction as much as it’s about there was wrong that was done here.”

“That’s the point,” host Dorin Dickerson said. “There was wrong that was done and whoever can get behind something that is wrong and evidently wrong, that’s wrong. I get what they have to do over there, I get what Ken Carman — and I forget the other guy (Anthony Lima) — have to do. I get that you have to salvage something. But rightfully so, people are coming at Cleveland Browns fans, the Cleveland Browns community, the team. Rightfully so.”

It’s the latest in barbs traded by the two Audacy-owned stations, as 93.7 The Fan afternoon host Andrew Fillipponi called out Cleveland callers for celebrating the Watson suspension length earlier this week.

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Audacy & CBS Sports Partner For Podcast Sales/Distribution

Audacy and CBS Sports have announced a multi-ear partnership that will see Audacy become the exclusive ad sales and distribution partner for the network’s podcasts.

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Audacy and CBS Sports have announced a multi-year partnership that will see Audacy become the exclusive ad sales and distribution partner for the network’s podcasts.

“We are continuing to heavily invest in our podcast network and the creation of award-winning audio content at a time our network is experiencing sustained periods of audience growth and engagement,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President, Digital, CBS Sports and CBS News and Stations. “We’re excited to partner with Audacy, an industry leader in ad sales and delivering premium opportunities for advertisers, to bring impactful integrations and campaigns to the podcast market.”

Podcasts currently airing from CBS Sports include Pick Six, The Early Edge, Fantasy Football Today, the Cover 3 College Football Podcast, and Attacking Third. Podcasts from college recruiting site 247Sports will also be included in the partnership.

Audacy’s podcast network features over 40 million listeners globally. Audacy is also the nation’s leading radio play-by-play company, featuring more than 90 professional and NCAA Division I college teams and programs.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with CBS Sports in the podcasting space – properties I know well from my time spent there,” said Ken Lagana, Executive Vice President of Digital Sales, Audacy. “Adding this family of content to our roster provides Audacy with a number of the leading sports, fantasy sports and betting podcasts, areas we have enjoyed significant success to date and are important to our clients.  This partnership could not come at a better time with football season fast approaching.”

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