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Benz Joins TribLive Radio

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Tim Benz is headed back to Pittsburgh after 15 months at WEEI in Boston. He announced today on his Facebook page where he’ll be working next.

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Starting Monday 8/10 I’ll be starting a new job with Trib Live Radio. Pleased to say that I’ll be joining my friends Ken Laird, Guy Junker, & Josh Taylor on Trib Live Radio M-F/10-1. I’ll also be returning to the hosting chair during the Steelers post game show on WDVE and 970 ESPN with Charlie Batch. Plus, on Wednesday’s listen to Countdown to Kickoff on 970 ESPN at 7:00. I really enjoyed my time in Boston, even though it was very short. Those I worked with at WEEI were tremendous. I was given an incredible job there. And I was honored to have been given the chance. But working in Boston, with Kate still living at home in Pittsburgh meant we were only seeing each other about 40 hours a month. So when the chance arrived to work back in Pittsburgh again I thought it was best for us personally and professionally to come back. I’m thrilled to be with her again full time and to be back in a place I called home for most of my adult life. And I am grateful for the year+ I spent in Boston. Looking forward to getting re-established in Pittsburgh and seeing friends I thought I may not see again for a long time.

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98.7 ESPN New York Shuffles Lineup, DiPietro & Rothenberg Expanding To Four Hours

DiPietro & Rothenberg will now move to 6:00-10:00 AM to compete directly with WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio.

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According to a report from Andrew Marchand and Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post, 98.7 ESPN New York is expanding DiPietro & Rothenberg to four hours as part of a revamped daily lineup. The changes are expected to go into effect on January 3rd.

DiPietro & Rothenberg currently airs on the station from 5a-8a while ESPN Radio’s national morning show — Keyshawn, JWill, & Max — airs from 8a-10a. By extending the local show, 98.7 ESPN New York will finally have a chance to feature a local show and compete in all four hours against WFAN’s Boomer & Gio.

Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Bart & Hahn will move back to 98.7 ESPN New York as an exclusively local show. Bart Scott played a portion of his NFL career for the New York Jets, and worked at both WFAN and 98.7 ESPN New York before the show moved to the national stage. Alan Hahn has spent more than 25 years working in New York media with Newsday, MSG Network, and 98.7 ESPN New York.

The changes create some adjustments for ESPN Radio’s national network too. Jason Fitz and Harry Douglas are listed as options for the newly opened 12p-3p slot on ESPN Radio according to the report. The network is also expected to pair Amber Wilson and Joe Fortenbaugh from 7p-9p to fill the timeslot vacated recently by Sarah Spain.

Greeny — hosted by Mike Greenberg — will remain in its current 10a-12p timeslot on the station. However, the move to a local morning show on 98.7 ESPN New York raises questions about KJM‘s future on ESPN Radio.

The Michael Kay Show, and the station’s other shows hosted by Dan Graca, Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer all remained unchanged.

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Jon Marks: ‘Can’t Take Chris Simms Seriously’ After Jalen Hurts Criticism

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments. Or compliments, I guess.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a 10-1 start, and while there’s criticism from sports media members inside the city, 94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks doesn’t want to hear it from those who aren’t fans, especially Chris Simms.

During Chris Simms Unbuttoned, the former NFL quarterback turned NBC Sports analyst said “people are scared to talk about Jalen Hurts” and that the third-year quarterback doesn’t pass tests “with flying colors”.

“He had him ranked as the 35th best quarterback in the league,” Marks said. “Now I can’t take anything he says serious. Kellen Mond — is he even in the league? I think he got released by the Vikings. So, anyway, whatever with Chris Simms.”

Co-host Ike Reese had less criticism for Simms but did say he disagreed.

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments,” Reese said. “Or compliments, I guess.”

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Sean Pendergast: Cleveland Media Has Done ‘Good Job Peppering’ Deshaun Watson With Hard Questions

“All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that.”

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Deshaun Watson is slated to play his first game for the Cleveland Browns this week after serving an 11-game suspension for serial sexual assault with more than two dozen massage therapists in the Houston area. Sports Radio 610 host Sean Pendergast gave credit to Cleveland media members for not allowing the former Texans quarterback to sidestep questions about his alleged misconduct.

“Deshaun will get asked about this today at his press conference,” Pendergast said after it was revealed that at least 10 of Watson’s accusers will be in the crowd in Houston Sunday. “Someone in Cleveland — cause Cleveland has done a good job peppering him with hard questions– will ask him ‘Tony Buzbee will be at the game with 10 of your accusers. What do you think about that?'”

Co-host Seth Payne added the first time Watson looks in the direction of where the accusers will be located, it will be photographed and filmed ad nauseam.

“Cameras will be trained on him the entire time, obviously,” Seth Payne said. “All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that. Let’s say Deshaun can compartmentalize but also not stare at one section of the stadium.”

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