Veteran sports talk host Nick Cellini is officially out of purgatory after 28 months.
The entire Mayhem in the AM team from the now defunct sports talk station 790/The Zone station is at its former rival 680/The Fan (also heard on the FM dial at 93.7).
After doing fill-in roles for 680/The Fan the past five months, Cellini has been rewarded his first full-time radio gig since that ill-fated June morning on the Zone when he decided to mock a football player with ALS, a two-minute bit that went viral and caused him to lose his job that same day.
He officially started today with Chris Dimino and Chris Rude as part of the Rude Awakening, said David Dickey, who runs the station. Brandon “HomeTeam” Leak remains as a producer and contributor.
Cellini is “talented,” Dickey said in an interview today. “He’s been in the market a long time. He and Chris have great chemistry together. He strengthens the show and adds another dimension to it.”
In a Facebook posting just after noon today, Cellini wrote:
What a journey it’s been. I’m finally back to doing what I love. It’s been a challenging two-plus years but there have been so many positives as well. First off, I learned how to be a better father, husband and man. I’ve also embraced a cause that I will forever be part of and that is to find a cure for ALS. Thank you to family and friends, both old and new, for all the encouragement, love and support. You are the ones who kept me going each and every day. Last but certainly not least, thank you to David Dickey and to the entire 680 The Fan family for giving me a chance when few did. I’ll be forever grateful to you all. Now on with the show!!!
Since the incident, Cellini met with Gleason and his family in New Orleans and received forgiveness. And as he noted in his Facebook post, he has been active raising money for ALS. He said he has also been humbled by the experience. For a time, he was even an Uber driver to help pay the bills.
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Brady Quinn: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Criticism ‘One of the Dumbest Things I’ve Heard’
“And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”
Last week, Booger McFarland said New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Many criticized him for the stance, and FOX Sports Radio host Brady Quinn is the latest to point out the perceived absurdity in the comments.
During an appearance on the Pick Six Podcast, Quinn levied harsh criticism for the ESPN NFL analyst, saying it was completely unwarranted.
“It was one of the dumbest thing I’ve heard on air,” said Quinn. “And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”
Quinn later made comments questioning McFarland’s legitimacy as an analyst.
“The interesting thing is that Booger came out on Ross Tucker’s podcast and defended himself as an analyst,” added Quinn. “O.K., well you just contradicted what you just said. Because as an analyst, you’re supposed to be analyzing what’s on the field. The last time I checked, you don’t have a doctorate or you’re not a doctor in understanding the sociology of the relationship or the parenting or anything else that goes along with that yet you want to analyze that. It was a bizarre deal.”
Greg Hill Creates NFTs For Foundation Fundraiser
“I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Greg Hill has done several good works with his foundation in New England, and has now created a new way for those to give to his charity on Giving Tuesday.
During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, Hill announced NFTs will now be available as an option for those who seek to give to the organization.
“Because we wanted to try find a different way for you to give on Giving Tuesday –those of you who would normally give to The Greg Hill Foundation or to any other charity — I am pleased to tell you that we are — at this moment — dropping the first ever Greg Hill Foundation NFTs.”
After the show joked that he is the owner of a Marconi Award and now featured in NFTs, he should retire, Hill joked “I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Hill then added NFT buyers will be invited to a private event at Cisco Brewers Seaport in Boston. Buyers will also be in a raffle to win tickets to The Greg Hill Foundation events, a suite to a Boston Celtics game, $1,500 cash, or two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert this summer.
Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak
“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”
Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.
Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.
“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.
“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”
Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.
In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.