Two days after Curt Schilling appeared on 610 Sports in Kansas City and took aim at Hillary Clinton, the former MLB Pitcher and current ESPN Analyst visited WEEI in Boston to explain himself and his unfamiliarity with ESPN’s political policies.
Schilling appeared Thursday with “Dennis and Callahan” and didn’t apologize for saying Hillary Clinton should be “buried under a jail” but did say that he was unaware of ESPN’s position as it applies to him sharing his political views on another network.
An ESPN spokesman said the company is looking into the controversial comments, and will address them with Schilling but they’ve yet to do so. The company distributed a memo a few weeks ago urging employees to steer clear of personal attacks, drive-by commentaries, and political editorializing about the candidates and their political campaigns.
Schilling claims that he didn’t see the memo when the company initially sent it. “Right hand to God, I didn’t get that until about two weeks ago ’cause it was in my spam folder. I’m like, ‘What is this memo, people making this up? And then when I read it, I was like OK. My assumption was they didn’t want us talking about politics in an ESPN setting, whether it be radio or television. I’m assuming that probably ended up not being right.”
Schilling added “I think people assume that I’m saying things to rile other people up but I say what I believe, and I’m passionate about what I believe. That doesn’t make me right, it just makes me me. And I’m OK with that. I sleep good at night. If my employer fires me because of that, then it wasn’t meant to be.”
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.
Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa
Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.
On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.
95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.
Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.
Toucher and Rich: There’s No Way Dennis Eckersley is Retiring
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley.”
On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that this season would be his last with NESN, the Boston Red Sox and in baseball broadcasting. However, some in Boston don’t think Eckersley will truly be done once the season ends.
On Toucher and Rich, co-host Rich Shertenlieb said this can’t be the end of the broadcasting career of Dennis Eckersley.
“He’s way too young to be truly retiring, I think,” said Shertenlieb. “This can’t be it for him. There’s no way this is it. He’s too into it, he loves it too much, he’s good at it and he’s not old.”
“It’s a lot of travel, that’s the thing,” added co-host Fred Toucher.
Shertenlieb chimed back that he could have options in regards to his schedule.
“You could be somebody that’s just doing home games,” offered Shertenlieb. “You could also be someone who could be at a desk.”
Shertenlieb was adamant that Eckersley would have a chance to make it somewhere else, somewhere perhaps more national.
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley,” said the Toucher and Rich co-host. “Maybe he’s just outgrown it and he’s just too talented to only be at a regional network.”
Chicago Bears Reportedly Leaving WBBM After 2022 Season
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears will have a new radio home after the 2022 season when their deal with WBBM ends.
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights. The source said the Audacy-owned station loses money on the Bears.
“We are focused on having a great 2022 season with WBBM and Audacy,” said Bears Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Scott Hagel said.
The report also says it’s likely the radio rights go to either Good Karma Brands-owned ESPN 1000 or iHeartMedia’s Rock 95.9 landed the rights.
Play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak and color commentator Tom Thayer are both expected to keep their positions with the Bears. Joniak is the Sport Director at WBBM.