710 ESPN Seattle is making a major move in middays, giving “The Professor” John Clayton his own daily talk show. Clayton will officially take over on Monday and host weekdays from 10a-12p PT.
To make room for Clayton, the current midday show featuring Justin Myers and Gee Scott is being dropped. Myers was let go by the radio station on Wednesday. Scott is being reassigned to another role. For the rest of this week, Scott will continue hosting the midday program.
In addition to his new midday program, Clayton will continue to host his Saturday morning show. His duties with ESPN won’t be affected. He will also host an original weekly podcast and write for 710Sports.com, along with making a weekly appearance on the “Brock and Salk” morning show, and “Danny, Dave, and Moore” afternoon show.
“I’ve spent 30 years in the Pacific Northwest, and the time couldn’t have been better to expand my local presence here at 710 ESPN Seattle,” Clayton said. “I’m also excited to focus on the Seahawks, Mariners and the Seattle sports scene in an expanded role for 710Sports.com.”
As the flagship radio station for the Seattle Seahawks, adding Clayton on a daily basis should provide a major lift in mid-mornings for 710 ESPN, especially during football season when sports radio listening is at its peak. With Brock and Salk serving as a lead-in during mornings, and Bob, Groz, and Tom following Clayton, the radio station has given itself a chance to compete consistently in all three dayparts.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to include the most highly acclaimed local sports media personality to our local weekday lineup,” said Dave Pridemore, Vice President and General Manager of 710 ESPN Seattle. “With over 1.4 million Twitter followers and a Hall of Fame résumé, John Clayton will be a tremendous addition for both 710 ESPN Seattle and 710sports.com.”
Here’s a look at the new lineup as of Monday June 6th:
7A-10A = Brock and Salk
10A-12P = John Clayton
12P-3P = Bob, Groz and Tom
3P-7P = Danny, Dave and Moore
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Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni Calls Out Angelo Cataldi in Postgame Press Conference
“I can’t wait to talk to Angelo on Monday.”
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s Monday morning interview with WIP host Angelo Cataldi will certainly be a topic of interest following this past weekend’s NFC divisional playoff game.
Sirianni, in his postgame press conference on Saturday night, mentioned Cataldi by name when talking about Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
“Sometimes I have to hear some things about Jonathan Gannon, and I don’t know if it’s you guys,” Sirianni said in response to a question from WIP Eagles reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks. “Might be more other people. I won’t say names – Angelo — right?”
Cataldi, who will be retiring when the Eagles season ends, isn’t the only host in the city who has called Gannon out when the defense played poorly, but Sirianni said it blows his mind that Gannon critics would have something to say following Philly’s 38-7 victory over the Giants.
“So, every time I hear an answer about Jonathan Gannon, I laugh to myself,” Sirianni said. “As a matter of fact, coaches from other teams ask me, does Jonathan Gannon get shit here? I’m like, somehow, yeah. Like this guy is incredible.”
“I can’t wait to talk to Angelo on Monday,” he added.
The Eagles will play the 49ers on Sunday in the NFC championship.
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105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ Do Battle With 95.7 The Game’s The Morning Roast Ahead of 49ers vs Cowboys
“Hill and Shasky went after Shan & RJ’s ratings and Bobby Belt’s intensity. Shariff and Choppy fired back making fun of Hill’s voice.”
Sports radio content has fueled the hate between Dallas and San Francisco this week as the Cowboys get set to visit the Bay Area. A joke made by 105.3 The Fan’s GBag Nation made some 49ers fans angry. Gavin Dawson and Bryan Broaddus said the Cowboys “could use an injury” to 49ers running back Christian McCaffery.
Other hosts at 105.3 The Fan took to Twitter after a 49ers fan spread the clip on social media calling the joke “pathetic.” Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy were among them. They argued that it is crazy for anyone to think Dawson and Broaddus were serious.
The vitriol between the two towns played out Friday morning on two Audacy stations, the aforementioned Fan in Dallas and 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. Shan & RJ connected with Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky of The Morning Roast for a quarter-hour of smack talk.
“We’d like to congratulate you guys on still being there,” Shariff said. “We know the rotating door there normally. We didn’t think you’d still be there from last year.”
He then gave credit to Sahsky for contributing his winnings from their last bet to the families and community in Uvalde affected by the Robb Elementary shootings.
From there, the niceties were over. Hill and Shasky went after Shan & RJ’s ratings and Bobby Belt’s intensity. Shariff and Choppy fired back making fun of Hill’s voice.
All five hosts explained their pick for the game. Only Shariff went against his home team, predicting the 49ers to win by double digits. Belt and Choppy didn’t give a second thought to supporting the Cowboys.
Joe Shasky wasn’t buying the confidence.
“It’s gonna be Rangers and Bocci talk Monday when they lose,” he said as the two shows signed off.
Sweeny Murti Departing WFAN
“Thanks to everyone who helped to bring me here, keep me here, and thrive here.”
WFAN New York Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti has announced today is his final day with the radio station.
In a tweet announcing the move, Murti said “I tried to bring the right amounts of confidence and humility on the air. I strived to hold my own with the great hosts on our station and just tried to make good radio with every appearance.”
Sweeny started as a producer at WFAN in 1993, before eventually ascending to the role of the station’s Yankees reporter in 2001. He was grateful to his colleagues and friends for his time at the New York station.
“Thanks to everyone who helped to bring me here, keep me here, and thrive here. Thanks to so many wonderful friends and colleagues who made going to work fun. And thanks to every one of you for listening and taking this ride with me. It has truly been my honor, and I hope you will join me on the next adventure.
Sweeny Murti did not disclose what his next move would entail.