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  • Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh is now offering streaming video of its on-air shows. The station says 99.9 The Fan and Buzz Sports Radio will allow listeners to watch their local sports programs on WRALsportsfan.com and the WRALsportsfan App. The shows that will be streamed live during the week include Buzz Sports Radio’s The Morning Show w/Mike, Lauren & Demetri, The Sports Shop w/Reese & Kmac from 10 a.m.-12 Noon, and 99.9 The Fan’s Adam & Joe from 3-7 p.m.
  • The hits keep on coming for 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. In April, we showed how dominant the radio station has been in its market. This month, it was much of the same. In one particular case, it was even scarier. The Midday 180, which turned in an incredible 16.1 rating last month, repeated that success, and added to it. The Zone’s midday show led the station with a 16.3. That’s one of the highest performances in the format.
  • In Tampa, 620 WDAE continues to surge. The radio station finished 4th overall with Men 25-54, led by the midday show “Ronnie and TKras” which features Tom “TKras” Krasniqi, and Ronnie “Night Train” Lane. They placed second in their timeslot. Adding to the story is the fact that the station ranked 15th overall at the same time last year. Krasniqi and Lane have also improved by three full ratings points during that twelve month period.
  • Congrats are in order for 101 ESPN in St. Louis. During the month of May, the radio station finished as the highest rated talk station in the market, led by the afternoon show finishing 1st overall. The other three weekday prime programs were in the top three, highlighted by double digit shares between 7a-7p.
  • The Miami New Times has published its annual Best of Miami issue, and Jon ‘Stugotz” Weiner of ESPN Radio, and 790 The Ticket has been named the market’s best FM radio personality.
  • Part-time Portland sports radio host Curtis Long, who works full-time as a school principal, was summoned for fill-in duty as the public address announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers late in the season. Mark Mason, the team’s regular PA man, hadn’t missed a game in over 20-years, a streak that included 843 regular season games, and more than 900 if you add the playoffs. Mason, was forced to miss time due to blood clots which were caused by a malfunctioning stent. Long filled in admirably, and Mason recovering, and hoping to be ready to go for the start of next season.

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Freezing Cold Takes Author Describes Difference Between Skip Bayless and Mike Francesa Hot Takes

“He has a knack for saying things defiantly and within a real brief period the opposite happens,” he said.

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Dan Patrick, Freezing Cold Takes

Fred Segal, the creator of the popular Freezing Cold Takes Twitter account, didn’t hold back
when it came to talking about some sports media personalities who are kings of the freezing cold take.

Talking to Dan Patrick on Wednesday, Segal said if there was a Mount Rushmore for hosts who
are often wrong or point out the obvious, FOX Sports host Skip Bayless would be one of the
faces.

“There’s things that he posts that are completely obvious that he can’t possibly think those things rationally,” he said.

Segal has a new book coming highlighting some of the best cold takes centered around the NFL.

“And he also has what feels to be a gimmick, his schtick, where he zeroes in on a player and decides, ‘I am going to constantly berate and say negative things about him and spin any positive into a negative.”

Segal thought of LeBron James and Aaron Rodgers as two athletes in particular that Bayless
likes to rip on.

He also said he’d add Mike Francesa to that Mount Rushmore as well, but for different reasons.
Patrick said the difference is that Francesa is just trying to be right and not troll.

“Out of all the people who try to be provocative on-air and are really concerned about being
entertaining, Francesa is completely honest with everything he says,” Segal said. “But he’s so
defiant about what he says.”

He added that Francesa has this ability of being so confident in what he’s saying, only to end up wrong nearly instantly after saying it.

“He has a knack for saying things defiantly and within a real brief period the opposite happens,” he said.

Segal mentioned Francesa saying the New York Jets would never get two first round draft picks
in a trade for Jamal Adams in 2020. Well, the Seattle Seahawks gave two first rounders to the Jets for Adams and a fourth round pick.

Patrick at least credited Francesa for owning his takes.

“He’s genuine in how bad some of his opinions are,” Patrick said.

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Pat McAfee Announces Partnership With NFL Films

“You’re going to make our show better and hopefully we make NFL Films a little bit better as well.”

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Pat McAfee Show

The Pat McAfee Show is breaking another barrier with his program. Today he revealed that his show will be teaming up with NFL Films to feature league footage on the show. They will also team up for at least one feature element between the two.

On the show, McAfee was discussing the debut of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions with two of the coordinating producers of the show, Keith Cossrow and Ken Rodgers. After talking about the first episode, McAfee made the announcement.

“We will have NFL footage rights for the show every single day,” McAfee began. “We will also be creating, probably an Emmy-winning Mic’d Up type thing on the side with NFL Films. I don’t think this has ever happened before. I think this is one of the first times that something like we run has teamed up with NFL Films and the NFL.”

McAfee then told the two how happy he was to be partners with the group. “You’re going to make our show better and hopefully we make NFL Films a little bit better as well. We are very lucky and pumped to be a part of it, Keith.”

“Seeing you guys work, seeing how committed you are it reminded me of the way we are back here,” said Keith Cossrow. “What you guys have all built together is really special. What you’ve built Pat, is special. We could not be more excited at NFL Films to help build your show into something bigger. We are going to produce a weekly feature every week all season with you about the brilliance of our players in the NFL.”

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Dave LaGreca: WWE Will Improve Without Vince McMahon

“I don’t think Vince McMahon ever truly loved pro wrestling. He loved that term, ‘sports entertainment.’ He looked at pro wrestling the way a lot of mainstream people look at pro wrestling.”

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Wrestling fans have connected with SiriusXM’s Busted Open, because they trust host Dave LaGreca to be honest with them about what is good and bad in the sport. One target that he has never been afraid to go after is former WWE boss Vince McMahon.

“You can’t think about it,” he said on the latest episode of The Jason Barrett Podcast when asked how the company has responded to his criticism in the past. “You kinda have to block it.”

One of LaGreca’s most famous rants is about the appearance of zombies at a WWE pay-per-view event last year. During that rant, Dave LaGreca shouted over and over that Vince McMahon hates pro wrestling.

He told Barrett that he doesn’t regret the rant and still believes every word of it.

“I stand by that statement. I don’t think Vince McMahon ever truly loved pro wrestling. He loved that term, ‘sports entertainment.’ He looked at pro wrestling the way a lot of mainstream people look at pro wrestling.”

Dave LaGreca is a wrestling fan. He said he and people like him have plenty of reason for optimism with McMahon’s son-in-law Triple H taking creative control of the company’s storylines.

“Triple H looks at pro wrestling as an art form. He’s said it before. He appreciates it. He respects it. He grew up an NWA fan. I am very high on the next 3-6 months with Triple H at the helm of creative.”

Barrett followed that up by asking what could come next for Vince McMahon. Dave LaGreca had a simple answer.

“Watches!”

New episodes of The Jason Barrett Podcast drop every Tuesday morning.

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