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Under The Radar – February 6, 2017

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Another week of news to share that you may have not been aware of. To pass along future tips, press releases and relevant information, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here’s the stuff you might have missed.

One of the biggest sports media questions of 2017 is, where will Mike Francesa land after he departs WFAN? Last week during an on-air reunion with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Francesa said he will be on the air somewhere on January 3, 2018. He also hinted that the next venture might not be conventional. Stay tuned.

Altitude Sports 950 in Denver is going thru a change to its weekday lineup. Tom Nalen has left the station and his position in afternoon drive with Nate Kreckman, forcing the station to make a personnell adjustment. Starting Monday, Kreckman will be joined on a daily basis by former Denver Bronco Ryan Harris. The new afternoon show will be titled “Kreckman and Harris“.

Also in Denver, Mile High Sports is bringing in former Sports Radio 810 WHB evening host TJ Carpenter for a look. Carpenter who has spent the past four and a half years in Kansas City is expected to do a few test shows this week.

Congratulations to Kyle Brown who’s been promoted to Assistant Program Director at 710 ESPN Seattle. The station also announced promotions for James “Boy Howdy” Osborn and Taylor Jacobs. Osborn will become the station’s Topical Content producer, which includes handling the station’s imaging and developing ways to produce content across all media platforms. Jacobs takes on the role of Audience Engagement Manager, which focuses on the brand’s social media strategy and engagement, database development, and digital brand messaging.

When you have a love for radio, you keep pushing forward regardless of the setbacks. That’s exactly what Jeff Pantridge did and as luck would have it, he’s now landed the afternoon hosting opportunity at ESPN Radio 94.1 in Virginia Beach. Congrats to Dave Paulus and the Max Media Virginia Beach crew on finding a quality replacement for Nick Cattles who left last month to join 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Former LSU center T-Bob Hebert, who’s also the son of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert is returning to Baton Rouge. The former offensive linemen will co-host a morning drive show with Jordy Culotta on 104.5/104.9 ESPN. The program “Off the Bench” will air weekdays from 7a-9a ET.

CRC Broadcasting has announced plans to launch a new sports radio station in Phoenix. 1580 The Fanatic will debut Monday, February 13th and feature a mixture of local programming and CBS Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio shows. The station’s weekday lineup will consist of The Morning Fanatics with K-Ray and Bauer from 6-9am, Fouhy on The Fanatic from 9-10am, Jim Rome from 10am-12pm, The Daily Blender with Jeffry O’Brien from 12-2pm, The Dean’s List with Jeff Dean from 2-3pm, and Roc and Manuch with Shawn Crespin from 3-6pm. This will be the 4th sports station to be available in the Phoenix market, joining Arizona Sports 98.7FM, FOX Sports 910 and NBC Sports 1060.

Also in Phoenix, congratulations is in order for Erin Maloney who has expanded her role on Arizona Sports 98.7FM. Maloney will be providing on-air updates during Bickley and Marotta’s midday show.

In the windy city, Julie DiCaro and Brian Hedger are teaming up to co-host a new Saturday program on 670 The Score. The debut broadcast took place this past Saturday February 4th immediately after the Illinois basketball game.

Heading to the nation’s capital, 106.7 The Fan has made a couple of moves. The radio station has struck a deal with Thom Loverro to contribute to all of the station’s weekday programs. Loverro had been a member of ESPN 980 but was let go due to budget cuts. Additionally, The Fan has partnered with the Washington Capitals to bring head coach Barry Trotz on the Sports Junkies every Wednesday morning at 8am.

Congratulations are in order for Jack Fritz who has been hired as a producer at Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.

CBS Sports Radio is losing the talents of Max Herman. The on-air anchor has announced he’s moving to Vancouver where he hopes to produce content for an interested company. Herman worked his final shift on CBS Sports Radio last week.

Former NFL Defensive Coordinator and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Mike Nolan will be departing SiriusXM‘s NFL channel in order to accept a new opportunity with the New Orleans Saints.

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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