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Chris Jericho and Westwood One Announce Partnership

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Westwood One has added six-time WWE champion, rock vocalist, and New York Times bestselling author Chris Jericho to its stable. Jericho will move his popular podcast, Talk is Jericho, and the Jericho Network podcasts, to the Westwood One Podcast Network for distribution and sales representation. Westwood One says two new shows will be available on-demand each Wednesday and Friday, and The Jericho Network, an extension of Jericho’s diverse array of subjects and guests featuring other entertaining podcast hosts will debut on Monday, January 22, 2018. All content will be available via iTunes, Google Play, and other platforms and apps like TuneIn and Podbean.

“After four years of building Talk Is Jericho into one of the most popular and successful podcasts in the world, I decided to make a change to take things to the next level. It didn’t take long to realize that the only clear choice for a new home for TIJ and The Jericho Network content is Westwood One,” said Jericho. “I used to listen to Westwood One radio specials as a teenager in Winnipeg and to have my show broadcasting with this legendary company brings things full circle for me! Now with the gigantic reach and full promotional support of Westwood One behind me, Talk Is Jericho is going straight to the toppermost of the poppermost, where we will continue to bring you the best pop culture, music, wrestling, paranormal, movie, bake sale related podcast on the planet. So fasten your seatbelt, put on a helmet, and get ready for the biggest and best Pod of Thunder and Rock N Roll EEVVEERR!!  Yeah, Boyeee!”

“The Westwood One Podcast Network is fast-becoming the go-to destination for the biggest names in News/Talk, Sports, and Entertainment,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Like Chris, we are taking things to the next level by building a portfolio of the best podcast voices in America to serve and entertain our massive audience of a quarter of a billion weekly listeners. We welcome Chris to the Westwood One family, as his Pod of Thunder takes our listeners by storm.”

Jericho launched the Talk is Jericho podcast in 2013. Over the past five years its become one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, generating over 250,000 downloads per episode. Jericho is also creating Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, a cruise combining the worlds of rock and wrestling with a once-in-a-lifetime amazing vacation experience. The event will take place in late October.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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