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Christian Fauria Suspended 5 Days by WEEI

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On Friday, WEEI suspended midday host Christian Fauria for five days after he attempted an on-air impersonation of Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee. The bit was deemed racist by some and led to Fauria apologizing for what he described as a “horrible attempt at humor.” Two of the station’s sponsors, Comcast and City of Boston Credit Union, have since suspended their advertising due to the situation.

The on-air bit on Friday’s show stemmed from a false story written by Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges. Borges was duped by a local radio listener pretending to be Yee into writing a column claiming Tom Brady would skip off season workouts unless he was given a contract similar to the one recently signed by Jimmy Garoppolo. Fauria spoke in an Asian accent as his partners Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni discussed the story. Fauria was trying to make the point that a veteran reporter like Borges should’ve known what Yee sounded like but didn’t and because he wasn’t plugged in it led to being fooled.

WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” posted texts on Twitter proving that Borges had taken the bait from a listener and ran with it. The poor job of sourcing by Borges led to the Herald suspending him.

After learning of the news of his suspension, Fauria took to Twitter and said “In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it.”

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PGA TOUR and SiriusXM Agree to Multi-Year Extension

“SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio listeners enjoy live coverage of every round of 38 PGA TOUR events with hole-by-hole commentary and expert analysis.”

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The PGA TOUR and SiriusXM will be continuing business together. The two announced today that they have reached a multi-year extension to their broadcasting agreement, which will continue to deliver extensive tournament coverage on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel for subscribers nationwide through 2024.

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio listeners enjoy live coverage of every round of 38 PGA TOUR events with hole-by-hole commentary and expert analysis. Listeners can tune in live this week to The American Express on January 20-23.

SiriusXM subscribers can listen to the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel on SiriusXM radios in their cars (channel 92), as well as at home or on the go with the SXM App. 

“We are very pleased to extend our relationship with the PGA TOUR. Our extensive schedule of in-depth tournament broadcasts will continue to ensure golf fans can follow the best players in the world as they compete all season long,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer, in a statement.

“With live event broadcasts every week, and a daily original programming lineup that features some of the most entertaining voices in the game, the best golf coverage in audio entertainment, bar none, continues to be on SiriusXM.”

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio features a variety of broadcasters working on comprehensive play-by-play coverage for PGA TOUR events, including former TOUR winners Mark Carnevale, Mark McCumber, Dennis Paulson, John Rollins and Mark Wilson.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with SiriusXM who provides a significant avenue for the TOUR to reach fans across the country,” added Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR’s Chief Media Officer. “Since 2005, SiriusXM has delivered crucial play-by-play and colorful commentary of the best golf in the world to fans that are driving in their cars, at home or on the go.”

The channel has all things golf. Original golf programming including golf talk, news, analysis and instruction are available on the streaming platforms. Several new shows have been added to the schedule this year, including:

  • The Players Show – Listeners will hear a long form conversation with some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR each week. (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET)
  • All Square – Chantel McCabe looks at the headline stories around the world of golf. (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET)
  • The Scorecard – This two-hour pregame show, hosted by David Marr III and former PGA TOUR pro Mark Lye, airs leading into the Saturday and Sunday rounds of every PGA TOUR event broadcast.
  • The Wrap – Airing immediately following each round of every PGA TOUR event, listeners will hear a recap of the tournament, highlights and interviews.
  • Feherty and Maginnes – Previously announced in December, the new weekly show hosted by two of the most entertaining voices in golf – former PGA TOUR pros and longtime broadcasters David Feherty and John Maginnes – launched in its weekly timeslot (Mondays at 7 pm ET) on Jan. 3.

SiriusXM also offers, through separate agreements, live coverage of the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. The channel also features many other shows hosted by prominent voices from the game, including World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples; current and former PGA TOUR pros Jason Kokrak, Colt Knost, Carl Paulson and Dennis Paulson; distinguished instructors Michael Breed, Jim McLean, David Armitage, and Jeff Warne; and many more.

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Jim Colony Announces Retirement From Everyday Work at 93.7 The Fan

Colony isn’t completely stepping away from the radio. This is more of a “semi-retirement.”

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One of Pittsburgh’s signature radio voices will be stepping away from everyday reporting and hosting at 93.7 The Fan. Jim Colony announced during Tuesday’s The Fan Morning Show that he’s “retiring, but not retiring” from the air.

Colony, 66, has been a co-host and sports update anchor for the show and was asked to clarify by hosts Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack. Saying he’s “still going to be around,” the veteran broadcaster explained that his wife retired at the end of 2021 and the two decided that they wanted to enjoy life while still able to do so.

“We’ve heard stories about people that save, ‘I don’t wanna spend this money, I don’t wanna take this vacation,’ do stuff while you still can,” Colony said. “Do stuff while you still can do it, in terms of being able to get around. It sounds kind of funny, because we’re not close to that, but it’s going to be a chance for us to do some stuff together.”

Watch the announcement below:

But as he mentioned, Colony isn’t completely stepping away from the radio. This is more of a “semi-retirement.” He’ll work as a fill-in host when regular hosts take time off, still contribute content online, and take part in promotional functions such as golf outings for the station.

Dunlap asked if “radio voice emeritus” was an appropriate title for Colony after his final day on Friday (Jan. 21). But Colony gave himself the grander designation of “legend in residence.” He also wanted to clarify that this was his decision and he wasn’t being forced out by management.

Colony has been a part of 93.7 The Fan since the station launched in 2010, rebranding from a Top 40 format. But as Pittsburgh sports fans know, his career covering the area’s sports teams goes back 30 years to WTAE, which eventually became the now-defunct ESPN Radio 1250. After being dismissed by ESPN 1250, he landed at 93.7 The Fan.

(His overall radio career spans 43 years, including stops in Boston; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Springfield, Vermont.)

Best wishes to Colony as he moves into retirement. Enjoying the later part of life and getting to do things we can’t while working the everyday grind is the ideal.

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Bickley & Marotta: Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury Has to Go

As Bickley said on the air Tuesday morning, keeping Kingsbury is harder to justify with the coaches likely to be available.

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The Arizona Cardinals finished a troubling late-season collapse by losing their NFL Wild Card playoff game Monday night to the Los Angeles Rams, 34-11.

As could be expected, the disappointing result is prompting plenty of questions and criticism among Arizona fans and media. Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta, hosts of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s morning show, led the charge Tuesday morning. In their view, it’s time for Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to go.

Marotta called the playoff loss “a disgusting end to a promising season.” The Cardinals began the 2021 season with seven consecutive victories. By Week 13, they had a 10-2 record. But following its bye week, Arizona imploded, losing four of their final six games. Most troubling among them was a 30-12 loss to the Detroit Lions, who finished with the second-worst record (3-13-1) in the NFL.

Bickley was even more pointed with his criticism in a piece written for the Arizona Sports 98.7 FM website. The longtime columnist and host points out the pattern of late-season collapses in Kingsbury’s tenure with Arizona. In 2019, the Cardinals finished 2-7. The 2020 season ended with a 3-6 slide. Add this season’s 2-4 collapse and the pattern is apparent.

As Bickley said on the air Tuesday morning, keeping Kingsbury is harder to justify with the coaches likely to be available. He singled out Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as a good fit for the Cardinals, obviously favoring a coach with a different philosophy than Kingsbury.

Yet the Cardinals have shown improvement during Kingsbury’s three seasons, progressing from a 5-10-1 mark to 11-6 this season. That may be good enough for team owner Michael Bidwell and general manager Steve Keim. According to Bickley, it shouldn’t be. Management should be aggressive, rather than content.

You can listen to Bickley & Marotta each morning, Monday through Friday, on the Arizona Sports 98.7 FM website and app. The show is also available via podcast.

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