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Chris Kroeger Named Radio Voice of the Charlotte Hornets

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Since 2014, Chris Kroeger has been a mainstay on the Charlotte radio airwaves. The native Charlottean hosted afternoons on WFNZ before moving to middays in April, earning respect and admiration from local fans for his energetic, honest and passionate style and his vested interest in the success of the market’s local teams.

Now, the 31 year old Kroeger is about to take another step forward in his career.

It was announced this morning on WFNZ, that Kroeger has been named the new radio play by play voice of the Charlotte Hornets.

“We are thrilled to have Chris join the Charlotte Hornets on a full-time basis as our new radio play-by-play broadcaster,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “Chris is a very talented broadcaster who brings a wide array of skills to our organization, while also being extremely passionate and knowledgeable about both our team and the NBA. He has cultivated a tremendous audience at WFNZ – one that shares his enthusiasm about Hornets basketball – and his joining our team only strengthens our relationship with our flagship station. I know the fans of Charlotte are looking forward to his expanded role as the new ‘voice of the Hornets.’”

“As someone that grew up in Charlotte, my earliest and greatest memories as a sports fan came at the Charlotte Coliseum and watching the Hornets,” said Kroeger. “Steve Martin narrated so many of those memories on radio and television. It truly is the opportunity of a lifetime to be his successor and to broadcast a new era of Hornets basketball for the next generation of fans. I can’t thank WFNZ enough for allowing me to build and connect with Charlotte sports fans over the last few years and I’m excited to continue to grow that relationship with the Hornets.”

Kroeger spent the past three seasons working on the team’s radio broadcasts as the pregame show host and sideline reporter. He steps in for legendary play by play announcer Steve Martin who retired following the 2017-2018 season. Martin spent fifty years in broadcasting, including calling every Hornets game in the franchise’s history.

In addition to serving as the radio play-by-play broadcaster, Kroeger will have an active role across the Hornets digital and social media platforms. He will contribute in various ways to team content, projects and initiatives via hornets.com, the team’s broadcasts and in-arena activations.

“We’re excited to see Chris grow with one of our finest partners,” said Matt Hanlon, Vice President, Market Manager for Entercom Charlotte. “There’s no one more qualified and passionate to represent the Hornets.”

Prior to the 2017-18 season, the Hornets and WFNZ reached a new multi-year agreement for WFNZ to remain the team’s flagship radio station. WFNZ is the official radio home of the Hornets, broadcasting all of the team’s preseason, regular-season and postseason games. All Hornets games are also streamed on WFNZ.com and the Hornets App. Additional Hornets elements on WFNZ include a 30-minute pregame show, a postgame call-in show and a weekly 60-minute coaches’ show.

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Gregg Giannotti: Booger McFarland Take on Zach Wilson ‘Just Stupid’

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor. I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need.”

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Last night, Booger McFarland had harsh criticism for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, saying he was “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Fellow Monday Night Countdown analyst Steve Young pushed back on the criticism, and he was backed up by WFAN’s Boomer & Gio Tuesday, with Gregg Giannotti taking a strong stance.

Young, who went to BYU like Wilson, immediately countered McFarland’s analysis, saying “that doesn’t resonate at all”.

“Steve’s gonna obviously protect his buddy,” Esiason said. “He’s a BYU quarterback as well, and lives out there. I’m sure they know each other very. That’s kind of a — I don’t wanna say it’s a cheap shot — but that’s the thought process a lot of people have with Zach.”

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor,” Giannotti said sarcastically. “I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need. That’s a stupid take. His uncle is the one who’s a billionaire. It’s not even his family.”

Wilson’s uncle is David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments

“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.

Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”

The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.

“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”

“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.

“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”

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Frank Frangie Prepared 20 Minutes of “Blowout Material” For Ohio State/Maryland Broadcast

“We almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

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1010XL afternoon host Frank Frangie had the opportunity to work as the play-by-play announcer for the Ohio State/Maryland game for Touchdown Radio Productions over the weekend, and discussed his preparation for the game on his show Monday.

Frangie serves as the radio voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the franchise had its bye week last Sunday, and was available to work for Touchdown Radio.

“I had the Ohio State/Maryland game, and I was so worried about a blowout and K.C. Jones — the former center from Miami who did the game with me and was on a couple of those Broncos Super Bowl teams — we had about 20 minutes of blowout material prepared,” Frangie said. “So much so that we almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

Luckily for Frangie, and listeners/viewers of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair that saw Ohio State secure a late touchdown to extend a lead to 43-30.

“It was a hell of a game,” Frangie concluded.

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