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Alex Reimer Returns From Suspension at WEEI

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Boston sports radio host, Alex Reimer made his return to WEEI Tuesday, his first appearance on the station since being suspended nearly five months ago after referring to Tom Brady’s daughter as a “pissant.”

Reimer made the comment while discussing Brady’s Facebook docuseries, Tom vs. Time, which gives fans a glimpse into the superstar quarterback’s off-field life.  Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI’s morning show, Kirk & Callahan shortly after and cut the interview short, expressing how upset he was with Reimer’s comment.

Reimer, who has not been on-air, but has been writing for WEEI in recent months, was a regular contributor to Kirk & Callahan, as well as a fill-in host.  Reimer joined the morning show on Tuesday, marking the first time he was on-air since his suspension, with an eight-minute appearance to discuss his new column for WEEI.

During the appearance, Kirk Minihane asked Reimer if listeners will get a toned-down version of the host when he makes his return.

Alex responded by saying, “No, real Reimer. Reimer 3.0 is the real deal.”  Reimer later added, “I feel like my purgatory sentence is nearing a close.  I’m not going to call little girls pissants anymore.”

After Reimer was suspended shortly before the Super Bowl, Brady was sympathetic with the host, “I think we all have careers and we all make mistakes.  I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that.  It’s certainly not what he intended.  I just felt it was inappropriate.  I think any 5-year-old is off limits.  I think anyone would feel the same way about their kids.”

Reimer returned to WEEI, contributing to the website about a month after his suspension.  He recorded an audio apology in which he understood the consequences of his comment and was grateful for the way Brady handled the incident.

“I am also thankful for Brady’s compassion, which frankly I did not deserve. He showed me mercy and I’ll never forget that,” Reimer said in his February apology.

Reimer’s new column for WEEI will be a media column, creatively titled The Media Column.  His first article discussed the media’s handling of the report Hanley Ramirez was under federal investigation, which days later turned out to be false.  A return to hosting for Reimer, or regularly contributing to Kirk & Callahan was not announced.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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