On August 1st, Urban One assumed control of The Team 980, two months after purchasing the station from Redskins’ owner Dan Gilbert, leading to multiple lineup changes. After more than two years co-hosting morning drive in Washington DC with former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, Sheehan’s contract was not renewed.
With the start of the NFL season approaching and Sheehan still a free agent, the longtime DC sports radio host created his own opportunity with a podcast. The Kevin Sheehan Show is recorded daily in Tony Kornheiser’s studio at Chatter in Friendship Heights.
“It’s definitely a work in progress,” Sheehan told The Washington Post. “I put it together with the help of some good friends very quickly. I’m figuring it out. It’s like every day we fix something else. So far the reaction has been great.”
Each episode is approximately one hour long, a significant difference from the four hour show Sheehan co-hosted each day on WTEM. On his first podcast episode, Sheehan offered listeners some insight as to why he’s no longer hosting his four-hour morning show.
“The new owner preferred a different type of operation that was much more focused on low costs. Their prerogative,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me and a few others, and there are no hard feelings at all.”
Sheehan’s podcast will have guests and segments that were familiar to his morning show on The Team 980 including former co-host of seven years, Thom Loverro. Loverro will join the program every Tuesday and Thursday.
As for his most recent co-host, Chris Cooley, Sheehan said, “I think both of us would prefer right now to be doing a morning drive radio show in this market. We would much prefer to be doing that, and if we weren’t doing that, we’d love to be doing a podcast together. But for now, for many reasons that I can’t go into, it’s not possible as of this moment.”
In addition to Sheehan and Cooley, Bram Weinstein and Scott Jackson were also removed from their daily hosting duties on The Team 980. The station’s new schedule currently consists of Al Galdi in the morning, Rick Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell in the midday, with Steve Czaban still anchoring the lineup in afternoon drive.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.