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SiriusXM Rolls Out Winter Meetings Coverage Plan

Brandon Contes

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With the Baseball Winter Meetings set to begin next week, SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio and Mad Dog Radio will offer listeners exclusive coverage of the event.

From Sunday December 9th through Thursday December 13th, both channels will broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas where MLB franchise owners, executives, managers and staff will gather to network and conduct offseason baseball business.

Mad Dog Radio’s Chris Russo will host his daily radio show, Mad Dog Unleashed and MLB Network TV show, High Heat live from the event at Mandalay Bay.  MLB Network Radio’s extensive list of on-site hosts will include former players Eduardo Perez, Ryan Spilborghs, and Josh Towers.  Insiders Casey Stern, Mike Ferrin, Jeff Joyce, Scott Miller, Tyler Kepner and Jon Morosi along with former MLB general managers Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Steve Phillips will also be on-site for the channel.

The following is the Winter Meetings schedule for SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio and MLB Network Radio:

Sunday, Dec. 9

On MLB Network Radio:

4–7 pm ET/1–4 pm PT: Front Office with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden

Monday, Dec. 10 – Wednesday, Dec. 12

On MLB Network Radio:

10am–1pm ET/7–10 am PT: The Leadoff Spot with Steve Phillips, Jim Bowden and Eduardo Perez

1–2 pm ET/10–11 am PT: MLB Network’s High Heat with Christopher Russo

2–5 pm ET/11am–2 pm PT: Inside Pitch with Casey Stern and Ryan Spilborghs

5–6 pm ET/2–3 pm PT: Happy Hour with Casey Stern

6–7 pm ET/3–4 pm PT: MLB Network’s MLB Tonight

7–10 pm ET/4–7 pm PT: Power Alley with Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin

10pm–1am ET/7–10 pm PT: MLB Roundtrip with Jeff Joyce, Josh Towers, Scott Miller and Tyler Kepner

On Mad Dog Sports Radio:

3–7 pm ET/12-4 pm PT: Mad Dog Unleashed with Christopher Russo

Thursday, Dec. 13

On MLB Network Radio:

10am–1pm ET/7–10 am PT: The Leadoff Spot with Steve Phillips and Eduardo Perez

1–4 pm ET/10am–1pm PT: Winter Meetings Wrap-Up with Mike Ferrin, Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette

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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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 $1.6 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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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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