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Dan McNeil Upset By Listener Death Pool Pick

“The most emotional part of McNeil’s post and reflection was envisioning his 25-year old autistic son Patrick dealing with the loss of his dad.”

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For those that don’t know what a death pool is, participants buy in and select celebrities that they believe have a chance to die soon.  If your selection is the next to die, you win the pool.  Chicago’s 670 The Score radio host Dan McNeil shared on Facebook, his dismay after being informed a listener selected him in a death pool.

“Give the dude credit for a sound investment strategy. I’m a good “value pick” in a pool like that,” wrote McNeil in what ended up being a very honest and emotional Facebook post. 

McNeil went on to outline he’s out of shape for a 57-year old, something that has been discussed on-air.  The radio host doesn’t exercise, drinks about nine cups of coffee per day and continues to smoke cigarettes which he has for decades.  McNeil has also been open about his dealings with depression and mental illness, reiterating in the Facebook post that it runs in his family.

But McNeil didn’t just laugh off the selection, it forced him to reflect and picture his children living without him, which made it difficult to absorb the thought that he is a death pool pick.  “I must confess, this guy got to me. I even cried a few times.  Daydreaming about my sons’ sadness over the void in their lives is an optic I’d just as soon avoid,” the Score radio host wrote.  McNeil has three sons, Van, Jack and Patrick all between the ages of 24 – 28.  

The most emotional part of McNeil’s post and reflection was envisioning his 25-year old autistic son Patrick dealing with the loss of his dad.  “His sadness is my biggest fear. Fear isn’t strong enough. It…takes my breath away. He doesn’t have typical friends. He’s verbal, but not conversational. I am his life soulmate and he is mine.

“Patrick already has expressed being terrified over the eventual passing of loved ones. He’s close to very few and my departure would be catastrophic for him. He still asks me to tickle him when he goes to bed. He has the spirit and doting eyes of a 5-year-old looking at daddy.”

McNeil has participated in death pools himself, just two week ago he asked his radio partner, Danny Parkins if he was “appalled” by the game.  After Parkins said he doesn’t participate in them, but wasn’t appalled by the concept, McNeil said “I’m participating in one right now.” He then added that he plays with the “85 and over” rule, which both hosts agreed made the death pool more reasonable. 

McNeil has been a sports talk staple in Chicago for decades and at the age of 57, he’s in the midst of his third tenure at 670 The Score. Last year he was paired with Danny Parkins.  McNeil and Parkins broadcast weekdays from 1 – 6pm.  

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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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’

“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”

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They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.

“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”

Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.

“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”

After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.

“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”

Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.

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99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship

“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”

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The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.

The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”

“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.

“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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