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Minihane Joins Barstool For Super Bowl Week

“Dave Portnoy announced Minihane will be his co-host from 4 – 6pm ET Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, live from Atlanta.”

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For the first time since September, Kirk Minihane will return to the airwaves. It’s not his soon to be launched Radio.com show, nor is it his old on-air home of WEEI, instead Minihane’s return will come in the form of Barstool Radio.

Barstool’s Dave Portnoy announced Minihane will be his co-host from 4 – 6pm ET Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, live from Atlanta. The addition of the former WEEI morning show host to discuss the Patriots attempt to win their sixth Super Bowl title should generate an added buzz with Boston sports fans. At the same time, Barstool is a good platform for Minihane to promote his upcoming daily Radio.com show.

Twice, the Kirk & Callahan co-host stepped away from his WEEI morning show this past summer for mental health reasons, with the final time coming in September.  It was announced in November that Minihane would not return to WEEI, instead launching a daily show, podcast and column, exclusive to Entercom’s Radio.com. Since the announcement, Kirk has released four episodes of his Enough About Me podcast on Radio.com. His most recent episode provided an update on the upcoming Radio.com show.
“My show is going to be a lot different than what their show is, it may be better may be worse – it’s going to be 180 degrees different.” “Their show” refers to Mut & Callahan, WEEI’s new morning show which no longer includes Minihane.

On the podcast, Minihane also said there were days recently where he was concerned about the future of his show on Radio.com. Although the daily show doesn’t have a launch date yet, Minihane is confident the project will debut soon.  

“I feel much, much, much better now on 50 different levels than I did, say, a week ago, 10 days ago. 10 days ago, I was in a slump, I was thinking ‘This show’s not going to happen, we’re doing nothing,’ but we’ve been really, really proactive and taken some big steps forward, so I’m encouraged about that.”  

Barstool showed interest in Minihane when it first looked like the radio host was headed for a divorce from WEEI last fall. “I know a place that would gladly put you on the air and welcome you with open arms. It rhymes with carstool,” Portnoy tweeted to Minihane in October. Minihane’s brash hosting style makes sense for Barstool, but for now their partnership will last just three days.

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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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak

“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

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Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.

Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.

“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.

“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.

In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.

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Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them

“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.

The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.

On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.

“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.

“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”

Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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