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Stern Weighs in On Gio vs. Francesa Feud

“If you’re going to get into a radio war, receiving support from Howard Stern certainly won’t hurt your cause, nor will it convince Gio to slow down on the impressions.”

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Gregg Giannotti already co-hosts a drive time radio show with Boomer Esiason in the country’s biggest media market, but hearing his voice on The Howard Stern Show this week still came as a surprise.  During his Wednesday show on SiriusXM, Stern weighed in on the relationship between WFAN’s morning and afternoon hosts.

Almost exactly three months after the feud, The Stern Show played and reacted to audio from Giannotti exchanging jabs with iconic afternoon host, Mike Francesa.  During their “Cleaning out the Computer Segment,” the Stern Show plays audio they previously didn’t get to.  Stern producer Gary Dell’Abate (Baba Booey) chose to play a three-month old Mike Francesa rant about WFAN’s Boomer and Gio.  

“Giannotti, he is short on ability, I’m sorry, I’m sick of the impressions, I listened to them this morning they stink,” said Mike in the November clip.

“What he is, is an insecure bully who thinks those things are going to affect me and it just doesn’t,” Gio responded, before breaking into one of his famed Francesa impressions and getting a laugh from The Stern Show.

“That is a real war,” said Stern, acknowledging the back and forth between Gio and Francesa that led to both hosts being pictured on the back page of The New York Post was more than playful banter.  “In my career I’ve had people on the station I hate and go to war with, but it is funny to hear on the radio that the afternoon guy and the morning guys are fighting,” The King Of All Media continued.

“They really genuinely dislike each other,” added Dell’Abate referring to Francesa and the WFAN morning show.

Stern acknowledged he doesn’t listen to sports radio and thinks the concept of repeatedly debating what team or players are best is “weird.”  What came next is what Giannotti labeled as a “cool moment,” when Stern complimented the multi-voice WFAN morning host.  “But the guy who does the impressions is funny, I like him,” said Stern.

If you’re going to get into a radio war, receiving support from Howard Stern certainly won’t hurt your cause, nor will it convince Gio to slow down on the impressions.  A “cool moment” for Giannotti, who grew up listening to The King Of All Media.

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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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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