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Schein Turns Down WFAN, Re-Signs With SiriusXM

“Adam Schein declined the chance to replace Mike Francesa, making it the second time in less than two years WFAN failed to convince their former host to return.”

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According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Adam Schein declined the chance to replace Mike Francesa, making it the second time in less than two years WFAN failed to convince their former host to return.

Schein currently has a weekday show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, followed by his TV gig, Time to Schein on CBS Sports Network every night at 6pm ET.  While Schein is in the middle of a contract with CBS, his SiriusXM deal was nearing expiration, which meant Entercom needed to strike now to lure him to WFAN.  According to Marchand, Schein instead agreed to a contract extension with SiriusXM, ending any chance of a WFAN return.

Recently, BSM President Jason Barrett released a podcast featuring Adam Schein, where the two spoke extensively about Schein’s start at WFAN and passing on the opportunity to take over their afternoon show last year.

“In terms of turning it down per say, I always refer to it this way, I wasn’t available,” Schein told Barrett.  “Under contract at SiriusXM…under contract at CBS…I have too much respect to FAN to ever say I turned it down.”

After beginning as an intern in the mid-90s, later working as a part-time host, Schein left WFAN in 2004 to join Sirius even before Howard Stern made the jump to satellite radio.  “FAN is amazing, that spot is amazing, my jobs right now are also amazing, I love SiriusXM, I’m loyal to SiriusXM, I love CBS, I’m loyal to CBS,” Schein said during his interview with Barrett.

Hosting afternoon drive on WFAN was Schein’s childhood dream, but he’s turned the opportunity down twice.  The first time, because he wasn’t available while under contract with SiriusXM.  The second time, because the show isn’t available as Francesa still controls the timeslot.

If Schein chose to leave his daily show at SiriusXM and return to WFAN, it’s unclear how he would’ve been used while waiting for Mike to retire again.  According to Marchand, it’s possible FAN would have locked Schein up just to have him ready for when Francesa leaves.  The station also could have paired Schein with Mike for a short period of time as a way of transitioning to a new show.

Although reports from last spring originally stated Francesa was returning to FAN for two years, the New York radio icon stated multiple times that he declined to sign a contract with the company.  Entercom and their VP of sports programming, Mark Chernoff has undoubtedly discussed the future with Mike, but no one knows when Francesa will depart for good.  

Francesa has already waffled once, retiring for four months, then forcing a shakeup of WFAN’s lineup to make room for his return.  In a statement sent to Andrew Marchand, Chernoff says Entercom is “100 percent” behind Mike Francesa.

Don’t expect a second farewell tour for the Sports Pope, but a year of rumored replacements will circle WFAN as Francesa continues the task of fending off Michael Kay in a ratings battle.

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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