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Jason Page Joins Palm Springs Digital Outlet iHub

“From 2012-2016, Page worked as an overnight host on NBC Sports Radio, his most recent stop was in San Francisco with Entercom’s 95.7 The Game.”

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Beginning April 1st, Jason Page will debut a daily news/talk show on iHub Radio, serving Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley.  The Intersection with Jason Page will broadcast weekdays from 3 – 6pm on the free digital platform that provides the Coachella Valley with 24/7 news and entertainment.

In early February, Page joined iHub Radio to fill-in for their CEO, John McMullen on a one-week trial basis.  That one-week turned into six weeks and now a full-time gig.  

“I want to give passionate and strong opinions while helping to dial down the volatility of our national dialogue,” Page told AllAccess.com.  “Palm Springs is an extremely diversified market and for a portion of the year, the population and global attraction makes it swell from what may feel like suburbia to large market status with millions of part-time residents and visitors.  If ever there is a place to create content with universal appeal and a penchant not for right or left, but common sense, this is ground zero.”

During his career, the veteran sports talker has spent time hosting on SiriusXM, ESPN New York 98.7 and other local radio stations.  From 2012-2016, Page worked as an overnight host on NBC Sports Radio, his most recent stop was in San Francisco with Entercom’s 95.7 The Game.  

Page takes over for iHub CEO John McMullen as the platform’s afternoon host.  The addition of Page in an on-air capacity along with being named Director of Multimedia Platforms, will allow McMullen the opportunity to take a lesser role.

“Jason brought his A-game for the entirety of his stay in February and March,” McMullen said.  “After two weeks of upsets on the tennis courts, I felt that the timing was right on our final broadcast from Indian Wells to wrap up with a positive surprise.  We offered Jason a full-time opportunity to not only take our 3 – 6pm weekday slot, but to join our management team and put his vision in play for social media and other multimedia opportunities that are likely to involve expanding some of our local talent beyond the iHub Radio platform and local market.”

McMullen and Page have had a working relationship for well over a decade that began when  McMullen hired the radio host at SiriusXM in 2003.  “I saw a precocious young man who wanted to eat, sleep and drink talk radio, McMullen said about meeting Page in 2003.  “Over the years, I have kept in touch and tried to mentor Jason and am very proud of all that he’s accomplished.”

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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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network

“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”

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Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.

“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”

Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.

“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”

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Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’

“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.

In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.

The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”

He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.

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Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO

“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

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Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).

DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.

Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.

“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”

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