In the most recent episode of Kirk Minihane’s podcast, Enough About Me, the former WEEI morning personality spoke with current afternoon host, Christian Fauria taking the audience behind the scenes in their relationship.
Today the two consider each other friends and it sounded that way during their 75 minute conversation, but Minihane and Fauria’s relationship has been rocky since meeting in 2014, including physical altercations and on-air blowups.
June 26th, 2015, their most public altercation occurred during WEEI’s morning show, Dennis and Callahan which Minihane co-hosted at the time. While Fauria was in-studio with his co-hosts, Lou Merloni and Glenn Ordway for a crossover segment, Kirk told the former NFL tight-end, he was only on-air because of his football career. The discussion escalated into a heated and uncomfortable argument, leading to Minihane being suspended for one show. While rehashing the argument on the podcast, both admitted they sounded crazy, Fauria added he hates listening back to the audio, calling it an embarrassing out of body experience.
Their personalities didn’t mesh well at the start, with Fauria being used to a locker-room mentality of teammates working together and Minihane preferring to test people’s limits. The public ribbing caught Fauria off guard, while Minihane viewed the slander as entertaining radio that benefited both shows. A radio war within a station can be controversial, but it can also push the audience to want to hear reaction from the hosts involved.
A year later, Paul Chartier the producer of Ordway, Merloni and Fauria (midday show at the time) provided Minihane with audio of the trio discussing wanting to be on afternoon drive. The morning show, now Kirk and Callahan, played the audio on-air leading to the next installment of Fauria vs Minihane.
After Kirk’s show ended, rather than walking directly out of the studio, Minihane “snickered” as Fauria walked in. “Next thing I know I am up against the wall,” recalled Minihane.
Others quickly intervened, but not before Minihane said something he categorized as “really dumb,” without sharing what that was.
“My goal was to get in your face as much as possible so you actually gave me an excuse to put my hands on you, so if you would have touched me at all, if you would have grabbed my arm, then you were gonna end up going to the ground,” Fauria said on the podcast while looking back on the incident.
As cooler heads prevailed, Fauria apologized to Minihane the same day of the incident, admitting he overreacted. Minihane apologized for what he said, still not letting us in on what it was, only agreeing with Fauria that it was a cheap shot.
Feeling better about the situation, Fauria went to host his show, believing they moved on from the near fight. While Fauria was on-air, Minihane went to HR, which he admits now was an unfair move, but Kirk still believes nothing in radio should ever get physical. “It’s radio, here’s your weapon in radio…you’re bigger than me, you’re stronger than me, you can beat me up, your weapon [in radio] is your brain and your microphone.”
As Fauria and Minihane began to learn each other’s limits, their relationship developed. The former NFL tight-end realized hosts willing to call each other out can be a good thing. It keeps hosts on their toes and creative, providing ammunition, discussion and debate, Fauria explained while admitting WEEI doesn’t have a radio war dynamic right now.
Minihane was permanently removed from the WEEI morning show last fall after his second leave of absence for mental health reasons. Still an employee of Entercom, plans were announced for Minihane to host a daily show on Radio.com, but nearly five months later its yet to launch.
“You need to be on the air,” Fauria told Minihane during the podcast, adding “I think there is a side of you that knows eventually the opportunity to come back will arrive”
“I don’t think so,” Minihane responded, “I don’t want to do it.”
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”