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Smith & Kaplan Reteam Amid 1090 Uncertainty

“The show never removed his name from the title and Kaplan never removed him from the conversation, offering Billy Ray anecdotes even when he wasn’t there.”

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What happened to San Diego’s The Mighty 1090 is beyond unfortunate and although an anomaly, watching a station with successful ratings get shutdown is frightening for the industry. 

It’s terrible to see top-rated shows go dark, with great on-air and off-air talent left for unemployment, but with all of the negative, there is one obvious silver lining for Mighty 1090 listeners.  Billy Ray is back.

Last year Billy Ray Smith had been removed as co-host from The Mighty 1090’s afternoon show, Scott and BR.  Former 10-year veteran linebacker for the San Diego Chargers and Scott Kaplan’s co-host of 18 years, Billy Ray was heard from occasionally in the last 12 months, but was no longer a regular contributor to the show that had his name in it.  

Almost exactly one year ago, May 2nd 2018, Scott Kaplan addressed their “great friends” to discuss Billy Ray no longer being a daily co-host.  The show never removed his name from the title and Kaplan never removed him from the conversation, offering Billy Ray anecdotes even when he wasn’t there.  One year later they’re no longer on The Mighty 1090, but Billy Ray Smith is back with Scott Kaplan to entertain their listeners.  

Since The Mighty 1090 went dark about three weeks ago, Kaplan has continued to find a way to make The Scott and BR Show available for their “great friends.”  The Mighty 1090’s regular lineup continued showing up to the studio to broadcast their shows via the station’s web stream, until ownership pulled the plug on that this week.  Still, Tuesday afternoon Scott Kaplan, Billy Ray Smith, Linda Welby and Alex Padilla were broadcasting The Scott and BR Show on YouTube from Callaway’s golf headquarters.

The rest of 1090’s lineup, Ben and Woods in the morning and the midday’s Darren Smith Show are taking the week to reset and figure out what’s next, but neither program expects to be silent for long.

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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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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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 $1.5 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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