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Fred Toucher and Kyle Bailey May Fight This Summer

“Why would I lie about being a psycho?” Toucher responded.

Brandon Contes

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The Bruins and Hurricanes playoff series may have ended last week, but that hasn’t stopped Boston and Charlotte sports radio hosts from continuing their back and forth.  

Two weeks ago, Fred Toucher, co-host of Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, abruptly ended an interview with Hurricanes beat reporter Chip Alexander because of his southern accent.  This jump-started a media battle between Boston and Carolina, with Toucher and Rich at the center of it.  On Monday, the Sports Hub duo laughed at another southern voice, this time it was Kyle Bailey, afternoon host of Charlotte’s Sports Radio WFNZ.

Bailey was interested in having Fred Toucher join the program and his producer, Julian Council reached out with an invitation.  The Boston morning host and Beasley Media employee declined the invite because he’s not allowed on Entercom owned stations, which WFNZ is, but wanted to know how Julian acquired his cell phone number.  

WFNZ’s afternoon drive producer declined to share who gave him the number, which angered Toucher and caused Julian Council to block the Boston radio host’s cell phone.  Noticing he was blocked, Toucher claimed on-air that he had others call the producer, which Julian later said was a lie and never happened.

“Why would I lie about being a psycho?” Toucher responded. 

Kyle Bailey came to his producer’s defense, telling his Charlotte audience, “Fred Toucher’s a mouth-breathing jackass and a liar.”

“I’ll be up there in July, to see the in-laws for vacation, so instead of calling and trying to bully my producer, you’re welcome to bring your complaints straight to me,” Bailey added.  “My name’s on the show so instead of harassing Julian just let me know when you’re free and I’ll stop by in July and we can figure this out like grown men.”

The challenge garnered a chuckle out of Toucher and Rich, with Fred saying, “If he comes up to see the in-laws and he finds me and wants to fight I’ll fight him.”  But Toucher doesn’t want to do any planning, Bailey needs to do the leg-work.

“If he can find me in my personal life and wants to fight, I will fight him,” Fred added.

Toucher said he will not have a boxing match for charity, circa 2003 when New York radio hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernard McGuirk pulled the bit.  Toucher said Bailey just needs to find him outside of the radio station and start the fight.

Charlotte (which isn’t even the home of the Carolina Hurricanes) and Boston aren’t known for their sports rivalry and most likely never will be, but their radio hosts are certainly capable of stirring the pot.  It’s unlikely anything will come of this challenge, but once Bailey is off-air for a week in July, expect listeners from both cities to follow up on social media in an attempt to organize a meet and greet.

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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