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Peter Rosenberg Addresses His Absence From WWE’s Programming

“Rosenberg said that he told Michael Cole that he was ready to work WrestleMania but was told that the company had no room for him.”

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Peter Rosenberg has been a part of several WWE Network shows in recent years including Raw Talk, Bring it to the Table, and various pay-per-view pregame shows. But recently his presence on WWE’s programming has been missing.

On the latest episode of the ESPN podcast Cheap Heat, Rosenberg revealed that after taking some time off the road to attend to some personal issues he told Michael Cole that he was ready to work WrestleMania, but was told by Cole that the company had no room for him.

When I came back to WWE and I was ready to work WrestleMania, those who make the decisions on those things – Michael Cole – were no longer interested in using me for that. So WrestleMania came to New York City where I’ve been promoting it for four-five months prior, even when I was no longer traveling. And they said, ‘We don’t have a place for you on WrestleMania.’ They couldn’t even squeeze me on that fakakta Watch Along show with eighty people talking at the same time. Still didn’t have room for me there. Couldn’t put me anywhere. OK.

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Rosenberg admitted that he was disappointed and taken aback by the decision. He says he doesn’t take it personally though and would like to work with the company again should the opportunity present itself.

Peter acknowledged that he considered ending Cheap Heat due to a lack of passion for WWE’s product and based on the fact that his working relationship with the company affected his ability to take the gloves off and speak his mind. But going forward he said he will introduce the ‘Shoot Era’ of the podcast and deliver more candid opinions without gossiping and taking shots at people. If those opinions though don’t sit well with some inside of WWE then he’s OK with it.

There is certainly enough on Peter Rosenberg’s plate to keep him busy even if his role with WWE has been put on hiatus. He co-hosts two weekday radio shows in New York City, Ebro in the Morning on hip hop outlet Hot 97 and The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York. He also hosts Open Late With Rosenberg weekly on Hot 97. He has two podcasts, the ESPN wrestling show Cheap Heat and a hip hop show called Juan Epstein.

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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