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Waldman, Rome Nominated For Radio Hall Of Fame

“Fan voting begins on July 15. Inductees will be announced August 5 and they’ll be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony.”

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Suzyn Waldman and Jim Rome have both been nominated for induction in the Radio Hall of Fame. Rome’s fate will be decided by the Hall’s panel. Waldman’s inclusion is up to fans.

Waldman was the first voice ever heard on WFAN. She has been part of the New York sports scene for years, currently serving as the color commentator on New York Yankees radio broadcasts. Waldman is just the third woman in history to serve as a team’s full time color commentator.

Jim Rome got his start in radio while still in college at UC Santa Barbara. Since 1996 The Jim Rome Show has been syndicated across the country. Rome currently is in integral part of the CBS Sports family. His show is simulcast everyday starting at noon Eastern on the CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Radio.

The show, which is heard on over 200 stations across the country, has inspired fierce loyalty amongst listeners, or “clones” as they are called on the show. Rome has released an album featuring some of the show’s most iconic moments, made multiple live tour stops, and has been featured in several movies and TV Shows.

“Each year we have the privilege of coming together to acknowledge those who have tremendously impacted our industry and the audiences they serve,” Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin said in a press release. “We’re all proud to present our 2019 nominees.”

Fan voting begins on July 15. Inductees will be announced August 5 and they’ll be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony. A full list of nominees is below.

Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)

  • Bob Rivers, Seattle 
  • Charles Laquidara, Boston
  • Harry Harrison, New York
  • Jack Harris, Tampa Bay

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)

  • Angie Martinez, New York
  • Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene “Bean” Baxter), Los Angeles
  • Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia
  • Sarah and Vinnie (Sarah Clark, Vinnie Hasson), San Francisco

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)

  • Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show
  • Robert Siegel, All Things Considered
  • Sid Mark, The Sounds of Sinatra
  • Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more)

  • George Noory, Coast to Coast AM
  • Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Program
  • John Tesh, Intelligence for your Life
  • Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show

Nominees to be voted on by listeners/Radio Hall OF fame Nominating Committee:

Music Format On-Air Personality

  • Hollywood Hamilton
  • Lon Helton
  • Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps)
  • Ryan Seacrest

Spoken Word On-Air Personality

  • Joe Madison
  • Scott Slade
  • Stephanie Miller
  • Suzyn Waldman

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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