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Could ESPN NY Drop Golic & Wingo For Local Show?

“Moving Golic and Wingo off 98.7 and onto their AM signal would keep the network programming in the New York market, while allowing their FM frequency to have a legitimate chance of competing against WFAN.”

Brandon Contes

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Earlier this week, John Ourand of Sports Business Daily reported ESPN will shut down its Spanish language radio network on September 8.  

Since ESPN Radio in New York flipped to its 98.7 FM frequency in 2012, its original AM signal, 1050 began carrying ESPN Deportes.  With ESPN Deportes closing its doors, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports 1050 AM will likely be made into an English-speaking sports station.  

1050 could broadcast as a simulcast of 98.7, the same way WFAN airs its programming on both 101.9 FM and 660 AM to cover a much larger area of listeners.  ESPN could also decide to have 1050 carry its national programming, while allowing ESPN NY on 98.7 to offer a full local lineup for the first time.  When WFAN added its 101.9 FM signal, there was the possibility of 660 AM being flipped to network programming, with the newly launched CBS Sports Radio, but management ultimately chose not to make the switch, instead having both frequencies air WFAN’s lineup.  

ESPN, however, has always maintained the importance of offering their national morning show (Golic and Wingo) along with one other network radio program in New York, even though they get crushed by WFAN in the ratings.  Moving Golic and Wingo off 98.7 and onto their AM signal would keep the network programming in the New York market, while allowing their FM frequency to have a legitimate chance of competing against WFAN.  Now that The Michael Kay Show has closed the ratings gap with its radio rival, Mike Francesa, it might be enticing for ESPN to see what a full local lineup could do against WFAN.

When I spoke to ESPN NY’s Rick DiPietro last month, the midday host acknowledged he preferred when the show was on as a lead-in for The Michael Kay Show because of the added comradery.  Currently DiPietro’s show, Humpty, Canty and Rothy are in the 10 – 1 timeslot, sandwiched between the network programming of Golic and Wingo and The Stephen A. Smith Show.  With national shows never doing well in the New York sports radio ratings battle, Humpty, Canty and Rothy have the uphill battle of challenging WFAN as a local island in their lineup.

WFAN has been a revolving door of changes since morning show star Craig Carton was arrested in September 2017.  Two years later, Andrew Marchand notes those changes at WFAN could continue with their 1 – 3pm show Carlin, Maggie and Bart’s contracts up at the end of the year along with Mike Francesa still working without a deal. 

Although Carlin, Maggie and Bart have seen ratings success, paying three hosts for two hours, as the fourth show in their weekday lineup, might not make financial sense.  As WFAN continues to retool and The Michael Kay Show proves ESPN can compete with Francesa, bringing 1050 in as an English-speaking sports station could open the door for ESPN NY to create a full lineup that can compete with their crosstown rival.

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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Matt Moscona Named PD of 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge

“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary.”

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104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge host Matt Moscona has been named Program Director of the Guaranty Media station.

Moscona hosts After Further Review, which is simulcast on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge as well as as 100.3 ESPN New Orleans. He also hosts the Rosters to Riches podcast, which discusses the largest stories in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary,” Moscona said. “I’m honored to have been chosen to help continue our growth in this new role.”

Moscona joined Guaranty Media in 2010 after a stint at iHeartMedia in Baton Rouge.

“Matt Moscona is the perfect person to help grow ESPN Baton Rouge as we continue to increase the amount of content we produce and the number of platforms we are distributing that content to daily,” Guaranty Media GM Gordy Rush said.

“Matt’s dedication to the growth of the brand from day one and how that impacts the listeners and the businesses we serve makes him the perfect person to bring 1045 ESPN to the next level,” added Guaranty Media COO TJ Solis.

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Maggie Gray: Kids Don’t Belong at Postgame Press Conferences

“I’m not saying kids shouldn’t be part of this, but to be up there in the press conference after a game? No.”

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A video of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s daughter went viral after she mimicked him during the NFC Championship Game postgame press conference. And while she believes it’s cute, CBS Sports Radio host Maggie Gray believes kids don’t need to be there.

During Maggie and Perloff Monday, Gray contended that the press conference is when people are working, and simply isn’t a place children need to be.

“All professional athletes: your kids are cute. They’re all cute,” Gray said. “We both have kids, they’re cute. Kids are naturally cute. We can see your kids down on the field with confetti, I’m not saying kids shouldn’t be part of this, but to be up there in the press conference after a game? No. These are reporters trying to do their job, number one. And two, we have plenty of time to see your kids. They shouldn’t be up there.”

Gray was joined by Eliot Shorr-Parks, the Philadelphia Eagles reporter for 94WIP. He slightly disagreed while co-host Andrew Perloff remained mostly quiet on the subject.

Some critics have argued athletes and coaches have utilized their children as a quasi-shield from tough, difficult, or uncomfortable questions. While Gray doesn’t posit that here, she does make the case that the press conference is an area where reporters are trying to work, and the distraction of children isn’t conducive to that environment.

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Gregg Giannotti: Kay Adams Grabbed My Man Boob

“I’m not upset at her. I’m more upset with me for possessing these man boobs.”

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Many of sports media’s biggest personalities are assembled in Arizona for Radio Row at the Super Bowl. WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti was introduced to FanDuel TV’s Kay Adams yesterday, and he will remember the interaction for years to come.

During Boomer & Gio Tuesday morning, Giannotti explained the interaction came to be after he was going to 93.7 The Fan’s area to record an interview with Andrew Fillipponi when the pair bumped into Adams, who Fillipponi works with on the sports betting cable channel.

“The first thing she does is the classic ‘Where’s Boomer? Why isn’t he here? He doesn’t want to see me? Where did he go?’ So I go ‘You smell that rubber, Kay? That’s Boomer’,” explained Giannotti. “So then, I look over and she’s got a display of a tequila competitor that’s in front of her set, that’s not Casamigos. So then she sees me wearing the Casamigos sweatshirt that you have on, so playfully — she’s not angered by this, but playfully — she says ‘Oh no, no, no. You can’t wear that around here.’

“She puts her hand right here on my left man boob, and covers up the logo, and gives me two squeezes on the left man boob. Now, I am — at this point — completely floored. Because never once in my life — man, female — has anyone grabbed my man boob and gave it a honk-honk. And that’s what happened.”

“Was it titillating?” Boomer Esiason laughingly asked. Giannotti responded with a resounding no.

“It felt weird. It wasn’t titillating. It’s emasculating. It wasn’t like she was rubbing the back of my head saying ‘Oh, I love Boomer & Gio‘, she’s grabbing the most self-conscious part of my body and honking it.”

“She honked your boob,” Esiason said. “Did you honk her boob back?”

“Of course not!” shouted Giannotti. “I wouldn’t be sitting here right now!”

When asked by Esiason if he had PTSD or was upset about the situation, Giannotti said he was more upset with himself.

“I’m not upset at her. I’m more upset with me for possessing these man boobs and allowing something like this to happen. It’s more of a self-deprecation thing with me. Whatever she said after that, I don’t remember. It’s just black,” Giannotti joked.

“The whole time I’m just thinking ‘honk-honk, Kay Adams, the thing in the NFL right now, honk-honk, Kay Adams, oh look there’s Kay Adams, what’s Kay Adams wearing, Oh my god Kay Adams is here’ and the first time I meet her she’s going ‘honk-honk’ on my man boob.”

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