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104.3 the Fan Adds New Shows In Middays and Nights

“Sandy Clough, Orlando Franklin and Shawn Drotar are part of the station’s retooled lineup.”

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As a new NFL season nears and teams look to finalize their rosters, so do sports radio stations. Denver’s 104.3 The Fan led by first year program director Raj Sharan are retooling their lineup again in hopes that it’ll produce stronger results.  

The latest developments involve changes in middays and evenings. Denver sports radio legend Sandy Clough returns to middays (9a-12p) to host alongside retired Broncos offensive lineman Orlando Franklin.  

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A near 40-year radio veteran, Clough has filled multiple timeslots throughout his career, with the most recent being weeknights on 104.3 since January of last year. His co-host Orlando Franklin joined The Fan with a Sunday show last summer after playing seven years in the NFL.   

With Clough moving into daytime, his previous weeknight slot will be filled by former midday and evening host Shawn Drotar who makes his full-time return to the station.

Since leaving The Fan a few years ago, Drotar spent time working for Mile High Sports Radio as their digital director. He also hosted shows with Nate Lundy on the SB Nation Radio network. He’s a familiar voice to The Fan’s audience, having spent 2014 – 2015 teaming with Ryan Edwards in evenings and middays.  

To make room for Clough and Franklin’s new midday show, The Fan is cancelling The Safety Blitz with Nick Ferguson. The show just launched in April. PD Raj Sharan announced via Twitter that Ferguson would shift into a new role with the station contributing on-air and online.

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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Joe Benigno Returns to WFAN

It was announced that Benigno would have a weekly call with WFAN Tiki and Tierney every Monday during the football season host on the weekends solo and with former partner Evan Roberts.

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On Friday’s Carton and Roberts, the show teased a major announcement and they delivered. Joe Benigno, a fixture at WFAN for 25 years, was returning to the station.

Benigno, who announced his retirement in October of 2020, is back in a more limited capacity than what was his previous afternoon timeslot. It was announced that Benigno would have a weekly call with WFAN midday show Tiki and Tierney every Monday during the football season. Also, he would be hosting both solo and with former partner Evan Roberts on the weekends.

“I think it was time to do something, and the opportunity to arose to be with my guy,” Benigno said. “Just doing it one day a week. I’m not looking to be back every day, but one day a week, a couple days a week, filling in, whatever. I’m ready to go. The opportunity to work with Evan once a week, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Benigno had been doing his own podcast, Oh the Pain, since last September. Benigno;s return will commence on Saturday, September 10.

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John Rooney Offers to Let Dan McLaughlin Call St. Louis Cardinals Postseason Action

“This is all John Rooney and the radio side,” Dan McLaughlin said. “He never had to do that. Ever. I was floored. I had no idea. I was emotional. All I ever wanted to do is call Cardinals postseason baseball.”

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When the Major League Baseball season ends and the sport switches to the postseason, national television takes complete control of the television product. No more regional sports networks. That’s not the case with radio calls, however, and it’s because of that the St. Louis Cardinals have the potential for a really special broadcasting moment.

The Cardinals are in a good position to make the playoffs and if they do, the team’s radio play-by-play voice John Rooney will step aside for the Cardinals’ television play-by-play voice to participate.

“This is all John Rooney and the radio side,” Dan McLaughlin said. “He never had to do that. Ever. I was floored. I had no idea. I was emotional. All I ever wanted to do is call Cardinals postseason baseball.”

Rooney said he was considering the idea after Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III brought it up to Dan Farrell, the man in charge of the team’s broadcast operations. Rooney then discussed it with the other on-air members of the radio crew.

“It was (unanimous) in thinking it was a great idea,” Rooney said. “Now is the time to do it.”

McLaughlin said that he was floored when the idea came up. “In a business that is so territorial, he had the ultimate class to ask me to join them,” McLaughlin said. “I will be forever indebted to John and the rest of the radio crew. They have been so good to me.”

Rooney said he will be glad to step aside a bit in the playoffs if the Cards get there.

“I’ve worked so much postseason over the years,” he said. “He needs to experience that.”

The idea came from the city’s hockey run to the Stanley Cup championship in 2019. Then, Chris Kerber (the St. Louis Blues’ radio voice) allowed John Kelly (the Blues’ the team’s television voice) to take over the play-by-play duties for the second period of the contests in the Finals.

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Yankees Announce John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Talking Bobblehead Giveaway Night

On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

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On Friday, the New York Yankees announced a bobblehead giveaway that will honor the two radio legends that voice the team’s games. On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, the two longtime Yankees broadcasters.

The team made the presentation in a thirty second promotional video in which you see both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth, listening to their talking bobblehead.

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