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Sileo Out After A Week At Fox Sports 910 In Phoenix

“According to The Athletic, Fox Sports 910’s new broadcast partner, the Arizona Coyotes was not on board with the station’s new choice to host afternoon drive.”

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Dan Sileo appears to have lost his second full-time radio gig this year, with his most recent tenure lasting only four days.  After parting ways with San Diego’s 97.3 The Fan in April, The Athletic reports Sileo’s time with Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix won’t see a second week.

This summer, Fox Sports 910 worked to revamp their Phoenix sports coverage, acquiring broadcast rights to the Arizona Coyotes and building a lineup featuring four local shows.  Dan Sileo was expected to be a focal point in afternoon drive for the Fox Sports affiliate heading into the fall, but his tenure looks to be short-lived.

Last week, The Athletic published a story detailing reasons why Sileo was fired from past radio stops, which according to the report, included racist and sexist comments.  Earlier in his career, the former NFL defensive lineman spent 15 years hosting on various sports stations in Florida, which on more than one occasion, ended in his being fired.  Sileo’s Twitter account was also deleted this past spring, shortly after some of his controversial tweets were highlighted.  A new unverified handle for the radio host has since returned to the social media platform.

According to The Athletic, Fox Sports 910’s new broadcast partner, the Arizona Coyotes were not on board with the station’s new choice to host afternoon drive.

“When we became aware that Fox Sports 910 had hired Dan Sileo, we immediately reached out to the station’s management to express our deep concern regarding Mr. Sileo’s abhorrent comments,” the team told The Athletic.  “Our promotion of inclusivity is deeply rooted into the fabric of who we are as an organization and we have no tolerance for racism, sexism, anti-Semitism or any other discriminatory behavior.” 

The Coyotes dissatisfaction of Sileo hosting on their flagship affiliate could have caused them to prevent any team personnel from appearing on his show.  Sileo experienced a similar issue during his recent tenure as morning host of 97.3 The Fan in San Diego.  Last season, the Padres attempted to distance themselves from The Fan’s morning show, but their policy changed this year when executives joined Sileo on-air in April.  Sileo and San Diego’s The Fan, however, parted ways less than one month into this year’s baseball season.

Fox Sports 910’s website has the nationally syndicated Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker listed in the afternoon drive timeslot that was filled by Sileo last week.

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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Danny Parkins: Apple TV+ Should Do A Major League Game

“Thursday’s Field of Dreams Game saw two sub .500 teams meet in Dyersville, IA.”

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Major League Baseball won rave reviews at year when it introduced the Field of Dreams Game. The 2022 edition was met with a little less enthusiasm and Danny Parkins of 670 The Score has an idea for the game’s next evolution. 

Baseball is the subject of plenty of movies. That is why Parkins suggests the next game leave the cornfield and embrace the classic comedy Major League

The original Major League was released in 1989 and was both a critical and box office success. It spawned two sequels released in 1994 and 1998 respectively. 

Major League Baseball’s deal with Apple TV+ came under much scrutiny when it was first announced. Event programming like what Danny Parkins has suggested could generate excitement and subscriptions. 

Thursday’s Field of Dreams Game saw two sub .500 teams meet in Dyersville, IA. The hologram of Harry Caray generated more conversation than the action on the field, including from Parkins. 

There is an opening for Major League Baseball to try something different next year. FOX baseball analyst Frank Thomas, who bought the Field of Dreams last year, said there will be no 2023 edition of the game in Iowa. 

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Mike Francesa Ranks The Top 5 Sports Moments that Had Biggest Impact on WFAN

Mike Francesa says of all the sports moments in New York, the 2000 Yankees World Series was a “dud”.

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Mike Francesa

Mike Francesa is no stranger to being behind the microphone talking about some of the biggest moments in New York sports.

But one of the big moments that have happened over the last two decades didn’t have the impact that some would think, according to the WFAN legend.

Francesa on his podcast this week was asked by a listener to rank five New York sports moments that had a big impact on radio in the city. Those moments: The 1996 Yankees winning the World Series, the Giants winning Super Bowl XXV, the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in 1994, the subway series World Series in 2000, and the Giants upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

He said the 2000 World Series was incredibly underwhelming.

“That laid an egg,” Francesa said. “It never had the impact in this town in New York, and on the radio, influence in the media, everything. It was a dud. It was severely disappointing.”

The Yankees that year won their fourth World Series in five years that year, sweeping the Mets and clinching at Shea Stadium. Francesa said the fact that there was so much anticipation for the series only for the Yanks to cruise to another title made it disappointing.

“Waited for the Subway Series forever, and when it happened it did not fulfill its promises,” he said.

Francesa ranked the 1996 Yankees at number one in terms of impact. He talked about how even in September of that year when the team tailed off a little bit before the playoffs.

No. 1 by far on the radio was the Yankees 1996 run leading up to them winning their first World Series.

“The Yankees hit the skids in September, but they never fell out of first,” he said. “The impact of that on the radio was enormous.”

The 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup run, coupled with the Knicks playoff run that spring as well also stood out to Francesa.

“I never took a day off that entire spring,” he said.

The two Giants Super Bowl victories ended up ranking third and fourth on Francesa’s list.

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Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa

Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.

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On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.

95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.

Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.

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