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Seth Dunlap Fired By WWL

“According to Dunlap’s lawyer, the station recently asked the radio host to resign, but he maintained innocence and refused. Dunlap was instead terminated from his position with the company on October 31st.”

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Seth Dunlap has been fired by Entercom’s WWL amid accusations of sending a homophobic tweet aimed at himself, from the station’s Twitter account.

According to Dunlap’s lawyer, the station recently asked the radio host to resign, but he maintained innocence and refused. Dunlap was instead terminated from his position with the company on October 31st.

Nearly two months ago, Dunlap wrote an open letter to Drew Brees criticizing the Saints’ quarterback’s support of the anti-LGBTQ organization, Focus on the Family. In the letter, Dunlap acknowledged being openly gay. Two weeks later, WWL’s official Twitter account responded to one of Dunlap’s tweets with a homophobic slur.

Soon after the tweet, Dunlap took a leave of absence from WWL, where he worked as host of The Last Lap, in addition to the Saints pregame show on their radio network. 

WWL and Entercom conducted an internal investigation which concluded Dunlap sent the tweet from his personal cell phone. The now former Entercom employee also reportedly demanded $1.8 million from the station. According to Dunlap’s lawyer, the radio host took and passed a polygraph test, stating he was a victim of the homophobic tweet. Nearly a month ago, police obtained a search warrant for Dunlap’s phone.  

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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Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael Celebrate 5 Years Together on 92.9 The Game

“To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.”

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It was a milestone week for Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael, hosts of 92.9 The Game’s The Midday Show with Andy & Randy in Atlanta. It was this week five years ago they permanently took over the midday slot replacing John Michaels and Rick Kamla who had been released earlier that year.

The show celebrated on remote at a party with several listeners, friends and family members and spent time talking about their time together. “People listening right now, thank you, we appreciate that,” said Bunker. “We wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t listening and if you hadn’t been listening the last five years…Making it five years on a radio show is not normal. I know it seems normal at 92.9 because we are a radio station that has a lot of stability. Dukes and Bell have been on for 10 years. The morning show that’s on right now is doing great, and the show before them was on for a lot of years.”

Bunker later added, “To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.” McMichael replied, “It has been a fun five years.”

Bunker had been hosting the evening show for three years prior to partnering with McMichael, and had previously been in sports radio in Seattle, Portland and Boston. McMichael had been with the station for about four years at the time, after an 11-year career in the NFL. Prior to that he was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia.

The show amassed an 8.3 share for the most recent quarter, retaining their fourth place ranking it had in the fall. The show airs from 11a-2p EST.

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘We’re Going to Move On and Forget About’ TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’

“They’re living, they’re healthy and they’re rich. Big deal.”

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Since the end of the exclusive 90-day negotiating window between the National Basketball Association and its incumbent media partners, there has been augmented speculation surrounding a new media rights contract to commence in the 2025-26 season. Multiple reports have stated The Walt Disney Company to have exited the period with the framework for an agreement, whereas Warner Bros. Discovery did not reach a deal. Gregg Giannotti has seemingly been following these negotiations and understands the potential implications the end result could have.

A point of concern for basketball fans surrounding these reports has been the future of Inside the NBA, TNT Sports’ heralded studio program featuring Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Barkley recently commented that he could consider taking the show independent through his production company and licensing it to a network should TNT lose broadcast rights to the NBA.

Barkley, O’Neal and Smith all reportedly have opt-outs in their contracts should the network no longer broadcast NBA games. The quartet all signed 10-year extensions with TNT Sports last October and recently won another Sports Emmy award for the program. WFAN host Gregg Giannotti, however, is growing tired of hearing about the show and ostensibly tried to put things in perspective on Friday morning’s edition of Boomer & Gio.

“They have a great show – it’s entertaining – they do a good job with the studio show,” Giannotti said. “The Beatles aren’t breaking up. This has been going on for two weeks now as if Yoko went in there and blew up the greatest combo of all time.”

Co-host Boomer Esiason, who recently left CBS Sports and The NFL Today after a 22-year run on the studio program, acknowledged before Giannotti provided his opinion that the rights fees have become “too exorbitant” and represents something that Warner Bros. Discovery cannot afford. Later on, he reminded Giannotti that the program has a special place for NBA fans whether or not the show appeals to him.

“I know they do,” Giannotti replied, “but we’re going to move on and forget about it like everything else.”

A new report from Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg divulged that Warner Bros. Discovery president and chief executive officer David Zaslav would not bid higher than $2.1 billion despite the NBA looking for $200 million more for a package of games. Moreover, subsequent reporting suggests that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was irked when Zaslav stated that the company did not need the NBA at a conference two years ago.

While Barkley was on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, he explained that the situation has caused low morale and fear about what will happen to people who work on the NBA on TNT property. In addition to using an analogy pertaining to the quality of different wines to illustrate what executives at the company are doing during these negotiations, Barkley also stated that he has watched family members of the crew grow up and that a familial relationship exists. Giannotti, however, believes there has been adequate discussion and coverage pertaining to a potential end to the program.

“It’s like, ‘Alright, enough already. It’s over. So what? Everything in media ends. We’re all walking around with a guillotine over our head every single day, so tough,’” Giannotti said. “These guys made hundreds of millions of dollars throughout their careers, got paid handsomely and now they’re not going to do a show today. Oh, okay. Great. They’re living, they’re healthy and they’re rich. Big deal. We’ll be able to move on without the TNT Inside the NBA show.”

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Carrington Harrison: ‘I Can’t Express How Sad I am About the Potential of Losing ‘Inside the NBA’

“They need all of them if the show is going to work. Shaq, Kenny, Ernie, Charles, we need all of you.”

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As sports media continues to react to the news of the NBA being likely to leave TNT in favor of renewing with ESPN and signing new deals with NBA and Amazon’s Prime Video, 610 Sports Kansas City host Carrington Harrison weighed in on The Drive about TNT’s Inside the NBA possibly being lost in the shuffle after next season.

Harrison played an audio clip of Charles Barkley joining The Dan Patrick Show to discuss the latest with the situation. “Morale sucks – plain and simple,” Barkley said. “I just feel so bad for the people I work with, Dan. These people have families, and I just feel really bad for them right now, these people I work with. They screwed this thing up clearly. We don’t have zero idea what’s going to happen. I don’t feel good – I’m not going to lie – especially when they came out yesterday and said, ‘We bought college football.’ I was like, ‘Oh damn, they could have used that money to buy the NBA.’”

As the clip ended, Harrison said, “I can’t express how sad I am about the potential of losing Inside the NBA, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Maybe this show just moves from one network to the next, but Erine [Johnson] has been pretty steadfast on ‘I don’t want to work for another network, I work for Turner and even if they don’t have the NBA I am staying loyal to Turner.’

“They need all of them if the show is going to work. Shaq, Kenny, Ernie, Charles, we need all of you. You are a package deal in all of this. Maybe Amazon comes in and throws a boatload of money. Maybe ESPN, which has been trying to fix its NBA television problem it feels like for 20 years…It makes me so sad.”

Harrison went on to say Inside the NBA belongs on the ‘Mt. Rushmore of Sports Television Shows’ and named College GameDay, SportsCenter and PTI as the other three on his list.

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