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Tony Basilio Hosts Annual Tailgate For Kids In Knoxville

“Basilio and Amachi Knoxville welcomed 150 kids for a tailgate where they ate, played games and received tickets to Tennessee’s homecoming game this past Saturday.”

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For the fourth consecutive year, radio host Tony Basilio partnered with Amachi Knoxville to host a tailgate for kids with incarcerated parents.

Amachi Knoxville is a program within the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, working to bring mentors to children in Knox County who have at least one parent incarcerated. Basilio and Amachi Knoxville welcomed 150 kids for a tailgate where they ate, played games and received tickets to Tennessee’s homecoming game this past Saturday.

“Every year, it brings me such warmth, and it’s such a blessing to be a part of this,” Basilio told Knoxville’s WBIR-TV. “This group and what they do and the lives of these precious children — it’s wonderful. It’s amazing, and I thank Vol Nation for making it happen.”

Basilio, the Official Voice of the Common Fan, hosts The Tony Basilio Show weekdays on WJBE 99.7 FM and 1040AM from 11am – 1pm.

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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Mark Chernoff To Guest DJ At WCBS This Saturday

Chernoff is retiring from his role at WFAN on June 30.

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Mark Chernoff is hanging up his studio headphones at the end of the month but not before one last session behind a soundboard. The longtime Program Director and Brand Manager at WFAN is throwing it back to his college roots with a rock DJ set this Saturday on WFAN sister station WCBS 101.1 FM. 

“I’ve always had a love for classic rock, oldies, classic hits – any kind of rock and roll – and having been a DJ for many years, I thought it would be a lot of fun as my days wind down at WFAN to get the opportunity to be a music jock one more time on our extremely successful classic hits station,” Chernoff told WFAN.com. “WCBS-FM is a station I’ve long admired and respected through the years, having had an array of great jocks and program directors and played a lot of great music throughout all of their formats.”

Chernoff takes the reins from 7 p.m. to Midnight ET on WCBS. The Rutgers grad began his storied radio career in New Jersey before rising up the ranks and eventually leading WFAN. He gets ready to retire from the job he has held since 1993 at the end of the month.

“I’ve always been in these two worlds of music and sports, but for me, it’s getting back to my roots, where my first passion in radio was on the music end,” Mark Chernoff explained. “Things developed nicely into 28 great years at WFAN, but I’ve always loved being on the music end. Having my roots as a DJ from 1976 until even into 1993, I thought a fun way to end my days with the company would be to go back to my roots and play some rock and roll records.”

Now fans eagerly await what the talisman of WFAN has in store during one final spin session.

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Waddle & Silvy Ask Matt Nagy Who Bears’ Starting QB Is

The QB battle was a big mystery in Chicago.

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The quarterback battle in Chicago between Andy Dalton and Justin Fields has been a hot topic on Waddle & Silvy to start the summer. 

The big mystery is when the young Ohio State phenom is going to start, so Marc Silverman decided the ask the question directly to head coach Matt Nagy.

“I’d say, as we all know, that promises get pretty crazy,” Nagy said during his post-minicamp media availability. “What we told Andy [Dalton] is that he’s our starter, and he knows that. That’s what Justin [Fields] knows, that’s what Nick [Foles] knows, you know the rest of our coaches. We tell these guys knowing that there’s gotta be a start. So that’s where we are at, and now they go ahead, and all three of them are going to be the best quarterback they can be…. We told him [Dalton], and I specifically told him you’re our starter.”

Nagy concluded his starting job affirmation by noting that every player below Dalton is still competing for the starter role. Silvy wasn’t satisfied with the “coach speak” and asked a simple yes or no question: Justin Fields cannot win the job?

“Yes, correct Andy Dalton is our starter. When we go through this process like I said today just calling a play in the huddle and that gets to the instant gratification part that we all want… We all get excited about Justin Fields. We’d all be lying if we said something different, but that said, we are excited about Andy Dalton too. We know that if we stick to this plan that we have, then everything is going to be just fine.”

Things have not been fine for Nagy and his Bears team of late. He and GM Ryan Pace have faced harsh criticism for the continued offensive struggles under their regime. A regime that Waddle & Silvy get to parse through for the entire fall in Chicago.

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Down The Line With Cody Decker Debuting On 670 The Score

“Down the Line will be presented by Circa Resort and Casino. The half-hour long show will run 40 times throughout the summer, mostly before the station starts its pregame programming for the Cubs.”

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A new baseball show is coming to The Score in Chicago. Down The Line with Cody Decker will debut this Friday. In addition to the latest news about the Cubs and White Sox, the show will also cover all of the gambling storylines in the baseball world.

“Over the last two and half years I have become fond of Cody Decker’s on-air work.  First with Radio.com Sports and then as a regular with Bernstein and Rahimi,” Score program director Mitch Rosen said in an email. “Cody and I began to talk about doing a show on a regular basis on the Score a couple months ago and now is the time to finally share the concept.”

Down the Line will be presented by Circa Resort and Casino. The half-hour long show will run 40 times throughout the summer, mostly before the station starts its pregame programming for the Cubs.

Cody Decker spent time in seven different Major League teams’ farm systems during his professional baseball career. His lone Major League season was in 2015, when he was a member of the San Diego Padres. Decker also represented Israel at the World Baseball Classic in 2017. He announced his retirement in 2019.

He was part of the Radio.com sports network alongside his wife, Jenn Sterger. Together they hosted Swings & Mrs. That show ended in October of last year. Since then, Decker has been a regular on 670 the Score, making frequent appearances on Bernstein and Rahimi.

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