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WFAN Begins Experimenting With New Lineups

Brandon Contes

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A new voice entered WFAN’s weekday lineup Monday afternoon as John Jastremski joined the station’s 1-3pm show, hosted by Maggie Gray and Bart Scott. 

The trio is currently only scheduled to work together for one week, but it could signal the beginning of a trial period for WFAN which faces the task of replacing Mike Francesa by the end of the year. Jastremski, who joined the station after winning their Fantasy Phenom contest in 2011, is the current overnigh host.

With JJ joining Maggie and Bart through Friday, Nov. 15, Newsday’s Neil Best reported midday host Evan Roberts will work with the 1-3pm duo next week. Roberts is considered a favorite to be part of the show that ultimately replaces Francesa, which would mean breaking up his 13-year partnership with Joe Benigno. Benigno’s contract runs through 2020 and the 66-year radio host often says he plans on retiring to Florida when his current deal expires. 

Maggie Gray is also under contract through 2020 after recently having her option picked up by Entercom. Bart Scott remains unsigned after this year and could seek other media opportunities if WFAN does not present the former NFL linebacker with a more prominent role than his current 1-3pm gig.

Similar steps were taken by WFAN in the summer of 2017, experimenting with trial shows before Francesa left his afternoon drive show the first time. Roberts was viewed as a candidate to replace Mike at that time and partnered with a variety of hosts including Jastremski, Chris Simms, Chris Christie, CBS Sports Radio’s Damon Amendolara and Mike Valenti of Entercom’s 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. WFAN instead chose to go with a trio of Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott in afternoon drive, later condensing their show to two hours when Francesa returned from a four month hiatus.

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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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700k Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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