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Running List of iHeart Employees Laid Off This Week

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Like so many in the industry, Barrett Sports Media is keeping an eye on the news out of iHeartMedia stations around the country today. Hundreds of employees are expected to be laid off from the company. We intend to keep a running list of names and contact info (if provided) in hopes that it helps them all find future employment.

If you or someone you know was effected by the layoffs, reach out to Jason at JBarrett@SportsRadioPD.com.

ALBANY:

  • Ken Place (Producer at Fox Sports 980)

AUGUSTA:

  • Cliff Bennett (PD and Digital Content Director at Fox Sports 1340)

BISMARK:

CINCINNATI:

  • Mario DeRamus (Producer, Studio Engineer, and Host at ESPN 1530)
  • Grant Knowles (Producer and Studio Engineer for Reds games)

COLUMBUS:

  • Lori Scmidt (Sports reporter at 610 WTVN)
  • Stan Jackson (610 WTVN Buckeye football analyst)
  • Dave Maetzold (610WTVN, sports reporter and Buckeye football pre-game host)

ERIE:

  • Alex Womer (Host at Fox Sports 1330)
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FARMINGTON, NM:

INDIANAPOLIS:

  • Derek Schultz (Afternoon drive co-host on Fox Sports 1260)
  • Jake Query (Afternoon drive co-host on Fox Sports 1260)

JACKSONVILLE:

LOUISVILLE:

  • John Ramsey (Afternoon host on 790 KRD)
  • Mike Rutherford (Afternoon co-host on 790 KRD) – MikeRuth5@aol.com

MILWAUKEE:

  • Shea Raftus (Mid day producer on 97.3 the Game) – sraftus@yahoo.com
  • Dario Melendez (Mid day host on 97.3 the Game)

MADISON:

  • Mike Lucas (Morning host on The Big 1070)

ORLANDO:

  • The Shot Doctor (Afternoon co-host at 96.9 FM The Game)

PITTSBURGH:

  • Bob McLaughlin (Producer of Mark Madden’s show on 105.9 The X)

ROCHESTER:

  • Carl Falk (Host at Fox Sports 1280)

SEATTLE:

  • Cliff Avril (Mid day co-host on KJR and Former Seahawk)

TAMPA:

TULSA:

  • Jeremie Poplin (PD/Afternoon host at AM 1430 the Buzz)

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WBZ Radio Celebrates 100 Years of Broadcasting

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The century mark.

WBZ Radio commemorated 100 years worth of broadcasting on Sept. 19, 2021.

The heritage station out of Boston was the first recipient of a commercial broadcasting license in the United States. Per CBS Boston, the station’s first broadcasts featured live theatre, farm talk and sewing lessons.

Yes, sewing lessons.

One of the numerous forms of celebration for the monumental anniversary included a personalized note from President Joe Biden.

“Radio has long been an important aspect of American life — narrating the triumphs and tragedies that have defined America as well as the day-to-day news that keeps listeners engaged with their communities,” Biden wrote via WBZ News Radio. “Over the decades, radio stations like WBZ NewsRadio have been on the forefront of journalism, providing entertainment and valuable information to people who tune in throughout the day.”

CBS Boston continued with their timeline of memorable moments in WBZ history, including a mention of a time during the 1930’s when a promotion called for bringing a live lion into the studio. The wild animal broke through a glass window and injured several people.

Throughout the years, WBZ has featured live news coverage of every major American event, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, terrorists attacks, multiple wars and natural disasters.

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Brady Quinn, LaVarr Arrington, Jonas Knox To Host FOX Sports Radio Morning Show

“The opening in morning drive was created four months ago when Clay Travis announced he would move to another department of parent company, Premier Networks.”

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LaVarr Arrington is joining Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox in morning drive on FOX Sports Radio. The network announced today that 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe is the name of the trio’s new show, which will be heard every weekday. The show launches Monday on 350 stations across the country.

The opening in morning drive was created four months ago when Clay Travis announced he would move to another department of parent company, Premier Networks. He left FSR to join Buck Sexton in the time slot occupied by the late Rush Limbaugh.

“The FOX Sports Radio family was so proud when Clay Travis was chosen to team up with Buck Sexton to continue the tradition of excellence created by Rush Limbaugh,” Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, said in a press release. “At FSR, we make a commitment to each of our affiliates to deliver the best national sports lineup in the country, 24/7. Clay’s departure left a hole in our roster, but today, we proudly continue that commitment as we serve up a breakfast of champions with the launch of 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe.”

FOX Sports Radio didn’t have to look far to find its new morning men. Despite guesses and theories that included sports media professionals from all parts of the country at all levels of the business, 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe is made up of hosts that were already part of the network’s weekend lineup and had been serving as fill-in hosts for morning drive since May.

“Bolstering what’s already the best national sports talk lineup, we are injecting fun, personality, credibility, strong doses of caffeine, and thought-provoking conversation into morning-drive,” Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio, added. “After already getting rave reviews from the audience over the past couple months, we are fired up to have this dynamic trio start the day with a smile every morning!” 

Arrington and Quinn will give the show a nice little national boost. The two will undoubtedly promote the show on FOX Sports’ television programs. Quinn is a part of FOX’s Big Noon Saturday while Arrington makes regular appearances on FS1.

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Jerry Jones On Listening To Sports Radio: ‘I Like Pain’

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying.”

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Jerry Jones
Dallas Cowboys

No one can accuse Jerry Jones of being shy. The Dallas Cowboys owner is always welcoming of the chance to be in the public eye. That includes making appearances on sports talk radio. Friday he was a guest on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jones has made headlines on the station before. Some of those headlines have been for getting angry with both K&C in the past and morning men Shan & RJ. On Friday, it was his thoughts on the format itself that made the headlines.

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying. Is that human nature or not?” Jerry Jones answered when asked why he listened.

He admits that plenty of people have wondered why he would continue to listen to sports talk shows when the Cowboys are so polarizing.

“I use to have people ask me, ‘why in the world do you listen to talk radio, because they’re wearing your proverbial butt out?’ (And my response was)’I like pain. I just like to hear it. Just put it in me.'”

While the Cowboys came out of Week 1 with a loss, sports talk in Dallas has largely been kind to the Cowboys. The aforementioned Shan & RJ said that Dak Prescott’s performance should be the story of week 1 considering that the Cowboys’ quarterback missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Time will tell if Jerry Jones is in for his beloved pain following the Cowboys’ visit to LA to take on the Chargers on Sunday.

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