Less than a week after Beasley Media announced salary reductions for their employees, 97.5 The Fanatic host Tra Thomas has been released by the company due to cutbacks made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thomas joined The Fanatic in Aug. 2018 as a regular contributor, making weekly appearances on their midday show and hosting 97.5’s Eagles pregame show. Later that year, Thomas moved to mornings as a full-time host after the station shuffled their weekday lineup. Thomas joined Marc Farzetta, Bob Cooney, Jamie Lynch and Sam Wilson for the show every weekday from 6 – 10am.
For a decade, Thomas played on the Eagles offensive line from 1998-2008, later spending two seasons as an assistant coach under Andy Reid. Prior to joining The Fanatic, Thomas also worked on-air at Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP.
Beasley is among a growing list of media companies making personnel changes to combat lost income during the current global pandemic. Sports Illustrated, DAZN, iHeartMedia, SB Nation and Entercom are all among those that have made budget cuts.
Danny Parkins To Texas Governor: ‘Kiss My Ass’
“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur.”
The mass shooting that took place on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas captured the attention of the nation.
Remarks from Texas Gov. Greg Abbot in the aftermath of the tragedy got the attention of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on 670 The Score in Chicago.
Gov. Abbot brought up the fact that Chicago has a gun violence problem even though gun laws in the city are among the strictest in the country.
Parkins took issue with the Texas governor trying to score political points by dunking on Chicago in a moment of tragedy.
“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur,” Parkins said. “And if we want to talk about Chicago, we can talk about Chicago with facts…What about Chicago? Kiss my ass, Greg Abbot. I can’t stand it, man. It’s so insulting.”
What about Chicago is often a talking point from one side of the gun control issue that suggests despite having such tough laws on firearm ownership, thousands of people each year in the city end up shooting victims. Therefore gun control laws don’t work to prevent mass shootings.
Parkins used that phrase for good last year, putting on the What About Chicago Radiothon. The station fundraiser in 2021 raised more that $660,000 for Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest.
Parkins explained Wednesday that the problems in the Windy City are multi-faceted. Yes, gun violence issues exist, but Parkins said “it is a problem that many, many, many, many people care deeply about and are trying to solve, but it’s a separate problem.”
Mike Breen Says He And Eric Reid Had Their Own Rivalry During Knicks vs Heat Heyday
“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA. For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid.”
Mike Breen and Eric Reid have history, and it’s a good history.
Breen was in Miami for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which he called for ESPN/ABC. Talking to Jonathan Zaslow on WQAM in Miami on Wednesday, Breen said he didn’t like being called the voice of the NBA because there are so many other great broadcasters, like Reid, out there.
“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA. For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid,” Breen said. “We’re all part of a great fraternity and all thrilled to be calling games. That’s for sure.”
Reid has been part of the Miami Heat radio crew since the team’s inaugural season. He took over as the play-by-play voice of the team’s radio call in 1991.
Zaslow, who has handled studio duties on the Heat’s radio call since 2010, told Breen that Reid had told him stories about the playoff series the Heat and the New York Knicks had back in the day. He said he remembered things getting intense with Reid and Breen on the sidelines at the time.
“Because the Knicks and the Heat used to fight, Eric and I had some nasty fights back in the day,” Breen joked.
Mike Breen will call the NBA Finals for ESPN and ABC. Breen was named Outstanding Personality/Play-By-Play at the Sports Emmys this week as well.
WSJS Adjusts Format To News & Sports Mix In Winston-Salem
“Afternoon host Josh Graham will remain on staff. His show The Drive will continue to air from 3 until 6 pm.”
Truth Broadcasting isn’t sticking to sports. WSJS, which originates from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and also serves Greensboro, is transitioning from all sports talk to a mix of conservative talk and sports.
“While WSJS enjoyed providing the Piedmont Triad with a 24/7 sports format, so much was lost with our connection to the Triad community with little to no live and local talk, news features, guest host hours, award-winning talk shows and more. Now, we’ve remedied that. Just wait until you hear it!” Market Manager Tom Hamilton said in a press release.
Afternoon host Josh Graham will remain on staff. His show The Drive will continue to air from 3 until 6 pm. Nights will be filled by the Rich Eisen Show, followed by programming from CBS Sports Network. The station will also continue to carry local high school play-by-play and the Duke Blue Devils.
The station will add a local morning show featuring Jeffrey Griffin. Triad Today will air from 7-10 AM. WSJS will also feature syndicated shows from Brian Kilmeade, Todd Starnes and Charlie Kirk.
WSJS can be heard on 600 AM as well as four translators. The station’s new weekday lineup goes into effect on June 6. It is listed in full below.
5 AM-6 AM – First Light
6 AM-7 AM – America In The Morning
7 AM-10 AM – Triad Today With Jeffrey Griffin (9 AM-10 AM – Expert Hour)
10 AM-12 NOON – The Brian Kilmeade Show
NOON-2 PM – The Todd Starnes Show
2 PM-3 PM – The Charlie Kirk Show
3 PM-6 PM – The Drive With Josh Graham
6 PM-9 PM – THE Rich Eisen Show
9 PM-10 PM – THE Zach Gelb Show
10 PM-2 AM – JR Sportsbrief
2 AM-5 AM – Amy Lawrence