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Mad Dog Says WFAN Is ‘A Much Different Place’

“Ownership is different, the studio location is different, the lineup is different. Still, it should also be noted that outside of Maggie Gray, everyone in WFAN’s current weekday lineup worked as a full-time employee while Russo was there.”

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Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo is a sports radio and WFAN legend. Russo, Mike Francesa and the late Don Imus helped build WFAN into some of terrestrial radio’s most prime real estate. But after a caller asked Dog about the current state of The FAN, the iconic radio host quickly noted how different it is. 

“It’s a much different place than it used to be, much different.” Russo said during his Wednesday show on SiriusXM, noting the departures of Craig Carton and Don Imus before him. Russo also referred to current morning co-host Boomer Esiason as being “new to it,” even though the former MVP quarterback has been with WFAN for almost 13 years. In fact, most of WFAN’s weekday hosts are not “new to it.” 

It’s true, WFAN is very different than they were when Russo left a dozen years ago. Ownership is different, the studio location is different, the lineup is different. Still, it should also be noted that outside of Maggie Gray, everyone in WFAN’s current weekday lineup worked as a full-time employee while Russo was there. That stat depicts a lot of continuity for a radio station over the course of 12 years. 

Boomer Esiason was co-hosting mornings, Gregg Giannotti was behind the glass in the midday, Marc Malusis just started transitioning from producing Mike and Chris into an on-air role and Joe and Evan were in the 10am – 1pm timeslot. And beyond their weekday lineup, WFAN still boasts station icons Mike Francesa and Steve Somers in the evening. 

The caller also noted 66-year old Joe Benigno’s tendency of telling the audience that he plans on retiring soon.  

“Joe shouldn’t be doing that,” Russo responded. “The audience doesn’t want to hear about Joe’s golf plans in 2024, you gotta do a show. It has changed. I don’t know how you want me to respond to that.” 

It’s not the first time Russo brought up Benigno’s affinity for retirement. In February, Russo called Joe and Evan on WFAN to discuss the NFL expanding their playoff format. The former WFAN afternoon host ribbed the new duo for taking vacations in February, less than two months after landing the drive time slot. He later commented on the prime radio real estate they now own, to which Benigno said “there’s no way I’m doing this when I’m 70 years old.” 

“You have had a great career here, let’s not talk about the end,” Russo responded. “The average guy does not want to hear Joe say I gotta get out in two years. They may want you there for ten years.”

Russo added that Benigno’s focus and goal should be beating Michael Kay and being the best sports talk show in New York City. 

“There’s nothing left to prove for me,” Benigno said defiantly, while also stating that it may have been a focus 15 years ago, but not now. “I came from nowhere to do this, out of nowhere. There is nothing left to prove.”

Benigno might not have much left to prove, but it’s hard to imagine ratings aren’t at least slightly important for WFAN’s afternoon show.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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