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Last Dance Director Tells Dan Patrick Ken Burns Apologized

“When Patrick pushed back to clarify whether or not Michael Jordan took anything out of the documentary, Hehir joked that Jordan was so hands off at times, he isn’t sure Jordan actually watched everything he was sent.”

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Jason Hehir is the director of ESPN’s Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance. In addition to acclaim from across the sports world, the series is drawing monster ratings.

Monday, Hehir was a a guest on The Dan Patrick Show. He told DP that all of the praise has been great, but he was a little disappointed that acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns didn’t seem to be a fan of The Last Dance. That doesn’t mean there is any feud between the two.

“Ken Burns is one of my idols. He’s got an extraordinary body of work and he’s one of the reasons why I wanted to do what I do now so I was a little disappointed that he hadn’t seen it yet and he seemed to be casting judgement,” Hehir told Patrick. “He called me the other day, and couldn’t have been more gracious, and couldn’t have been more classy and said that he apologized not for what he said but that it was taken out of context.”

In an interview with NPR, Burns was quoted as saying that The Last Dance was “not good journalism” and that PBS would never allow a documentary’s subject to be involved in the making of the film.

Hehir went on to tell Dan Patrick that Michael Jordan had the ability to take out anything he didn’t like in the documentary, but specifically chose to leave in some segments that may not cast him in the best light, including former President Barack Obama expressing disappointment in Jordan’s “Republicans buy Nikes too” comment.

When Patrick pushed back to clarify whether or not Michael Jordan took anything out of the documentary, Hehir joked that Jordan was so hands off at times, he isn’t sure Jordan actually watched everything he was sent.

“He did not, and when you see the episodes next week, you’ll be surprised. Maybe he skipped episode seven. I’m not sure.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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