One of the major stories in sports this past week was NASCAR banning confederate flags at their racetrack as fans start to slowly be allowed back in (up to 5,000 fans will be allowed to attend the June 21 race at Talladega SuperSpeedway in Alabama). It is a strong subject that all three hours of the ESPN Radio show, Marty & McGee with Marty Smith and Ryan McGee, were devoted to this subject.
As McGee opened the show, he said that the subject that he didn’t think would ever happen, but the change became a reality.
“It’s been a week I was thankful to see. This week, you and I have covered something I didn’t believe we will ever see,” said McGee.
Smith added that it is a change in NASCAR to bring racial equality inside the garage that they hadn’t seen in a long time.
“It’s impossible to overstate what an historic moment it is. If you really want to be honest, NASCAR did more for racial equality in their own garage in a week than they did in 70 years,” said Smith.
Throughout the three-hour broadcast on Saturday Morning, Smith and McGee talked with numerous guests, including co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing, Brad Daugherty. Warrick Scott (grandson of Wendell Scott – first full-time African-American driver in NASCAR), and ESPN personality Clinton Yates. You will find the link to all three hours here:
In the final hour of the show, Smith shared a conversation with Rayfield Milton, one of his best friends in high school, that he had earlier in the week. Smith brought up the point that every word has to be the right word. Milton gave him a call after Smith’s segment on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt and was crying.
“Because you just said the perfect sentence. You just said something that I can’t say. It took you to say that sentence. You have seen what I had to deal with our own lives and for you to say that on that platform is amazing,” said Milton to Smith about what Milton had to go through in high school.
Smith later mentioned one more story about Milton, who he played football with in high school. He talked about writing a chapter in his book Never Settle called Forever Friday where he talks about all the lines in the world being erased on a football field. But, as Smith was driving to the grocery store one day, he thought about the words and he wondered if he was seeing things only from his perspective. So, he called Milton.
“Have I ever made you feel lesser than a human being. Have I ever made you feel anything but my friend and equal,” said an emotional Smith to Milton.
“You know what I have seen, but you have never treated me like anything but a man, an equal, and your friend,” Milton answered according to Smith.
Smith and McGee were able to get candid insight from their guests and shared their own personal experiences and conversations in what was a monumental moment for the sport of NASCAR.
Indiana Radio Voice Joe Smith To Retire After 2022 Football Season
Smith has spent the last 40 seasons as the pre-game, halftime and post-game host and the upcoming Indiana football season will be his last.
This season will mark the 40th for Joe Smith, the longtime radio host for Indiana University. After this season’s football campaign, it will be his last.
The pre-game, halftime and post-game voice of Indiana Hoosiers football and basketball has announced he will be stepping away from his post following the final football game of this upcoming season.
“Joe Smith has been an integral and versatile member of the IU Radio Network broadcast team for the better part of 40 years,” Don Fischer, Indiana’s play-by-play man said. “At one time or another, Joe has served as the broadcast engineer, football spotter, statistician, and our pre-game, halftime, and post-game host through those four decades.”
Smith quipped that it’d be difficult to keep him from being alongside Fischer for his own milestone. “I would not miss Don’s 50th season for anything in the world. Don is a true friend and to share the booth with him one final year, well, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Smith plans to remain on as host of the football post-game show, while mentoring his eventual replacement. He also serves as Sports Director at Sarkes Tarzian talk WGCL Bloomington (1370).
Retirement has been a popular topic recently with collegiate vocal institutions. Mick Hubert, the voice of the Florida Gators announced last week he is retiring following the baseball team’s season. Gene Deckerhoff also announced he will wrap his career soon. The voice of the Florida State Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will finish with the Bucs 2022 season.
In 1998, Smith was named Indiana Sportscaster of the Year. He was honored 2003 with an induction into the Indiana Sportswriters/Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Last August he was the latest inductee into the Monroe County (Bloomington) Sports Hall of Fame.
Smith continued, “IU has meant so much to me and my family, and I can’t wait to watch [football] Coach Allen build the Hoosiers back into a Top-25 program. I also want to thank [VP/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics] Scott Dolson for his support and for allowing me to close out my IU career on this incredible high note.”
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 Explains How The Knicks, Heat Rivalry Affected Him and Eric Reid
“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. But 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” explained Breen. “For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid. 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 broadcasts since 2010, told Breen that Reid had told him stories about the 1990’s battles between the Heat and the New York Knicks. He said he remembered things even becoming intense between the two broadcasters at times.
“Because the Knicks and the Heat used to fight, Eric and I had some nasty fights back in the day,” Breen joked.