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WFAN Welcomes Back Past Voices For Anniversary

“He’s surely to be mentioned during the weekend, but there is no “Best Of” hour listed for the late Don Imus, who is widely recognized for helping bring credence to WFAN in its early years.”

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WFAN is celebrating their 33rd anniversary this weekend, having debuted its sports radio format July 1, 1987. From Friday, July 3 through 5, WFAN will feature a list of throwback talent including audio from iconic voices Chris Russo and Craig Carton. 

It won’t be live, but less than two weeks after Carton was released from prison, WFAN listeners will be able to hear his voice on the station again this weekend. WFAN is offering pairings with a mix of current and returning hosts, as well as “Best Of” hours for Mike and the Mad DogBoomer and Carton, and current morning show Boomer and Gio. It’s the first time WFAN will feature programming that involves Carton since his arrest and departure in Sept. 2017. 

In addition to the “Best Of” hours, former weekday hosts Dave Sims and Tony Paige will also be part of the 33-year anniversary celebration. Sims, a play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners will reunite with his midday co-host Ed Coleman on WFAN Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tony Paige, who retired from his overnight post on WFAN last year will return for an hour on Sunday, co-hosting with Steve Somers. Somers will also join his former 10am – 1pm partner Russ Salzberg over the weekend.

Other longtime WFAN personalities such as Howie Rose, Richard Neer, Bob Papa and Carl Banks will be live on-air during the anniversary celebration. He’s surely to be mentioned during the weekend, but there is no “Best Of” hour listed for the late Don Imus, who is widely recognized for helping bring credence to WFAN in its early years. 

Full July 4 and 5 programming:

July 4

6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET:Richard Neer, WFAN weekend host 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET:Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, current afternoon show co-hosts 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET:Howie Rose, original WFAN evening host and current New York Mets broadcaster on sister station WCBS-880 (WCBS-AM) 
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:Bob Papa and Carl Banks, WFAN radio broadcast team for New York Giants football games 
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET:Ed Coleman and Dave Sims, former WFAN midday show co-hosts 
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET:Sweeny Murti, WFAN Yankees beat reporter, postgame show host and part-time station host 
11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Sunday) ET:Jody McDonald, original WFAN host, current weekend host 

July 5

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. ET:Bob Salter, WFAN Public Affairs Director since 1994 and current weekend on-air host 
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. ET:Ann Liguori, original WFAN host now covering golf and tennis 
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET:“Sports Edge” with Rick Wolff, airing in current timeslot since 1995 
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET:“Sunday Baseball Show” with Suzyn Waldman, longtime WFAN personality and the first-ever voice heard on WFAN; current WFAN Yankees Radio Network announcer 
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET:Steve Somers, original WFAN host, current overnight host and only host who has remained full-time since station launch; and Russ Salzberg 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:Steve Somers and Tony Paige, former WFAN overnight host (2003-2019) 
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET:Ed Coleman and Dave Sims 
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET:“Best of Mike and the Mad Dog,” WFAN’s legendary afternoon team for nearly two decades (1989-2008) 
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET:“Best of Boomer and Carton,” former WFAN morning show (2007-2017) 
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET:“Best of Boomer and Gio,” current WFAN morning show 
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET:Sweeny Murti 
11:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. (Monday) ET:Jody McDonald 

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Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road

“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.

“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.

No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.

Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.

On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.

“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”

If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.

This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”

McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.

“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”

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DeAngelo Hall Explains His Exit From Commanders Radio Booth

“I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do.”

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In a case of “you never know who’s listening”, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. got a surprise on Wednesday. Former NFL pro-bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted Brian Mitchell of BMitch & Finlay that he was listening and wanted to join the program.

After discussing some opinions of the Commanders and other rivals on the field, Hall made a point to address leaving the team’s radio booth as a color analyst. In April it was announced that Hall would exit the broadcast booth. At the time it was reported that the decision was Hall’s. On BMitch & Finlay he added more context by explaining that, “it just felt like it wasn’t the right situation for myself.”

Hall went further by adding that a deciding factor for his decision seemed to be the team’s vision for the broadcast.

“I need to see it. I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do. And you know how I am guys, I speak my mind and I just asked to go my separate way. I still love the organization, I’m still rooting for them.”

The former Washington player joined Bram Weinstein and analyst Julie Donaldson when the Washington Commanders overhauled their entire broadcast crew after an organization-wide sexual harassment scandal mentioned former play-by-play voice Larry Michael.

Hall was sure to praise his former teammate taking his role. “But so hyped for London Fletcher. I told Julie and Fletch at separate times man, that Fletch was such a great teammate and an inspirational person in my life and my process of growing as a pro and as a man, that taught me so much about the game. I couldn’t be happier that she gets a hell of a replacement in London Fletcher.

“I’m hyped for those guys but I’m too pretty to be on the radio, guys, I need more face time,” Hall quipped. “I’m fighting to get in one of them booths. When you see Tom Brady making 10-for-375 I said ‘I’m in the wrong business.’ When you’re watching Tony and them guys I’m in the wrong business. I got to get off this radio and get my face in front of the tizzube.”

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