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Mike Golic Talks End of ESPN Radio Show with Sarah Spain

“Golic knows that many want to know the full story of why he won’t be on ESPN Radio in the mornings, but wasn’t ready to offer an explanation.”

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This Friday will be the last time that Mike Golic will sign off on ESPN Radio after being part of the network’s morning show for over 20 years. This week, he joined Sarah Spain this week on the That’s What She Said podcast

Spain started by asking the question whether or not it will be easier for Golic to say goodbye this time after doing it when Mike & Mike ended.

“I wouldn’t say it is easier because both times, it wasn’t my choice. I might have been caught off guard on both of them in all honesty. I didn’t think Mike & Mike should have ended and I didn’t think this should have ended,” said Golic. “While I say I wanted to keep going, I compared it to being cut by the Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins, I don’t think it was the right move, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” 

Golic explained why he is going back to do college football if/when a season resumes as an analyst: 

“I actually told the bosses I said, ‘let me go back and do college football.’ I hope there’s a college football season, If there is, I will call college games. I’m still going to be around. I’m still going to be in the business…nothing is off the table.”

Golic knows that many want to know the full story of why he won’t be on ESPN Radio in the mornings, but wasn’t ready to offer an explanation.

“I am always a say it to your face guy…. I have never been a locker room talking guy. Someday I will tell the full story of everything, but now is not the time…As far as any story behind it or why, that is something they [management] have to explain, not me. But I will say my peace in that it is the wrong move, but that doesn’t mean I won’t wish the next hosts all the best in the world.”

Golic did reveal that there would be 2 guests on the show on Friday that he wanted to talk with on the final show, but he would not reveal who those guests were, which will make for some interesting guesses. He did reveal some of his favorite guests such as Charles Barkley, Bill Curry, Mark Schlereth, and Darius Rucker to name a few.

“His wisdom is unbelievable and he has that soft delivery that we would probably get the most response from listeners and viewers when he was on because they just stopped and listened because he was so smart,” said Golic of Curry. 

Golic also mentioned some of his favorite segments, including Just Shut Up on Fridays, saying that the production for that segment was fantastic and that it “resonated the most with a lot of people.” Plus, he said he has never overslept and missed a portion of a show, so that in itself is an accomplishment. 

At the end of the show, Golic left some advice for the new morning hosts (Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, Zubin Mehenti) when their show starts August 17: 

“The biggest piece of advice I can give to any radio host is let people know who you are. Let them know you, let them in. Let them know about your family. Become kind of friends with them. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.” 

During this podcast, you will get a little bit of a walk down memory lane with Golic and the next 36 hours or so are going to be emotional for people that grew up listening to him on the radio.

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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.

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Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

One host who may remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce 5% of its programming staff.

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Fred Toucher: Fred Roggin Rant ‘Is Why Everyone Thinks Radio Sucks’

“I understand defending yourself, but then there’s like desperation,” he said.

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A recent piece in the L.A. Times painting the picture of why the sports radio audience in Los Angeles is smaller than that of Boston struck a nerve locally.

And when AM 570 LA Sports host Fred Roggin tried to explain why Boston does so much better with listeners, Fred Toucher couldn’t contain himself.

Let me give it to you in a nutshell real, real quickly,” Roggin said in a clip that played during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday. “The implication here is that you don’t care. Do they have as many Latinos living in Boston? I don’t think so, and if you look at the ratings, they don’t. We’re a melting pot, we’re very different here. Sports is a niche audience.

Toucher and company laughed at the sound byte before Toucher laid into Roggin.

“Does that mean that Latinos don’t like sports?” he asked. “To do well in Los Angeles, you have to adapt to the market, you jackass! Latinos have to listen to ya.”

Roggin and co-host Rodney Peete sounded even more out of touch in the clip by saying that part of the reason more people listen to sports talk in Boston is because of weather and an affinity for baked beans. Additionally, there’s just more to do in LA versus Boston.

“He is under the impression that the east coast is really something else,” Toucher said. “But he’s painting the east coast as if like no one lives out here. Like New York City and Philadelphia are these minor flyover states. It’s really funny.”

Toucher understood Roggin taking the time to go on the defensive, but he just couldn’t get over the way in which the defense was presented.

“I understand defending yourself, but then there’s like desperation,” he said. “What do you care if the station in Boston does better than you? What does it matter to you?! Clean up your own business! Jesus Christ!”

“This is the first time I think I’ve ever heard the northeast described as like toothless hicks that like got nothing better to do,” Toucher added.

Toucher finished his point by piling on the hosts further, saying that if their show aired anywhere else, it would fail.

“This is why everyone thinks radio sucks,” Toucher said before the rest of the Roggin clip was played.

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