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Jeremy Werner Exits ESPN 93.5 In Champaign, IL

“In addition to his daily radio show, Werner has a full-time writing gig with 247Sports, which is where he announced his departure from SJ Broadcasting.”

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Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 in one form or another and living through a pandemic can certainly cause you to recalibrate your priorities. According to Jeremy Werner, the pandemic has caused him to leave his daily radio show on ESPN 93.5 in Champaign, Illinois. 

For 10 years, Werner has worked with Stevie Jay Broadcasting and ESPN Radio 93.5, but this Friday, the 9 – 11am show will be his last. According to Werner, the decision to leave is his, and it’s based on trying to free up more time for family life. In addition to his daily radio show, Werner has a full-time writing gig with 247Sports, which is where he announced his departure from SJ Broadcasting. 

Although the radio station has been impacted by the pandemic, Werner said SJ Broadcasting presented him the opportunity to stay with ESPN 93.5. But the 10-year radio host chose to continue his job with 247Sports and focus on family. 

“Just please know that you shouldn’t feel sorry for me at all,” Werner wrote. “I am employed, my family is healthy and we are happy. I chose this path and I am happy and at peace with this decision. There are people going through far worse than me right now. I am fortunate to have the life that I have and am fortunate to have worked here for ten years.”

It’s undoubtedly a difficult decision for the 33-year old Werner, but with two children under the age of four, a full-time writing job and a daily radio show, something has to give. Cutting back his daily workload will allow him more flexibility and availability in his job as a husband and father.

“Most in this business get knocked off the air suddenly. I’m thankful that I get to sign off the radio my way and on my own terms,” Werner said. 

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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