A white radio host of nearly 40 years and a Black columnist of nearly 50 years engaged in an uncomfortable, yet somewhat incredible conversation of race last week.
What began as a discussion about the NBA players protesting for racial equality, morphed into SiriusXM’s Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo asking former New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden “Bill, do you think I’m a racist?”
Rhoden started to say “yea,” before giving an uncomfortable chuckle and avoiding a clear answer. Instead, he pointed the question back at Russo, who answered “I don’t think I understand the Black community as well as I should, but do I think I’m a racist? No.”
Russo was likely shocked to hear that someone such as Rhoden, who he’s known for decades, might believe he’s racist, but the term ‘racist’ has become more complex than it was years ago. No longer is it just about a blatant act of racism, but it’s about contributing to something that a person of another race believes to be mean or unfair.
Rhoden did say he believes Russo is feeding into a white supremacist ideology by believing the riots in Portland, OR and other areas of the country are caused by the protesters.
“How dare you, you’re calling me a white supremacist…I’ve been on-air for 40 years,” Russo fired back. “That’s not right, I don’t say that about you! You don’t say that.”
It’s fair for Russo to defend himself from being called a white supremacist. He expressed outrage over the recent occurrences of police brutality in MN, WI and KY, but he questioned the response of rioting. Russo’s argument of being in talk radio for 40 years was odd though. I’m not sure having a long career in radio excludes you from potentially pushing white supremist narratives.
This isn’t the first time Russo has been questioned over a racial issue. In 2014, he claimed the lack of diversity on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio channel was because there might not be Black hosts worthy of a national show and if there were, they haven’t applied.
But by the end of this interview, both Russo and Rhoden closed the conversation very amicably, acknowledging disagreements are OK, while offering respect for each of their long careers.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”