The Pat McAfee Show is set to debut next week on the sat-caster’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. The show will expand by an hour and be heard from 10 AM until 1 PM on the East Coast. It adds more star power to the channel, but according to Outkick.com, everyone at the company isn’t exactly on board.
Outkick’s Bobby Burack writes that “there was pushback by at least one person employed by the channel that McAfee’s style didn’t fit with the lineup’s all sports content.” Certainly McAfee’s content is more off the wall and irreverent than Adam Schein or Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo’s, but it could be a strong follow up to The Morning Men.
There are costs to consider when adding a talent like McAfee. Putting his show in the weekday lineup means that Mad Dog Sports Radio will lose Steve Torre and Danny Kanell from its weekday lineup. Burack reports it could mean the same for Nick Wright.
Wright, who is seen in the mornings on FS1’s First Things First, hosts a two-hour show beginning at 6 pm on the East Coast for the channel. Burack reports that Wright has made it known that he wanted to move up in the lineup. There is no mention of when Wright’s contract with SiriusXM comes to an end or what alternative plans for him might be.
Several staffers at the channel objected to the lack of communication over the course of negotiations with McAfee. Whether or not hosts and producers should know the ins and outs of bringing in a new talent is debatable, but Burack’s report didn’t specify who was complaining about being left in the dark. If it were executives or programmers on the sports side of the operation, that would be more significant.
McAfee won’t be a SiriusXM employee. As he said on his show last month, SiriusXM is licensing the show, while he retains ownership. Burack reports that has lead to “a belief around the industry SiriusXM’s marriage with McAfee won’t last.”
The show has bounced around quite a bit in recent years. The radio version was initially distributed by Westwood One before being merged into the CBS Sports Radio lineup. DAZN carried a video simulcast of the show before it moved exclusively to YouTube.
In his announcement, McAfee noted that he had some trouble staying comfortable with FCC rules and regulations. Perhaps the freedom offered by SiriusXM is what he and his staff need to build stability and create a long term home for the show.
KNBR’s Brian Murphy Speaks for First Time After Paul McCaffrey Laid Off
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’.”
Earlier this week, KNBR underwent a round of layoffs, affecting a pair of programs on the Bay Area sports station, including the departure of longtime morning host Paul McCaffrey. His longtime partner — Brian Murphy — has taken to X to share his thoughts.
In a thread to X, Murphy shared his admiration for McCaffrey, whom he hosted Murph and Mac with for 18 years.
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’,” wrote Murphy. “So much love.”
He then shared that everything listeners and fans of the program have shared on social media has been read by the duo, and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
Finally, Murphy addressed his future. Fill-in host Dieter Kurtenbach shared on Thursday he did not have a definitive answer about Murphy’s future with the Cumulus-owned station.
However, Brian Murphy has shared he will return to the airwaves on Monday morning.
“I’ll be back Monday morning on KNBR with our guy Markus (Waterboy) Boucher,” Murphy wrote. “Come on. It’s Niners-Eagles. Wouldn’t miss it. As Paulie Mac’s board itself would say: The show goes on.”
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.