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Internal Pushback To Pat McAfee Joining SiriusXM

“Several staffers at the channel objected to the lack of communication over the course of negotiations with McAfee.”

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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.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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