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ESPN 97.5 Hosts Get Into Profanity-Laced Fight On Air

“Their shouting match was attention-grabbing and didn’t seem like a bit, but it also might not be a segment either host will look back on and be proud of.”

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ESPN 97.5’s Late Hits with Patrick Creighton and Jayson Braddock touts itself as a “no-holds-barred style of sports talk” and Monday night, the show lived up to its description. 

Their shouting match was attention-grabbing and didn’t seem like a bit, but it also might not be a segment either host will look back on and be proud of. 

After the Houston Rockets again fell short of their season expectations, everything seems to be on the table for the franchise, maybe even a trade of superstar James Harden. But it was the prospect of dealing Harden that caused ESPN 97.5’s Braddock and Creighton to shift from a sports debate into a profanity-laced argument. 

In a clip that was cut and shared on Twitter by Funhouse, Creighton accused Braddock of checking out from the segment, while Braddock repeatedly told his co-host to “shut up crying,” calling him a bitch multiple times before walking out. The bickering spilled into the break as vulgarities worsened on the live stream before audio was cut. 

The fight came in the first segment of the show’s second and final hour. Flying solo the rest of the way, Creighton noted the hosts would likely talk through the issue at some point in the ensuing 24 hours after letting cooler heads prevail. 

Creighton also reminded listeners of an on-air fight he once had with Houston-area radio host Mike Meltser which involved flipping tables. Similarly, this isn’t Braddock’s first radio quarrel with a colleague. In 2018, Braddock was placed on “assignment” after he criticized Josh Innes for his Radio Row antics while both hosts filled opposite drive time slots for their former employer SportsTalk 790 KBME. 

Both Creighton and Braddock were off-air Tuesday night, but unrelated to the argument. Late Hits airs from 7 – 9pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week. Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis fills the same hours every Tuesday. 

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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