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Chris Christie Talks Covid Experience With Chris Russo

“The former Governor of New Jersey noted the timing of his symptoms likely means he contracted COVID while helping President Trump with debate prep, and not at the White House hosted “superspreader event” from Sept. 26.”

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Not long after former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was released from the hospital, he went on a small media tour, preaching the importance of wearing masks to avoid contraction of COVID-19. It included a visit to SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Unleashed, hosted by his friend Christopher Russo. 

Joining Mad Dog on-air, Christie acknowledged he believes not wearing a mask is the reason he caught the virus. The former Governor of New Jersey noted the timing of his symptoms likely means he contracted COVID while helping President Trump with debate prep, and not at the White House hosted “superspreader event” from Sept. 26. 

According to Christie, he was very careful for seven months because New Jersey was a hotbed for the virus and because of his asthma history, but he “let his guard down” being around the president where he believed each person was tested daily. 

Christie, who spent a week in the hospital, called his symptoms mild because his breathing didn’t become an issue, but he also noted it was “worse than the worst flu you ever had.” Christie also believes the experimental treatment he received from doctors may have kept his breathing from becoming problematic. 

“It was a mistake not to wear the mask during that period of time,” Christie told Russo of his debate prep with President Trump. “When you’re a leader you stand up and say to people, ‘look, this is something I did that turned out to be a mistake, that turned out to be wrong and I want you to learn from it.’ And I hope the people who follow me and care what I have to say about things, they’ll hear that and learn from it.”

Although he was never openly against mask-wearing, Christie’s leadership was previously more in lockstep with the president and less focused on slowing the spread of COVID. During an appearance on Mad Dog Unleashed in May, Christie strongly vouched for people to get back to work and states to reopen, telling Russo, “if we let the epidemiologists of the world run this world, we’re gonna stay in our houses until there’s a vaccine.”

Using a sports analogy, Christie compared the final two weeks of the presidential race to Biden running the four corners offense popularized by the late UNC head coach Dean Smith. Biden’s “passing the ball around and passing the ball around and hoping nobody turns it over,” Christie said. 

Christie chuckled when Russo asked if Trump is a clear underdog, responding with “the sand is running through the hourglass.” He called the president a “moderate underdog,” despite the polls showing a wider gap, but Christie believes it’s important for Trump to “stay disciplined,” rather than run a smear campaign in the final days leading up to the election. 

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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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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