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Jake Query Survives Heart Attack Doc Calls ‘Widow-Maker’

“After undergoing surgery to place a stent in the blocked artery, Query asked the doctor to compare his heart to an NFL quarterback. The doctor said after the stent, Query’s heart would be Tom Brady at 24.”

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Indianapolis native and local sportscaster Jake Query is recovering from a life-threatening heart attack, suffered last Thursday evening. 

Query told The Indianapolis Star he and his girlfriend met up with an old friend at a local bar. During the evening, Query’s arm began to tighten and tingle, along with the feeling of heartburn. Suspecting a heart attack, Query’s friend drove him to the hospital where he soon received emergency surgery. 

Doctor’s found the 48-year old Query to have 100% blockage in the left anterior descending artery, causing a massive heart attack often referred to as the ‘widow-maker.’ 

“The doctor said, ‘If you had not come in here when you did,’ you probably would have not made it 30 minutes,” Query told The Indy Star. 

Query works as an announcer for IndyCar, he also co-hosts Query & Shultz on the ISC Sports Network. The duo previously filled the afternoon drive timeslot on WNDE FOX Sports 1260. But Jake Query and Derek Schultz were part of a nationwide round of layoffs conducted by iHeart in January, causing them to lose their afternoon show following eight years on-air. 

After undergoing surgery to place a stent in the blocked artery, Query asked the doctor to compare his heart to an NFL quarterback. The doctor said after the stent, Query’s heart would be Tom Brady at 24. For what it’s worth, Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots at 24. 

In addition to his sportscasting prowess, Query is known locally for his philanthropy which was on full display just hours after the heart attack. Shortly after surgery, Query tweeted a video informing everyone of the heart attack, but he quickly moved past that and onto his continued campaign raising money for the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis. Query is taking part in a celebrity challenge to support all kids living in the Children’s Bureau Children Shelter. Donations in Query’s name can be made by clicking here.

Query’s scare occurred almost one year after another popular Indianapolis sports media personality experienced a life-threatening heart attack. Last November, Jeff Rickard, morning host and program director of The Fan in Indianapolis was hospitalized and needed emergency surgery following a heart attack. Rickard discussed his experience and recovery with BSM’s Demetri Ravanos last week. 

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Indiana Radio Voice Joe Smith To Retire After 2022 Football Season

Smith has spent the last 40 seasons as the pre-game, halftime and post-game host and the upcoming Indiana football season will be his last.

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This season will mark the 40th for Joe Smith, the longtime radio host for Indiana University. After this season’s football campaign, it will be his last.

The pre-game, halftime and post-game voice of Indiana Hoosiers football and basketball has announced he will be stepping away from his post following the final football game of this upcoming season.

“Joe Smith has been an integral and versatile member of the IU Radio Network broadcast team for the better part of 40 years,” Don Fischer, Indiana’s play-by-play man said. “At one time or another, Joe has served as the broadcast engineer, football spotter, statistician, and our pre-game, halftime, and post-game host through those four decades.”

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Smith quipped that it’d be difficult to keep him from being alongside Fischer for his own milestone. “I would not miss Don’s 50th season for anything in the world. Don is a true friend and to share the booth with him one final year, well, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Smith plans to remain on as host of the football post-game show, while mentoring his eventual replacement. He also serves as Sports Director at Sarkes Tarzian talk WGCL Bloomington (1370).

Retirement has been a popular topic recently with collegiate vocal institutions. Mick Hubert, the voice of the Florida Gators announced last week he is retiring following the baseball team’s season. Gene Deckerhoff also announced he will wrap his career soon. The voice of the Florida State Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will finish with the Bucs 2022 season.

In 1998, Smith was named Indiana Sportscaster of the Year. He was honored 2003 with an induction into the Indiana Sportswriters/Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Last August he was the latest inductee into the Monroe County (Bloomington) Sports Hall of Fame.

Smith continued, “IU has meant so much to me and my family, and I can’t wait to watch [football] Coach Allen build the Hoosiers back into a Top-25 program. I also want to thank [VP/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics] Scott Dolson for his support and for allowing me to close out my IU career on this incredible high note.”

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Danny Parkins To Texas Governor: ‘Kiss My Ass’

“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur.”

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The mass shooting that took place on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas captured the attention of the nation.

Remarks from Texas Gov. Greg Abbot in the aftermath of the tragedy got the attention of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on 670 The Score in Chicago.

Gov. Abbot brought up the fact that Chicago has a gun violence problem even though gun laws in the city are among the strictest in the country.

Parkins took issue with the Texas governor trying to score political points by dunking on Chicago in a moment of tragedy.

“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur,” Parkins said. “And if we want to talk about Chicago, we can talk about Chicago with facts…What about Chicago? Kiss my ass, Greg Abbot. I can’t stand it, man. It’s so insulting.”

What about Chicago is often a talking point from one side of the gun control issue that suggests despite having such tough laws on firearm ownership, thousands of people each year in the city end up shooting victims. Therefore gun control laws don’t work to prevent mass shootings.

Parkins used that phrase for good last year, putting on the What About Chicago Radiothon. The station fundraiser in 2021 raised more that $660,000 for Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest.

Parkins explained Wednesday that the problems in the Windy City are multi-faceted. Yes, gun violence issues exist, but Parkins said “it is a problem that many, many, many, many people care deeply about and are trying to solve, but it’s a separate problem.”

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Mike Breen Explains How The Knicks, Heat Rivalry Affected Him and Eric Reid

“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA. For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid.”

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Mike Breen and Eric Reid have history. But it’s a good history.

Breen was in Miami for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which he called for ESPN/ABC. Talking to Jonathan Zaslow on WQAM in Miami on Wednesday, Breen said he didn’t like being called the voice of the NBA because there are so many other great broadcasters, like Reid, out there.

“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA” explained Breen. “For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid. We’re all part of a great fraternity and all thrilled to be calling games. That’s for sure.”

Reid has been part of the Miami Heat radio crew since the team’s inaugural season. He took over as the play-by-play voice of the team’s radio call in 1991.

Zaslow, who has handled studio duties on the Heat’s radio broadcasts since 2010, told Breen that Reid had told him stories about the 1990’s battles between the Heat and the New York Knicks. He said he remembered things even becoming intense between the two broadcasters at times.

“Because the Knicks and the Heat used to fight, Eric and I had some nasty fights back in the day,” Breen joked.

Mike Breen will call the NBA Finals for ESPN and ABC. Breen was named Outstanding Personality/Play-By-Play at the Sports Emmys this week as well.

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