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Sports Radio Reacts to Joe Biden Election Victory

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It took a few days, but election week finally closed Saturday morning, just in time for everyone to turn their attention to football. Despite President Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, many in sports radio trusted the election process which saw America vote the Biden/Harris ticket into office.

FOX Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd gets criticized by conservatives for being too liberal and he’s criticized by the left for being too far right. Maintaining that theme, Cowherd kept his acknowledgement of the president-elect relatively bi-partisan. 

In New York, former WFAN host and current political pundit for 77 WABC Sid Rosenberg has spent many days talking up President Trump and rooting for reelection. Despite his frequent condemnation of the left, Rosenberg graciously supported the president-elect, representative of a peaceful transfer that the majority are hoping for. 

WFAN’s weekday lineup remained quiet, but a couple of producers offered reaction to the election results. Morning show producer Al Dukes was sarcastically hopeful the tense political discussion would continue to dominate social media now that the White House is soon to be occupied by a democrat. 

Moose and Maggie producer Brian Monzo was very thankful for everything President Trump did to the country in the last four years. 

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A vocal Trump advocate, Monzo puts the country first, amiably offering support for the incoming president and vice president of the United States.

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On ESPN New York, The Michael Kay Show’s Peter Rosenberg has been outspoken about his disdain for President Trump throughout his tenure in office. The popular radio host shared his excitement over Joe Biden being announced the president-elect. 

Chris Canty, a Super Bowl winner and morning co-host on ESPN New York compared the Biden/Harris victory to winning a championship game. 

92.9 The Game’s Hugh Douglas checked in from Atlanta, the city that helped turn Georgia blue for the first time since 1992. 

97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli has been politically driven on social media in recent months. With his audience mostly located in Philadelphia and the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Missanelli took solace in the election result. 

Ken Carman, morning host on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland and a native of Ohio, was on CBS Sports Radio Saturday morning and tasked with presenting the breaking news of Biden being named president-elect to affiliates nationwide. 

Former WNBA All Star and current co-host of ESPN Radio’s afternoon show, Chiney Ogwumike was especially proud of Kamala Harris becoming the first Black woman to be elected vice president. Ogwumike also donated her time on Election Day as a poll worker, helping Americans cast their vote which drew appreciation from President Obama.

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”

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One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.

Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.

Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.

“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”

Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.

Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.

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