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Dan Sheldon & Nigel Burton Out At Rip City Radio 620

“No permanent replacement for Sheldon and Burton was announced yet by the station.”

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Dan Sheldon & Nigel Burton

Portland’s Rip City Radio 620 is shaking up their weekday schedule, canceling its morning show of more than four years. Dan Sheldon and Nigel Burton surprised listeners on Monday, announcing last Friday was their final time hosting Rip City Mornings.

The duo teamed up for the morning show in the summer of 2016, hosting weekdays from 6 – 9am PT on Rip City Radio, also having a TV simulcast with NBC Sports Northwest. Sheldon has been a contributor to NBC Sports Northwest for nearly a decade, while Burton is known locally for his time as head coach of the Portland State University football team and a football analyst on the Pac-12 Network.

“We don’t know all the reasons why this decision was made,” Burton tweeted Monday. “At no point in our time together did anyone at iHeart express a problem with us tackling difficult subjects outside of sports. It was quite the opposite. We were encouraged to talk how about how the sports & current events intersected, & all the things that make us human. We appreciated that iHeart gave us that freedom.”

Fans and listeners were overwhelmingly disappointed by the announcement on social media. For now, they can still hear Sheldon hosting NBC Sports Northwest’s podcast Talkin’ Blazers w/ Channing Frye.

No permanent replacement for Sheldon and Burton was announced yet by the station. Rip City afternoon co-host Travis Demers filled in on Monday morning’s show, stating that he will be doing so for a while.

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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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 $1.5 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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