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VSIN Names Jon Goulet Its First Ever Program Director

“At VSiN, Goulet’s duties will include shaping the network’s sound and growing the brand’s reach on both terrestrial radio and the digital audio space.”

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VSiN is making moves to strengthen its programming department. The Las Vegas based sports betting network has announced the addition of Jon Goulet as its first ever program director.

Goulet arrives in sin city following a five and a half year run as Colin Cowherd’s executive producer at FOX Sports Radio. The stint at FOX was Goulet’s second with Cowherd. The two men also worked together for two years at ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT.

In addition to working with one of the best national talk show hosts at both ESPN Radio and FOX Sports Radio, Goulet has also learned the business on the local level. He enjoyed two years in San Francisco as the executive producer for 95.7 The Game, working with with Damon Bruce, Ric Bucher, Chris Townsend and Aubrey Huff. Prior to moving into sports radio, he worked for rock station WCCC in Hartford, CT. His father Michael Picozzi worked there too, and has spent nearly 50 years in the industry as a Host and Program Director.

“Jon Goulet is one of the most respected names in radio and we’re thrilled to benefit from his industry experience and relationships as we continue to grow our audio capabilities,” said Brian Musburger, founder and Chairman at VSiN. “As the leader in the sports betting audio space, adding Jon will allow us to strengthen our flourishing podcast network and both improve and expand our offerings for broadcast radio.”

Goulet, who will report to VSiN COO Bill Adee, will be counted on to manage the network’s rapidly growing slate of sports betting podcasts and help the network build out its broadcast radio footprint. VSiN exited SiriusXM in December, forming a relationship with iHeartradio. That partnership is off to a fast start with the sports betting network generating strong listening thru podcast consumption. The next area of focus for VSiN is to increase the exposure for its personalities and programs on terrestrial radio. Interested stations can learn more about affiliate opportunities by clicking here.

“To be given the opportunity to join Brian, Bill and the VSIN management team is a great honor,” said Goulet. “VSIN has quickly established itself as the premier sports betting brand by delivering entertaining and informative content on a deeper level than anything I’ve ever heard. I’m excited to work with this talented group, make the product stronger, and help radio operators discover how we can help them grow their business.”

Along with the announcement of Goulet becoming the sports betting network’s first programmer, VSiN also announced that Brian Rogers will receive a promotion. Rogers has been elevated to the role of EVP of Production. In his new role, Rogers will oversee the growth of VSiN’s video programming. He will manage both production and distribution.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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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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