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Andy Gresh Joining Rich Keefe For New WEEI Mid Day Show

“Gresh has been a fixture in sports radio across New England, most recently hosting The Gresh Show on WPRO.”

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With Dale Arnold set to enjoy retirement, WEEI has a full-time opening to fill on its air staff. The station confirmed today that Arnold’s chair will be filled by industry veteran Andy Gresh, who will join Rich Keefe to form a new tandem in middays.

Gresh has been a fixture in sports radio across New England, most recently hosting The Gresh Show on WPRO. He announced in January that he was leaving the station due to a “business disagreement.” At the time, Gresh called it “bittersweet” but said he had options for returning to the air.

Nationally, his credits include stints with ESPN Radio and SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. The former Rhode Island Ram offensive lineman has also served as a college football analyst on regional television networks SNY and Comcast Sports Net New England, and done part time hosting in Néw York for WFAN.

“I’m excited to be back on the radio in Boston,” Gresh said in a press release. “I think people know I’m pretty familiar with this time slot, but It’s time to present something new and fresh, with energy, focus and fun. Rich Keefe and I have always had a cool relationship that I truly believe will translate through the speakers.”

Bostonians will remember Gresh best for being part of the original lineup at crosstown rival 98.5 the Sports Hub. Andy worked alongside Scott Zolak in middays. The two men had previously worked together as well in Providence, Rhode Island. Now they’ll go head to head, battling for ratings in one of the nation’s most competitive sports radio markets.

“Andy Gresh has a vast amount of experience covering the Boston sports scene, making him a perfect addition to our midday programming,” Mark Hannon, Entercom Boston’s Regional President, added. “We’re excited to team him up with WEEI’s Rich Keefe to bring listeners a dynamic midday show that will reflect what sports fans are talking about day in and day out.”

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Perry Michael Simon Upped To SVP/Editor-In-Chief At All Access

“Simon has been part of the industry site for 24 years.”

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Perry Michael Simon has a new job title at All Access. He is now the SVP/Editor-In-Chief, News/Talk/Sports/Podcasting Editor.

Simon has been part of the industry site for 24 years. He has attended many conferences, interviewed many leaders and broadcasters, and processed and reported a lot of information in that time. The promotion is well-deserved.

“I’m looking forward to building on All Access‘ tradition of being the most complete and accurate source of information about the radio, music, podcasting and associated industries, Perry Michael Simon said in a press release. “I’m grateful to Joel for his confidence in me and for granting me my wish of having a title that’s too long for a business card, and I promise that I will keep the Philadelphia sports references to a reasonable amount.”

Prior to joining All Access, Simon programmed New Jersey 101.5 in the Philadelphia area and KLSX in Los Angeles. He also served as an on-air host and operations manager at what used to be Y107 in Los Angeles. The station flipped from modern rock to Spanish hits shortly after his exit in the late 90s.

In the publishing world, All Access isn’t the only place Perry Michael Simon has enjoyed success. He spent six years overseeing Nerdist as the site’s Editor-In-Chief.

“Perry’s leadership and creativity will continue our growth of 26 years in serving the ever-expanding radio/audio, music/streaming, podcasting and social media industries and their many platforms with the very best information served up on-demand on the AllAccess.com site, mobile, email and associated social media platforms,” the site’s President and Publisher Joel Denver added.

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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