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Jody McDonald, John McMullen Team Up For Birds 365

“The live, local and digital flagship home for Birds 365 will be Philly Voice, with YouTube serving as the show’s video home.”

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Two veteran Philadelphia sports talkers are teaming up for a new show as the JAKIB Media Network announced a partnership with Jody McDonald and John McMullen. The duo will host Birds 365, focused on the Philadelphia Eagles and set to air every weekday from 8 – 10am ET beginning April 5. 

The live, local and digital flagship home for Birds 365 will be Philly Voice, with YouTube serving as the show’s video home. Listeners around the country will also be able to tune in on the JAKIB Media Network. 

“This will be wall-to-wall Eagles Content,” Jody Mac said in the press release. “I am grateful to speak directly to the Eagles Fan Base and provide very defined and specific football content in a great Football City.”

McDonald has been a prominent voice in Philadelphia for more than 30 years, dating back to 1990 when he co-hosted Mac and Mac with Glen Macnow on WIP. Now paired with McMullen, McDonald has an uncanny ability to find co-hosts who share the first syllable of his last name. 

The son of former Mets general manager Joe McDonald, Jody Mac also has strong ties to New York, having hosted weekday shows on both WFAN and the city’s ESPN Radio affiliate. The relations make him uniquely one of the few people who are beloved by both rival markets. McDonald still regularly fills in on WFAN and WIP in addition to national radio work. 

McMullen has three decades of sports media work on his resume and currently covers the NFL and the Eagles for SI. Last year, the veteran longtime NFL beat writer and reporter began a weekly show titled Extending The Play on the newly launched 1490 Sports Betting Radio in Atlantic City. 

“Jody Mac & Johnny Mac will provide football content in one of the most passionate sports cities in the world. Listeners will be drawn to this show,” said JAKIB Media Founder Joe Krause. “This show is for fans who know it all and for fans that want to understand it all.”

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Women Downloading Sports Betting Apps Faster Than Men

“Mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year.”

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The sports betting space saw a surge of new participants come into the realm last year. The fastest growing population? Women.

According to data compiled by Global Wireless Solutions, a mobile insights consulting firm, new female participation in the online sports betting market is nearly doubling the pace of their male counterparts. In their findings, mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year. New male users were up too from 2020, coming in at a 63% increase in 2021.

These very large spikes start to make the $4.3 billion made in sports betting revenue in 2021 seem like just the beginning.

Some of the numbers can be explained by the sheer volume of new available legal bettors. In 2021, five states launched online sports betting (Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia and Wyoming).

This year stands to see even more of an increase with several more states implementing online sports betting (New York came online in January) and adding to their already legal retail offerings or at least deep into negotiations attempting such a feat as soon as possible.

Global Wireless Solutions also found the most effective sportsbook to bring new female users into the fold was by far and away FanDuel. That company signed up 1.7 million new female users while DraftKings attracted an estimated 900,000 new female customers. Men, according to GWS, still outpace women by 250% as a consumer base.

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Mike Francesa: Chris Russo Will Be On My Podcast

“When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”

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WFAN legend Mike Francesa is settling into his new podcast opportunity with BetRivers, and has left the door open for a reunion with his longtime colleague and friend Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

Francesa was responding to questions on his show, with the newest episode out Monday, when he said he would be able to book Russo for an appearance down the road.

“Listen, I’ve gone on Dog’s shows a couple of times. I could definitely get Dog as a guest one time,” Francesa said.

The last time the two shared a stage and microphone was back in March at the BSM Summit. Francesa said he will make sure whenever Russo does come on, it will be at a time that makes the most sense.

“We will do that at an opportune time,” he said. “Maybe right before the football season or maybe late in the baseball season. When things rev up in the fall, I would definitely have Dog over as a guest and do a whole show with him. I would say you count on that.”

Whenever the reunion happens, best believe it will be a must-listen. It will mark the first time the two have been on a podcast together.

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Andy King To Lead Buchwald Agency’s Podcast Division

“The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.”

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Veteran sports programmer Andy King is entering the podcasting world. He has joined the Buchwald Agency. He will help clients develop and sell podcast ideas.

King comes from SiriusXM, where he had been since 2015. He was the director of sports programming and helped create podcasts for the company featuring high profile talent including Let’s Go with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald and Digging Up the Past with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.

Prior to joining SiriusXM, Andy King spent 15 years in Miami. Before leaving, he had risen to program director at 560 WQAM.

The Buchwald Agency largely deals with clients from the entertainment world. The hiring of King is expected to bolster Buchwald Sports, the division of the company that represents athletes, coaches, and broadcasters.

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