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MRN Sets Nashville Schedule

The city is hosting a top-level NASCAR race for the first time since 1984.

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Motor Racing Network is making a long awaited return to Nashville when NASCAR visits there Father’s Day Weekend, June 18-20, at Nashville Superspeedway.

The network is putting together around 15 hours of content to celebrate NASCAR’s first competition in the “Music City” in ten years. MRN is covering all three races at the track, including the ins and outs of the Cup Series, from qualifying to crowning the winner.

“While it is important from time to time to get back to our roots we also need to be focused on places that support NASCAR. Nashville has always been a terrific market for the sport and this is a perfect time and place to return,” said NASCAR Cup Champion and Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace.

MRN has been covering NASCAR around the racetrack for 52 years. NASCAR owns the network and broadcasts races to over 500 radio stations around the country.

“Clearly it was the right decision as the event is sold-out,” Wallace continued. “I can’t wait to describe the energy and excitement from the MRN booth Father’s Day weekend!” Wallace is Motor Racing Network’s lead NASCAR analyst and will be in the booth with anchors Jeff Striegle and Alex Hayden.

Denny Hamlin is the current points leader (597) as we approach the halfway mark of the season. Hamlin holds a 98 point lead over William Byron despite being the only drive in the top seven not to win a race so far in 2021.

This is a historic weekend for the racing promotion. NASCAR has never run a Cup Series race in Nashville, and this is the first time the city has hosted the top NASCAR level since 1984. Race fans can get their fix of Nashville at the “Ally 400” from Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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BetQL Network Expands BetMGM Partnership With 2 New Shows

BetMGM and Audacy agreed on a multi-year deal in March.

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Audacy is expanding the BetQL Network in a big way. The multi-platform partnership with BetMGM is adding two shows to its lineup: The Daily Tip and BetMGM Tonight starting June 21. Audacy houses the network on its app and a few large markets, including The Bet 1430AM (KEZW-AM) in Denver, 93.1 HD3 in Los Angeles, and The Bet 105.9 FM-HD2 in Chicago.

Michael Jenkins and Chelsea Messinger host The Daily Tip, airing from 6 to 9 a.m. ET every weekday. The show is featuring guests, analysts, and BetMGM experts, including bookmakers. Sports bettors get fed all the info they need to attack the daily cards. 

On the flip side, Quinton May and Ryan Horvat have the real-time live gambling angles covered on BetMGM Tonight. The show is airing from 7 to 11 p.m. ET and will help guide sports bettors towards their next live bet or aide them in recognizing value on events for the next day.

“We are ecstatic to announce the next phase of our planned expansion of the ‘BetQL Network,’ said Audacy President of Sports Mike Dee. “Our partnership with BetMGM – who is co-developing these shows alongside our sports programming team led by Matt Volk [Vice President of Sports] – enables us to create this new content that will both entertain and inform our audience around daily sports betting activity. We aspire for the ‘BetQL Network’ to become the go-to destination for the sports betting community and we’ll continue to announce new content to this dynamic platform over the next few months.”

Audacy just signed a multi-year deal with BetMGM in March of this year, and they are cementing that relationship.

“We’re extremely excited to introduce new programming to Audacy’s BetQL Network,” said BetMGM Chief Revenue Officer Matt Prevost. “Each show will feature in-depth perspectives from BetMGM traders and sports betting experts, giving listeners unique betting insights only accessible on Audacy.”

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Boomer Esiason Says Craig Carton Is An Awful Houseguest

Boomer Esiason tells a story to Moose and Maggie about a time he caught Craig Carton going through drawers at his house.

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There’s a slew of social faux pas when it comes to being someone’s house guest. Whether it’s not saying your P’s and Q’s, insulting the host’s cooking or ceramic figurine collection, or making a mess of some variety, guests are expected to observe certain decorums. Boomer Esiason joined Moose and Maggie and told a story about his former morning co-host Craig Carton going through his drawers when the former he had Carton over at his house.

“Never ask Craig Carton ever to come over to your house,” Boomer Esiason warned. “He’s a snooper like you won’t believe.”

Esiason said Carton would go through cabinets and bedrooms when he was a guest of Esiason’s, even catching him going through drawers, describing it as “a very awkward thing.” Carton took to the air on Carton & Roberts to defend himself. He denied being as invasive as Esiason claimed, though did say in the early years of the show, he stayed overnight at the former NFL quarterback’s home and went around looking for Esiason’s AFC Championship ring and NFL MVP trophy.

Carton said he went looking through Esiason’s office at night, including in the drawers in his desk to get a peak at them. The search was foiled when Boomer Esiason woke up and went downstairs, fearing an intruder.

“He’s holding a Louisville Slugger in his hands, and he goes, ‘Carton?'” he said. “I thought it might be inside the drawer.”

While the ring and trophy weren’t found in the drawer, Carton did take aim at attempting to prank someone in the family by filling a bathroom cabinet with toy jacks. He bought a “bulk amount” of them, and proceeded to try to rig the cabinet, only to be caught by one of his former co-host’s two kids who asked what he was doing.

“Nothing; I’ll just take my jacks home.”

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670 The Score Launching What About Chicago Radiothon

Audacy Chicago announced a 24-hour radiothon entitled What About Chicago that aims to raise awareness for local social causes.

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Audacy Chicago announced the inaugural What About Chicago Radiothon benefiting Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest. The radiothon will last from 9 a.m. CT June 23 to 9 a.m. CT June 24, led by 670 The Score afternoon co-host Danny Parkins, who said one aim of the event is to reclaim the phrase “What About Chicago” which has been politically weaponized in recent years.

“I hate when people who don’t care about our city ask ‘What about Chicago?’ in bad faith,” said Parkins. “The name ‘What About Chicago’ is a defiant response and this radiothon will hopefully highlight what Chicago is really about – a Chicago radio station partnering with a Chicago charity with a mission to help improve the lives of Chicago kids in a Chicago neighborhood.”

The event is running in partnership with former Chicago Bear and Wuerffel Trophy winner Sam Acho. Parkins will be a co-host on all Score shows throughout the day in addition to hosting in his usual spot. He will be joined by representatives from each organization and special guests, per a release.

Athletes for Justice mobilizes professional, collegiate, and everyday athletes as agents for systemic change by wielding their collective voice and galvanizing resources to amplify local efforts in the ongoing fight for justice.

Austin Harvest is a youth-led open air food mart that provides fresh produce to an area lacking access that is staffed by children from the community. It started as a 3-day-a-week pop-up mart after school program but because of its success, they want to expand and build a permanent structure.

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