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Danny Parkins’s Radiothon Raises More Than $660,000 On 670 The Score

“That total came from over 4000 unique donors, Parkins said. He tipped his hat to Score listeners and anonymous donors who made individual donations in the thousands of dollars range.”

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Listeners to 670 the Score came together for a good cause on Wednesday. The What About Chicago Radiothon was the brainchild of Danny Parkins and saw the station’s afternoon host on air for 24 consecutive hours in an effort to raise money for Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest. According to program director Mitch Rosen, as of Thursday morning, the event raised more than $660,000.

“I would say it was a tremendous amount of talking 24 hours,” Parkins told BSM when asked how he felt at the end of the marathon broadcast. “But but we did it. So it was it was all worth it.”

That total came from over 4000 unique donors, Parkins said. He tipped his hat to Score listeners and anonymous donors who made individual donations in the thousands of dollars range.

Parkins says he was also impressed with the sports media’s willingness to embrace the fundraiser. He credits his longtime friend Nick Wright of FS1 for leading the charge and drawing $500 donations from colleagues like Booger McFarland and PFT Commenter. But Danny Parkins has plenty of friends in the sports media. It wasn’t just people connected to Nick Wright that got involved.

“My buddy Jeff Passan donated a thousand bucks, and for the memo that he put on a little donation line online was like ‘anything to get Parkins to shut up’ or something like that,” Parkins said.

Other celebrities that gave to the cause included Theo Epstein and Olin Kruetz.

“What an incredible 24 hours,” Rosen told BSM. “The Score asked and the audience delivered for Austin Harvest to build a permanent Food Mart! I can’t thank our dedicated listeners, our Score team, Danny Parkins who led all of us, and Sam Acho enough. What a 24 hours of raising money for a great cause!  Thank you, Chicago!”

“This radiothon was a dream come true,” shared Sam Acho, Founder and President, Athletes for Justice. “Over 4,000 individuals gave, over $600,000 raised, and we’re just getting started. I love y’all. This is just the beginning.”

In a company press release, Rachel Williamson, Regional President and Market Manager of Audacy Chicago added “I’m so incredibly proud of our team for rallying together and using our platform to support a great cause with Athletes for Justice. We are also so appreciative to our partners’ generous donations and our selfless listeners who rose to the occasion to support the mission.”

Parkins named the radiothon “What About Chicago” as a tongue-in-cheek jab at people that use the phrase in an insincere and derogatory way to score political points at the city’s expense. He told Barrett Sports Media that the he isn’t sure if the city totally took the phrase back thanks to the radiothon. He just hopes that anytime it is said on cable news or social media people can point out that “What About Chicago” was used to do some good.

“Am I tremendously proud of the fact that that some weird, defiant name that not everybody understood when I pitched it to them as the name of the radiothon resonated in a big way, both locally and nationally? Second to the actual accomplishment, the funding of the construction of the grocery store, it is the thing I am most proud of.”

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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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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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