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WJOX Adds “Matt McClearin Show” To Weekday Lineup

McClearin previously hosted a show at the station from 2013-2016.

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Matt McClearin is making a return to Birmingham sports radio. WJOX 94.5 announced their full new lineup on Twitter, with the Matt McClearin Show airing weekdays from 12-2 p.m. local time starting this Monday.

The WJOX weekday lineup now features a loaded slate of talent. Mornings get going from 6-7 a.m. with Morning Jox hosted by Damian Mitchell and Landrum Roberts. Greg McElroy and Cole Cubelic take over from 7-10 a.m. on McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning. Next is 3 Man Front from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. before arriving at McClearin’s timeslot. The Paul Finebaum Show isn’t going anywhere, airing from 2-6 p.m. on weekdays.

“Very excited about this!” McClearin wrote on Twitter. “Birmingham is one of my favorite places, I loved being there and I’m excited to return to the heartbeat of college football world. This is going to be a lot of fun, can’t wait to reconnect with so many of you!”

The host is now putting together the only solo show airing on the station besides Finebaum’s. He plans to stay in Dallas for the summer before moving to Birmingham in September, just in time for football season.

This isn’t McClearin’s first stint at WJOX. The host came over from Dallas to Birmingham once before, hosting the Matt and Scot show from 2013-2016 on WJOX with Scot Harrison. McClearin held no ill will towards the station when the decision came down.

“I love what I do,” McClearin wrote on his Twitter account in 2016. “Love it. Scot and I are no longer employed at JOX. We’ll be alright and land somewhere! Thank YOU for giving us a shot! JOX is a phenomenal station with a lot of talent, very thankful we were able to be a part of it for 31/2 years, love my time here in BHam.”

It pays to keep your head up and keep pushing forward in this business. McClearin and his return to WJOX are a perfect example of that.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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