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Mad Dog: 5 Hours On SiriusXM Is Different Than 5 Hours On WFAN

“On Wednesday’s episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast, Russo talked about how sports radio has evolved.”

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Back in 2008, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo left WFAN and his iconic partnership with Mike Francesa on Mike and the Mad Dog to get his own show, Mad Dog Unleashed, on SiriusXM. After doing one thing for almost 20 years, it sounded like Russo was ready for the challenge. 

On Wednesday’s episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast, Russo talked about how sports radio has evolved. He was asked by Jastremski if he felt a chip on his shoulder going to SiriusXM to prove he be can successful without Francesa.

“It definitely did. It was a challenge. I was looking for a new challenge at the time. I think it was very important that we break off a little bit, give each other a blow. I think Mike looked at the show by himself, ‘let me prove that I can do this without him.’ I think it worked for Mike.” 

When Russo got to SiriusXM, he had one worry about how his new show would do and that was whether or not there would be the same listener interaction compared to what he had at WFAN, but one iconic media personality helped bring those people in.

“I had Howard [Stern] there, who was New York and sort of helped set the tone for New Yorkers to buy Sirius, so I knew there would be a little bit of that crossover.”

The other thing that he noticed was five hours on satellite radio is very different from five hours on terrestrial radio.

“I didn’t realize how long five hours at Sirius is compared to five hours at WFAN with no commercials. I made a strategic mistake there. Five hours on Sirius is like seven hours on terrestrial. I definitely looked at it from a standpoint of let’s see what I can do here solo, let’s brand this channel. I didn’t feel pressure.” 

The old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So, why would Russo change anything going from WFAN to SiriusXM? If anything, it gives SiriusXM listeners a little bit of radio nostalgia. 

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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