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Jay Cutler Explains Why He Chose Podcasting Over Broadcasting

“Cutler said he was excited about going into broadcasting. After one final year of playing though, his thoughts on replacing one job that had him on the road every weekend with a different one changed.”

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The latest athlete to enter the world of podcasting is 12-year NFL quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler launched a new podcast for PodCast One called UnCut with Jay Cutler on Wednesday. The first episode he did was with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman from ESPN Radio 1000 AM in Chicago. 

Before the first episode officially launched, Cutler was a guest on The Adam Schefter Podcast to talk about the new show. Cutler doesn’t look at himself as a podcaster yet, but says there is a lot he likes about the new gig. 

“I did the first one and kind of was hesitant going into it. I did it with Waddle and Silvy out of Chicago. I’ve known them forever. Great guys. We’re in the middle of it and I was like, this is kind of fun, I’m enjoying this. I think after playing football, I was looking for something I would enjoy that you could get a little bit of competition. It’s hard to replace that completely.”

Cutler told Schefter that he hopes fans don’t assume every episode of UnCut will be like the first one. There is a lot he still has to learn and that means the show will continue to evolve and dive into new areas.

“I’m going to probably open up more about myself, I’m going to bring some people on that I’ve known throughout my life that are close to me, some new people I’ve met that are close to me. Just kind of see how it goes. I didn’t really have a plan going into it. This might change 6 months down the road. Football’s coming up, so we’ll hit on football and kind of dive into that a little bit. It’s some uncharted waters for me for sure.” 

Back in 2017, Cutler was going to join FOX as a TV analyst with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis (now at CBS). However, he decided to unretire and go play quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. Cutler said he was excited about going into broadcasting. After one final year of playing though, his thoughts on replacing one job that had him on the road every weekend with a different one changed.

“The boys were getting older, we were starting the reality show. It was just one of those situations where I didn’t want to really be gone that same timeframe that I was playing (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). I just wasn’t at a place in my life where I wanted to commit to that same schedule and that travel schedule, so I passed. There’s definitely times where I kind of regret that decision, but it’s worked out for me.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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