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Tim Hill Says Cumulus Vaccine Mandate Led To 107.5 The Game Exit

”I am raising 3 boys and trying to teach them to stand up for what they believe in.”

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Three weeks ago, BSM reported that program director Tim Hill was set to leave Columbia, SC sports talker 107.5 The Game in October. The station is owned by Cumulus Media. We reached out to Hill for a comment on the departure at the time, but he declined to discuss the matter.

Now, Hill has finally addressed the situation on social media. The PD/Host stated that he was fired by the company for ”not following their vaccine policy.”

”I submitted a religious exemption and was denied, and I never thought that it would come to this,” he said in a video. “I wish all of the people over at 107.5 The Game the best, they had nothing to do with this decision, it was something that I felt like I had to stand up for and believe in sincerely.”

Hill added that he does not feel it’s is right for someone to make him or anyone else get vaccinated. ”I am raising 3 boys and trying to teach them to stand up for what they believe in, and I feel like this is something that I had to do.”

Hill had been in multiple roles at the station before his removal. He programmed the station and served as host of The Early Game with Bill Gunter during morning drive. BSM has heard that 107.5 The Game is close to hiring a new program director, but no official information is available on that decision at this time.

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  1. Liam Wilson

    October 11, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    How is applying for a bogus religious exemption setting a good example for your children?

  2. Kyle

    October 12, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Well first we would need to address the entire concept of religious excemption. Why do people who believe in make believe stories about supernatural beings receive exception while others who don’t want the vaccine don’t get excemption from the vaccine? Secondly, it’s pretty terrible people have to choose between their job and taking a chemical into their body that has been clearly shown to not fully protect people, let alone has no long term research.

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Moose and Maggie: Troy Aikman Is ‘Tough To Take’

“Usually Troy is pretty balanced. He was laying it on pretty thick,” Maggie Gray said on Monday’s edition of WFAN’s Moose & Maggie.

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The Dallas Cowboys cruised to a Week 5 victory on Sunday. America’s team demolished the Giants thanks to three passing touchdowns from Dak Prescott and 110 yards on the ground from Zeke Elliott. There was no denying that the Cowboys were the better team, but two WFAN hosts thought Troy Aikman went a little overboard in the FOX broadcast booth.

“Usually Troy is pretty balanced. He was laying it on pretty thick,” Maggie Gray said on Monday’s edition of WFAN’s Moose & Maggie.

She said that Aikman’s praise of Dak Prescott was “over the top” and thought it was unnecessary for the former Cowboys QB to say that the Giants “aren’t even in the Cowboys’ league.”

Troy Aikman may not be entirely wrong. With both rosters fully healthy, the Cowboys are clearly a more talented team. But the Giants got pretty beat up on Sunday, losing quarterback Daniel Jones to a concussion and running back Saquon Barkley to an ankle injury.

“They were good against a team that should have waived a white flag halfway through the fourth quarter if they could have,” Gray added.

Her partner, Marc Malusis is generally a fan of Troy Aikman. He agreed though that things were a little much on Sunday.

“I like Aikman doing a game, but it’s a little tough to take with the Cowboys,” Malusis added. “He’s excited! The Cowboys are back!”

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Pat McAfee, Baltimore Restaurant Bet Crab Cakes On Monday Night Football

“There is plenty of crab and bragging rights on the line in Baltimore tonight.”

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Courtesy: The Pat McAfee Show

Pat McAfee isn’t shy about rooting for the Indianapolis Colts. They are the only team he ever suited up for in the NFL after trading for his draft rights in 2009. So, naturally, McAfee put his money where his mouth is on tonight’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Colts.

McAfee and Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a popular Maryland restaurant, made a pretty hefty wager on who would win the battle. The Colts limp in at 1-3 and are fighting for their playoff lives.

“I have a bet with them tonight,” McAfee said on his show. “If the Colts win, which is gonna happen, alright, for the sake of this bet. This is going to happen this team’s bonded. Alright, I saw them boarding the team plane via the Colts social media. They all look like they are upbeat and happy, and confident. 

“If the Colts win, Jimmy will donate $1000 in crab cakes to Indianapolis first responders. If the Ravens win, I have to purchase $1,000 worth of crab cakes for our listeners.”

There is plenty of crab and bragging rights on the line in Baltimore tonight.

Jimmy’s Seafood is well-known for being a die-hard supporter of Maryland-based sports teams. McAfee made sure to note that all of the food is shippable and will taste like it just came off of the boat in Baltimore Harbor, all while upping the ante live on the air.

“They do ship nationwide, and it tastes just as good as if you were in Baltimore,” McAfee confirmed. “I say let’s make it $5,000, alright? $5,000 for each, I assume he agrees, so that’s what’s on the line tonight. $5,000 worth of crab cakes for listeners, $5,000 worth of crab cakes for first responders. Let’s assume everybody is going to end up with crab cakes somehow.”

The Mannings are still a few weeks from returning to Monday Night Football, but McAfee just gave his audience plenty of shellfish reasons to tune in for the action.

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Ryen Russillo: ESPN Radio Didn’t Want Me With Scott Van Pelt

“They wanted it to be Stephen A, maybe Herbstreit.”

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From his experience hosting both national radio at ESPN or local radio in the New England area, Ryen Russillo is one of those hosts who knows the ins and outs of the sports format. Now, he is hosting The Ryen Russillo Podcast on The Ringer.

On the latest edition of The Press Box podcast with Bryan Curtis on The Ringer, Russillo spent over an hour going over the many different aspects of radio. It is an entertaining listen for those who want the “inside baseball” of the industry and want to know more about Russillo. 

In fact, before SVP & Russillo began in 2009, Russillo said that he wasn’t the first choice to be Scott Van Pelt’s co-host on ESPN Radio.

“Scott and I joined up, they didn’t want me to be Scott’s co-host. The only person who wanted me to be his co-host was Scott. They wanted it to be Stephen A, maybe Herbstreit. It was always somebody who had a million things going on and I had nothing else going on.” 

When Russillo started in local radio, he thought he was not very good at interviewing because he thought was more interested in displaying how much knowledge he had about a subject.

During his time at ESPN, Ryen Russillo realized that one of the things he was really good at was having the right instincts on which topics made the show. He said that helped him always be ready to go about anything

“Figuring out how to weave a result into a discussion is a very important part of doing talk radio every single day. You’re doing 15-20 hours a week. You better figure out the right way to do it. Playing the hits is a very simple thing to say, but I would like to play the hits, but find a different way to attack the hits than other hosts did.”

“I like my ideas. I always have felt when I walked into ESPN every morning, I knew I was ready to go and I am proud of that. That’s a hard job.”

Plenty of people have been critical of ESPN Radio in recent months. Rusillo is no different. surprisingly, he is not down on the recent turnover in the lineup. Ryen Rusillo is more put off by how much the network seems to be relying on phone calls these days. It just isn’t something he would have done during his time on a national network.

“I feel like the radio lineup for ESPN specifically at least the last couple of years, it’s a national lineup that seems to have a lot of local influences and that surprises me a little. To have it be a major part of your show on a national level, I would just be like ‘do you realize how many people are listening to this call that’s always a selfish call?’. The call’s always about what that caller’s interests are and it’s as sophomoric as ‘Do you think my Cowboys can win?’. I’m surprised that it’s used as much nationally.” 

When Curtis asked him if he felt national radio was harder than local radio, Russillo admitted that it was, but it also came with a level of satisfaction that suited the type of fan he is.

“I always had to know a little about a lot of things, where in local I had to know everything, but only about one thing. The math is easier on the local side of things. I know I’m a prep freak, so doing the national side, the amount of shit that I would do is an excessive amount of stuff.”

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