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Gregg Giannotti: Brian McKeon is ‘Morphing Into Mike Francesa’

“Giannotti and Boomer Esiason got a kick out of the uncanny resemblance to Francesca’s tone and cadences.”

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Gregg Giannotti had fun with one of his co-workers this week when he heard a clip of WFAN overnight host Brian McKeon. The Boomer & Gio host listened to McKeon talk about his experience becoming an EMT during the pandemic and thought it sounded a lot like one of the famous hosts that helped build WFAN.

“So this is our overnight guy, Brian McKeon; I like him, did a nice job,” Giannotti began saying. “He was our EMT when I ate the buffalo wings. So he became an EMT during the pandemic. Some guys calls up, and he’s talking about how COVID isn’t real and all this stuff.

“So then Brian McKeon launches into this thing about how he’s an EMT, but I swear he sounds just like a 24-year-old Mike Francesa.”

The producers rolled the clip, which features McKeon explaining his experience around COVID-19 as an EMT and a few signature “ok’s” that Francesa fans know all too well.

“Let me tell you something from my own experience, ok?” McKeon said as he began to unknowingly channel the sports pope. “As I explained prior, I became an EMT during the pandemic, ok? I was out there helping people. I experienced the Coronavirus. Head on. On an ambulance. I’ve been on Coronavirus floors. In hospitals, ok? I’ve seen it firsthand; take it from me.”

Giannotti and Boomer Esiason got a kick out of the uncanny resemblance to Francesa’s tone and cadences. 

“Is that not perfect?!” Giannotti said to the audience. “I have been there, ok?” Giannotti declared as he emulated McKeon. “I have seen the ventilators go in, ok? I have been there. I’m an EMT now, ok? So you can’t tell me it’s not real, ok? Because it’s real.”

Giannotti landed on a mixture of John Jastremski and Francesa as the best way to describe what he heard from McKeon. Catch Boomer & Gio on WFAN every weekday from 6-10 a.m. ET.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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