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Dan Patrick Details Health Struggle, Influences In Hall Of Fame Speech

“To this day, whenever I turn on a microphone, it may be once a week, it may be once a month, I think of The Very Kurt Gary.”

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Dan Patrick was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame last week. Over the weekend, video of his induction speech was uploaded to YouTube. What was supposed to last just five minutes turned into a fourteen-minute story of influences and gratitude.

The speech began with a taped introduction courtesy of Patrick’s friend, actor Will Ferrell. Ferrell was very emotional as he told his version of the story of Dan Patrick on the radio.

“I told Will Ferrell ‘you have two minutes to introduce me’ and he went in at 1:47. I said ‘What the f***? Thirteen seconds? You left it on the floor?’” Dan Patrick said as he stepped to the microphone.

He said that his infatuation with radio began by sneaking into his brother Bill’s room when he was a kid. Patrick said he would go in for two reasons, Playboys and Bill’s record collection. After listening to legendary rock albums on vinyl, Patrick began seeking out music on the radio. He credited WSAI and WEBN in Cincinnati with changing his life.

Dan Patrick cited WEBN DJ “The Very” Kurt Gary specifically. He noted that there were times he couldn’t wait for the music to end so he could hear what Gary would say next.

“To this day, whenever I turn on a microphone, it may be once a week, it may be once a month, I think of The Very Kurt Gary,” Patrick said. “Never met him. All I know is he had this impact on me that when you turn that microphone on, you have a duty, you have an obligation, you have an opportunity to say something and it never left me.”

Howard Stern was also cited as an influence. Patrick said that the radio legend “created the blueprint” for what The Dan Patrick Show would be after leaving ESPN.

He also said that it was years of listening to Stern that helped him realize he should be honest about his health struggles with his audience. Dan Patrick had been receiving chemotherapy in 2019 to deal with polymyalgia rheumatica. The treatments had left him with memory loss, which he described as “chemo brain,” depression, and a desire to self-medicate.

Patrick described a realization that listeners had been letting him into their daily lives for years. It was time he let them into his.

“I remember that day, it was 10:02. I hit the microphone. I didn’t tell the guys I was working with, the Dannettes. I didn’t tell my wife. I didn’t tell anybody. I said ‘here it is.’”

Dan Patrick concluded by thanking all of the people that made his storied radio career a possibility. That included family as well as colleagues, bosses and listeners.

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Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP

“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”

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Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.

One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.

“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”

More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”

Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”

An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.

“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.

“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.

Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”

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Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road

“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.

“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.

No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.

Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.

On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.

“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”

If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.

This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”

McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.

“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”

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