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Howard Eskin Reveals Favorite Interview From His Career

“Eskin is one of the most experienced sports radio voices in the country.”

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Courtesy: SeventySix Capital

Howard Eskin and Philadelphia sports radio go hand-in-hand, and the legend took some time to discuss his career on The Leadership Series from SeventySix Capital.

Eskin dove into the different portions of his career, from never having a bad day in his life—to his favorite interview. Eskin and Wayne Kimmel covered quite a bit.

“He’s probably the most iconic sports figure in the history of the world,” Eskin said as he filled Kimmel in on his all-time favorite interview. “That’s Muhammad Ali, and he was training at Deer Lake…I knew somebody, and they got him on the air. He was Muhammad Ali. It was great, it was great.

“We were just going back and forth, and he was classic. And back then, that was early in my career—We never really taped anything. We never really saved anything. We didn’t have the electronics we have today. I just so much wish that I had it.”

Eskin is one of the most experienced sports radio voices in the country. He’s hosted over 7,000 radio shows across his storied career. At 70 years old, “The King” has stepped back from daily sports talk radio, but he still hosts a slot on SportsRadio 94 WIP from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

The host oozes positivity, something he’s noticed brightens even the most meaningless interactions with people. Eskin described his process when he makes customer service calls.

“So, when you call somebody,” Eskin described. “And they say, ‘how you doing?’ I say, ‘I’ve never had a bad day in my life,’ and you know what? The service is much better, and they’re actually—with all the calls they may take—they’re actually much nicer to you; because it put a positive spin on their outlook, on their approach.”

Wise words that we can all learn from out of the WIP host. Don’t expect a limp-sounding ‘good’ from Eskin if you ever stop to see how he’s doing in the city of brotherly love.

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Doug Franz Launching Sports Betting Podcast, ‘Props Arizona,’ With Sean Lockhart

“I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

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Following his dismissal from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Doug Franz has found a new gig. Franz will join sports gambling expert Sean “Papa Bear” Lockhart to host a new podcast for Props.com titled Props Arizona.

Franz was a mainstay on Phoenix sports talk radio, co-hosting The Doug and Wolf Show in the market for 15 years. Parent company Bonneville Phoenix said Franz would be moved to a “digital role” in shuffling the Arizona Sports daily lineup last August.

But Franz said he was effectively fired. Soon after leaving 98.7 FM, he launched a daily podcast titled Doug Franz Unplugged.

Lockhart has been a mainstay in Arizona, consulting on sports betting and sales since graduating from Arizona State. He’s provided analysis for several sports betting podcasts and digital shows, in addition to his own website, for several years.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Sean on this new podcast,” said Franz in the official announcement from gambling media company American Affiliate. “I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

For American Affiliate, which has several sports betting and investment properties in its portfolio including BetPrep and Wagers, Props Arizona is the first regional (or state-exclusive) spinoff of its Props City podcast.

Props Arizona is set to launch at the end of January. The show will be available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A teaser for the show is currently online for download.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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