WFAN VP of programming Spike Eskin popped in on Boomer and Gio this morning to give Gregg Giannotti some insight into the best way for the host to get rid of his Minnesota Vikings tattoo.
Eskin mentioned one of the tattoo artists he knows based out of Philadelphia, PA, that could help Gio with his issue.
“Yeah, so the guy who did this and this,” Eskin said as he pointed to some of his own tattoos. “A tattoo artist in Philly named Tim, Tim Pangburn, he actually used to have a TV show called America’s Worst Tattoos, where he would cover them up; like that’s his whole thing is covering up tattoos.”
Gregg Giannotti was fascinated by the unique skill as he ponders the best way to transform his Vikings mascot tattoo.
“Could he turn it into the face of either Boomer or one of my daughters?” The host asked Eskin.
“Sure,” Eskin replied.
“You really think he could?” Giannotti asked. “I mean you’re just so confident about it, ‘like yeah, it’s no problem.'”
“I’ve seen him do pretty amazing things,” Eskin doubled down. “I’ve seen him do more drastic cover-ups. Maybe you should just get a bigger Viking head. “
It all snowballed into a Gio declaration that he’d carry out under one circumstance. The WFAN host wants Al Dukes and Jerry Recco properly compensated for the hour-long WFAN show they host prior to Boomer and Gio.
“This is in writing,” Gregg Giannotti said on the show. “If they pay Al [Dukes] and Jerry [Recco] for The Warm Up Show, I will ask for the Viking tattoo to be changed into Chris Oliveiro’s face, and I don’t care if anybody sees that for the rest of my life. I’ve got a great story behind that.”
Chris Oliviero is the SVP and Market Manager of Audacy’s New York building. He also has a long history with WFAN and the talent there, going back to when the station was owned by CBS Radio and he served as the company’s Executive VP of Programming.
Giannotti put the ball in WFAN’s hands when it comes to his next ink job. Recco and Dukes host The Warm Up Show on weekdays from 5-6 am in addition to serving as an anchor and producer respectively on Boomer & Gio.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at [email protected].
Mad Dog: Gus Johnson ‘Bothered The Hell Out of Me’ Saturday
“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine.”
FOX Sports college football voice Gus Johnson has made no bones about his affinity for Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. However, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has heard enough.
During his Mad Dog Unleashed program on SiriusXM, Russo shared that not only was Johnson obnoxious for the constant use of a nickname he bestowed up Harrison, but he was also misguided for calling Ohio State/Michigan the greatest rivalry in sports.
“Gus Johnson — the hype machine that he is — please, when you broadcast a ballgame, I don’t need to hear about Maserati Marv, number one. And number two, that’s not the greatest rivalry in sports history. Have you heard of the Yankees and the Red Sox? Giants and the Dodgers? How about Bears/Packers? Have you heard about that?
“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine. That bothered the hell out of me.”
When a caller pushed back on Russo’s opinion on the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry, he continued by saying “That rivalry’s not Yankees/Red Sox. To compare college football to the Yankees and the Red Sox is ludicrous.”
Nashville Predators Radio Voice Pete Weber Calling 2,000th Game Tuesday
“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team. I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”
Nashville Predators radio voice Pete Weber is set to hit a career milestone Tuesday, as he’ll call his 2,000th game for the NHL franchise.
Weber told The Tennessean that he has relished the opportunity to be the voice of a team since its inception. He claimed he applied for and was a finalist for the radio play-by-play job when the Carolina Panthers were conceived, before ultimately landing with the Predators.
“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team,” said Weber. “I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”
Despite missing time late last season due to a rare brain condition, Weber said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
“I have not thought about it, other than when I thought about how (former Philadelphia Phillies announcer) Harry Kalas was carried dead out of the broadcast booth in Washington,” Pete Weber said. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s an interesting way to go. I don’t necessarily know that I want to do it like that. But it could happen. I’m not going to say no.”
Weber’s 2,000th game will come as the Nashville Predators play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 102.5 The Game is the flagship home of the Predators Radio Network.
iHeartMedia Ending WEEI Simulcast in Cape Cod
A job opening for a sports talk co-host/producer/programming assistant that says its salary will “be funded by the savings that the market is acquiring from the expiring Audacy/WEEI & Red Sox contracts”.
iHeartMedia is preparing to drop its simulcast of WEEI on its 96.3 WEII-FM signal in Hyannis/Cape Cod.
According to a report from Radio Insight, iHeartMedia has posted a job opening for a sports talk co-host/producer/programming assistant that says its salary will “be funded by the savings that the market is acquiring from the expiring Audacy/WEEI & Red Sox contracts”.
It goes on to state that the contract between the company and Audacy was $300,000 annually and it paid the Red Sox $65,000 annually.
The job posting alleges 96.3 FM will continue to carry sports programming with a local show.
WEEI is currently simulcast on stations in Springfield and Worcester, MA; Providence; Portland, Maine; and on stations in New Hampshire and Vermont, as well. Earlier this year, the station’s offices in Warwick, Rhode Island closed as part of a cost-cutting measure.
WEII-FM is licensed to Dennis, MA and features a 25,000-watt Class B signal.