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Caller Thanks Michael Kay For Helping Him Get Through Covid

“I’ve been here a month already, and [these] four hours every day… [help] me get through the day.”

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been receiving extensive amounts of backlash for comments he made last Friday on The Pat McAfee Show regarding his decision not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The story has received substantial coverage on virtually every news outlet, late-night show and sports program across multiple platforms. After it was reported that Rodgers was stunned at the reaction to his comments, Rodgers returned to The Pat McAfee Show yesterday to clarify the situation.

“I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading… and to anybody who felt [that], I take full responsibility for those comments,” said Rodgers. “I understand that this issue, in general, is very charging to a lot of people because we are talking about public health. I totally respect that. I made a decision that was in the best interest based on consulting with my doctors… and I understand that not everybody is going to understand that necessarily. But I respect everybody’s opinion.”

On Tuesday afternoon, cast of The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN New York spoke about Rodgers’ reappearance on The Pat McAfee Show, and gave their thoughts on the 37-year-old quarterback’s shock towards the negative reaction regarding his comments.

Don La Greca touched on Rodgers’ lack of sensitivity in discussing the precarious subject of vaccination against COVID-19, ahead of a powerful moment on the show.

“Clearly, he’s clueless about the current climate in this country,” said La Greca. “[He] just didn’t realize how polarizing the subject is, and his opinion is. I guess when you surround yourself with people that are like-mind [sic], you figure, ‘Well, everyone’s going to understand what I’m saying.’ Then, he realized that over half the country thinks he’s a tool.”

Almost as if on cue, the hosts took a call from a man named Alan, who, although he is vaccinated, has been in the hospital for the last month battling COVID-19. He spoke openly about his predicament and Aaron Rodgers’ situation as a whole.

“Anybody that doesn’t get the shot — you’re crazy,” said the caller. “The doctor told me when I got here, ‘Did you get the vaccine?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘You have a good chance of walking out of here.’ If I didn’t he actually said I did not. I have a 20-year-old, 26-year-old, and a lonely wife, and I can’t imagine not ever being with them. So when I listen to the Aaron Rodgers stuff, I can’t understand him or anybody that wouldn’t take this vaccine.”

The caller then expressed his gratitude towards The Michael Kay Show during this difficult time in his life, a moment that represents the power radio still garners in today’s oversaturated media landscape.

“I’ve been here a month already, and [these] four hours every day… [help] me get through the day,” said Alan. “It’s invaluable… Even though I’m here and I’m really sick, I’m going to get out of here in a couple weeks. But I wouldn’t [be] If I didn’t have a shot. So please, all you listeners, don’t play around — it’s not a joke.”

Kay and the rest of the on-air crew sent Alan their regards, telling him that they would keep him in their thoughts and look forward to hearing from him when he was discharged from the hospital. Through it all, they will continue to be there for him, and Alan will continue to tune in — congeniality derived from calamity.

“Whether you are for [the vaccine] or against it,” said Rosenberg, “if you are in a situation where you are lonely, I love that we give you four hours a day where you know you have some friends to hang out with.”

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Bobby Belt: ‘Pat McAfee Butchered The Name Shan and RJ’

“I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Shan and RJ is a show that routinely finds itself in the media spotlight. They may be a Dallas show, but when Jerry and Stephen Jones routinely appear on your airwaves, you are going to draw attention from outside of the market.

On Tuesday, Pat McAfee played a clip of the hosts talking to Jerry Jones. McAfee threw to the clip introducing the show as “Shan, RJ, and Chop.” On Wednesday morning, the 105.3 The Fan’s morning show had some fun with the former Colts punter’s struggles.

“There’s a lot to unpack here,” newly added co-host Bobby Belt said after listening to McAfee and his crew take three unsuccessful cracks at naming the show.

“Reggie made a good point yesterday when I was talking to him about this,” Belt said. “Reggie was like ‘I think McAfee was going to the clip, saw three faces and didn’t know a third name, and so he’s like ‘well, that must be RJ and Chop.’”

Belt delighted in the idea that in McAfee’s mind, RJ Choppy goes by “Chop” on air and even pointed out that one of the producers said that RJ “looks like a Chop.”

Pat McAfee called the show “Shan, RJ, and Chop,” “Shana, RJ and Chop,” and “Shannon and RJ” on different occasions according to Belt. He didn’t think it was disrespectful. He just didn’t understand how McAfee got it so wrong so often.

“They butchered this three ways to the weekend. I have no idea. I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Cubs Radio Voice Pat Hughes Named 2023 Frick Award Winner

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Chicago Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes has been honored as the 2023 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

The award is given annually for “excellence in broadcasting” by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Known throughout the Midwest for his easy delivery and unparalleled knowledge, Pat Hughes has called some of the biggest moments in Cubs history and has provided the narrative for one of the most successful eras in the history of the franchise,” said National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Josh Rawitch. “Since arriving at Wrigley Field in 1996, Pat has served as the radio voice for nine postseason teams – matching an ardent fan base with his own passion in every broadcast. His reverence for baseball history and gift for storytelling have made him one of the game’s broadcast treasures.”

Hughes has spent more than 25 years as the voice of the Cubs, and is a nine-time winner of the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Hughes found out on-air that he would be inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame.

Hughes was previously a finalist for the award in 2016 and 2020.

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Craig Carton: Jon Heyman ‘No Longer An Insider’ After Aaron Judge Gaffe

“That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

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MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman erroneously reported that New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was signing with the San Francisco Giants in free agency yesterday. That news was not well received by WFAN afternoon hosts Craig Carton and Evan Roberts.

After Heyman rescinded his original tweet saying “Arson Judge” appeared headed to the Giants, he resent a new one with the correct spelling. During the confusion, Roberts told producers to get Heyman — who is an Audacy contributor — on the phone, which Carton immediately shot down.

“No, we’re not putting him on the air,” Carton said. “I’m not putting him on the air. He doesn’t get a platform on this show. Listen, he made a deal with the devil when he took a job with The (New York) Post. That’s his business.”

While Carton and Roberts processed the news, producer Chris McMonigle said he was certain that Judge would be signing with the Giants, but that was not Heyman’s report, and would hold off until it was official.

Roberts mocked McMonigle by saying he was in denial. “He still hasn’t accepted that Jon Heyman knows what he’s talking about,” Roberts said. Moments later, McMonigle read Heyman’s follow up tweet apologizing for “jumping the gun”.

“That is a horrendous job by Jon Heyman,” Carton replied.

“Heyman’s done,” Roberts shouted. “Jon, what are we doing?”

“Heyman is no longer an insider,” Carton added. “That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

Carton later took umbrage with Heyman deleting his tweets.

“To play fans like that is absolutely unacceptable. It’s not right. Sorry. That’s because everyone’s gotta be first. God forbid someone else has it first. You’re a clown. Your entire career’s work has just been flushed down the toilet.”

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