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Caller Ignores Wreck To Give Angelo Cataldi His Ben Simmons Take

“James described the whole saga on ‘Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team.'”

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Courtesy: 94 WIP

Philadelphia sports fans are famous for their passion, and that was on full display from one 94 WIP caller on Friday. A fan named James wanted to give his two cents about the Ben Simmons debacle going on with the Philadelphia 76ers when someone rear-ended him.

Car crash, fender bender, hit and run, it didn’t matter because James was firing off his take no matter what. He described the whole saga on Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team.

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“We are doing great,” Cataldi said to the caller. “What’s on your mind, bro?”

“Oh, not bad,” James said. “someone just hit my car…and they are driving off, that’s ok.”

The show hosts were amazed at his composure while they tried to offer help. Rhea Hughes suggested the caller should read Cataldi his license plate to write down, while Cataldi told James, “I’ll get a lawyer for you.”

“They swerved into my lane,” James continued. “Oh well, anyway, I was calling about Ben Simmons.”

“You just got into a car accident, and you’re calling about Ben Simmons?” Cataldi said in a puzzled tone.

“Yeah, cuz he annoys me more than someone hitting me with their car and driving off,” James responded.

Simmons has been away from the team all season as he deals with mental health issues that he claims aren’t allowing him to reach his potential on the court. This Sixer fan isn’t buying it, joining the group of critics who believe Simmons is using his mental health as a last-ditch excuse not to play in games.

“I wanna talk about how annoying Ben Simmons is because it makes me sick that he is lying about mental health,” James said.

“Ok, I’m really having a hard time paying attention to the call because you just got hit,” Cataldi responded as he got the show back on track. “I actually heard the contact.” 

James said his peace, and the show carried on with the rest of the morning. Everything besides James’ bumper and Simmons’ popularity got through the accident unscathed.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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