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Hub Arkush To Parkins & Spiegel: I Won’t Vote For Aaron Rodgers For Off-Field Behavior

“Hub Arkush said that he doesn’t know if his abstaining from voting for Rodgers will have an effect on the outcome, but he does know that he isn’t the only voter that feels the way he does.”

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Hub Arkush has spent nearly four decades covering football. But if you aren’t in Chicago or don’t frequently listen to NFL games on the radio, you might not be aware of him.

This week though, Arkush is likely to be a little more famous after he admitted on Tuesday that he won’t vote for Aaron Rodgers as NFL MVP. Arkush’s reason, because the Packers QB has behaved poorly off the field, especially before the season started.

In an interview with Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score, the Westwood One sideline reporter was asked directly if he would consider voting for Rodgers. Arkush said he has been “pretty consistent” all season in saying that he would not.

“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team and your organization and your fanbase the way he did and be the MVP,” Arkush said. “Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or Tom Brady.”

Arkush added that he doesn’t know if his abstaining from voting for Rodgers will have an effect on the outcome, but he does know he isn’t the only voter that feels the way he does.

Danny Parkins asked Arkush if there were any guidelines regarding what could and couldn’t be considered in the vote. Specifically, he wanted to know if voters were told how or when they could factor vaccination status into their decision making.

“There’s no guidelines. We’re told to pick the guy we think is the most valuable to his team,” Arkush answered. “I don’t think it says anywhere ‘strictly on the field’.”

Parkins seemed a little surprised at the realization that Rodgers had lost Arkush’s vote before the season even began.

The longtime voter responded by saying that lying about his vaccination status was just another piece of evidence that he was making the right call on Rodgers. Though it was not the deciding factor, Arkush said it further supported his characterization of Rodgers being “a bad guy”.

This is almost certainly not the first time a deserving player will be denied an MVP vote by a voter that didn’t like him. Arkush may be the first voter to ever publicly admit that was the case though.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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