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Charlotte FC, Sports Radio WFNZ Announce Flagship Broadcast Team

Will Palaszczuk previously contributed to Atlanta United coverage for 92.9 The Game, while Jessica Charman was the voice of Mercer Soccer.

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Charlotte FC announced the radio broadcast team for its inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

Will Palaszczuk and Jessica Charman will be the English-language announcers for all Charlotte FC matches on the club’s flagship station, WFNZ (610 AM, 102.5 FM). The 2022 regular season will begin on Feb. 26 at D.C. United.

Palaszczuk will call play-by-play. He’s been a field reporter at WFNZ and previously contributed to Atlanta United coverage at 92.9 The Game. Palaszczuk has also worked at South Carolina Radio Network, Yahoo! Sports/SB Nation Radio, and ESPN Radio’s Columbia, Missouri affiliate.

He’s called play-by-play for Missouri Women’s Basketball and Softball, and minor league baseball for the Kinston Indians and Savannah Sand Gnats.

“I’ve been impressed with Charlotte FC’s build from afar and now up close. Everyone throughout the organization has exhibited the epitome of class. I’m honored they found me worthy to carry the responsibility of telling their amazing story to the fans of the Carolinas,” said in Charlotte FC’s official announcement.

“I’m also thrilled to work with an analyst of Jessica’s caliber. Her background as a player and broadcaster will provide a distinct perspective which I’m sure all listeners will enjoy. I thank the management of WFNZ for recognizing, developing and bringing this partnership into reality.”

Charman will be the color commentator, the first female to take that broadcast role full-time in MLS history. She was most recently the voice of Mercer Soccer, following the Bears’ run to the SoCon Championship, and has called the CAC Women’s Championship and Peach Belt Conference Finals.

Originally from Harefield, England, Charman played goalkeeper at Clayton State and won the Peach Belt Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

“It’s truly an honor to have been selected as one of the inaugural voices of Charlotte FC’s radio broadcast. I am excited for the opportunity to help bring CLTFC’s incredible product on the pitch to fans at home,” said Charman.

“I am hopeful listeners will love my passion for the sport from both a player and fan perspective. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of an opportunity like this and couldn’t have wished for a better Club to have earned it with.”

As mentioned, Charlotte FC’s season opener will be Feb. 22 at D.C. United. The Club’s home opener is March 5 at Bank of America Stadium against the LA Galaxy.

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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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