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Brandon Tierney Played Peacemaker For Tiki Barber & Stephen A Smith

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It has to be awkward to watch two of your closest friends fight and be trapped between them. Whether or not there was real vitriol between Tiki Barber and Stephen A. Smith, it had to be a strange position for Brandon Tierney. He is Barber’s partner on WFAN’s midday show and he happens to be close with Stephen A. Smith.

That is why he tried to broker peace between them. Tierney revealed on Tuesday morning that he had been texting Smith to make sure there was no bad blood between the two.

“It is not worth my emotional energy to get bent out of shape about something that I have no control over. I have much respect for Stephen A. Smith,” Barber said on the show in addressing Stephen A. Smith calling him out on Monday’s edition of First Take.

Smith, on ESPN’s airwaves, told Barber to “watch yourself” after Tiki Barber used him as an example of someone talking about the Giants without knowing anyone in the organization. The choice of words didn’t sit well with Barber.

“He is the prominent Black journalist on a major network, and threatening another Black man is not what this country should be about. Period,” Barber said.

Tierney revealed that he spent most of the day texting and talking with Smith, who he has known for a long time.

“I love the guy and we talk a lot, but at the end of the day, you are my partner and you are my guy as well, Tierney told Barber. “So my objective here is to defuse this.”

Brandon Tierney said he was confident that the issue could be resolved quickly. Feelings may have been hurt and lines may have been crossed, but he knew both Barber and Smith to be reasonable men.

“I know how you are, and despite maybe how that clip sounded at the end of the day, I know how he is. And I know the reason that he has despite being loud and bombastic.”

Stephen A. Smith texted Tierney during the segment. While Tierney said he would never read a friend’s text on the air, he did tell Tiki Barber that from StephenA. Smith’s point of view, the two were good.

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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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