WFAN’s Brandon Tierney went into Tuesday’s Tiki and Tierney show optimistic that an agreement would be worked out between Major League Baseball team owners and the players union after negotiating into late Monday night/ early Tuesday morning.
But on his way to the studio, Tierney didn’t get the news he was looking for from SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio, which was involved in offseason baseball discussion that ignored the lockout currently shutting down the sport.
“I hate to keep picking on them because they do good work,” Tierney said to Tiki Barber. “I pop on MLB Radio. I’ve gotta sit through — and I didn’t sit long; I changed the channel — the Twins’ Mount Rushmore.
“Now today, after meeting until 2:36 in the morning down in Florida, I’m thinking, ‘All right, MLB Radio’s gotta be the place for the quick encapsulation.’ At the bare minimum, tell me where we are, what’s going down, illuminate everything that needs it. What are they doing today? The Guardians and the White Sox Mount Rushmore. What the hell is going on with programming?”
Tierney and Barber then said they should both send a note to their old boss Eric Spitz, who is now the vice president of sports programming at SiriusXM, home of MLB Network Radio.
“They gotta get their act together over there,” said Tierney, admitting he was saying this with a smile. “Talking about the Guardians’ Mount Rushmore? Bob Feller? Larry Doby? I heard Manny Ramirez. I heard a Grady Sizemore promo and said, I gotta go.”
Is it wrong to expect league-run networks to provide some news on their respective leagues? It’s probably misguided to expect anything investigative or critical. But how about some reporting to inform fans and media?
Instead, MLB.com, MLB Network, MLB Network Radio, and the league’s other platforms are highlighting the tradition and history of the sport. While that celebrates the sport’s past, viewers and listeners should expect some information about the present. This approach is not doing a service to fans. It’s like Kevin Bacon in Animal House, saying “Remain calm! All is well!” while surrounded by chaos.
As it turns out, Tierney’s initial hope was misplaced and his frustration was justified.
Hours later, the players turned down the owners’ final offer before the extended 5 p.m. ET deadline. Soon thereafter, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the first week of the 2022 season, comprising each team’s first two series of the year, would be canceled.
Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’
“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”
They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.
“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”
Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.
“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”
After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.
“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”
Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.
99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship
“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”
The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.
The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.
“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”
“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”
The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.
“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.
Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats
“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.
Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.
The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.
Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.
The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.
ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.