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‘Parkins & Spiegel’ Check On Mark Grote, Now Working 670 The Score Overnights

“I feel great about myself… being stimulated by the caffeine that is being pumped through my system throughout the day. So I’m great!”

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It’s been just over a month since Mark Grote took over 670 The Score’s overnight shift, filling the seat long held by Les Grobstein. (Perhaps in an acknowledgement of Grobstein’s ownership of “Score Overnights,” Grote is doing three shows a week with a cast of rotation hosts taking the other two nights.)

Switching to a schedule of midnight to 5 a.m., working when most are sleeping, is a life-changing adjustment. Some eventually adapt, others never do. And a few are naturally nocturnal. Or they also work an overnight shift, which is why such a bond develops between a radio host and an audience.

Knowing what a major change going to overnights is, Grote’s 670 The Score colleagues, Parkins & Spiegel, checked in on their fellow host to see how he was doing. Grote is doing fine so far, but as you might expect, he’s drinking coffee at a time of day when most of us have switched to less caffeinated beverages.

“I feel great about myself, seeing Matt [Spiegel] staring me in the face, and then being stimulated by the caffeine that is being pumped through my system throughout the day,” said Grote. “So I’m great!”

Noting that Grote was drinking coffee at 4 p.m., Danny Parkins asked if that was the last time he would drink coffee that day, knowing that his air shift would begin eight hours later. Most of us who begin working at, say, 9 a.m., aren’t typically up and drinking coffee at 1 a.m.

Normally, Grote probably would need more coffee to get through his day. But as he explained, Wednesday was his Friday, so to speak. It was Grote’s last night of the work week, so he didn’t need a cup to power him along so much as just feel normal.

Asked why he wouldn’t just skip coffee so he could sleep at a more normal hour, Grote said this is what he called his recovery period.

“Part of the recovery is, I just don’t want to do nothing,” said Grote. “I want to take advantage of not having to be up at midnight and performing a show. So I want to feel normal. There’s a normalcy level that goes along with having the cup of coffee. Because if I don’t, I don’t want to fall asleep at 5 and wake up at 11.”

Grote kind of sounds like someone who needs a nap. But the process of adjusting his biorhythms, circadian rhythms, or whatever you might call a sleep pattern and awake period, is surely complicated. And what works for one might not work for another. Grote might even still be trying to figure it out at this stage.

Parkins and Spiegel certainly sounded grateful they’re not making that adjustment, though they marveled at the feat. Their listeners likely felt much the same way.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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