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Sid Rosenberg Reminisces With Former WFAN Partner Joe Benigno

“We were like a really cool sports talk duo. Usually sports talk duos are kind of nerdy, that wasn’t you and me. We were like really cool.”

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It was a reunion on the Oh the Pain Podcast hosted by Joe Benigno. Sid Rosenberg was on with his former WFAN partner Benigno.

Rosenberg recalled the chemistry the two had together and felt they were on their way “to becoming the next Mike and the Mad Dog, there was no doubt.”

“We were like a really cool sports talk duo. Usually sports talk duos are kind of nerdy, that wasn’t you and me. We were like really cool.”

Rosenberg is currently co-hosting Bernie and Sid in the Morning on 77 WABC in New York.

The two were on WFAN for nearly three years despite only being on a show together less than that. Rosenberg remembers his time with Benigno fondly. “Looking back on my whole career, working with you was as about as good as it got.

The two took the time to continue to catch up and Benigno was interested in the process behind Rosenberg morphing his sports talk show in Miami at the time, into one that featured more politics.

“It was 2014 and Mark Chernoff offered me the opportunity to come to New York and basically fill-in the whole summer at WFAN,” began Rosenberg. “I would do my Miami show in the morning and then I would fill-in middays for you and Evan (Roberts). I remember I was yelling back-and-forth is Carmelo Anthony a great player or just a great offensive player? Is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer or just a compiler? Is Lebron James going back to Cleveland?

I remember calling Danielle (wife) and said – there was just a terrorist attack in Paris – and I said ‘what am I doing?’ I got two little kids. I’m yelling with grown men, yelling at the top of my lungs about whether Carmelo Anthony is a great player?”

It was in that discussion with his wife that his new path would begin. “I came to the realization it was time to move on just a little and I started to employ more politics in my daily show in south Florida.”

At one point Benigno interrupted to ask Rosenberg about his history with Craig Carton.

“Twenty-two years ago when I got my first job in New York City at 102.7 WNEW was with a guy named Scott Kaplan. They fired Scott Kaplan. I went into Jeremy Coleman’s office, he works at SiriusXM, and I had worked with Craig Carton in Fort Lauderdale with Scott Kaplan back in 2000. I saw his resume and I said ‘I like this guy’. I know he got into trouble in Philadelphia, but give him a shot.”

“I’m the guy that really hired Craig Carton at WNEW to be my partner,” Rosenberg boasted. “As it turns out, he stabbed me in the back. He went to 101.5, I went to the FAN. We didn’t talk for years. Now we are very good friends but it was a very, very ugly ten years for me and Carton.”

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Scott Kaplan Signs Multi-Year Extension with ESPN Los Angeles

“More than anything, I am just happy to be part of this team. ESPN LA and Good Karma Brands do things right, it’s a great partnership.

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It has been a week of announcements so far for ESPN LA. Earlier this week the station announced it would be the flagship station for USC Trojans football and men’s and women’s basketball games. Yesterday, the station announced a new contract extension for afternoon drive co-host Scott Kaplan.

If you listen to or know about the programming at ESPN LA, you can imagine they have had some fun with these announcements. Kaplan’s contract situation coinciding with the Lakers searching for a new head coach allowed for some crossover conversation and a tongue-in-cheek announcement quote that read, “I have decided NOT to take the Lakers head coaching job, and keep my talents at ESPN LA.”

Chris Morales did the honors on the air after teasing the big announcement.

“It is an honor and a privilege to say that Scott Kaplan has finally done what is right,” he said. “And we open up the major announcement case and we say…Congratulations Scott Kaplan on a multi-year deal that will keep you on the LA Afternoon Drive Takeover…and at 710 ESPN for years to come.”

A standing ovation and hugs followed.

BSM spoke with Kaplan, and he said, “More than anything, I am just happy to be part of this team. ESPN LA and Good Karma Brands do things right, it’s a great partnership. I love what we have and will continue to do build.”

Kaplan, who had a 19-year run at the Mighty 1090 in San Diego that ended in April 2019, has been with ESPN LA since August 2020. Kaplan also previously worked at WQAM in Miami and WNEW in New York and also has done work with CBS Sports and Westwood One.

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Baseball Legend Willie Mays Dies at 93, 680 The Fan to Air Interview Wednesday

“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for the unwavering love you have shown him over the years. You have been his life’s blood.”

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Willie Mays, regarded by many sports fans as the one of the greatest baseball players to ever take the field, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants organization announced the news on behalf of the Mays family and released a statement in addition to Mays’ son, Michael. Mays began his professional career in the Negro Leagues with the Birmingham Black Barons, playing games at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala. Major League Baseball is preparing to play a game at the ballpark for the first time this Thursday featuring the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

“My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones,” Michael Mays said in a statement. “I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for the unwavering love you have shown him over the years. You have been his life’s blood.”

“Today we have lost a true legend”, Greg Johnson, chairman of the San Francisco Giants, said in a statement. “In the pantheon of baseball greats, Willie Mays’ combination of tremendous talent, keen intellect, showmanship, and boundless joy set him apart. A 24-time All-Star, the Say Hey Kid is the ultimate Forever Giant. He had a profound influence not only on the game of baseball, but on the fabric of America. He was an inspiration and a hero who will be forever remembered and deeply missed.”

Chris Dimino, radio host at 680 The Fan in Atlanta, Ga., had the opportunity to interview Mays about his career and baseball a few years ago. The station will air several portions of the interview throughout Wednesday morning, and following the Braves game this afternoon, the conversation in its entirety. The interview aired two weeks ago as part of the Saturday morning baseball show, Hardball, in which Dimino speaks with legends of the game and chronicles their careers.

Mays, who was known as the “Say Hey Kid” throughout his career in baseball, won the 1951 National League Rookie of the Year award as a member of the New York Giants. During his 23 seasons playing professional baseball, he showcased his skills as a five-tool player with his abilities to hit, field and run. His 24 All-Star selections are tied for the most all-time, and he helped lead the Giants to the 1954 World Series championship by hitting .345 with 41 home runs and 110 runs batted in. After 21 years with the Giants organization, Mays played the final two seasons of his career with the New York Mets and ultimately had his No. 24 retired by both franchises.

“All of Major League Baseball is in mourning today as we are gathered at the very ballpark where a career and a legacy like no other began,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Willie Mays took his all-around brilliance from the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League to the historic Giants franchise. From coast to coast in New York and San Francisco, Willie inspired generations of players and fans as the game grew and truly earned its place as our National Pastime.”

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Sean McDonough: Lack of Energy Criticism ‘Bothered Me’

“I hope people who’ve heard me over the years know that’s not the way I usually sound, and maybe I shouldn’t have tried to power through it.”

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The Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers have faced off in an intense, hard-fought Stanley Cup Final series. Broadcast by ESPN on ABC and streaming on ESPN+, the games have featured the NHL on ESPN commentary team of play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough, analyst Ray Ferraro, reporter Emily Kaplan and rules analyst Dave Jackson.

During the broadcast of the Stanley Cup Final last Thursday, viewers felt that McDonough sounded under the weather, an observation that ESPN confirmed to be the case the next day. Nonetheless, McDonough was able to call the Panthers’ 4-3 victory in Game 3 and went behind the microphone two days later for the fourth game of the series. In a recent interview on Schein on Sports on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio, McDonough explained how he was feeling and being able to execute his role.

“I’m still a little under the weather, but we’re powering through it,” McDonough said. “It’s the playoffs – everybody’s playing hurt, certainly all the players are. It’s a grind – [the] playoffs started two months ago. We’re on the charter coming back from Edmonton here to Fort Lauderdale yesterday, and I would say as you walked up and down the aisle on that plane, half the people were coughing or clearing their throat or sneezing, so a lot of stuff going around.”

McDonough expressed his gratitude for Oilers head athletic therapist T.D. Forss and their doctor with how they helped to have him ready to call Game 4. By the time the game started, he felt a lot better and ended up calling an 8-1 Oilers victory to extend the series to a fifth game. Schein remarked that McDonough sounded incredible, which led the ESPN play-by-play announcer to mention a criticism he has been receiving from fans on social media.

“Well you know what, it just kind of bothered me – not that you should pay attention [to it] – but people [said], ‘Well, you’ve got a lack of energy,’” McDonough conveyed. “Yeah, I’m really not excited to call a Stanley Cup Final game. I’ve been doing this for, I don’t know, 30-something years now. I hope people who’ve heard me over the years know that’s not the way I usually sound, and maybe I shouldn’t have tried to power through it.”

McDonough divulged that it was a collaborative decision to have him try to call Game 3 of the series and is glad that it is behind him at this point. Schein was incredulous towards the criticism, remarking how McDonough has excelled in big spots on monumental events in the past such as the World Series, Michigan-Michigan State game and Monday Night Football. McDonough remarked that he read an article instructing consumers how to call a goal in the Stanley Cup Final, leading him to question if the author watched Game 2 of the series. He tries not to let it bother him and felt that by discussing the narrative, they were giving it more life.

“We do this to do the biggest games at the biggest moments, and the fun part, one of the many fun parts of the job, is when the big moments come, either you nail them or you don’t, and that’s what I love about it,” McDonough said, “and I’ve been lucky to be in the right place at the right time for a lot of really exciting games over the years.”

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