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Gregg Giannotti: Michael Kay Showed ‘Embarrassing, Ridiculous Abuse’

“If I ever — EVER — go out on the air or go back to Spike Eskin and say ‘This guy needs to be fired’, you have permission to punch me right in the face. Because that is a ridiculous — ridiculous — abuse of power.”

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98.7 ESPN New York host Michael Kay created headlines earlier this week by threatening the job of a producer with the station’s morning show — DiPietro & Rothenberg — for his comments that Kay’s ratings were “on the decline”. Kay backtracked those comments by saying it was “performance art”, and it’s safe to say WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti didn’t buy that excuse.

During Thursday’s episode of Boomer & Gio, the show closed with a discussion about Kay’s comments, and Giannotti ranted about Kay and his co-hosts Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg.

“Gimme a break,” Giannotti said after mentioning La Greca and Rosenberg backed Kay. “You don’t have to sit there and bootlick him any longer. He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves. Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass. He was wrong. Call him out for it. He was absolutely wrong. It’s not performance art. You were pissed off.”

Giannotti continued by saying it was an easy position for Kay to apologize.

“So how about coming on the air and being like ‘You know what? I stepped over the line, I was really mad in the moment, I shouldn’t have threatened that guy’s job, I talked to him off the air, I’m sorry for doing that.’ But instead I gotta believe it’s performance art?,” said Giannotti as his volume grew.

“Are you freaking kidding me?! If it is performance art, why are you pulling back the curtain?! Does the magician show you where he keeps the rabbit before he pulls it out of the hat?! If you’re such a great performer, then continue your bit! But then you pulled back the curtain to tell everybody about it ’cause you weren’t man enough to step up and say you were wrong!”

The WFAN host then took umbrage with Kay potentially abusing his power and standing at the New York radio station.

“And for someone to be in the business as long as he has and to pull that kinda bullcrap was embarrassing. Absolutely embarrassing. I sit here and I bust everybody’s balls, I’ll point out mistakes, but if I ever — EVER — go out on the air or go back to Spike Eskin and say ‘This guy needs to be fired’, you have permission to punch me right in the face. Because that is a ridiculous — ridiculous — abuse of power.

“And that’s a guy who I think had no way out and couldn’t admit he was wrong, and painted this bullcrap picture that he’s some sort of a performer. Jesus Christ, performance art from Michael Kay?! Performance art?! What, are you a part of the Blue Man Group?! What do you mean performance art?! He’s about the least performance art person I can think about — EVER — that I know.”

Co-host Boomer Esiason agreed that Kay was legitimately angry and was understanding that Kay would be angry that someone at his own station would have that opinion, but said Kay was trying to “big time a low level employee at that station”.

Giannotti then continued by saying it’s the first time he’s listened to The Michael Kay Show and it’s been compelling, before adding “the two stooges in the sidecar (Rosenberg and La Greca) tongue-bathing him, that was even more embarrassing,” followed by noises of tongue bathing. He concluded the segment by sarcastically saying his entire rant about Kay was performance art, so none of it was true or really mattered.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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