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Craig Carton Invites Andrew Marchand On WFAN To Explain Criticism of James Dolan Interview
“Just acknowledge you have an agenda against me. Acknowledge that.”
WFAN host Craig Carton did an interview with New York Knicks and New York Rangers owner James Dolan last Friday, and New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand took issue with the seriousness of the conversation that transpired on Carton & Roberts.
Marchand followed the interview live and tweeted his reaction to his 86,000 followers.
It didn’t take long for Carton to catch wind of Marchand’s reactions. Carton called Marchand a clown and that his claims that they didn’t ask about banning fans from Madison Square Garden using facial recognition technology was “a bold-faced lie.”
“You are a clown! How bout you go listen to the interview before you make a suggestion or an accusation that we didn’t do something that we did,” Carton said.
Within minutes Marchand was on the phone with the show.
“My biggest issue with what you wrote, and I only bring it up because I recognize that you have a big reach as well on social media – is to say that we did not confront James Dolan about the notion that people have been dismissed from the building for being critical of his ownership,” Carton said. “Or that ultimately that this facial recognition technology could one day be weaponized by The Garden to banish people that are critical of him. How could you write that when we spent 15-20 minutes talking about that specific topic?”
“If we asked the question and the guy answers it, and we ask the question four more times and he answers it four more times, we’ve asked and we’ve confronted, quizzed, we’ve demanded answers,” Carton later added. “You’re suggesting that we didn’t even ask the damn question. You know what you did.”
Marchand pushed back, saying Dolan’s appearance was “a giggling interview.”
“You didn’t confront him on these things,” Marchand said. “How about a question such as why did these fans have the impression that they’re banned because they just said something on social media? That they’re being harassed.”
“How would he know why the fans think something?” Carton responded. “I’d have to ask the fan that, right? Right.”
Carton added he’s always felt like Marchand had something against him and the success of his show.
“Just acknowledge you have an agenda against me. Acknowledge that,” Carton said.
Marchand disagreed with that notion.
“There’s no agenda. I mean it’s ridiculous to say, and sometimes articles are good, sometimes they’re not good,” Marchand said. “I try to be fair and reflect the people that I’m covering.”
Carton later circled back to his original point about the fact that he did ask Dolan pressing questions.
“You can ask someone a question four, five, six times you don’t have to be a jackass in the manner in which you ask the question,” Carton said. “And that doesn’t mean that you’re not pressing him on it. I thought we pressed him on it, he has an answer. We asked him again, he has an answer.”
“I’m not gonna make everybody happy all the time anyway,” he added. “We’re not gonna try to either. But I just don’t think it’s right when you mischaracterize what was asked and what wasn’t asked.”
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Hans Olsen Joins BYU Radio Crew
“I’m beyond thrilled to now work with Greg, Mitch and Jason to bring my passion for the game to the BYU fans I played for years ago.”
Hans Olsen spent five years in Provo as a member of the BYU football team. He started on the defensive line for his final two seasons and as a senior was named second team all Mountain West. Now, the Cougars are moving into the Big 12 and Olsen is coming along for the ride.
The school announced on Thursday that he will be the new radio analyst. He replaces Riley Nelson, who resigned in January and will work with Greg Wrubell, who has been the voice of the Cougars since 2001.
Calling games runs in the Olsen family. Hans is the nephew of Merlin Olsen, who worked as an analyst for CBS and NBC after a Hall of Fame NFL career.
“I’ve always loved what my Uncle Merlin did in the booth, and I had a dream to see what it was like,” Olsen said. “I’m grateful to Brian Estridge and Bowl Season Radio for giving me the chance to pursue that dream, and I’m beyond thrilled to now work with Greg, Mitch, and Jason to bring my passion for the game to the BYU fans I played for years ago.”
Sports fans in Salt Lake City know Hans Olsen well. He is the co-host of Hans & Scotty G on KSL Sports Zone 97.5. He and Scott Garrard have worked together since 2014.
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Lou Merloni: Sports Talk Radio Was Grinding On Me
“You wake up every day and search for that negative topic and it wears on you and turns you extremely negative.”
Late last year, WEEI afternoon co-host Lou Merloni announced he was leaving Merloni, Fauria, and Mego as part of a larger shakeup of the Boston sports radio station to work as a game analyst for the Boston Red Sox on both WEEI and NESN.
In an interview with The Athletic, Merloni discussed his exit from the program and admitted after a decade and a half, sports radio had become increasingly difficult. But being a game analyst had always been of interest to him.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” Merloni said. “I’ve done games before and that was my happy place. I liked doing sports talk, but after a while, it was 15 years, it started grinding on you more than I wanted it to.”
Merloni — who spent nine seasons in the big leagues with the Red Sox, Padres, Indians, and Angels — added that the negativity of sports radio grew to be an issue for him.
“You wake up every day and search for that negative topic and it wears on you and turns you extremely negative,” he said. “It’s not manufactured, it’s just, that’s your job. If you just talk about nothing but how great the Bruins are, nobody would ever call in. So it’s ‘Why isn’t (David) Pastrnak signed yet?’
“So those are things that get people interacting with sports radio and those are the discussions you have. But you also want to keep it somewhat positive and balanced, it’s just different. There’s always that search for that sort of angle. And that grinds on you, it really does. It turns you into something you’re not, maybe.”
The soon-to-be 52-year-old said joining the NESN booth came at a great time for him.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the TV booth, I just didn’t know when the right time was, so sometimes things work out for a reason,”
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Michael Kay: MLB Radio Analysts Won’t Have Time to Talk With New Rules
“I think that’s going to be a really different vibe, baseball on the radio this year.”
MLB’s Opening Day is upon us, and with new rules implemented to improve the pace of play, many have questioned how the rules will affect broadcasters. New York Yankees television voice Michael Kay said radio crews are the ones who will be hurt by the new statutes.
During a conference call discussing ESPN’s KayRod Cast, Kay was asked how the new rules would alter not only the usual television broadcast, but also his alternate broadcast with former 14-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez.
“I don’t think it’s going to impact television broadcasts that much. Maybe you won’t be able to see eight replays on a simple ground ball to short because there’s not much time between batters, but I think it’s going to have a big impact on radio broadcasts where the analyst simply is not going to have time to talk. They’re just not,” Kay said.
“There’s no pictures that you can talk over like in baseball. The analysts can talk to a couple of pitches, but in radio that’s just not going to happen. It can’t happen. I think that’s going to be a really different vibe, baseball on the radio this year.”
“I do like the changes, and I think the pace is going to be both better to watch and to announce,” Rodriguez added.
Kay mentioned that while the news rules were an adjustment, he did enjoy the overall speed of the game.
“The pace is so much better. I don’t think there should be a complaint about pitch clock or anything like that. That’s how the game should be played.”