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Tim Hasselbeck Tells Dan Patrick He Thought Getting Cut on Hard Knocks May be Scripted

“It’s TV, and they’re trying to make good TV, and I’m sure it was good TV.”

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As news regarding the New York Jets being forced to appear on the NFL Films and HBO documentary series Hard Knocks circulated earlier this week, various former players and media personalities are reflecting on what the experience was like for them. During production days, cameras follow different players around the practice facility to document their experience and create a storyline, and ultimately craft an episode.

The first season of the show featured the Baltimore Ravens. Hard Knocks televised quarterback Tim Hasselbeck being cut from the team and granting fans never before seen footage of a difficult moment.

Hasselbeck, a current ESPN and ACC Network football analyst, had been cut from the Buffalo Bills a few weeks earlier. While his career continued largely in a backup role, the timing of being cut and then having the footage air made the circumstance all the more difficult. Dan Patrick, asked Hasselbeck if he had any say in the footage being aired, to which he replied he did not.

“I’m sitting there and Brian Billick’s like, ‘Hey man, this doesn’t mean it’s forever, but it’s just not with us,’” Hasselbeck recalled on Wednesday. “To make it worse – literally to make it worse – I don’t know if it was scripted to totally humiliate me. There was a big van; like a coach bus that probably seats 65 people. I rode it by myself to the airport. I was like, ‘How much salt do you want to pour into the wound, fellas?’”

Both Hasselbeck and Patrick understand the entertainment value behind fans being able to gain access to parts of the team and areas within the practice facility that are typically off limits to the media. Yet in his being cut, the show gained early experience pertaining to how to handle challenging, somewhat disheartening moments.

“Is there an easier way to cut people or a worse way to cut people?,” Patrick wondered. “It’s TV, and they’re trying to make good TV, and I’m sure it was good TV.”

“I actually knew I wasn’t going to make the team,” Hasselbeck replied. “It was Randall Cunningham, Elvis Grbac [and] Chris Redman was there. I was a camp arm for sure.”

With the Jets likely to appear on the next season of Hard Knocks, how the program tackles difficult moments will surely be on the minds of those who have previously been on the show. The fact that Hasselbeck had low expectations probably softened the blow, even having asked quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh when he was going to be cut from the team. Cavanaugh had played professionally on the New York Giants with Hasselbeck’s father, Don, and maintained a relationship with him in retirement. Nonetheless, he is not sure if there is any method to cutting a player on television that would make the moment any less distressing.

“I knew I was out,” Hasselbeck affirmed, “but I still don’t know if there’s an easier way to do it.”

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101.9 The Horn in Austin Sold to Norsan Media

Norsan has appointed Edgar Saucedo as Southwest Market President overseeing all of the company’s Texas operations and Ramon Loo as Austin Program Director.

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A Radio Insight report says Norsan Media has purchased 101.9 The Horn in Austin, Texas from Genuine Austin Radio. According to the report, Norsan had already been operation a couple of Genuine Austin Radio’s stations and will now take add the rest of their stations, which also includes country stations 99.3 FM.

The report also says Norsan has appointed Edgar Saucedo as Southwest Market President overseeing all of the company’s Texas operations and Ramon Loo as Austin Program Director.

The Horn used to also be on 104.9 FM and was the University of Texas flagship station for Longhorn athletics. That stopped when Norsan took over the signal to air Regional Mexican programming. The Texas Rangers games air currently on The Horn.

Should anything change with the programming or format at The Horn, we will keep you posted.

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AJ Hoffman Headed to Mornings on San Antonio’s Sports Star

“Excited for my next chapter post-Vegas and stoked to start building an audience in San Antonio!”

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AJ Hoffman announced via his X account he will be back on local radio in Texas doing mornings at San Antonio’s Sports Star. “Life announcement,” Hoffman wrote. “I’m moving back to Texas. Starting May 6, you can find me back on local radio, doing mornings on San Antonio’s Sports Star. Excited for my next chapter post-Vegas and stoked to start building an audience in San Antonio!”

Hoffman had worked for several years at ESPN 97.5 in Houston and was most recently in Las Vegas serving as the executive vice president and director of digital content for Pregame, an information site for sports wagering.

Hoffman had hosted the popular show, The Blitz, with Fred Faour for more than 10 years and then became the station Program Director in 2019. He exited the station in the summer of 2021 to take the position with Pregame.

San Antonio’s Sports Star made a change earlier this year in mornings when Rudy Jay left the station in mid-January. RJ Ochoa, Managing Editor of the ‘Blogging the Boys’ website, took over for Jay, doing the show with station Program Director Rob Thompson.

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Steak Shapiro About Pat McAfee: “Dude, Relax”

“That is the definition of cringe. You have to be authentic.”

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Sports radio has spent a lot of time during this football offseason talking about Bill Belichick. From his ending in New England to the search for a new head coaching position to being a free agent in the sports media world, his name has come up often. Steak Shapiro and Sandra Golden hit on the topic this week during The Steakhouse on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta.

A lengthy story from ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham and Jeremy Fowler this week reported Belichick may not have landed the Atlanta Falcons head coaching position because of a conversation Falcons owner Arthur Blank had with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Another part of the story says the executives around Arthur Blank didn’t have Belichick in their top 3 of candidates which had interviewed for the position.

The same report also divulged that Belichick is expected to sign a deal with Omaha Productions to provide analysis and is interested in potentially coaching either the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles or New York Giants after taking this year off.

The same day, The Pat McAfee Show had Belichick on as a guest and announced the coach would join McAfee and team for their annual Draft Spectacular.

Shapiro and Golden talked about the article as it related to Atlanta, but also about Belichick’s appearance on McAfee’s show. “[Belichick] on McAfee trying to be this lighthearted guy that loves The Pat McAfee Show, it’s a stretch dude, that is a stretch.”

“That is the definition of cringe,” Golden replied. “You have to be authentic.”

Shapiro does an impersonation of McAfee talking excitedly about hanging out with Belichick and said, “Dude, relax, relax…the whole thing…I wish we hadn’t gotten started on this…”

Back in late January, McAfee had said on his show about Belichick, “I would like to let everybody know…I will make this promise that if Bill Belichick is going to do TV, ol’ Pat McAfee will be in the running to try to get Bill Belichick to join our progrum [sic],” McAfee said. “Belichick… knows everything about the NFL. Every game that’s ever been played…every player that’s ever been great — that’s why he was so great on [NFL 100 All-Time Team]. And after what we saw on College GameDay, he’s got moxie too. He’s great on TV, I think we’ll all be incredibly lucky if that’s the case.”

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