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Dan Bernstein Challenges Cubs Manager in Radio Interview, Leads to Prolonged Silence

“Palencia was rough – I can’t live like that. I know he can throw 100 [mph], but I can’t.”

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As the Chicago Cubs vie for their first postseason appearance since 2020 sitting four games back from the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League Central division lead, every matchup down the stretch counts. The Cubs are playing meaningful September baseball and attracting large crowds at Wrigley Field on the north side of Chicago to watch all of the action. Cubs manager David Ross helped the team snap a 108-year championship drought when they won the World Series in 2016, defeating Cleveland in seven games, and is now working to help the club capture another chance to compete for the game’s ultimate glory.

Every Tuesday throughout the regular season, Ross has joined Dan Bernstein and Laurence Holmes on 670 The Score in Chicago to discuss the state of the team and provide his insight and expertise towards baseball manners. Additionally, Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner joins the afternoon program, Parkins & Spiegel, on the same day and gives compendious answers in an easygoing manner. Ross, however, can be a much more difficult interview, and it is something their colleagues from afar have observed in listening to the program.

“It’s fiery and he challenges Dan and Dan challenges him and Laurence and him have a great relationship,” co-host Danny Parkins said on Tuesday. “It’s a fun dynamic. Today as Ross is talking about all of the options in his bullpen, things got a little silent.”

Indeed, when Ross began noting various relief pitchers in the team’s bullpen, Bernstein decided to interject. After the manager said that Luke Little and Jose Cuas had proven to be effective options for the club, he continued to say that hard-throwing Daniel Palencia had also stood out in his appearances.

“Oh, that was rough, man,” Bernstein said. “Palencia was rough – I can’t live like that. I know he can throw 100 [mph], but I can’t.”

Several seconds of silence then occurred on the air, leaving listeners on the edge of their seats as to what would happen next. Once Bernstein realized that the Cubs manager was not responding, he continued his reasoning on why he does not feel Palenica is an effective option for the team.

“When you start seeing the wild pitches and all of that; is the trust still there?,” Bernstein followed up.

The silence then continued before Ross finally ended the protracted quietude by asking whether it was Bernstein or Holmes who had posed the question. Once Bernstein replied that it was him, Ross stated that the coaching staff has to trust everyone on the team to do their jobs.

“David Ross would have sat in that silence for the rest of the interview,” Parkins reacted. “Is there a question here? Did you forget who I am?”

Chris Tannehill, the senior audio producer at the station, contributed his opinion by saying that Ross did not particularly want to hear what Bernstein had to think. Parkins then proceeded to do an impression of the Cubs skipper, saying, “I need a new reliever from the reliever tree because of Bernsy!”

“Dan Bernstein has read every Bill James baseball abstract ever published,” added co-host Matt Spiegel. “He has thoughts!”

Even as they poked fun towards the conjecture, Parkins was glad to see Bernstein handle the situation in the way that he did. After all, the interviews with team personnel are meant to benefit the fans, and he felt that Ross was serving himself by discussing many of the relievers in the bullpen in response to a question.

“I love, ‘Hey, you are not just going to come on my show and list every reliever in your bullpen as an option for you,’” Parkins said of Bernstein. “‘I know that you’ve listed a guy that I don’t think you should trust; why do you trust him?’ I don’t even mind the interruption. Jump in; challenge him. He’s coming on a talk show; this is not a press conference. He’s coming to your territory, [and] there’s an agreement that’s [been] reached.”

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iHeartMedia Extends with Pittsburgh Steelers Through 2028 Season

“We teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

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iHeartMedia Pittsburgh announced an extension of their audio partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will now include the newly established “Steelers Audio Network” through 2028.

The “Steelers Audio Network” will offer a wide range of content, including game day broadcasts, additional shows, digital audio, podcasts, and social media posts. Fans can access the “Steelers Audio Network” and its programming throughout the year on various platforms such as 102.5 WDVE, Fox Sports Pittsburgh (970AM), the Steelers mobile app, the iHeartRadio mobile app, as well as on the team and station’s websites.

Additionally, 102.5 WDVE will continue to be the home of the Steelers game broadcasts, as they have done since 1999.

“We are excited to announce the continuation of our long-standing partnership with iHeart Media and our flagship station, 102.5 WDVE,” said Ryan Huzjak, Steelers Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a release. “We’ve teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartSports. “Our renewed agreement, now known as ‘Steelers Audio Network’ encompasses a comprehensive range of audio offerings, delivering an exceptional listening experience for Steelers fans. Additionally, we’re excited to provide promotional support and further brand awareness across all six iHeartMedia Pittsburgh stations and digital sites. Our longstanding partnership continues to thrive, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together!”

“iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and the Steelers have had a longstanding partnership,” said Tim McAleer, Market President, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to continue to give Steelers fans access to Steelers audio broadcasts and unique Steelers programing content for years to come.”

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Nick Cattles To Fill In on 98.5 The Sports Hub

“No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

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Nick Cattles, who was last heard on the air at the end of June 2023 at Sactown Sports 1140 in Sacramento and has been hosting podcasts, will get a chance to fill in Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. Cattles posted about the assignment on his LinkedIn account.

“The wait is over,” he wrote. “It’s been almost a year since the last time I walked into a radio studio. I’m back. This Monday morning from 6a-10am, you can listen to myself, Ryan Johnston, and Kendra Middleton on 98-5 The Sports Hub. No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

Cattles was part of the Cattles and Ramie show in Sacramento and upon leaving said, “It’s just, we love our family more. Since moving to Cali, we’ve had to overcome a lot personally. Those challenges have been amplified the last two months. It’s no longer tolerable to be 3,000 miles away. Once we settle the home situation, we’re heading back.” He had started with Sactown Sports in 2021 and also had the program director title for a period of time.

Cattles worked at The Sports Hub from in 2017 and 2018, taking part in The Adam Jones Show in the evenings and hosting on the weekends. Cattles had other stints in Boston, Virginia and with ESPN Radio.

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Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael Celebrate 5 Years Together on 92.9 The Game

“To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.”

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It was a milestone week for Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael, hosts of 92.9 The Game’s The Midday Show with Andy & Randy in Atlanta. It was this week five years ago they permanently took over the midday slot replacing John Michaels and Rick Kamla who had been released earlier that year.

The show celebrated on remote at a party with several listeners, friends and family members and spent time talking about their time together. “People listening right now, thank you, we appreciate that,” said Bunker. “We wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t listening and if you hadn’t been listening the last five years…Making it five years on a radio show is not normal. I know it seems normal at 92.9 because we are a radio station that has a lot of stability. Dukes and Bell have been on for 10 years. The morning show that’s on right now is doing great, and the show before them was on for a lot of years.”

Bunker later added, “To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.” McMichael replied, “It has been a fun five years.”

Bunker had been hosting the evening show for three years prior to partnering with McMichael, and had previously been in sports radio in Seattle, Portland and Boston. McMichael had been with the station for about four years at the time, after an 11-year career in the NFL. Prior to that he was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia.

The show amassed an 8.3 share for the most recent quarter, retaining their fourth place ranking it had in the fall. The show airs from 11a-2p EST.

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