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Mike Valenti: Stoney & Jansen ‘Most Disingenuous Radio in the History of This Staiton’

“When the subject came up on who is MSU’s next coach, honestly I wanted to crash my car versus keep listening.”

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Mel Tucker hasn’t officially been fired as the head coach of Michigan State’s football team, but it seems like all roads are pointing to that being the outcome of the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. While it’s fine to speculate about who will be the next head coach of the Spartans, 97.1 The Ticket host Mike Valenti feels like a more genuine and honest conversation needs to be had about the situation in East Lansing.

On Wednesday’s edition of The Valenti Show with Rico, Valenti took 97.1 morning show hosts Mike Stone and Jon Jansen to task for their list of potential MSU hires.

“I will tell you what I heard this morning was some of the most disingenuous radio in the history of this radio station,” Valenti said, adding that his comments were coming from a strictly professional and business perspective. “When the subject came up on who is MSU’s next coach, honestly I wanted to crash my car versus keep listening.”

“For Jon with a straight face to say, ‘Well Harlon Barnett should be the next head coach. I mean he’s a Spartan.’ I mean honestly, that is the ultimate little pat on the head,” he added. “I was just surprised Jon could make it in after hosting the coach’s show at U of M.”

Harlon Barnett has been named the interim head coach of the Spartans while Tucker is suspended. But Valenti said it was ridiculous for Jansen, a Michigan alum and part of the school’s broadcast team for football gams, to suggest that the only suitable replacements are Michigan State grads or coaches at MAC schools.

“MSU is top 20 in revenue, top 20 in attendance. It is a top 25 public university who just spent 9.5 million dollars on a head coach,” Valenti said. “If you think they have to go to a local soup kitchen to hire their next one, you’re in outer space.”

“If you’re gonna have a conversation about who is MSU’s next head coach and what needs to happen for Harlon to earn the job, that’s fine,” he later added. “Could we Google for five minutes? I mean every person they brought up may as well be in the sequel to Cocoon.”

Valenti felt like Jansen’s Michigan bias clearly clouded the discussion on potential new hires. He said Jon should’ve just flat out said he didn’t want the school to hire a good coach.

“I am at least honest about how I feel about the school down the road,” said Valenti, who is an MSU alum. “Jon subconscious or consciously, just say it. We don’t need to hide it we’re all family Jon. We’re all on the same damn team. Just pat them on the head.”

Mike added that he felt like to not take a subject like that seriously made Jansen out to seem like he wasn’t as smart as he is in terms of college football knowledge.

“If you seriously believe Harlon Barnett makes total sense to be the next head coach you’re telling me you don’t know anything about college football,” he said. “And I know that that’s not the case. Jon’s incredibly knowledgeable.”

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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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