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Gregg Giannotti: Seeing Joe Benigno Viral Video Gave Me Flashbacks of Brian Jones

“In a minute-and-a-half, Brian Jones did not curse and he didn’t know he was on the air.”

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Brian Jones
Courtesy: Mary Kouw, CBS

Earlier in the week, a clip of WFAN host Joe Benigno circulated on the internet where he was seen having technical difficulties in trying to record his podcast, Oh the Pain, on which he discusses New York sports at large, including his favorite football team in the New York Jets. The clip, which spans for just over a minute and a half, features Benigno being frustrated with technology when the podcast seemed to have stopped recording. When WFAN update anchor Jerry Recco revealed that he had audio of the miscue, morning co-host Gregg Giannotti felt apprehensive as to whether or not Benigno said anything that could endanger his profession.

“I don’t know what that is that pops up; it goes all the way across the screen,” Benigno stated within the clip. “I tried to get rid of it and it just stopped. I mean, I could just pick it up from here.”

Shortly thereafter, Benigno figured out that the episode was still recording, but it was not edited out in the final product that went out for consumers to hear. Throughout the rest of the episode, Benigno discusses other matters across New York sports in a special “By the Numbers” edition of the program.

“He did wind up getting it out there,” Recco said. “But he was good and they posted that as part of the new podcast.”

Giannotti recounted a story when he used to work with former NFL linebacker Brian Jones at CBS Sports Radio as his co-host. He prefaced the memory by expressing that no man cursed more than Jones, who he remembers frequently used expletive language behind the scenes. One day when he was fulfilling his weekly appearance on Rich Ackerman’s Saturday college football show, the studio where the interview was being recorded was accidentally placed onto WFAN live. When this was occurring, Gregg Giannotti was listening to WFAN and his car and began to panic when he realized what was happening.

“In a minute-and-a-half, Brian Jones did not curse and he didn’t know he was on the air,” Giannotti said. “He was the most polite, nicest person you’d ever heard in your life.”

Morning program co-host Boomer Esiason interjected by conveying to Giannotti that Jones is a great guy, something he concurred with. The fact of the matter was that Giannotti was accustomed to Jones cursing in their conversations, and since Jones ostensibly did not realize he was live on WFAN, Giannotti was worried that it would find its way on the air.

“I was so scared just now thinking when you had this of Joe,” Gregg Giannotti said to Recco. “That’s all of it, right? There’s nothing else?”

Recco confirmed that he had played all of the audio within the clip, much to Giannotti’s relief, before transitioning to discuss other topics, concluding with his description of a four-game slate of New York sports teams in action on Wednesday night.

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KFC on WFAN: What Makes Barstool Sports Successful is the “Reality TV Aspect”

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly.”

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Kevin Clancy, better known as ‘KFC’ from Barstool Sports, filled in for Boomer Esiason on WFAN this morning with Gregg Giannatti. The two hosts discussed the feuding going on between members of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls as some players, most notably Scottie Pippen, are disputing some of what was said in The Last Dance back in 2020.

They compared the situation to some of what they face at their offices, noting they spend a lot of time with their co-workers, who aren’t members of their family or in most cases their best friends and drama can sometimes ensue. “Barstool has taken that office drama to a level that no one else has achieved,” Giannotti said to KFC. “When we do stuff like that here [at WFAN], it’s very rarely serious. The drama that you guys have, it’s real and it’s out there and that’s got to be a really difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared for it.”

“We usually refer to it as “being in the mud,” Clancy responded. “And there’s only certain people that can really live in the mud…It’s part of what made Barstool successful, is that reality TV aspect of it in that it is kind of like a team, and there is internal drama like clubhouse drama, locker room drama and the way we usually handle that is let’s do it out there and on the air.”

KFC talked about being a fan of WFAN and seeing it from the outside looking in. He said as a listener you could sense who was not a fan of certain people. He used the example of the feuds which would take place between Mike Francesa and Craig Carton and then the subsequent feuds Giannotti found himself in with “The Pope” when he took over for Carton.

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly,” KFC said about Barstool Sports. “We will probably fight each other more than anything, but then when there’s an outside problem, we close ranks and we are like, let’s handle business.”

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Gow Media Parts Ways With Sports Map Radio Program Director Craig Larson

“With Larson exiting, Gow Media will make another change, tapping into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations.”

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It’s been a tough week in Houston for Gow Media. First, the company made cuts to ESPN 97.5, parting ways with the midday team of Joshua Beard, Michael Connor and Andrew Carlson. Then yesterday, the company informed longtime network program director Craig Larson that he too was unfortunately a budget cut casualty.

Larson had been with Gow Media since the company acquired the Sporting News Radio network in 2010. He started with Sporting News Radio as a producer in Illinois, moving next to Los Angeles to take on programming duties for the network before relocating to Houston to lead the outlet following David Gow’s acquisition of the brand.

During the fourteen years that Larson managed the network, it’s gone through a few changes. Gow elected to change the identity from Sporting News Radio to Yahoo Sports Radio in 2011. That was followed by rebrands to SB Nation Radio and its current name, Sports Map Radio.

With Larson exiting, Gow Media will tap into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations. The two groups have already been working together. This just gives the sports betting network an even bigger push. It also helps Gow stand out better in a crowded national sports radio marketplace.

As for Larson, this is his first trip to free agency in nearly a quarter century. When reached by BSM, he acknowledged that his time with the company had come to an end. He added, ‘It was an amazing 14 years in Houston. I’m proud of the work we put in, and there’s no better person in the world to work for than David Gow.’

Those interested in chatting with Larson about future possibilities can reach him at [email protected].

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Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run

“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

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The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.

“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”

Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.

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