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The Score Adds Ex-Bear Mannelly

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670 The Score has announces that Chicago Bears’ recently retired long snapper Patrick Mannelly has joined the station. Mannelly will have a few roles with the station during the upcoming football season.

The Chicago Bears drafted Mannelly out of Duke University in the 1998 NFL Draft. He was a starter his rookie season and played every game that year. In fact, he has played in just about every Chicago Bears game since 1998, missing very few due to injuries. Mannelly holds the record for the most games played as a Chicago Bear and is the longest tenured player in team history.

Less than one month ago, on June 20th, Mannelly, announced his retirement from professional football.

He may be retired from playing football, but Mannelly, 39, is far from retired from working. The longtime local gridiron star now joins WSCR-AM as a Bears and football expert.

Each Sunday before a Chicago Bears game, WSCR-AM has a pre-game show with Hub Arkush and Dan Pompei. Patrick Mannelly will now be the third co-host of that show.

In addition, Mannelly will appear on WSCR-AM talk shows during the week to discuss the current football season, as well as contributing a weekly Bears blog to the station’s website.

Mitch Rosen, WSCR-AM Program Director, said today: “I love this move for our station, here is a Chicago Bears player who retired less than 30 days ago, played 16 years in the NFL and now is on The Score team. This season could be an epic season for the Bears and to have a former player like Pat analyzing the team is a huge win for our listeners and the Chicago Bear fans.”

Mannelly previously had had a taste of radio work in the last few years, contributing a regular weekly morning appearance on “The Eric & Kathy Show” on WTMX-FM/101.9 The Mix. The segment during the football season was called “Mannelly Mondays.”

Credit for the story goes to Chicago Radio and Media who originally published it

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Mike Rhyner Expected to Spearhead New Dallas Sports Radio Station 97.1 The Freak

The talent lineup for The Freak is believed to consist of Rhyner, Eagle hosts Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, former 105.3 The Fan host Jeff Cavanaugh, and Julie Dobbs and Mike Sirois who were previously with The Ticket.

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Mike Rhyner, the founder of sports radio juggernaut The Ticket in Dallas, is unretiring to launch a direct competitor in the DFW market.

Richie Whitt wrote in a story for the SI Fan Nation site Cowboys Country that the new sports talker will be called 97.1 The Freak. The Freak will replace rock station 97.1 The Eagle, and it’s believed the format switch will take place as early as Friday.

Rhyner called it a career in January 2020 after four decades in the sports radio industry. He launched The Ticket in 1994 and grew it into one of the nation’s top stations and routinely the number one sports talker in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The talent lineup for The Freak is believed to consist of Rhyner, Eagle hosts Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, former 105.3 The Fan host Jeff Cavanaugh, and Julie Dobbs and Mike Sirois who were previously with The Ticket.

Rhyner posted on Twitter on Friday morning about a desire to get back on the air to talk about Yankees star Aaron Judge’s pursuit of the American League single-season home run record held by Roger Maris.

Then on Saturday, while promoting his Tom Petty tribute band’s appearance at a Dallas venue, Rhyner appeared to drop a hint about The Freak.

Whitt connected the dots further, pointing to a response from Cavanaugh.

It’s understood that The Freak will have rights to Dallas Mavericks games, which The Eagle picked up last season.

Combined with a lineup of voices many DFW listeners are very familiar, The Freak will have its sights set on shaking up the sports talk landscape in the metroplex.

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ESPN Milwaukee, SiriusXM Pause Brett Favre Radio Appearances Amid Investigations into Mississippi Welfare Scandal

Good Karma Brands’ ESPN Milwaukee and SiriusXM NFL Radio both have kept Favre off the airwaves since the story started making headlines.

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As more comes to light regarding hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre’s efforts to have Mississippi officials divert state welfare funds toward building athletic facilities at Southern Miss, Favre’s regular radio hits have been shelved.

Good Karma Brands’ ESPN Milwaukee and SiriusXM NFL Radio both have kept Favre off the airwaves since the story started making headlines.

A spokesperson for ESPN Milwaukee told Front Office Sports that his weekly podcast The Brett Favre Show has been “paused.”

A representative for Sirius also told FOS that Favre’s regular hit on The SiriusXM Blitz has been put “on hold.”

In addition to Favre pushing for $5 million in state welfare money to be spent to build a new volleyball arena at Southern Miss, new text messages acquired by Front Office Sports also revealed Favre wanted money to be spent to build an indoor practice facility for the school’s football program.

Favre last appeared on ESPN Milwaukee on September 12 and on Sirius on September 13.

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Sports Radio Reacts to ESPN Interrupting College Football Broadcasts with Aaron Judge At-Bats

On Saturday afternoon, as the Yankees and Red Sox played, ESPN felt the potential milestone was so important that they decided to cut in to college football coverage on both ESPN and ABC with live look-ins of Judge at-bats.

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While Albert Pujols managed to slug his 700th career home run on Friday night in Los Angeles, Aaron Judge continued to sit on 60 homers this weekend at Yankee Stadium.

Judge remains in pursuit of either tying or surpassing Roger Maris’ American League single-season record of 61 home runs.

On Saturday afternoon, as the Yankees and Red Sox played, ESPN felt the potential milestone was so important that they decided to cut in to college football coverage on both ESPN and ABC with live look-ins of Judge at-bats.

This obviously went over as you might would expect.

The Yankees were featured on Sunday Night Baseball last night. Judge did not slug number 61 as the Yankees won a rain-shortened game against Boston.

No word on if ESPN will cut into Monday Night Football with updates as the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

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