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Bernfield Heads To The Score

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Jordan Bernfield, who has been seen and heard on Chicago television and radio for the past six years, will now be heard frequently on WSCR-AM/670 The Score, beginning next week. He will serve as a Scoreboard sports update anchor, and could eventually do some weekend and fill-in hosting.

Deerfield native Bernfield began his professional sports media career locally in December 2008, when he joined WGN Radio as a sports anchor and host. Among the many duties he held at WGN-AM was being a sports update person on talk shows, hosting the Chicago Cubs post-game shows, hosting the “Blackhawks Weekly” show, and hosting “Preps Plus Chicago.” At the former WGWG-LP/The Game 87.7, Bernfield hosted his own weekend show and was the lead sports reporter for the station.

Bernfield has worked in numerous other places over the past few years, besides WGN Radio. In 2009, he began providing play-by-play broadcasting high school football, basketball and baseball games in Northwest Indiana for the Region Sports Network. For a couple of years, he fine-tuned his craft hosting sports shows for various Internet radio stations and podcasts. During the 2009-2010 UIC’s Men’s Basketball season, Bernfield was heard on WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000 as the team’s studio host for game broadcasts.

Besides radio, Bernfield is also a staple for local college sports on television. Since 2011, he has been the play-by-play announcer for Loyola University Chicago’s basketball games, which are seen locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Since 2009, he has been a play-by-play announcer for University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) sports, including Men’s Basketball on CSN Chicago, and numerous other UIC sports for the Horizon League Network.

His work with WGN Radio was his primary job. Unfortunately for Bernfield, he was among the dozens blown out from WGN Radio on December 31st, when The Game 87.7 was canceled and the station began cutting corners to make up for the many financial losses of 2014. He had been seeking his next opportunity in radio ever since.

Last month, WSCR-AM’s Wayne Randazzo was named as the new pre-game/post-game host for the New York Mets. At WSCR-AM, Randazzo had served as an update anchor and weekend/fill-in host since 2011. With the exit of Randazzo, this created a vacancy at the top-rated Chicago sports station. Bernfield has been hired to fill that vacancy.

On Facebook this morning, Bernfield said: “As a kid who grew up in Chicago, I spent countless hours listening to Chicago’s #1 sports station. It still hasn’t really hit me that I’ll be on the air there next week, but I can’t wait to get started.”

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Bobby Belt: ‘Pat McAfee Butchered The Name Shan and RJ’

“I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Shan and RJ is a show that routinely finds itself in the media spotlight. They may be a Dallas show, but when Jerry and Stephen Jones routinely appear on your airwaves, you are going to draw attention from outside of the market.

On Tuesday, Pat McAfee played a clip of the hosts talking to Jerry Jones. McAfee threw to the clip introducing the show as “Shan, RJ, and Chop.” On Wednesday morning, the 105.3 The Fan’s morning show had some fun with the former Colts punter’s struggles.

“There’s a lot to unpack here,” newly added co-host Bobby Belt said after listening to McAfee and his crew take three unsuccessful cracks at naming the show.

“Reggie made a good point yesterday when I was talking to him about this,” Belt said. “Reggie was like ‘I think McAfee was going to the clip, saw three faces and didn’t know a third name, and so he’s like ‘well, that must be RJ and Chop.’”

Belt delighted in the idea that in McAfee’s mind, RJ Choppy goes by “Chop” on air and even pointed out that one of the producers said that RJ “looks like a Chop.”

Pat McAfee called the show “Shan, RJ, and Chop,” “Shana, RJ and Chop,” and “Shannon and RJ” on different occasions according to Belt. He didn’t think it was disrespectful. He just didn’t understand how McAfee got it so wrong so often.

“They butchered this three ways to the weekend. I have no idea. I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Cubs Radio Voice Pat Hughes Named 2023 Frick Award Winner

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Chicago Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes has been honored as the 2023 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

The award is given annually for “excellence in broadcasting” by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Known throughout the Midwest for his easy delivery and unparalleled knowledge, Pat Hughes has called some of the biggest moments in Cubs history and has provided the narrative for one of the most successful eras in the history of the franchise,” said National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Josh Rawitch. “Since arriving at Wrigley Field in 1996, Pat has served as the radio voice for nine postseason teams – matching an ardent fan base with his own passion in every broadcast. His reverence for baseball history and gift for storytelling have made him one of the game’s broadcast treasures.”

Hughes has spent more than 25 years as the voice of the Cubs, and is a nine-time winner of the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Hughes found out on-air that he would be inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame.

Hughes was previously a finalist for the award in 2016 and 2020.

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Craig Carton: Jon Heyman ‘No Longer An Insider’ After Aaron Judge Gaffe

“That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

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MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman erroneously reported that New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was signing with the San Francisco Giants in free agency yesterday. That news was not well received by WFAN afternoon hosts Craig Carton and Evan Roberts.

After Heyman rescinded his original tweet saying “Arson Judge” appeared headed to the Giants, he resent a new one with the correct spelling. During the confusion, Roberts told producers to get Heyman — who is an Audacy contributor — on the phone, which Carton immediately shot down.

“No, we’re not putting him on the air,” Carton said. “I’m not putting him on the air. He doesn’t get a platform on this show. Listen, he made a deal with the devil when he took a job with The (New York) Post. That’s his business.”

While Carton and Roberts processed the news, producer Chris McMonigle said he was certain that Judge would be signing with the Giants, but that was not Heyman’s report, and would hold off until it was official.

Roberts mocked McMonigle by saying he was in denial. “He still hasn’t accepted that Jon Heyman knows what he’s talking about,” Roberts said. Moments later, McMonigle read Heyman’s follow up tweet apologizing for “jumping the gun”.

“That is a horrendous job by Jon Heyman,” Carton replied.

“Heyman’s done,” Roberts shouted. “Jon, what are we doing?”

“Heyman is no longer an insider,” Carton added. “That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

Carton later took umbrage with Heyman deleting his tweets.

“To play fans like that is absolutely unacceptable. It’s not right. Sorry. That’s because everyone’s gotta be first. God forbid someone else has it first. You’re a clown. Your entire career’s work has just been flushed down the toilet.”

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