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Pollin’s Show To End

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Longtime local radio fixture Andy Pollin announced Tuesday morning that his “Sports Reporters” morning drive program on SportsTalk 570 will end after Friday’s show. Pollin said he will move to an as-yet unspecified role at ESPN 980.

Pollin’s show was on borrowed time after the creation of “The Man Cave,” which will masculinely debut on ESPN 980 Monday morning. That show will push “Mike and Mike” to SportsTalk 570, in turn pushing Pollin’s program off the air.

Pollin announced the end of his morning show just shy of its 18-month anniversary. It was launched in September 2013, after  “The Drive with Cooley and Czabe” replaced the old afternoon-drive “Sports Reporters” on 980. That program launched in 1999, meaning Pollin has been using the “Sports Reporters” format in this market for more than 15 years.

“But that’s the reality of this business,” Pollin said on the air Tuesday morning. “Good shows last for five years. Really good shows go 10. Only the great ones go 20.”

Pollin brought some of his familiar guests, including Chris Knoche and Kevin Blackistone, to the lower-profile 570 gig. He said he saw it as an opportunity to audition a local morning show for 980, and said that “management” rejected proposed slots to move the show back to 980.

“We have agreed for a role for me on ESPN 980 starting next Monday, but this show…will have its last show on Friday,” Pollin said. “That’ll be the last time we do a ‘Sports Reporters’ show. And I won’t try and hide my disappointment from you. I put a lot into this. I enjoyed doing it. It’s been great to connect to people….It’s been great for me to do something that A) I really enjoy, and B) I think has been a good show for a group of people. But the reality in this business, and in any business, is we love you out there, but there just aren’t enough of you. If there were more of you, we’d be going on.”

Pollin said he would complete this week’s shows; his last guest on Friday will be Rich Campbell, now of the Chicago Tribune.

“I have no plans to retire,” Pollin said. “Friday will be the last show and that will be it, and we will move on. And like I’ve done for the last 23 years, at either SportsTalk 570 or ESPN 980, I’ll do the best I can with what I’m assigned to do, and I will do it as long as they choose to employ me here. But we will say a fond farewell on Friday.”

Credit to the Washington Post who originally published this article

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Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

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Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.

It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.

Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.

“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”

McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.

“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”

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T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints

“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.

Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.

“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”

Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.

“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte

“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”

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Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.

Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin. 

“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”

Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”

Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.

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