95.7 The GAME, The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, today announced the addition of six distinguished personalities to their programming roster. Notable local contributors include: former Oakland Athletics Outfielder with 11 years of Major League Baseball experience and current MLB Network Analyst; Eric Byrnes, veteran sports talk radio personality currently hosting afternoon drive at Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia and weekly contributor to ESPN’s “Olbermann” TV show; Tony Bruno and informed Bay Area baseball writer Mychael Urban who also hosts Inside The Bigs on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 95.7 The GAME.
“Bay Area listeners are well aware of the track records of Eric Byrnes, Tony Bruno and Mychael Urban and we are thrilled to have them contributing to our radio station.” said Program Director, Jason Barrett. “All 3 of them have strong opinions, are well informed and highly entertaining making their appearances on our shows a must-listen”.
Also contributing to 95.7 The Game’s national baseball coverage is senior baseball writer for ESPN.com and ESPN Scouts, Inc; Keith Law, celebrated columnist of ESPN: The Magazine, ESPN.com and analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight; Buster Olney and former General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight; Jim Bowden. 2-time World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox and 10-year Major League Baseball veteran Kevin Youkilis also joins 95.7 The GAME.
“From a national standpoint, the credibility that Jim Bowden, Buster Olney, Kevin Youkilis and Keith Law bring to the table is second to none.” Jason Barrett continued. “They are deeply connected inside baseball circles and bring a wealth of knowledge about the game from the field to the front office.”
A complete breakdown of days and times these contributors can be heard is listed below.
2015 Baseball Coverage includes:
ESPN Baseball Tonight Analyst & former GM of the Cincinnati Reds & Washington Nationals
|The Damon Bruce Show||Mondays at 3:30pm|
|The Baseball Hour w/ Byrnes & YoukilisEric Byrnes = 11-year MLB OF, Former Oakland Athletic & current MLB Network AnalystKevin Youkilis = 2x World Series Champion, 10-year MLB 3rd Baseman (8+ years with the Red Sox)||The Afternoon Delight w/ John Lund & Greg Papa||Tuesdays at 2pm|
Renowned sports talk radio host, currently hosting afternoons for WIP in Philly, host of the Tony Bruno Show Podcast & a weekly contributor to ESPN’s “Olbermann” TV show
|The Damon Bruce Show||Tuesdays at 5:05pm|
Former Scout & Front Office Executive, Baseball writer for ESPN.com
|The Damon Bruce Show||Wednesdays at 3:30pm|
ESPN The Magazine & ESPN.com MLB writer, ESPN Baseball Tonight Reporter & Analyst
|Flight 957 w/ Chad, Joe & Lo||Thursdays at 8:30am|
Veteran Bay Area baseball writer and current 95.7 The Game host of “Inside The Bigs” Saturday mornings from 9a-12p
|The Damon Bruce Show||Thursdays at TBD|
2x World Series Champion, 10-year MLB 3rd Baseman (8+ years with the Red Sox)
|Flight 957 w/ Chad, Joe & Lo||Fridays at 8:30am|
Bay Area native and 11-year MLB Outfielder, Former Oakland Athletic (2000-2005), current MLB Network & Pac-12 Network Analyst
|The Damon Bruce Show||Fridays at 3:30pm|
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”