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How many times have you started talking about the Portland Trail Blazers and got a blank stare in return? If it hasn’t happened, it will. When it does, that’s the time you convert non-fan into new fan if you’re fan enough. That PBS loving radio listener in front of you is ready for a change.

Give them Dan Patrick, a 58-year-old golden boy with the radio voice and television face, a rare combo and easy listen for new people. His ego seems to adapt to all ages. When you’re the guy on stage handing out Lombardis, it would be easy to go the other way. Instead, he shares his radio show with his listeners and his on air production team. Calls them his Danettes. It could be worse, and they couldn’t be better.

Early in the year, a big radio star called out Dan’s style, said he had it easy. The onetime face of ESPN went away from sport talk when his work ethic took a hit from Colin Cowherd. Work ethic; we’re talking about work ethic? The dean of sport talk uses real life to show how to handle your business. You don’t need high heat when you’ve got a grip on cool. Check out his YouTube if you haven’t seen it. Chilling.

Or give them Jim Rome for a take that doesn’t suck. He’s the Michael Corleone of sports talk. Got the look, the edge, and it’s not going dull anytime soon. When members of the Rome mafia call the show, new listeners knock them hard. Rome stands up for his early callers every time. He’s teaching loyalty. He used to say, “Give me two weeks before you spin the dial.” Snagger knows his audience. They stay.

Radio celebrity on a world scale is one thing, but I like the local guys. My favorite expresses the entire range of sports-emotion from catchy up-talk to deep and somber. His sporty sport talk is clear and correct the way only an NFL insider can do, and he offers just enough extra to keep me locked in. The following two examples go beyond the letter of sport talk, but not the spirit. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

How To Slow Cook Ribs In A Crock Pot.

Pick up two racks of ribs, each about two feet long. They’re pink and reptilian looking in the vacuum packed plastic. Don’t get frozen if you can avoid it.

Cut the ribs into three bone sections and push some rib rub into them.

Stack the ribs upright along the edge of the crock and fill toward the center. Put a second layer on top.

Set the slow cooker at 300. Come back in two hours and switch top ribs to bottom.

Come back two hours later and drain off the juices. Pour a bottle of barbeque sauce in a big bowl and dunk the ribs before stacking them back in the crock.

Two hours later? Dinner, and you’re a genius cook. You too can do this. So easy, so delicious. I’ve done it three times since learning how.

Dinner Out With Adult Kids.

Like every other sport talk radio fan, I expect to hear sports. It’s what goes beyond the topic that makes it universal.

My local favorite sports talker explained how he goes to dinner with his eighteen year old daughter. The guy’s been on the air for the last ten years and his audience has followed his family along the way. His little girl grew up and dinners together can get awkward.

Once they’re seated in a restaurant, he said, he lets the wait staff know who he’s with, “I know what I’ll have, but MY DAUGHTER will order first,” or something close.

I’m driving around listening and think, “The same thing happened to me, except I didn’t say anything. There I was, shunned in a restaurant because I didn’t say, “I know what I’ll have, but MY SON will order first.”” We got the cold shoulder, ordered late, didn’t get our food, and left. It took a while before I figured out the problem. Of course my kid disagrees with the creepy conclusion.

After hearing the restaurant story, all I could think to say was, “Thank you, Big Suke, you’re saving the world from bad cooking and over-parenting one listener at a time.”

The right sport talk does that for you, keeps you in the loop.

Credit to SeattlePI who originally published this article

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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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.”

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