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Coach K Premieres New Season of His SiriusXM Show

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Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the defending national champion Duke University Blue Devils and the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, will host the season premiere of his weekly SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, tonight, October 20 (6:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation.

Coach K’s guests on the season debut will be Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany.

After this week’s debut and throughout the season, a new edition of Basketball and Beyond will air every Thursday (6:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, which is available nationwide on satellite radios (channel 84) and on smartphones via the SiriusXM app.  Episodes are also available to subscribers through SiriusXM On Demand.

Basketball and Beyond is entering its 11th season on SiriusXM and features Coach K and co-host Dave Sims interviewing successful people from many different walks of life, including  sports, pop culture, politics and more.  Some of the high profile guests who have joined Krzyzewski on the program over the years include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, General Martin Dempsey, actor Rob Lowe, fellow coaching greats Bob Knight, John Madden, Pat Summitt, Joe Torre, Bill Belichick and many others.

“We are excited for another great season of Basketball and Beyond with Coach K on SiriusXM,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “Every year, all season long, Mike draws interesting guests and delivers insightful and entertaining radio to our listeners. This week, when he talks with two leaders of the pro and college games, will be another fine example.”

Over 40 years as a head basketball coach, 35 of them at Duke University, Coach K has built one of the most extraordinary coaching resumes in sports history.  He is the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Men’s Division I basketball history with 1018 victories and he led Duke to its fifth NCAA Championship title last season.  Under Coach K’s tutelage, the Blue Devils have won 13 ACC Tournament championships, made 12 Final Four appearances, and have achieved the #1 national ranking in an NCAA-record 16 seasons. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Krzyzewski has been involved with USA Basketball as a coach on and off since 1979, when he started out as an assistant to Bob Knight.  Over that time he has helped lead the U.S. to 10 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys

“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

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97.9 ESPN Hartford host Rob Dibble helped collect more than 5,000 frozen turkeys and over 8m000 pounds of non-perishable foood items last week.

The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.

“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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