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Mike & Mike Welcome NFL-MLB-NBA Commissioners

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Mike & Mike will host Major League Baseball’s Rob Manfred, the National Basketball Association’s Adam Silver and the National Football League’s Roger Goodell on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will speak with each commissioner, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET with Manfred (MLB) followed by Silver (NBA) at 8:30 a.m. and Goodell (NFL) at 9:30 a.m.

Mike & Mike airs weekdays, 6 – 10 a.m. on ESPN Radio and is simulcast on ESPN2. The show is also available via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio, TuneIn and on WatchESPN.

Schedule:

Time (ET) Guest
7:30 a.m. Rob Manfred, MLB
8:30 a.m. Adam Silver, NBA
9:30 a.m. Roger Goodell, NFL

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WFNZ To Carry Charlotte FC Games

“WFNZ will carry most of the club’s games. Other games will be heard on sister station Mix 107.9.”

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Major League Soccer is coming to Charlotte, and the city’s heritage sports talk brand is going to be a big part of it. Charlotte FC announced today that WFNZ will be its English-language radio partner for the club’s inaugural season.

WFNZ will carry most of the club’s games. Other games will be heard on sister station Mix 107.9.

The deal also includes coverage of the team. Head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez, team president Nick Kelly, and Charlotte FC players will all make appearances on the station and remote broadcasts will originate from WFNZ’s Dog House before Charlotte FC home games.

“Our team at Radio One Charlotte is thrilled to bring the passion of Charlotte FC to Sports Radio WFNZ,” Marsha Landess, Regional VP, said in a press release. “With the growing excitement of professional soccer that’s evident in Charlotte, we look forward to a long successful partnership and are glad that we are a part of this historical time in Charlotte sports.”

Charlotte FC is also expected to name a Spanish-language radio partner. That announcement will come at another time.

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Paul Konerko: Les Grobstein’s Recorder As Iconic As Zapruder Film

“He said the iconic audio of Elia’s rant was shared in the clubhouse with regularity.”

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After news of Les Grobstein’s death became public earlier this week, plenty of friends and colleagues in and around Chicago offered public tributes and shared memories of him. Around the country, many people noted that Grobstein may be best known as the reporter that asked the question that inspired Lee Elia’s famous rant about unemployed Cubs fans.

On Thursday, that question and the piece of equipment it was recorded on were in the spotlight on 670 The Score. Former White Sox slugger Paul Konerko joined Parkins and Spiegel to share memories of his interactions with Les Grobstein. He said the iconic audio of Elia’s rant was shared in the clubhouse with regularity.

“When we first heard it, we thought it had to be an act or someone pretending,” the former first baseman said. “Then obviously we found out it wasn’t. I mean, that year alone, I probably listened to it a thousand times.”

Paul Konerko got very curious to learn more about the story behind the rant when he found out that Les Grobstein was the one that had recorded it. On top of that, he still had and used the same recorder to talk to Konerko and his teammates that he used to talk to Lee Elia in 1983. He joked that the recorder looked like it was already 40 years old when it captured the iconic moment.

“You know, Les wasn’t always around us, so when he came in it was like a special occasion, and it was clearly going to be the topic of conversation every time I saw the man.”

It wasn’t lost on Konerko that Grobstein’s presence gave him the chance to learn more about one of the more infamous moments in Chicago sports history. The presence of the recorder made it hard not to want to re-enact the exchange.

“To me, it’s like the Zapruder film in the JFK assassination, you know? It’s like such a famous piece of evidence that this really happened.”

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Dan Patrick Tries To Steal Mike Ryan From Dan Le Batard

“I’m going to be a Dan you love.”

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Last month, longtime Dan Patrick Show staffer and “Dannette” Andrew “McLovin” Perloff departed the show for the greener pastures of CBS Sports Radio and a show of his own with Maggie Gray.

For now, there still hasn’t been a replacement for Perloff found, and his chair on the show’s set remains empty. On Thursday, as part of a bit, Patrick made an attempt to secure a replacement while appearing on The Dan Le Betard Show with Stugotz.

That replacement was Le Betard’s executive producer Mike Ryan. Dan Patrick joined the show acting like nobody told Le Betard the news.

“What am I missing here? I apologize, because Dan was surprised when I said I have the ‘Dannettes’ here,” Patrick said. “I got Seton and Paulie ready to welcome Mike Ryan to take over for McLovin’s seat here.”

“We’re going to treat you with respect,” he added. “I’m going to be a Dan you love.”

After some back and forth, and much to the continued confusion of Le Betard, Ryan said the idea of joining Patrick’s operation was appealing.

“This is interesting, and you’re on television, which is something I miss,” he said.

Patrick continued the point that Mike Ryan would be welcomed with open arms and made a co-executive producer of his show.

“Don’t worry about any of this nonsense,” he said. “I’m sick of the shit that these guys put you through…The gloves are off, Dan!”

Le Betard said he held Patrick in high regard because Patrick helped him make the transition from ESPN to DraftKings. He told Patrick they couldn’t be friends anymore with this betrayal.

“You’re raiding my family! What are you doing?” Le Betard said.

Dan Patrick finished off the bit with one last jab before Le Betard told him to go away.

“This is the transfer portal of radio shows,” he said. “I just wanted to let you know.”

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