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Under The Radar – September 19, 2016

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Welcome once again to our weekly look inside the sports media world. This column exists to keep you up to date on some of the recent moves and developments taking place in the industry that you might not have been aware of. If you or your organization have exciting news to share and wish to be included in a future article, you can email it to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now on to this week’s tidbits.

  • Last week was the 25 year anniversary for one of America’s leading sports radio stations WEEI in Boston. Congrats to all involved who have helped make it one of the best in the format for over two decades. Former Program Director Jason Wolfe wrote an excellent piece reflecting on the evolution of the brand. You can read it by clicking here.
  • Speaking of anniversaries, congratulations to Arizona Sports 98.7FM host John Gambadoro who recently celebrated twenty years on the air in Phoenix. “Gambo” as he’s known by his audience currently works the afternoon show alongside Dave Burns.
  • Longtime producer and on-air sidekick Marc “Nigel” Sterne has reconnected with popular Washington DC and PTI personality Tony Kornheiser to contribute to his new podcasting venture which is being distributed by DGital Media and IMG. Sterne began his new role last Tuesday. He previously worked with Kornheiser at ESPN 980.
  • A round of applause is in order for Brian “The Beast” London who was named the new Programming Coordinator for 790 The Ticket in Miami. Program Director Len Weiner told his staff last week that London was promoted as a result of demonstrating strong work ethic and stepping up to tackle additional responsibilities inside the programming department, including working with sales and promotions, and technical and logistics, all while maintaining his on-air role in middays.
  • In Albany, Tom Goslowski has also earned a job promotion. “Goz” has been named Jeff Levack’s new co-host on 104.5 The Team. He takes over for Bob “Wolf” Wohlfeld who was let go by the radio station a few weeks ago. The new show is being billed “Levack and Goz”.
  • Former ESPN and FOX Sports sideline reporter, and Gridiron Now contributor Kayce Smith is adding a new show on SB Nation Radio. The program debuts on September 19th at 3pm. Smith says that she enjoyed her time on the sidelines, but was more interested in sharing her opinions and being part of today’s debate culture.
  • Sports Radio 950 KJR midday host Ian Furness has agreed to serve as the TV play by play voice of the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Western Hockey League franchise will have eight of their games broadcast in the Seattle area on This TV, channel 13.2 and on Comcast Cable channel 357. Furness will call six of the eight contests.
  • Former NFL Offensive Lineman, and current FOX Sports Radio weekend host and Oakland Raiders radio sideline reporter Lincoln Kennedy has confirmed that he’ll be hosting a weekly show with Grant Napear on 1140 KHTK in Sacramento. “The Nation” will air Wednesday’s from 6p-7p PT and focus on all things silver and black.
  • Buffalo News Columnist Tim Graham has added a Wednesday night show on 1270 The Fan. The program airs 5p-7p ET and is in place for the 2016 NFL season. No word on whether it will be continued after that.
  • Nick Kostos announced via social media that he’s re-signed with CBS Sports. The former satellite radio host on Mad Dog Sports Radio and Bleacher Report radio joined CBS Sports in October 2015 and says he’s humbled and blessed to continue living out his dreams by working for the company.
  • A familiar face has returned to the St. Louis sports radio scene. Dave Greene, who previously worked on-air and later as GM and owner of Grand Slam Sports (creator of St. Louis Sports Magazine) has signed on as the VP of Sales at Tim McKernan’s new 590 The Fan KFNS. Greene spent the past two years working as a GM for Cumulus Media in Huntsville, Alabama, and Townsquare Media in Quincy, IL.
  • Matt Bagley has been hired as Sports Director at KTMT in Medford, Oregon. As part of his new role, Bagley will deliver news and sports updates and broadcast high school play by play.

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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