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Dickey Broadcasting Inks 10 Year Deal with The Braves

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The Atlanta Braves and Dickey Broadcasting Company have announced an unprecedented 10-year extension for Dickey Broadcasting Company to remain the exclusive radio rightsholder for Braves baseball through 2026. In addition, Dickey Broadcasting will move its studios and offices to The Battery Atlanta, leasing loft office space on the 4th floor, overlooking the plaza and next to the Coca-Cola Roxy Theater in the new mixed-use development adjacent to SunTrust Park.

Dickey Broadcasting Company, which became the Braves exclusive radio rightsholder in 2010, will carry all 162 regular season games on its two Atlanta flagship radio stations, 680-AM and 93.7-FM. They will also continue to manage the expanding Braves Radio Network — the largest sports radio network in the U.S., covering well over 100 radio stations throughout the Southeast.

“Our relationship with Dickey Broadcasting Company is an extremely important part of our team and they are the best in the business,” said Derek Schiller, Braves president, business. “This agreement ensures our fans throughout the South — and beyond — will be able follow Braves baseball wherever they go and know they are receiving the highest quality radio broadcasts anywhere in professional sports. We are also proud to have their team of professionals relocating next to SunTrust Park which further showcases the success of The Battery Atlanta.”

In addition to its new offices, Dickey Broadcasting will have a significant presence at The Battery Atlanta on gamedays, with “680 The Fan’s Game Day” pregame show and “Atlanta Braves Wrap-Up” postgame show broadcast live adjacent to the Terrapin Taproom.

“This extension represents a new era for our relationship with one of the most storied franchises in professional sports,” said David Dickey, president of Dickey Broadcasting Company. “We’ve long been proud partners of the Atlanta Braves, and now we’re excited that we can call them our neighbors at The Battery Atlanta. From expanded coverage opportunities to exclusive programming, we’ll be able to share the best stories from the team to all of Braves Country.”

In addition to broadcasting all regular season and postseason games, 680 The Fan will offer many other programs in support of Braves baseball, including:

FM Simulcast Partner:
· All gameday broadcasts will also be heard on FM simulcast partner 106.7FM

Spring Training:
· All Spring Training games will be aired locally in Atlanta on a combination of 680-AM/93.7-FM, 1230-AM/106.3-FM and 1340-AM/103.7-FM
· Each week during Spring Training, a different 680 The Fan show will broadcast live from Orlando for the entire week and will feature interviews with Braves players, manager and general manager
· Live reports and updates throughout Spring Training from Ben Ingram and Kevin McAlpin

“Atlanta Braves Today”:
· Airs daily at 7:45 – 8:00 a.m. on “The Rude Awakening” from Spring Training through the end of the season with reports from Atlanta Braves Radio Network Reporter Kevin McAlpin.

“680 The Fan’s Game Day”:
· During the regular season and postseason, the “Chuck and Chernoff” show hosts a 30 minute pre- pregame show with reports from Atlanta Braves Leadoff Host Chris Dimino before each weekday home game.

“Atlanta Braves Leadoff Show”:
· During the regular season and postseason Ben Ingram, Mark Lemke, Chris Dimino and Buck Belue host a 75 minute long pre-game show.

“Atlanta Braves Wrap-Up Show”:
· During the regular season and postseason Ben Ingram and Atlanta Braves Radio Network Reporter Kevin McAlpin host an hour-long postgame show.

“Atlanta Braves Clubhouse Report”:
· All season long, Ben Ingram hosts this program every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

680 The Fan’s Winter Meetings Coverage:
· During Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, 680 The Fan will provide extended coverage and live reports from Ben Ingram and Kevin McAlpin for various shows

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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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