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Mike Greenberg To Host New TV Show and Leave Mike & Mike

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It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in the media industry, and now the cat is finally out of the bag. Mike Greenberg is leaving his ESPN radio program alongside Mike Golic after 18 years.

We had alluded to this possibility in previous posts, and Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has nailed down the confirmation. ESPN executives want to move Greenberg into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the morning on ESPN. The new show will be a blend of a traditional morning show and some of the regular features which sports fans have come to expect from SportsCenter. The show is expected to originate out of New York City.

In making the move, there is certainly a sudden impact to the ESPN Radio network which will now have lost Greenberg, Colin Cowherd, and Scott Van Pelt all within a span of three years. The loss of those key personalities has led many programmers to become frustrated with the programming choices from the network, which makes it even more important that the network delivers big when replacing Greenberg. A false move could lead affiliates to terminate relationships in favor of local programming or other partnerships with FOX Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio or SB Nation Radio.

Mike and Mike were inducted into the NAB radio hall of fame in 2016, which seemed to signal the beginning of the end for the pair. Greenberg also switched agents, and was signed to a new contract at ESPN for a reported 6.5 million dollars, which indicated that other plans were in the works for him. The network doesn’t offer those type of deals to talent with a primary focus on radio.

With Greenberg moving on, many feel a brand new morning show with fresh blood would energize the brand. But according to Deitsch’s report, Trey Wingo has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Greenberg, and Mike Golic Jr. is expected to be part of the final mix. Sources I spoke with also said that Mike Golic Sr. was likely to remain as the network generates a lot of revenue from the Mike and Mike brand and Golic’s stability could help retain some of the show’s key advertisers.

There has always been mixed feelings towards Mike and Mike. Those who love the show often point to the duo’s chemistry, commitment to sports, fast pace, and content selection. Those who reject it often cite a lack of bold opinions and a too-safe approach. I conducted a study in October on the possibility of breaking up the show, and the 7 radio executives I polled were split down the middle on whether to stay the course or move on.

So now the elephant in the room has been addressed and the only remaining questions are, when will Mike and Mike permanently sign off? Who takes over mornings on ESPN Radio and ESPN2? And will the new show meet the approval of the radio industry or cause companies across the country to start pursuing other options?

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Boomer & Gio: HBO Deshaun Watson Story Will Make Things Worse For NFL

“Real Sports is a very reputable TV news sports show and if they’ve got this 20-minute piece on how horrible a person Deshaun Watson is, that’s gonna factor into a lot of these other things.”

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The NFL still hasn’t handed down a decision on whether or for how long to suspend Browns’ quarterback Deshaun Watson following 23 accusations of sexual misconduct. That is a problem, according to Boomer & Gio, and the WFAN morning duo thinks that problem is only about to get worse.

On Monday morning, Gregg Giannotti mentioned that HBO is set to air an episode of Real Sports on Tuesday. It will feature an interview with multiple women that have filed civil suits against Watson.

Watson’s lawyers believe that the league will make its decision regarding punishment in the next two months. Giannotti thinks the fallout from the HBO show may force it to act quicker.

“Let’s say it’s a horrible piece against Deshaun Watson,” Gregg Giannotti suggested. “Now that’s gonna be a part of the decision-making process. You know it is, because the NFL from a PR standpoint is always very conscious of those kinds of things. And Real Sports is a very reputable TV news sports show and if they’ve got this 20-minute piece on how horrible a person Deshaun Watson is, that’s gonna factor into a lot of these other things.”

Deshaun Watson sat out all of last year. Boomer Esiason said the fact that it is May and we do not have a decision on discipline only makes sense because of the team involved. He laughed saying that only the Cleveland Browns could guarantee a record amount of money to a player they have no idea will be available.

He agreed with Gio’s assessment. Watson’s lawyers have already acknowledged that they do not expect the Real Sports segment to do their client any favors. Esiason said there will be a whole new group of people waking up on Wednesday questioning league leadership.

“It’s gonna further inflame a fan base maybe, or female fans, against Deshaun Watson. It’s not gonna be good. It’s just not.”

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Mark Chernoff Joins 107.1 The Boss in New Jersey

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds.”

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Mark Chernoff has found a new radio home. The former brand manager of the iconic WFAN is now part of Robby & Rochelle In The Morning on 107.1 The Boss in Monmouth/Ocean, New Jersey.

Chernoff makes his debut on May 31 as the show’s sports anchor. He will also be available to cover swing shifts as needed on the station.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds,” he said.  “Many thanks to Robby and Rochelle for inviting me into THEIR world.” 

It was the end of June 2021 when Mark Chernoff left WFAN. He spent 28 years there as program director. He also served as the VP of Sports Programming for Audacy. He was succeeded in that role by Spike Eskin, who Audacy brought to New York from its Philadelphia sports talker, 94 WIP.

Prior to CBS Radio being acquired by then-Entercom, Chernoff also served as VP of Sports Programming for that company and played an integral role for its push into FM sports talk in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.

“Mark is exceptional talent and a brilliant strategic mind I’ve long respected. I’m thrilled to have him join our team of outstanding broadcasters at Press!” said Robby Bridges, who also serves as PD of 107.1 The Boss.

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Danny Balis Explains Exit From The Ticket in Dallas

“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire.”

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After 22 years, Danny Balis is finished as a producer on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas.

Balis, 54, told The Dallas Morning News the announcement of his departure “was an unusual situation to actually be able to speak on it on air.”

“I’d rather spend this time focusing on peace of mind, quality of life and maybe open the door for somebody else to take that [producer’s] seat,” he said on The Hardline with hosts Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm.

Balis is a musician and business owner in the Metroplex. That’s where he will shift his attention. He told Davidson and Sturm that there were no opportunities for advancement at the station that would warrant him sticking around.

“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” he said. “Then by that time, we’re all the same age.”

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