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Taz and The Moose to Host Mornings on CBS Sports Radio

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With Gregg Giannotti moving over to WFAN to co-host the morning show with Boomer Esiason, CBS Sports Radio is using the opportunity to create something new in morning drive. The network has announced mornings will feature the team of Marc Malusis and former pro wrestler Taz starting Tuesday January 2, 2018. The show will be branded Taz and the Moose and air weekdays from 6a-9a ET.

“We’re extremely excited for the debut of Taz and the Moose,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming for CBS Sports Radio. “As the host of an extremely successful podcast, Taz has done an amazing job of transitioning from a successful career as a professional wrestler into sports broadcasting.  Moose has hosted two popular weekend shows on CBS Sports Radio since our launch five years ago. I know he is ready for this opportunity. Taz and the Moose will deliver entertaining and highly-spirited sports talk to our affiliates and listeners. Hopefully, Taz will keep the pile drives, elbow drops, and arm bars to a minimum.”

Pete “Taz” Senerchia is a multiple professional wrestling world heavyweight champion, celebrated TV color commentator, and award-winning podcaster with more than three decades invested in both wrestling and broadcasting. His no-holds barred style, along with his impeccable comic timing and sarcastic wit, have helped to propel the popularity of his live digital streaming program, The Taz Show, which recently hit the 500th episode milestone. A former college football player, Taz has a storied past with WWE, ECW and TNA.

Marc “The Moose” Malusis kicked off his sports broadcasting career at Syracuse University’s WAER-AM and WJPZ-FM. After part-time work at New York’s City’s WFAN Sports Radio, Malusis became the full-time board operator for the station’s wildly-popular Mike and the Mad Dog program. Eventually he was promoted to show producer. From that point, he became an overnight and fill-in host on WFAN and was part of the original schedule on CBS Sports Radio, doing a Saturday morning show with Maggie Gray called Moose & Maggie. In March of 2008, Malusis was hired as a personality for SNY, where he worked as a debater on SportsNite and appeared on DNL, The Wheelhouse, LoudMouths, and BNNY.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole

“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”

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You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.

He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.

“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”

For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.

Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí

David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.

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