On Friday, WEEI suspended midday host Christian Fauria for five days after he attempted an on-air impersonation of Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee. The bit was deemed racist by some and led to Fauria apologizing for what he described as a “horrible attempt at humor.” Two of the station’s sponsors, Comcast and City of Boston Credit Union, have since suspended their advertising due to the situation.
The on-air bit on Friday’s show stemmed from a false story written by Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges. Borges was duped by a local radio listener pretending to be Yee into writing a column claiming Tom Brady would skip off season workouts unless he was given a contract similar to the one recently signed by Jimmy Garoppolo. Fauria spoke in an Asian accent as his partners Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni discussed the story. Fauria was trying to make the point that a veteran reporter like Borges should’ve known what Yee sounded like but didn’t and because he wasn’t plugged in it led to being fooled.
WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” posted texts on Twitter proving that Borges had taken the bait from a listener and ran with it. The poor job of sourcing by Borges led to the Herald suspending him.
After learning of the news of his suspension, Fauria took to Twitter and said “In a segment during the show, I impersonated agent Don Yee in an insensitive and regrettable way. I want to publicly apologize to Don and anyone in the audience who heard it.”
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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan
“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””
92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.
Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.
“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”
Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.
He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.
“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”
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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus
“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”
Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.
The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.
NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.
Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.
While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.
Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter
“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”
Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.
North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.
Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”
In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.
“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”
Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.
“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”
The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.
“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”