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Brandstatter Says He’s Out of Lions Radio Booth

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Jim Brandstatter posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he had been terminated from his role as color analyst on Detroit Lions radio broadcasts. It is a position that he held for 31 years.

WJR released a statement on the firing that read

Jim Brandstatter did an excellent job for the past 2 years on WJR and for many years prior. We felt the addition of a former All-Pro Lion will bring a unique perspective to the game-day broadcast.

That “former All-Pro Lion” is reportedly 11 year NFL veteran Lomas Brown. He spent his entire career on Detroit’s offensive line.

Brandstatter will continue to call play-by-play of games for the University of Michigan. He immediately told colleagues that the silver lining in the firing was that he was happy to get Thanksgiving back.

The Detroit Lions released a statement of their own in the wake of the news.

As a color analyst for the Detroit Lions Radio Network for more than three decades, Jim Brandstatter helped bring together Lions fans everywhere. His unwavering passion and knowledge for the game of football, both as a broadcaster and former player, were instrumental to our radio broadcasts. We sincerely thank Jim for his countless contributions to our team over the years and for the positive impact he’ll continue to make in the football community.

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Craig Carton Offers to Have Jon Jastremski on ‘Carton & Roberts’ to Put Feud to Rest

“I have no problem with him, but I’m just trying to figure out how I became the bad guy here. That’s all. He’s not gonna want to come on obviously.”

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WFAN host Craig Carton wants to bury the hatchet with former WFAN host and current host at The Ringer Jon Jastremski.

On Friday’s edition of Carton & Roberts, Carton wanted to bring Jastremski on the show so the two could put an end to their back and forth. Jastremski on his Ringer podcast last week called Carton a crook, referencing Carton’s three-year prison sentence, and told him to “take a f–king hike.” This was over comments Carton made about Jastremski leaving WFAN to work at The Ringer. Carton likened the career move to going to work as a manager at McDonald’s.

But Carton made it clear he doesn’t think badly of Jastremski. He just wants to get to the bottom of why there’s a perceived beef between them.

“I have no issue with JJ,” Carton said. “I have no problem with him, but I’m just trying to figure out how I became the bad guy here. That’s all. He’s not gonna want to come on obviously. Tell him it’ll go good. We’re not yelling and screaming. I just want to hear his perspective, and we can put it to rest. I just don’t get it.”

Carton added that him being critical of Jastremski’s career move hasn’t been an isolated thing.

“I thought Howard Stern shouldn’t have gone to SiriusXM. I said that,” Carton said. “I thought when (Chris “Mad Dog” Russo) went to SiriusXM it was a bad career move. I think it is!”

Carton reiterated that he wasn’t going to walk back any of the things he said about Jastremski’s decision to leave WFAN. He said that if Jastremski is happy where he is, that’s great. But he just felt like it probably would’ve been wiser for Jastremski to stay in radio.

“If you’re making more money good for you!” he said. “But I thought that from a young career perspective you’re better off being at The Fan than on a podcast. Cause you get lost in the shuffle in a podcast in my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong.”

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Massachusetts Senator Asks Carmakers to Continue Utilizing AM Radio

“Broadcast AM radio remains a crucial, cost-free source of news, sports, and weather, and, more importantly, is an essential medium for public safety officials.”

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While you’re seeing more and more frequently talk stations that previously occupied AM radio frequencies migrate fully to FM frequencies, one U.S. Senator in Massachusetts is giving hope to stations still on the AM side of things.

Sen. Ed Markey (D) recently penned a letter to some 20 car maufacturers emploring them to continue producing vehicles that have access to AM stations.

“Broadcast AM radio remains a crucial, cost-free source of news, sports, and weather, and, more importantly, is an essential medium for public safety officials — including the president — to communicate with the public during emergencies,” Markey wrote.

Recent Pew research indicates some 47% of Americans still receive news from radio. Some electric vehicle makers have said AM radio signals are often subject to interference from EV batteries. But Markey believes many of those companies are working to find alternative solutions to that problem.

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Nick Wilson: Deshaun Watson Press Conference ‘Insulting’ To Local Media

“You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters get to say, ask, or think.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with the media for the first time yesterday since being reinstated by the NFL after the league ruled he was guilty of violating the Personal Conduct Policy due to improper sexual advances towards more than two dozen massage therapists. 92.3 The Fan afternoon host Nick Wilson called Watson’s press conference “trash” and “insulting” to local media.

Watson told reporters he would only answer football related questions from the assembled media members, which Wilson took issue with.

“You can’t bury this story simply by saying ‘I won’t talk about it’,” Wilson said. “It is insulting to the media who covers this team. This is not about Nick Wilson, I promise. This is about the beat reporters who cover this team. It is insulting — intentionally or not — to say ‘You know what, guys? I love y’all, but I’m going to dictate what you ask me’.

“You don’t do that. You dictate when you speak, your opening statement, or how you respond. You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters — who work very hard day in, day out covering this organization, covering Deshaun Watson, covering this town — get to say, ask, or think. That was trash.”

Co-host Dustin Fox added the whole job of the media is to bring information to fans, and Watson wouldn’t allow reporters to do that Thursday, and may never do that.

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