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Maller Dragged Into Shatner’s Feud With YouTuber

“To think that for four years I have been in the mind of William Shatner, that is amazing to me, I am blown away.”

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William Shatner blocking “Doomcock” on Twitter was never supposed to be a sports radio news story, but late night Fox Sports Radio host, Ben Maller was able to change that.  

Doomcock is a self-proclaimed supervillain who posts Sci-Fi movie and TV reviews on his YouTube channel.  A William Shatner fan, Doomcock was blocked on Twitter by the actor known for his portrayal of Captain Kirk.  

When Doomcock’s followers tried to convince Shatner to unblock the supervillain, he agreed to do so if a donation of $1,000 was made to Shatner’s charity.  Doomcock’s fans completed the task, getting him unblocked by the Star Trek icon, which led Shatner to bring Fox Sports Radio’s Ben Maller into the conversation.

“I tried it last year with a blocked radio show big mouth but his fans wouldn’t even donate $1.00,” Shatner tweeted after a follower said it seems like he’s creating a new way of fundraising.  That “radio show big mouth” happens to be Maller.  Four years ago, the national radio host was blocked by Shatner for stereotyping the Montreal native and asking his opinion on the Stanley Cup Finals.  

After Maller’s fans, known as the “Maller Militia,” responded to Shatner’s tweet negatively, he publicly named who he was referring to in the “blocked radio show big mouth” tweet.

The back and forth between Captain Kirk and the Maller Militia, led to Shatner blocking a multitude of Maller’s fan base, while inadvertently following others on accident.

Still blocked by Shatner and unaware of what transpired, Maller woke up to a slew of tweets from his followers informing him Shatner was ranting on Twitter about the Fox Sports Radio host and his listeners.

Years after he was blocked by Shatner, Maller was surprised to see the Star Trek star remembered his name enough to revisit the story.  “Did you ever think, Eddie, that four years later we would still be having this battle?” Maller asked update anchor, Eddie Garcia during their show.  

“I am flattered, this is amazing to me!” Maller continued.  “To think that for four years I have been in the mind of William Shatner, that is amazing to me, I am blown away.”

Shatner stated his interactions in recent years with the Maller Militia prevent him from wanting to go on any iHeart affiliated radio stations.  In March, Shatner was interviewed by Drew McCarthy of Big Drew and Jim on ESPN 96.1 and WDFN 1130 in Detroit, both of which are iHeart owned radio stations.

Ben Maller remains Twitter-blocked by William Shatner.  Maller hosts nationally on Fox Sports Radio, weekdays from 2 – 6am ET.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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Howard and Jeremy: Amazon Prime Video Is Best NFL Broadcast

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

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Amazon Prime Video and Thursday Night Football received backlash last week for failing to mention a previously perceived concussion by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the third-year signal caller suffered a scary-looking concussion in the first half of a game against the Bengals. WGR morning hosts Howard Simon and Jeremy White discussed the Amazon crew, with White saying he believes it’s the best NFL broadcast on Howard and Jeremy.

“I will say, the Amazon crew is getting criticized for not mentioning the Bills game during halftime. So, that aside, for me it’s the best crew,” White said. “Everything about Amazon’s broadcast is the best one. You and I talked about it last week. It is the recently retired players. It is so much better.

“When they were talking on the pregame — just football points, not Tua points — Richard Sherman they ask him like ‘You’ll be mad if what?’ and he said ‘I’ll be mad — and I’m gonna be talking to you at halftime about it — if the Dolphins, after playing 90 snaps on defense against the Bills, put their corners out on islands and don’t give them safety help. They’re gonna get beat, and I’ll be here to tell you it was a mistake that they’re not helping out their corners’. And sure enough, what happened? They did it and they got burned. He would have come back and talked about it at halftime if the Tua thing didn’t happen.”

He continued by pointing out several of the studio analysts as performing well early in their broadcasting careers.

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

The pair also discussed the NextGen Stats alternate broadcast Amazon Prime Video produces as a viable way for those interested in learning more about deeper analytics and statistics of football to consume.

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