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David Schultz Joins WNSP as PD, Afternoon Host

“Schultz and Glass will replace WNSP’s afternoon show hosted by Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy.“

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David Schultz announced he’s joining Mobile, Alabama’s Sports Radio 105.5 WNSP as the station’s program director and afternoon drive co-host.

Schultz and his new co-host, Jordan Glass, will debut their show for WNSP on Monday, August 12th, broadcasting every weekday from 3 – 6pm

Schultz most recently served as the morning host and program director of 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, LA, departing this past March following a six year tenure.  Schultz joined 103.7 The Game in 2013, after spending two years away from the sports radio industry.  Prior to those two years, where he worked in the private sector, Schultz was an on-air contributor at WQAM in Miami from 2009-2011.

“Time for a new challenge and I am very excited to begin a new job in Mobile, AL as Program Director for Sports Radio 105.5 WNSP, the first FM sports radio station in the country,” Schultz wrote on Twitter.

Schultz and Glass will replace WNSP’s afternoon show hosted by Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy.  Sports Drive with Randy & Creg is finishing up its tenure on WNSP this week.  After spending four years with Sports Radio 105.5 in Mobile, Randy and Creg announced their departure last Friday. 

“Randy decided some time ago to leave the station, and though I was given the opportunity to stay on, I chose to make my exit as well,” Stephenson wrote on Twitter in the announcement.  In addition to co-hosting WNSP’s afternoon show, Randy also served as the station’s program director, a role that Schultz is taking over.  Creg, who noted a lack of free time as a husband and father holding down two media jobs, will continue his work as a sportswriter for AL.com.  

“Thanks LaFayette for everything.  You will always have a special place in my heart,” Schultz added when announcing his new gig with WNSP.  “Mobile, get ready, we are going to have a blast.”

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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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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