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Josh Innes Details Houston Exit In New Podcast

“When he was initially let go in March, Innes pointed to budgeting reasons as to why he parted ways with the station, but during his recent podcast, the radio host claimed one of their top salespeople refused to sell his show.”

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Six months after being let go by SportsTalk 790 KBME in Houston, Josh Innes launched two daily podcasts on Monday, one centered on Philadelphia sports and the other Houston-based.  

The free agent radio host’s most recent tenure on terrestrial airwaves ended in March, after nearly two years in morning drive on iHeartMedia’s SportsTalk 790 in Houston.  It was the second tenure in Houston for Innes, who also had a stint on WIP in Philadelphia.  

Joined by his fiance Jilly, Innes aired both podcasts back to back, with plans to release daily episodes lasting between 45 minutes and one hour for each city.  During his Houston podcast, Innes detailed some of the drama that led to his departure from SportsTalk 790 in March, including his antics causing the station getting kicked off radio row at the Super Bowl in 2018.     

According to Innes, his relationship with the station started to fracture even before the Super Bowl incident.  Innes specifically pointed to 2017, when his 790 colleague, Adam Clanton allegedly shared a picture of Josh wearing a Russell Westbrook t-shirt.  Josh didn’t get along with the radio station’s broadcast partner, the Houston Rockets, and being shown supporting a rival player didn’t help to improve the relationship.  Clanton, who Josh referred to as a “horrid human being,” was later fired and then rehired by SportsTalk 790 and currently serves as the station’s afternoon host.  

Ultimately Josh’s departure from KBME was fueled by finances.  When he was initially let go in March, Innes pointed to budgeting reasons as to why he parted ways with the station, but during his recent podcast, the radio host claimed one of their top salespeople refused to sell his show.  “790 doesn’t care about ratings, they care about revenue and sales,” Josh said, noting that he couldn’t help the station make money if there were salespeople who didn’t like him.  

“I did everything they asked me to do, that is a fact,” Innes said, adding that he went on plenty of sales calls.  “People probably think I was some insubordinate asshole there, I did what they asked me to do.”

Innes agreed it might not have been the best idea to go after co-workers at the station, but that’s how he does his show.  According to Innes, he doesn’t think 790 paid attention to the type of host they hired when they brought him back to Houston a few years ago.  The station saw his ratings success at previous stops and weren’t concerned about the approach he took to the airwaves every day.  In the end, it was that same unfiltered, cutthroat approach that led to a broken relationship and his feeling of being “unwanted” by the station.

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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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 $1.6 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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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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