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Larry Bird, Tom Brady Join Christian Fauria’s 25 For 25K

“Listeners and fans can visit WEEI.COM/25 to contribute a donation to the fundraiser”

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Christian Fauria’s ‘25 for 25k’ campaign launches today. In an effort to raise $25,000 for diabetes awareness, Fauria will broadcast for 25 straight hours on WEEI. From 2pm Nov. 13 until 3pm Nov. 14, the radio host and two-time Super Bowl champion is working to raise money for a cause that’s especially close to him. 

“After my son’s life-altering diagnosis a few months ago, I became passionate about using my voice to raise awareness and funds to support those affected by diabetes,” said Fauria.

Listeners and fans can visit WEEI.COM/25 to contribute a donation to the fundraiser. They can also donate by texting “WEEI” to 717-60, which will also provide a list of auction items. 

In addition to offering great auction items, the 25 hours are loaded with great guests, including Larry Bird and Tom Brady within a 90 minute span Wednesday afternoon. Hockey legend Bobby Orr will close out the 25-hour marathon Thursday. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will also join Fauria during the broadcast. Hightower regularly works to raise money for diabetes, a disease his mother faces every day.

Other unique segments will include the ‘Wife Airing of Grievances Hour’ at 11pm Wednesday night, when Fauria will be joined by his wife Kim, along with his co-host Lou Merloni and his wife Steff Merloni. 

“Diabetes is something that impacts all of us. Right now, there are 30.3 million children and adults living with diabetes – that’s one in 11 Americans – including 645,000 Massachusetts residents,” said Susan Sarro, Executive Director, the American Diabetes Association in New England. “The ‘25 for 25k’ event is an opportunity for Christian to use his platform to assist us in our mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all those affected by it. Together, we can help those living with diabetes feel supported so they can thrive.”

Every weekday, Fauria co-hosts WEEI’s afternoon drive show, OMF with Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni from 2 – 6pm.

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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Doug Franz Launching Sports Betting Podcast, ‘Props Arizona,’ With Sean Lockhart

“I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

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Following his dismissal from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Doug Franz has found a new gig. Franz will join sports gambling expert Sean “Papa Bear” Lockhart to host a new podcast for Props.com titled Props Arizona.

Franz was a mainstay on Phoenix sports talk radio, co-hosting The Doug and Wolf Show in the market for 15 years. Parent company Bonneville Phoenix said Franz would be moved to a “digital role” in shuffling the Arizona Sports daily lineup last August.

But Franz said he was effectively fired. Soon after leaving 98.7 FM, he launched a daily podcast titled Doug Franz Unplugged.

Lockhart has been a mainstay in Arizona, consulting on sports betting and sales since graduating from Arizona State. He’s provided analysis for several sports betting podcasts and digital shows, in addition to his own website, for several years.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Sean on this new podcast,” said Franz in the official announcement from gambling media company American Affiliate. “I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

For American Affiliate, which has several sports betting and investment properties in its portfolio including BetPrep and Wagers, Props Arizona is the first regional (or state-exclusive) spinoff of its Props City podcast.

Props Arizona is set to launch at the end of January. The show will be available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A teaser for the show is currently online for download.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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