Last week, Entercom’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Fort Worth made two surprising changes, removing producers Jonathon Shipman and Roy White from the station.
Earlier in the week, Shipman announced on Twitter he was a radio free agent. For six years, the radio personality known to TOLO’s as “Shippy” worked at The Fan as a producer, board-op and on-air contributor.
One of Shippy’s most notable contributions was to the popular Ben and Skin Show. The afternoon hosts and producer Kevin Turner departed The Fan last October, joining Cumulus’ owned 97.1 The Eagle earlier this year. Ben and Skin welcomed Shippy for a segment on The Eagle last week after his tenure at The Fan came to an end.
Shortly after Shippy announced his departure from The Fan, morning show producer and on-air contributor Roy White also took to Twitter, informing TOLO’s he was let go by the station.
“I truly cherish all the times that I had with the good folks working at 105.3 The Fan from the top down. The boss Gavin Spittle, one of the best bosses I’ve ever had and I thank him for everything that he’s done for me,” White said. “Shan, RJ, Troy – three of the best coworkers anybody could ever ask for. Those guys are amazing and I’m so proud to have been a part of what they’ve built in the last couple of years.”
While the exit of both White and Shippy surprised many, Shan and RJ co-host Shan Shariff went on social media Saturday morning, offering candid insight as to why people leave their jobs. During the post, he notes this is “NOT about Roy and Shippy leaving.” The timing from Shan was interesting, but his post seemed to be more about defending station program director Gavin Spittle amid the many recent changes at 105.3 The Fan, rather than criticism of specific former co-workers.
1) Budget cuts
2) Career change
3) Wanting a bigger role
5) Not doing your job
These are just some of the reasons people leave their jobs. It’s always convenient to blame our bosses and “big, bad corporate” whenever someone leaves, but remember ALL 5.
You want the truth? I’ve gotten in COUNTLESS arguments with Gavin Spittle over him not getting rid of people FASTER. I’ve always told him his patience is too much Jerry Jones with Jason Garrett. But he can’t/won’t comment because he’s the boss, plus corporate legal BS I can’t stand. But here’s the beauty- After getting a few drinks in me, I don’t care about corporate legal bullshit. So the next time you see me out, we’ll talk reality and not perception. Sometimes people leave and sometimes they deserve to get fired, just like at your job.
This post is NOT about Roy and Shippy leaving, it’s about all of the turnover that inevitably takes place. As a station, we’re LUCKY that you get so passionate and fired up over changes that happen. It shows how much you care, so I want to give a sincere thank you for that. I’ve probably said too much, but that’s the TRUTH and I’ll always be as honest as I can with you.
Love you guys #TOLO
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”