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ESPN Radio 94.1 To Abandon Sports For Support Friday

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On Friday April 10, the Max Media stations in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach market will air a special programming event. Virtual Hugs for Heroes will pay tribute to local health care workers with recorded messages from area mayors, “a prayer of healing and hope” from Paster Heath Krueger, and other material.

“We at Max Media are amazed and appreciative of the incredibly dedicated and selfless actions of our healthcare, first responders and public service communities!” the company’s Vice President and General Manager Keith Barton said in a press release. “Putting themselves in harm’s way for all of us everyday during this pandemic, is why we wanted to recognize them in a special broadcast this Friday.”

ESPN Radio 94.1 is one of the Max Media station participating in the event.

“I think it’s a great idea to shine a light on those who are battling this virus on the front lines,” Program director and afternoon host Nick Cattles told Barrett Sports Media.

Virtual Hugs for Heroes is a fifteen-minute event. It will air at 5 pm, during Cattles’s Friday show.

“I think anything that a local radio station can do to show love and support for those on the front lines, they should do. As tough as the virus is and will continue to be, in every kind of way, we have to remember it is also a link. This virus doesn’t discriminate. That means we can all relate, in someway, to what’s going on. We must both, let our listeners in and give those who need it our support. Hugs for Heroes was Max Media’s way,” said Cattles. “I’m proud to give up time on my show to let all of those affected by this and continue to battle against it, know that we are here for them.”

Other station in the Max Media cluster include 97.3 the Eagle (Country), 92.9 the Wave (AC), Hot 100 (CHR), and 1310 the Power (Urban).

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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