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Michael Wilbon Explains Why He Won’t Go On WEEI

“During Thursday’s Pardon The Interruption, Wilbon noted the race issue has nothing to do with the Red Sox, it has to do with Boston and he hopes the city can step up and “own it” the way their baseball team did.”

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After the Red Sox supported Torii Hunter for discussing the racial abuse he and other Black players have received at Fenway Park, Michael Wilbon commended the team for acknowledging the issue.

During Thursday’s Pardon The Interruption, Wilbon noted the race issue has nothing to do with the Red Sox, it has to do with Boston and he hopes the city can step up and “own it” the way their baseball team did.

“This has to do with Boston. The only times I’ve been called the N-word to my face in public have been in Boston Garden.” Wilbon said “Too often in Boston, no one owned it. That’s what the Red Sox did, that’s a first, or almost a first, in terms of systematic ownership.” 

“The anger isn’t that Boston is the same as it was in 1980 or 1960,” Wilbon said. “But they didn’t own it and too often now, they, the fans, the residents, New England, they don’t own it.” 

Wilbon also went on to explain why he no longer joins WEEI as a guest, “despite some hosts I love.”

“There’s too many times where I’m baited into something, and I wind up screaming at the hosts, and they don’t own it,” Wilbon said of WEEI. 

The example Wilbon specifically was referring to took place on the station in Dec. 2017, when he was interviewed by their current midday hosts Dale Arnold and Rich Keefe. Michael Holley who’s no longer with the station was a co-host on the show at the time.

It came after former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended for pile-driving his shoulder into Tre’Davious White’s head. On PTI, Tony Kornheiser presented the racial aspect of the NFL’s decision to suspend Gronk for just one game. WEEI’s Dale, Holley and Keefe invited Wilbon on their program to debate the involvement of race when the NFL handed down what was deemed a light penalty for Gronkowski.  

“Racial politics come into everything,” Wilbon told the hosts. “And I’ve been on this radio station for a number of years and you’ve asked me the same question, I’m going to answer it the same way 25 years ago, today, and 25 years from now. Race factors into everything so I don’t want to hear anybody say I don’t see color because that’s a damn lie.”

After being pressed by Keefe during the interview, Wilbon asked why he was invited on to the show and not Kornheiser? “Your agenda is to bait me,” Wilbon said. “Your agenda is to press the black person that you object to for making that observation.” 

Three and a half years later, the Red Sox acknowledged they have work to do in their admission of racist incidents occurring at Fenway Park, but Wilbon is calling for the entire city of Boston to “own it.”

It should be noted that Wilbon was a frequent guest on WEEI prior to 2017. A search of the station’s website shows he made at least six appearances on the radio station. He also called in to shows regularly throughout the 2000’s.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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