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Mike Golic Jr. Is Becoming What ESPN Hoped He Would

“Mike Golic Sr. admits that he and his son don’t totally see eye-to-eye on the issue, but he is proud that Junior doesn’t have any reservations about expressing his opinion.”

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Mike Golic Jr. talks a lot about how he approaches covering college athletics in a new profile written by The Athletic’s Christopher Kamrani. Golic, his former teammates, co-workers, and even his father, Mike Sr, are quoted in the piece.

Kamrani writes that Mike Golic Jr has become “exactly what they’ve been hoping would arrive on the scene” for ESPN. He is a former college athlete that is comfortable talking about the inherent unfairness of an organization that makes billions off of athletes it pays nothing.

“People say players are given free this or free that,” Golic says of the idea that a scholarship is payment enough for student athletes. “None of it is free. You’re working a very full-time job in all of this. You can look at it and say, maybe it’s true, maybe in the beginning this wasn’t a multi-billion dollar industry overall. But if everything around the players has changed, why hasn’t anything changed for the players?”

Dane Crist, a former teammate and roommate, praises Golic for his willingness to “call out the B.S. in a game that we all love and appreciate.” Kamrani writes that it is more than just a welcomed change of pace, Golic advocating the need for a college sports players association across multiple platforms owned by the NCAA’s biggest media partner is actually giving ESPN a role in shaping the future of college sports. 

“As basic as it sounds, it’s just the acknowledgement from that current establishment, right? That this is a group we’ll actually deal with in good faith, the way we see within other unions and leagues,” Golic says of the idea of the student athletes unionizing. “There’s obviously a snowball effect in the eyes of the establishment that sees any ground made by the players in all of this as slowly but surely but cracking away at the foundation of this amateurism model that this pedestal that all of college athletics is on.”

Mike Golic Sr. admits that he and his son don’t totally see eye-to-eye on the issue, but he is proud that Junior doesn’t have any reservations about expressing his opinion. That is the only way he would ever grow out of the image of simply being “Mike Golic’s son.” It’s an image that Senior says at this point is simply unfair.

“Does anybody in their right mind — Mike’s been there five years now — think that if he wasn’t good on the air that they would keep him around? That my name still carries that much weight?” Golic Sr. asked. “Hell, they took away my radio show. It’s not like my shit carries any weight anymore”

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 The Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and the station’s first voice to be heard belongs to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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