Clay Travis of Fox Sports Radio and Outkick The Coverage, has long downplayed the seriousness of the COVID -19 pandemic, often dedicating segments of his show to the topic. Travis is also not averse to engaging in debates with other media personalities like Darren Rovell over the topic.
Travis rarely resorts to using foul language in such exchanges, but that changed Monday afternoon when called CBS News White House reporter Ben Tracy a “f***ing idiot” on Twitter.
Travis’ response came after Tracy tweeted “I felt safer reporting in North Korea than I currently do reporting at The White House. This is just crazy.”
In a subsequent tweet, Tracy clarified that the reason he felt unsafe was because of the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House.
President Donald Trump was released from Walter Reed hospital Monday after being treated for COVID to continue his recovery at the White House. According to The Associated Press, however, Mr. Trump will be contagious for another week, but still declines to wear a mask.
When Mr. Trump arrived at the White House, he told reporters that the country should not be afraid of the coronavirus before entering the White House without a mask. According to CNN, three White House journalists tested positive on Friday, which may have be the reason behind Tracy’s tweet. Tracy also retweeted a tweet from Mr. Trump Tuesday morning and claimed that the President was still treating the virus like no big deal.
Travis, who is an avid supporter of Mr. Trump, and has hosted the President on his radio show recently, fired back Monday. “You’re a F***ing idiot Ben #dbap”.
DBAP is an acronym used across social media platforms that stands for Don’t be a p***y. Travis sells T-shirts with the slogan on his website outkick.com.
As expected, both tweets have generated a lot of reaction. As of Tuesday morning, Tracy’s tweet has received 172.3 thousand likes but also many comments telling him to move to North Korea or some variation of the sentiment. Travis’ tweet has garnered 12.9 thousand likes in approximately the same time frame.
As of Tuesday morning, Tracey nor Travis have retracted their original Tweets.
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa
Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.
On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.
95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.
Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.
Toucher and Rich: There’s No Way Dennis Eckersley is Retiring
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley.”
On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that this season would be his last with NESN, the Boston Red Sox and in baseball broadcasting. However, some in Boston don’t think Eckersley will truly be done once the season ends.
On Toucher and Rich, co-host Rich Shertenlieb said this can’t be the end of the broadcasting career of Dennis Eckersley.
“He’s way too young to be truly retiring, I think,” said Shertenlieb. “This can’t be it for him. There’s no way this is it. He’s too into it, he loves it too much, he’s good at it and he’s not old.”
“It’s a lot of travel, that’s the thing,” added co-host Fred Toucher.
Shertenlieb chimed back that he could have options in regards to his schedule.
“You could be somebody that’s just doing home games,” offered Shertenlieb. “You could also be someone who could be at a desk.”
Shertenlieb was adamant that Eckersley would have a chance to make it somewhere else, somewhere perhaps more national.
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley,” said the Toucher and Rich co-host. “Maybe he’s just outgrown it and he’s just too talented to only be at a regional network.”
Chicago Bears Reportedly Leaving WBBM After 2022 Season
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears will have a new radio home after the 2022 season when their deal with WBBM ends.
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights. The source said the Audacy-owned station loses money on the Bears.
“We are focused on having a great 2022 season with WBBM and Audacy,” said Bears Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Scott Hagel said.
The report also says it’s likely the radio rights go to either Good Karma Brands-owned ESPN 1000 or iHeartMedia’s Rock 95.9 landed the rights.
Play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak and color commentator Tom Thayer are both expected to keep their positions with the Bears. Joniak is the Sport Director at WBBM.