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Clay Travis Talks Election Stress On Kids

“The FOX Sports Radio morning man addressed parents the morning after voting concluded in the US Presidential race. He said that it was important to let kids know that they are safe.”

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Clay Travis is usually one to stir the pot on divisive issues. Whether it is chastising athletes for expressing a non-sports opinion, inviting politicians on his show, or questioning medical advice surrounding Covid-19, Travis has never been afraid to state his opinion and stand his ground no matter how unpopular.

That wasn’t the tone he struck on Wednesday morning though. The FOX Sports Radio morning man addressed parents the morning after voting concluded in the US Presidential race. He said that it was important to let kids know that they are safe.

“There’s gonna be a lot of noise, and they may hear adults who are angry about the election or they may hear grandma and grandpa or somebody else’s parent. I think it’s important to let your kids know, especially right now when this has been such a chaotic year already, the country’s gonna be fine,” Travis said.

He noted that as a country, America is “incredibly fearful” and that is reflected in the way candidates for every office structure their message. In a year like 2020, with so many kids stuck at home instead of being able to attend school, it can be hard for them not to become overwhelmed by some of those messages.

“I do think there is a great deal of apprehension among kids, because they see these television commercials that convince them that the world is going to come to an end if one side wins or if another side ends.”

Clay Travis pointed to the country’s election history. He mentioned elections that took place during the middle of the Civil War and World War II and noted that “an election in the middle of a pandemic that may be extremely close” isn’t outside the realm of what Americans can handle.

“It may be ugly for a few days or even a few weeks. It may be messy,” Travis said in a reassuring tone, addressing any kids in the audience directly. “There may be a lot of mean things said back and forth. But ultimately, the great thing about the United States is we are durable.”

There will likely be plenty that disagree with Travis’s assessment that everything will be fine or question if he is seeing the world today from only his point of view. As he said, we are very divided right now and both sides tend to be going to extremes in their view of the worst case scenarios the other could bring about. But he deserves credit for thinking about the way young, still-developing minds are receiving the messages that are being spread right now. This was undeniably a smart way for a sports talk host to address the 800 lb gorilla in the room the morning after a contentious, confusing, and yet-to-be resolved election.

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Bobby Belt: ‘Pat McAfee Butchered The Name Shan and RJ’

“I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Shan and RJ is a show that routinely finds itself in the media spotlight. They may be a Dallas show, but when Jerry and Stephen Jones routinely appear on your airwaves, you are going to draw attention from outside of the market.

On Tuesday, Pat McAfee played a clip of the hosts talking to Jerry Jones. McAfee threw to the clip introducing the show as “Shan, RJ, and Chop.” On Wednesday morning, the 105.3 The Fan’s morning show had some fun with the former Colts punter’s struggles.

“There’s a lot to unpack here,” newly added co-host Bobby Belt said after listening to McAfee and his crew take three unsuccessful cracks at naming the show.

“Reggie made a good point yesterday when I was talking to him about this,” Belt said. “Reggie was like ‘I think McAfee was going to the clip, saw three faces and didn’t know a third name, and so he’s like ‘well, that must be RJ and Chop.’”

Belt delighted in the idea that in McAfee’s mind, RJ Choppy goes by “Chop” on air and even pointed out that one of the producers said that RJ “looks like a Chop.”

Pat McAfee called the show “Shan, RJ, and Chop,” “Shana, RJ and Chop,” and “Shannon and RJ” on different occasions according to Belt. He didn’t think it was disrespectful. He just didn’t understand how McAfee got it so wrong so often.

“They butchered this three ways to the weekend. I have no idea. I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Cubs Radio Voice Pat Hughes Named 2023 Frick Award Winner

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Chicago Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes has been honored as the 2023 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

The award is given annually for “excellence in broadcasting” by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Known throughout the Midwest for his easy delivery and unparalleled knowledge, Pat Hughes has called some of the biggest moments in Cubs history and has provided the narrative for one of the most successful eras in the history of the franchise,” said National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Josh Rawitch. “Since arriving at Wrigley Field in 1996, Pat has served as the radio voice for nine postseason teams – matching an ardent fan base with his own passion in every broadcast. His reverence for baseball history and gift for storytelling have made him one of the game’s broadcast treasures.”

Hughes has spent more than 25 years as the voice of the Cubs, and is a nine-time winner of the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Hughes found out on-air that he would be inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame.

Hughes was previously a finalist for the award in 2016 and 2020.

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Craig Carton: Jon Heyman ‘No Longer An Insider’ After Aaron Judge Gaffe

“That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

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MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman erroneously reported that New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was signing with the San Francisco Giants in free agency yesterday, and the news was not well received by WFAN afternoon hosts Craig Carton and Evan Roberts.

After Heyman rescinded his original tweet saying “Arson Judge” appeared headed to the Giants, he resent a new one with the correct spelling. During the confusion, Roberts told producers to get Heyman — who is an Audacy contributor — on the phone, which Carton immediately shot down.

“No, we’re not putting him on the air,” Carton said. “I’m not putting him on the air. He doesn’t get a platform on this show. Listen, he made a deal with the devil when he took a job with The (New York) Post. That’s his business.”

While Carton and Roberts processed the news, producer Chris McMonigle said he was certain that Judge would be signing with the Giants, but that was not Heyman’s report, and would hold off until it was official.

Roberts mocked McMonigle by saying he was in denial. “He still hasn’t accepted that Jon Heyman knows what he’s talking about,” Roberts said. Moments later, McMonigle read Heyman’s follow up tweet apologizing for “jumping the gun”.

“That is a horrendous job by Jon Heyman,” Carton replied.

“Heyman’s done,” Roberts shouted. “Jon, what are we doing?”

“Heyman is no longer an insider,” Carton added. “That’s a bad job. And all that is is a guy trying to get ahead of everybody else. He screwed the pooch. That’s embarrassing.”

Carton later took umbrage with Heyman deleting his tweets.

“To play fans like that is absolutely unacceptable. It’s not right. Sorry. That’s because everyone’s gotta be first. God forbid someone else has it first. You’re a clown. Your entire career’s work has just been flushed down the toilet.”

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