Later this month 670 The Score afternoon host Matt Spiegel will see one of his dreams come true when he calls his first inning of play-by-play for the Chicago Cubs.
When Marquee Sports Network announced Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes would be one of three rotating fill-ins for play-by-play this season, it left a void on The Score. During the five broadcasts, pre and postgame show host Zach Zaidman will take over for Hughes on Cubs radio. But they still needed someone to fill Zaidman’s usual radio role calling the fifth inning of Cubs games.
Spiegel’s afternoon partner on The Score, Danny Parkins pushed for his co-host to get the gig, and program director Mitch Rosen obliged. On the five games Pat Hughes moves to TV, Spiegel will fill Zaidman’s regular radio spot, hosting the pre and postgame shows, as well as calling the fifth inning. His first game will be at Wrigley Field, April 25 against the Brewers.
“I’m sure a lot of people think that this is just a radio gimmick, and, ‘Oh, talk-show host gets to do an inning,’” Spiegel said according to Jeff Agrest of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Obviously, there’s an element of promotion that I think Mitch Rosen enjoys, and I don’t begrudge him that.
“But my respect level for the job and the booth is so high that it’s daunting to me. And while I’ve achieved a lot of other dreams in broadcasting, this is the first dream I ever had. So to get a chance to actually do it is really, really special.”
Spiegel returned to The Score as a full-time host earlier this year, when he reunited with Parkins, his former midday partner. The duo worked together from 2017- 2019, but Spiegel spent nine years in the station’s midday slot and has been a fixture in Chicago sports media for nearly three decades.
As he prepares to call his first inning of play-by-play for the Cubs, Spiegel told the Sun-Times that he’s getting advice from his 23-year-old nephew Jack McMullen, the voice of the Padres’ High-A affiliate the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Even though it’s just five of nearly 1,500 innings the Cubs play this season, Spiegel recognizes the importance of the opportunity.
“I might be used in perpetuity,” he told Agrest. “I might end up calling an inside-the-park grand slam that is remembered for decades. That could be true at any moment during a ballgame.”
Scott Zolak: Tom Brady Should Retire And Go To Fox Right Now
“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!”
Whenever Tom Brady decides to actually quit playing in the NFL for good, we now know what his next chapter will be.
News broke Tuesday that Brady has signed a contract to become the new lead analyst for FOX’s top NFL broadcast booth. The deal, according to reports, is for 10 years, $375 million.
Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand came back from commercial break on Tuesday after having just talked about Brady’s move when they heard the official financial figures involved in the deal.
Zolak said there’s no question Brady should quit sooner rather than later.
“When I hear Tom Brady say how he has more to prove, what exactly, what is it?!” he said. “Like those numbers? Come on!”
Bertrand took the conversation in a different direction saying that this mega-contract is setting Brady up to eventually be a sports team owner.
“Ownership of something will be in play,” he said. “With his connections, as he’s starting to spread out…There’s something else coming on top of this after this. This is step one of the process. This guy’s got a plan.”
Bob Heussler Reflects On WFAN Career
“I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear.”
Another longtime voice at WFAN is stepping away from the microphone. This time, it is Bob Heussler cutting down his work schedule. He won’t be gone completely from the station though.
Heussler, who has been at the station since 1993 and is affectionately known to listeners as “Mr. Met,” will no longer be a full-time voice on WFAN’s airwaves. His last day as a full-timer will be May 12th.
“This is my last week as a full-timer,” he said on Tiki & Tierney. “I will be in the rotation a little bit. It’s not like I’m going to completely disappear. I’ll pick up a part-time shift here or there. But for all intents and purposes, Brandon, this is it as far as an everyday presence is concerned.”
Heussler reflected on being an original listener of WFAN when it went live in 1987. He said he’s always been an avid radio listener and been passionate about the industry. Getting to work at WFAN was at the top of his career achievements list.
“Arriving at The Fan was a huge moment for me,” he said. “I told some people recently that I am one of those people who was listening on July 1, 1987 when The Fan went on the air.”
Heussler also talked about the evolution of the role update anchors play. With how fast news travels nowadays, the role has changed.
“Back then, and certainly at the beginning in 1987, the updates were the key to the works early on,” he said.
Nate Kreckman: If Tom Brady Gets $375 Million, How Much Would Peyton Manning Get?
“Everybody knows that Peyton Manning would be better than Brady at that role.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady made headlines yet again on Tuesday. He signed a 10-year deal to become an analyst with FOX Sports whenever he decides to retire.
On Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 in Denver, Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl reacted to the news of Brady’s $375 million contract and wondered what someone like Peyton Manning would earn if he pursued a full-time career in broadcasting.
“Everybody knows that Peyton Manning would be better than Brady at that role,” Kreckman said. “It’s because he’s an inherently more charismatic and entertaining individual.”
Lindahl said it would become like a normal quarterback negotiation at that point. If Brady is making $37.5 million per season, Manning could start by asking for $40 million. Kreckman countered saying that Manning could make $50 million per season if a network really wanted him.
Whether or not that is a valid point, we will likely never know. ESPN has given Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions a serious commitment and ultimate flexibility with the ManningCast. It would be hard to imagine Peyton giving that up to become part of a traditional television booth.
Lindahl added that the amount Brady will make is still just a surreal figure.
“I just am shocked, I am shocked, that we’re talking about $37.5 million for a guy to call games,” he said. “That’s not hedging a bet at all. That’s just saying, ‘We’re all in.'”
The duo wondered what would happen if things didn’t work out with Brady in the booth. There are legends of various sports working as analysts, but not all of them are good at the job. There certainly have been guys in NFL broadcast booths who didn’t succeed. Tom Brady will get plenty of time to get it right.
“Could he be any worse than Wayne Gretzky? I don’t think TNT’s getting rid of Wayne Gretzky,” Lindahl said. “Why? Because he’s Wayne Gretzky.”