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SportsRadio 610 Producer Brandon Porter Dies

Porter was a well-respected member of the SportsRadio 610 team.

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SportsRadio 610 in Houston is carrying some heavy hearts around their building this week. Producer Brandon Porter passed away suddenly over the weekend. He was well-respected in and around the Houston sports radio scene, prompting an outpuring from his coworkers.

“Brandon Porter was a member of the team @SportsRadio610 for over 15 years,” SportsRadio 610 brand manager Armen Williams said on Twitter. “He was selfless, kind, hard-working and knew the #Astros farm system better than anyone I’ve met. He will be dearly missed in our building. Please pray for Brandon’s family during this time.”

Porter was known around the station as a diehard Astros fan with a thought on every player, all the way down to the guys in the farm system.

“BP was a super nice person, incredibly helpful in making the Texans postgame show the best it could be. And yes, bar none, the biggest Astros fan I’ve ever met. Rest in peace, BP,” SportsRadio 610 morning host Sean Pendergast tweeted.

Production was Porter’s main responsibility at the station, helping run college football, NFL games, and weekend broadcasts. He also filled in as a host during the week. His relentless work ethic drew respect throughout the building in Houston.

“We stayed the night at the station because we both had to be back at work the next day and we wasn’t sure how Hurricane Harvey was going to be. We ended up staying from Saturday to Wednesday and he worked the entire time,” Executive Producer Edward “Figgy Fig” Gilliard described.

“Him being a super Houston anything fan, but biggest Astros fan ever, I would always mention how Houston would trade for Trevor Bauer just to get him going lol,” Gilliard said. “Not to mention how he knows everything about the station. He knows how everything is ran, you can put him anywhere in the station and he can do it. So much stuff he taught me during my time at 610.”

Plenty of other Houston personalities past and present weighed in on Brandon Porter’s passing with condolences and fond memories.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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