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Michael Kay Feels More Pressure Against Craig Carton Than Mike Francesa

“I think the shelf life for a radio host, there should be a limit to it because I think the key audience you want to get is 25-54 and I am already past that key audience and I hope that I don’t look like the old guy on the lawn.”

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Sometimes, the days for New York Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay can be long, particularly when he is calling Yankees games and hosting The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN Radio in New York with Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg. 

This week, Kay was a guest on the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast and he talked about how much work that he puts into the other sports after he gets home from broadcasting a Yankees game.

“It is overwhelming at times. I DVR a lot of games and I don’t watch the whole thing, I’m going to be honest. I read stuff when I get home and if it turned in the 4th quarter, I’ll fast forward to that. I feel like I should not go in not knowing it. The only thing that I hand off is hockey. Don is a genius at hockey and I just don’t know it. The other stuff, I want to stay on top of everything.

“As I get older, to be honest, I don’t know if I could keep up the pace. Most days, I get to the stadium at 1:15 and I get out at like 11:15, pull into the house at 12:15 AM. I have a six-year-old and an eight-year-old and it wears you out a little bit.”

That response led Jastremski to ask the question as to which of the two jobs Kay could see himself doing longer between being the voice of the Yankees and hosting afternoon drive in New York.

“I’ve thought about this a lot,” Kay said. “I think the shelf life for a radio host, there should be a limit to it because I think the key audience you want to get is 25-54 and I am already past that key audience and I hope that I don’t look like the old guy on the lawn.

“That’s partially why we have Peter [Rosenbrerg] there because he’s not the old guy in the lawn. I don’t ever want to get bored with it and not have the energy that I have. When I see that happening, that’s when I’ll say that’s probably it.” 

Before Carton and Roberts began on WFAN, the ratings battle for afternoons in New York would be between Kay and Mike Francesa. Kay loved competing with Francesa because he was the underdog trying to take down a sports radio icon. 

Now, there is an expectation level that The Michael Kay Show has built and for Kay, there is pressure to try to stay number one.

“I don’t want to lose to Craig. He’s a guy who came back and I had the lead and Mike was retired and you figure you would have a couple of years where you could relax a little. With Craig, you aren’t going to be able to relax. He’s really good at this. I think there’s more pressure now because I was the one that was in first. I feel more pressure now than I did trying to chase Mike.” 

While Kay still feels the pressure of trying to be the top show in New York, the show still has a good mix of getting the perspective of the older fan while not excluding him from the target audience and that is important as well. 

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”

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Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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Kraig Riley Named Brand Manager Of 93.7 The Fan

“He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010.”

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There’s a new leader in Pittsburgh and Audacy did not have to look too far to find him. Kraig Riley has been promoted to brand manager of 93.7 The Fan.

Riley is a familiar face in the building and voice on the air. He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010. He has served as producer of the station’s afternoon show The PM Team with Poni & Mueller. He also was the host of the station’s pre and postgame coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The opening was created earlier this year when Jim Graci exited The Fan and sister station KDKA New Radio. Audacy hired industry veteran Dave LaBrozzi, who most recently served as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City, to lead the news talk station.

“As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Pittsburgh, said in a press release. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

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