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Damon Amendolara: Jeter Doc Can’t Be As Good As The Last Dance

Amendolara hosts “The D.A Show” on weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m. ET.

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Derek Jeter is getting a “Last Dance” style documentary from ESPN next year, but CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara doesn’t believe it’ll resonate at the same level.

“Even though the Yankees were a huge deal in the 90s and 2000s, they didn’t capture the national consciousness the same way Michael’s [Jordan] Bulls did,” Amendolara said on CBS Sports Radio. “No team did, no team ever.”

The cultural icon Michael Jordan turned into never waned globally. That staying power combined with the pandemic timing made “The Last Dance” one of the most talked-about sports documentaries ever. Networks dedicated hours and hours of programming to analyzing it last spring. Jeter’s documentary, “The Captain,” won’t have that same advantage.

“The Patriots were closer to the Bulls, but if you lived through the Bulls you knew, and because Michael is such a global icon, nobody is that,” Amendolara said. “Even Jeter and Brady aren’t that. Here in the states, yes, Tom Brady is the equivalent of what Jordan was in many regards. Internationally, I mean, you just don’t have kids in Kenya or Slovenia running around in Tom Brady jerseys. You absolutely had that with Michael Jordan.”

Drama is the big factor for DA as well. The morning sports talk host pointed out that “The Last Dance” built a story around the end of Jordan’s Chicago run.

“There was something that was next level interesting about ‘The Last Dance’ because it was something global,” Amendolara said. “It was like my god this is the end of Michael freaking Jordan. Nobody said that about the end of Derek Jeter or the end of the Yankees because it wasn’t that dramatic.”

Amendolara expects the content of Jeter’s documentary to be strong but doesn’t see it rivaling last year’s epic event. Fans can hear “The D.A. Show” on CBS Sports Radio weekdays from 6-10 a.m. ET.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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