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Adam Schein: Transition From WFAN To National Show Was Not Hard

“It wasn’t difficult for me because I think for some people, they might not have had the passion for national, but I always did.”

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For some in the sports radio business, making the transition from local radio to national radio can be a challenging one with more topics to choose from. That is not the case for current host of Schein On Sports on Mad Dog Radio and the host of Time To Schein on CBS Sports Network, Adam Schein.

This past week, Schein was on the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast and he was asked by Jastremski how tough it was making the transition from doing local radio at WFAN and local TV on SNY to going to national coverage.

“It wasn’t tough because when I was on WFAN or when I hosted on SNY, doing Loud Mouths with Chris Carlin all those years, we would obviously have an emphasis on local, but you can do issues and you can do the NFL in New York, it didn’t have to solely be Jets/Giants 24/7,” Schein answered. “You can dive deep into other things as well. It wasn’t difficult for me because I think for some people, they might not have had the passion for national, but I always did. I love talking about Duke basketball, all NFL, all MLB, all NBA, college football. For me, it was easy. I think in a lot of ways doing the shows in New York, I always talked a lot of national.”

Schein knows that people are going to watch his show or listen to him on the radio because they want to hear his takes, but especially when they are about two big topics that he is well-known for talking about: 

“NFL and New York sports, there’s a history there for me. If you are a Raider fan or a Knicks fan, you want to tune in and listen to the radio show or subscribe to the podcast or watch Time To Schein…that transition was easy because I could still be me.” 

Speaking of the Knicks, their season ended on Wednesday night after losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Playoffs. Despite the season coming to an end, Schein was excited to get to blend his old world with his new one. He marveled at how little relevance the Knicks had to a national audience until this season. 

“We started Time To Schein in 2015. I have never done a television show after a Knicks playoff game, yet alone a playoff win,” he said. “That’s crazy when you think about it. From a radio perspective, I have had to change a lot of my viewing habits. When you are a Knicks fan recently, when is it a national topic? When they don’t win the lottery… I can’t watch a game of all of these years hosting, I can’t watch a game and talk about it the next day. I can do that for the Lakers, Celtics, LeBron. I can’t do it for my favorite team. To be able to do that this year and have the Knicks as a topic, this is the first time in forever I can do Knicks. I can watch it, feel it, react to it.”

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Longtime Hornets Analyst, Radio Host Gerry Vaillancourt Dies

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia.”

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Gerry Vaillancourt, a voice synonymous with Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets basketball, passed away over the weekend.

According to information provided to the Charlotte Observer from the family, Vaillancourt, affectionately known at “Gerry V,” died due to complications from a heart condition.

Vaillancourt was a mainstay on Hornets broadcasts dating back to the franchise’s inception in the 80s. Additionally, he was a fixture on sports talk radio. Vaillancourt hosted shows on WCNT, WFNZ and WBT in Charlotte, as well as on 1280 AM and WRNO in New Orleans.

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia,” WBT and Hornets colleague Jim Szoke told the Charlotte Observer. “I used to love when Hubie Brown was on as a regular guest and listening to them talk hoops in great detail.”

Vaillancourt was born and raised in New York City. He played basketball collegiately at Gardner-Webb University and coached at James Madison, Davidson, and Appalachian State.

He was 72 years old.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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