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Seth Greenberg Tells Dan Dakich Unnamed Sources Are Dangerous

“People want to be in everyone’s pocket and get a click and get someone’s attention. I think it’s irresponsible”

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With six head coaching vacancies currently in the NBA, one name that always seems to pop up around this time is Kentucky head coach John Calipari. In an article written by Ben Rohrbach and Vincent Goodwill at Yahoo Sports, Calipari was mentioned as a head coaching candidate with an executive telling Yahoo that “college basketball is a sinking ship.”

That was a topic on The Dan Dakich Show on 93.5 and 107.5 the Fan in Indianapolis on Thursday when Dakich was joined by ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg. The two of them host the Courtside with Greenberg and Dakich podcast

As the conversation continued about the report that Calipari is open to coaching in the NBA, the two of them talked about reporting and the use of sources. As Greenberg put it, a source could be anyone, so he is always skeptical when unnamed sources are cited.

“Everyone wants to speculate. I have one source. I just pick up the phone and call the coach. I don’t get into all that stuff. Guys hide behind the word sources. What’s your source? It could be the guy in the equipment room. I took a course when I was in college called writing for the media and part of it was showing you how to write…a source could be anyone.

“’Sources say someone close to Dan Dakich’. That could be the person down the hallway at your radio station. He’s close to him. He’s not close friends with him, but he’s close to him. You can get away with that.”

If the source is giving the reporter information for a very important story, Seth Greenberg feels it should not be anonymous.

“People want to be in everyone’s pocket and get a click and get someone’s attention. I think it’s irresponsible….When people start rumors and use the word sources.. if the source is good enough, put the person’s name next to it.” 

Greenberg says he wouldn’t buy the report Calipari wanted to coach in the NBA again unless he read a quote from Calipari himself. The ESPN analyst said otherwise, he would not buy any stories or reports because “everyone wants to speculate.” 

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Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys

“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

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97.9 ESPN Hartford host Rob Dibble helped collect more than 5,000 frozen turkeys and over 8m000 pounds of non-perishable foood items last week.

The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.

“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”

Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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