Danny and Gallant is coming to an end on 710 ESPN in Seattle, WA. Paul Gallant confirmed on Twitter that the station has decided to go in a different direction. He learned of the news after today’s show. The show had been airing weekday mornings from 7a-10a PT.
“They had informed us about three months ago that they would be making some sort of shift to the lineup,” Gallant said on Twitter “So we’ve all been waiting on pins and needles and doing our absolute best to show that we are worth something.”
Gallant started at the station in 2019 after moving over from SportsRadio 610 in Houston, TX. He had been in the lone star state since beginning his journey in the industry back in 2011. The host asked 710 ESPN management why they decided to go down this path.
“I asked them why,” Gallant continued. “They just said they were going in a different direction. I do know that that different direction is one with Mike Salk, who hired me and was formerly in charge of all programming in the building.”
“Clearly they feel like he [Salk] is going to save the numbers,” added Gallant. “I don’t agree with that because we are living in a city that is still not welcoming people back to work, and people aren’t commuting in the same way, but whatever, that is their choice.”
As Gallant mentioned, Salk will indeed take over the timeslot, one he held prior to turning his focus to a full time programming role two years ago. Salk had previously split his time as the station’s PD and morning host while teaming with FOX Sports college football analyst Brock Huard. Brock and Salk were very successful and Bonneville Seattle is hoping Salk’s return to the morning timeslot can give their morning numbers a boost.
Although a full time radio reunion in mornings with Huard isn’t in the cards, Salk’s former partner will have a presence on The Mike Salk Show. The longtime friends and partners will also continue their weekly podcast.
In a tweet shared earlier, Salk said he wasn’t ready to dive back into hosting a show when Huard left two years ago. He acknowledged he’s now ready and excited to return to mornings, a move that will include Justin Barnes and Maura Dooley, and daily visits from Huard. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, former Seahawks QB turned ESPN NFL analyst Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto, legendary NFL reporter John Clayton, and others will also appear regularly.
Salk helped launch 710 ESPN Seattle in 2009 and has been with the station for thirteen years. News of his return to the morning airwaves was met with a lot of positive responses on the station’s Facebook page. The unfortunate part of this story is that the return of Salk also means the end for Gallant and Danny O’Neill’s time with the station.
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”
DeAngelo Hall Explains His Exit From Commanders Radio Booth
“I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do.”
In a case of “you never know who’s listening”, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. got a surprise on Wednesday. Former NFL pro-bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted Brian Mitchell of BMitch & Finlay that he was listening and wanted to join the program.
After discussing some opinions of the Commanders and other rivals on the field, Hall made a point to address leaving the team’s radio booth as a color analyst. In April it was announced that Hall would exit the broadcast booth. At the time it was reported that the decision was Hall’s. On BMitch & Finlay he added more context by explaining that, “it just felt like it wasn’t the right situation for myself.”
Hall went further by adding that a deciding factor for his decision seemed to be the team’s vision for the broadcast.
“I need to see it. I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do. And you know how I am guys, I speak my mind and I just asked to go my separate way. I still love the organization, I’m still rooting for them.”
The former Washington player joined Bram Weinstein and analyst Julie Donaldson when the Washington Commanders overhauled their entire broadcast crew after an organization-wide sexual harassment scandal mentioned former play-by-play voice Larry Michael.
Hall was sure to praise his former teammate taking his role. “But so hyped for London Fletcher. I told Julie and Fletch at separate times man, that Fletch was such a great teammate and an inspirational person in my life and my process of growing as a pro and as a man, that taught me so much about the game. I couldn’t be happier that she gets a hell of a replacement in London Fletcher.
“I’m hyped for those guys but I’m too pretty to be on the radio, guys, I need more face time,” Hall quipped. “I’m fighting to get in one of them booths. When you see Tom Brady making 10-for-375 I said ‘I’m in the wrong business.’ When you’re watching Tony and them guys I’m in the wrong business. I got to get off this radio and get my face in front of the tizzube.”