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Former Host Jim Moore Dissects Changes At 710 ESPN Seattle

“Jim Moore was laid off in November after ten years with 710 ESPN Seattle.”

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For the second time in less than a year, 710 ESPN Seattle is going thru a lineup change. It was announced last week that Danny and Gallant were out and Mike Salk would return to morning drive.

On Monday, the station’s former afternoon host Jim Moore weighed in on the environment inside the Bonneville building in Seattle.

“I guess that was a cost-cutting and going-in-a-different-direction move, combined with the hope that the return of Mike Salk will spark 710’s sagging ratings,” Moore said in a column for the Tacoma News Tribune.

He candidly described having a tense relationship with Salk during Salk’s time as the station’s program director. Moore shared a story which began with him trying to offer Salk empathy and ended with Salk taking a shot at him.

When he returned from his rough stint in Boston, I went into his office and told him I felt bad for him and while fishing for words, I said that it probably wouldn’t have gone well for me in Boston, either.

“Let’s face it, Jim, you’d suck anywhere but Seattle,” Salk said.

I wasn’t sure how to respond to that. It sounded like something you’d say behind someone’s back, not to his face, and in a weird way I kind of respected him for it.

All I could come up with was:

“That’s not very nice, Mike.”

And he said: “But it’s true, isn’t it?

Jim Moore, The News Tribune, September 6, 2021

Moore was laid off in November after ten years with 710 ESPN Seattle. So, while he recounts some of what he has heard is going on inside the station, it is important to note that he has not been with Bonneville Seattle in ten months.

Kyle Brown replaced Salk as the program director at 710 in 2019. At that time, Salk moved into a senior programming role overseeing all of Bonneville’s talk brands. He has since relinquished his management duties, but Moore still believes Salk had a say in ending Danny & Gallant.

I don’t buy that for a minute. Brown’s and Salk’s boss, Cathy Cangiano, deferred to Salk all the time when I was there, and I’m guessing he had a lot of input with the decision to pink slip O’Neil and Gallant.

Since he’s replacing them with the debut of ‘The Mike Salk Show’ on Tuesday, it wouldn’t look very good if he were even perceived as the least bit responsible for the firings.

jim moore, the news tribune, September 6, 2021

Another former employee of 710 ESPN Seattle weighed in as well. Former producer Jessamyn McIntyre shared a screenshot of Moore’s column on Twitter and used “#leadership” in her post. It would seem to indicate a dig at how Salk and/or Bonneville Seattle ran the station.

The Mike Salk Show is set to debut on Tuesday of this week. For all involved with the station and show, the sooner the better, as it’ll take the focus off the changes and put it on their actual content.

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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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