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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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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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