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Joe Shasky Leaves 95.7 The Game Studio To Pump Up Giants Fans

“On the street, Shasky was followed by cameras and broadcast on a live feed on 95.7 The Game’s Twitch channel.”

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The race for the National League West crown came down to the final day of the Major League Baseball season, with the San Francisco Giants punching their ticket to the first round of the postseason following their MLB-best 107th win of the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished with 106 wins, had to play the St. Louis Cardinals in a single-game elimination Wild Card round, with the winner going on to face San Francisco. Following a walk-off, two-run home run by Dodgers’ outfielder Chris Taylor in the bottom of the ninth inning, the fate was sealed: a first-round playoff matchup between baseball’s two best teams, the Dodgers and the Giants.

The Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco has been previewing the series since it became official late Wednesday, but on Friday morning, co-host Joe Shasky had to get out of the studios and on to the street to show his fandom for the Giants, who are set to appear in the postseason for the first time since 2017.

“Shasky just upped and left the studio with his big giant flag,” said co-host Bonta Hill. “The guy couldn’t take it for some reason. I’m saying to myself, ‘We’ve got a four-hour show to do.’ He just took his Giants flag, walked out the studio and… just left me.”

On the street, Joe Shasky was followed by cameras and broadcast on a live feed on 95.7 The Game’s Twitch channel. While walking on the streets of San Francisco, he displayed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series between two California rival baseball clubs, and former neighbors when they played in New York, to meet in the postseason.

“Let’s Go Giants! Let’s Go Giants! Hit the horn! Yeah! I’m walking on the Embarcadero right now. Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.! Honk, let’s go!”

Caller Lizette in Castro Valley, Calif., supported Shasky’s actions and voiced her excitement for the highly-anticipated matchup set to kick off tonight in the Bay Area.

“Oh my goodness — I’m loving butcher boy’s energy,” said the caller, who was viewing the show simulcast live on Twitch. He’s going up and down the Embarcadero saying ‘Beat L.A..’ That’s right —  L.A. deserves half-of-a-ring for winning half-of-a-season, and they don’t deserve a parade. Let’s Go Giants, let’s bring this back to the city and show them how it’s done!”

Throughout the segment, viewers on Twitch weighed in on Shasky’s actions, commenting “I love the energy,” and “This is great content.” All and all, Joe Shasky storming out of the studio and taking to the streets to demonstrate his affinity for the National League Division Series is a positive for 95.7 The Game, and an example of how the audio-based medium of radio is spreading into different methods of dissemination, such as the live simulcasting of video outside of the studio.

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers begin their series tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. PST on TBS, and will be broadcast on radio by the San Francisco Giants’ flagship station KNBR, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ flagship station AM 570 LA Sports. The Giants have home field advantage over the Dodgers, and also defeated Los Angeles in the season series 10 wins to nine.

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”

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Courtesy: WFAN

Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”

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Courtesy: ESPN Cleveland

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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Kraig Riley Named Brand Manager Of 93.7 The Fan

“He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010.”

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There’s a new leader in Pittsburgh and Audacy did not have to look too far to find him. Kraig Riley has been promoted to brand manager of 93.7 The Fan.

Riley is a familiar face in the building and voice on the air. He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010. He has served as producer of the station’s afternoon show The PM Team with Poni & Mueller. He also was the host of the station’s pre and postgame coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The opening was created earlier this year when Jim Graci exited The Fan and sister station KDKA New Radio. Audacy hired industry veteran Dave LaBrozzi, who most recently served as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City, to lead the news talk station.

“As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Pittsburgh, said in a press release. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

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