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Nick Wright Avoided Dan Patrick’s Texts During Bengals-Chiefs AFC Title Game

“You personalized it. You made this as a Dan Patrick versus Nick Wright thing, which is interesting, because I didn’t know you were a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan.”

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On Monday, Dan Patrick told his audience that he had to turn off Sunday’s AFC Championship game when the Kansas City Chiefs took a 21-3 lead on the Cincinnati Bengals. But he eventually made his way back to the TV as the Bengals overcame the 18-point deficit and forced the game into overtime.

But as the Bengals completed the comeback, Patrick reached out to noted Chiefs fan, Kansas City native, and FS1 host Nick Wright in an effort to get a rise out of him.

Wright was a guest on Tuesday’s The Dan Patrick Show and according to the host’s recollection, he texted “I think the Bengals have your attention” to Wright. But Wright said that wasn’t quite accurate.

“Let’s be fair, Dan, because I have to unblock your number,” Wright said. “I think the exact quote, if we’re going to be fair, is quote, ‘I think MY Bengals have YOUR attention,’ end quote. You personalized it. You made this as a Dan Patrick versus Nick Wright thing, which is interesting, because I didn’t know you were a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan.”

Patrick defended himself further, saying he didn’t mean anything other than it just being a great game. He said Wright could’ve just responded, but Wright felt like Patrick was trolling.

“I wasn’t rubbing it in your face when it was 21-3,” Wright said. “Why would you reach out to me when I’m at my most vulnerable?”

“I thought it was rude, I thought it was unbecoming, I thought it was bullying much like our last interview,” he added.

Wright said Dan knew how much was riding on the game for the First Things First co-host. But Patrick maintained his innocence.

“I just wanted to put it out there and just say, ‘You know what, that was a nice contest, and the Bengals put up a good fight,'” he said. “That was it!”

The bit ended with Wright just saying he had hoped to run out the clock on their segement without talking about the game during the alloted time. But Patrick got one last jab in.

“No, I’m going to blow right through the commercial break and just keep going because the dynasty of one continues in Kansas City,” Patrick said to groans from Wright.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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