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LeRoy Butler Shares Hall of Fame Joy with 1250 AM The Fan Colleagues

“I’m just so fortunate to have one of the best fanbases, especially the callers.”

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How many sports radio stations and shows boast a Pro Football Hall of Famer among their hosts?

Milwaukee’s 1250 AM The Fan can now do so after former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler was named to the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Butler joins offensive lineman Tony Boselli, linebacker Sam Mills, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and Bryant Young, and coach Dick Vermeil among those who will be inducted into Canton this August.

Yet Butler is also a sports radio host, part of 1250 AM’s The Wendy’s Big Show with Steve Fifer and fellow former Packer Gary Ellerson. Any member of the local NFL team and Hall of Famer would be a welcome interview. But someone who’s a radio colleague?

Butler joined The Bart Winkler Show Friday morning for the good news and to share how he found out he was getting a bust in Canton.

“I hear this BANG! on the door and was like, who is that?” Butler recalled. “I look out the peephole, and you know you can only see one person and I see [Charles] Woodson. I say, what in the world? Woodson? It was like 11 degrees so I open the door and step outside. I had no shoes on.”

“I’m just so fortunate to have one of the best fanbases, especially the callers,” Butler added. “And I appreciate them because there’s people listening to you every single day in Milwaukee. I just appreciate those people because they give you the platform to have fun. The fans are great.”

Winkler complimented Butler on being so approachable, not just with fans but with colleagues and staff at 1250 AM The Fan. Especially with fans like Winkler who watched Butler when they were younger and idolized him, Brett Favre, and Reggie White.

As Butler mentioned, you’ll be able to see the Hall of Fame class of 2022 find out about their selections on an NFL Network special Saturday night (Feb. 12). The Hall of Fame Knocks airs at 9 p.m. ET.

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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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