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Bomani Jones: ‘America Being Nostalgic For Rap At The Super Bowl Is Wild’

“Jones joked that he was happy he had invested in high-end speakers before the show.”

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Long before we knew that it was going to become a reality, Bomani Jones was calling for a G Funk Super Bowl halftime show. It happened on Sunday night. While most people sang the show’s praises, Jones noted that it was bigger than just a fun show featuring nostalgic rap acts from the 90s.

On Monday’s episode of The Right Time, Jones quickly recapped the Rams’ victory in Super Bowl LVI before saying “Y’all don’t give a damn what I thought about that football game. Y’all ain’t thought about that football game since that football game happened.

“I’m here to talk about G Funk Super Bowl. It was low riders on the field. It was dudes dancing in khaki suits. It was 50 Cent hanging upside down, and as my boy Chase said ‘looking luck Buck Moreland in a beater’. We got that too. It was Kendrick Lamar kicking a new negro spiritual at the Super Bowl. It was Mary J Blige singing one of those damn happiness carols at the Super Bowl. It was Dr. Dre saying he still not lovin’ police at the Super Bowl. It was snoop wearing basically. Head-to-toe designer Crip rag at the Super Bowl. It was Snoop Crip walking at the Super Bowl.”

Jones joked that he was happy he had invested in high-end speakers before the show.

“We was up in Harlem knocking. It was bangin’!”

While he was ready to celebrate the show for being high quality, Bomani Jones also noted it was worth celebrating that the show happened at all. He said that this idea was crystalized for him after a conversation with Mike Ryan from The Dan Le Batard Show, who insisted that last year’s performance by The Weekend was clearly superior.

“I realized some of y’all grew up at a time where they always play rap music all over the place. Some of you grew up in a time where you didn’t have people making significant value judgements about you just on the basis of rap music. People my age, I just can’t stress this enough, it was surreal to see that this is not just accepted as mainstream music, but accepted as something that America could be nostalgic about.”

Jones described the setlist as “all gangsta from start to finish.” The only reason he was disappointed was that Dr. Dre did not play anything from before his album 2001 aside from “California Love.”

The halftime show was a cultural touchstone, but it didn’t have a larger meaning attached for the league as some had speculated. According to Bomani Jones, music was all that mattered and he is still a little gobsmacked that the show happened at all.

“The idea that some real deal, hardcore rap music was being played at the Super Bowl and America wanted it was wild.”

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Parker Hillis Named Brand Manager of Sports Radio 610

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Goodbye snow and hello heat! Parker Hillis is headed to Houston. Audacy has announced that he will be the new brand manager for Sports Radio 610.

“Parker is a rising star,” Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy in Houston, said in a press release. “He has impressed us since day one with his innovative ideas, focus on talent coaching and work ethic. We’re thrilled to have him join our Audacy team.”

Hillis comes to the market from Denver. He has spent the last three years with Bonneville’s 104.3 The Fan. He started as the station’s executive producer before rising to APD earlier this year.

In announcing his exit from The Fan on his Facebook page, Hillis thanked Fan PD Raj Sharan for preparing him for this opportunity.

“His leadership and guidance set the stage for me to continue to grow and develop in this industry, one that I absolutely love,” Hillis wrote. “This is a special place, one that I am honored to have been a part of and so sad to leave.”

Sports Radio 610 began the process to find a new brand manager in February when Armen Williams announced he was leaving the role. Williams also came to Houston from Denver. He started his own business outside the radio industry.

“I’m excited to join the Sports Radio 610 team in Houston,” said Hillis. “The opportunity to direct and grow an already incredible Audacy brand is truly an honor.”

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Dave Rothenberg Can’t Stand Hearing Kenny Albert Mispronounce ‘Raleigh’

“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it.”

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Dave Rothenberg has a tiny bone to pick with Kenny Albert, and it’s over the way Kenny pronounces the Carolina Hurricanes’ home city.

Talking on his show on ESPN New York on Tuesday, Rothenberg, who spent three years working in Raleigh on 99.9 The Fan, said he wished someone would get in Albert’s ear and correct the way he’s been saying it adding that it has made him wish one of the top play-by-play voices in hockey wouldn’t be on the call for the playoff series between the Canes and New York Rangers.

“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it,” Rothenberg said.

Albert has been pronouncing the city’s name as “RAW-lee”. It is properly pronounced “RAH-lee”.

Co-host Rick DiPietro and the rest of the show crew thought Albert would take offense to the correction, especially since it’s such a minor thing, but Rothenberg thought that was ridiculous.

“See, no one can deal with tough love anymore,” Rothenberg said.

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes series shifts back to Raleigh on Thursday for Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.

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NBC Sports Names Al Michaels To Emeritus Role

The partnership will keep Michaels on for the Olympics and NBC’s NFL playoff coverage.

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NBC Sports, which had been the home of Al Michaels since 2006, will still feature the veteran broadcaster despite Michaels’ moving to Amazon for Thursday Night Football.

The network announced that Michaels will still be a part of NBC Sports’ high-profile broadcasting properties including the Olympics and NFL Playoffs. Michaels’ last broadcast with the network had been Super Bowl LVI in February, his eleventh Super Bowl.

NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua said in a statement, “Revered by viewers and colleagues, Al has been the soundtrack for many of the greatest moments in sports television history. We are thrilled that he’s staying in the family and raising the stature of our events for years to come.”

“I’m looking forward to continuing my longtime NBC relationship while also launching the Thursday Night Football package on Amazon this fall. A special thanks to NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua and the folks at NBCUniversal for their help in making this happen,” Michaels said.

Michaels moved to Amazon Prime Video this season for their Thursday Night Football package. He will be paired with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. This season will mark his 37th NFL play-by-play campaign in primetime.

Following another historic broadcasting moment in which Michaels deftly demonstrated his expertise and versatility, he became just the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series.

In addition to the 11 Super Bowls, Michaels has worked nine Olympics and called eight World Series.

In December 2020, Michaels was honored with the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Michaels is one of only five distinguished broadcasters to be recognized with the baseball honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award (Dick Enberg, Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck, and Curt Gowdy).

One of television’s most respected journalists, Michaels has covered more major sports events than any sportscaster, including 20 years as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football. He is the only commentator to call the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and host the Stanley Cup Final for network television. In addition, Michaels called the classic 1985 championship boxing match between Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler.

Among his many accolades, Michaels has captured eight Emmy Awards – seven for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play and one in 2011 for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and has three times (1980, 1983 and 1986) received the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; he was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1998. Michaels was named Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the American Sportscasters Association, and, in 1991, he was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.

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