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670 The Score’s First PD, Ron Gleason, Recalls Station’s Early Days

Gleason mentioned that it helped when the station switched to the sports talk format, a lot of the on-air talent was already hired.

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Audacy-owned 670 The Score in Chicago is celebrating 30 years on the air this year, and the station brought back its original PD last week to discuss how far the station has come in three decades.

Ron Gleason is currently the news and programming director at sister station WBBM, but Gleason was there for the early days of The Score.

“It was almost through default that we figured a few things out,” Gleason told Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel last week about putting together the station’s lineup at the time, which included legendary voices Dan Jiggetts and Mike North. Gleason mentioned that it helped when the station switched to the sports talk format, a lot of the on-air talent was already hired.

But Gleason also looked back on leaving a dedicated block on weekends for producers or up-and-coming talent to try their hand at hosting.

“We definitely tried,” he said. “It’s difficult to find the next great thing, and so the goal is to try and build on that rather than air syndication. Now back in 1992, there wasn’t a lot of syndication, so you had to do your own thing.”

Gleason continues to be involved in the radio business and said the industry has changed drastically.

“It’s clearly very digital now,” he said. “That’s where the world is. You need to be everywhere all the time.”

But looking back, one of the moments that stands out from his time at The Score was working with Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton on announcing his liver disease. He dropped this tidbit of information:

“The Walter Payton show we did at the time from Carlucci’s in Rosemont with Jiggetts and North, and Walter had let us all know that he wanted to unveil what was going on with him in a press conference,” Gleason said. “But he wanted to do it with Jiggetts and North.”

Gleason did say it was unsettling that as Payton was making the announcement, the station’s logo was plastered all over.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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