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‘Parkins & Spiegel’ Check On Mark Grote, Now Working 670 The Score Overnights

“I feel great about myself… being stimulated by the caffeine that is being pumped through my system throughout the day. So I’m great!”

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It’s been just over a month since Mark Grote took over 670 The Score’s overnight shift, filling the seat long held by Les Grobstein. (Perhaps in an acknowledgement of Grobstein’s ownership of “Score Overnights,” Grote is doing three shows a week with a cast of rotation hosts taking the other two nights.)

Switching to a schedule of midnight to 5 a.m., working when most are sleeping, is a life-changing adjustment. Some eventually adapt, others never do. And a few are naturally nocturnal. Or they also work an overnight shift, which is why such a bond develops between a radio host and an audience.

Knowing what a major change going to overnights is, Grote’s 670 The Score colleagues, Parkins & Spiegel, checked in on their fellow host to see how he was doing. Grote is doing fine so far, but as you might expect, he’s drinking coffee at a time of day when most of us have switched to less caffeinated beverages.

“I feel great about myself, seeing Matt [Spiegel] staring me in the face, and then being stimulated by the caffeine that is being pumped through my system throughout the day,” said Grote. “So I’m great!”

Noting that Grote was drinking coffee at 4 p.m., Danny Parkins asked if that was the last time he would drink coffee that day, knowing that his air shift would begin eight hours later. Most of us who begin working at, say, 9 a.m., aren’t typically up and drinking coffee at 1 a.m.

Normally, Grote probably would need more coffee to get through his day. But as he explained, Wednesday was his Friday, so to speak. It was Grote’s last night of the work week, so he didn’t need a cup to power him along so much as just feel normal.

Asked why he wouldn’t just skip coffee so he could sleep at a more normal hour, Grote said this is what he called his recovery period.

“Part of the recovery is, I just don’t want to do nothing,” said Grote. “I want to take advantage of not having to be up at midnight and performing a show. So I want to feel normal. There’s a normalcy level that goes along with having the cup of coffee. Because if I don’t, I don’t want to fall asleep at 5 and wake up at 11.”

Grote kind of sounds like someone who needs a nap. But the process of adjusting his biorhythms, circadian rhythms, or whatever you might call a sleep pattern and awake period, is surely complicated. And what works for one might not work for another. Grote might even still be trying to figure it out at this stage.

Parkins and Spiegel certainly sounded grateful they’re not making that adjustment, though they marveled at the feat. Their listeners likely felt much the same way.

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Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP

“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”

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Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.

One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.

“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”

More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”

Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”

An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.

“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.

“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.

Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”

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Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road

“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.

“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.

No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.

Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.

On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.

“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”

If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.

This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”

McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.

“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”

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