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Joe Giglio Forces Joe Ovies To Stop Radio Show So He Can Watch End Of Richmond Win

“Giglio, not wanting his bracket to be spoiled, held up the show to watch the end of the game, which cultivated some unique banter on-the-air between he and his co-host.”

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The moment college basketball fans have been waiting for has arrived with the start of the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament. As the first round concludes Friday, it is safe to say that “madness” has already ensued; after all, three of the games yesterday ended in overtime.

Most sports radio hosts are invested in the college basketball action, but perhaps none more than Joe Giglio, co-host of The OG with Joe Ovies and Joe Giglio on 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, N.C. While the show was in the midst of its “What’s Trending” segment, the game between No. 5 Iowa and No. 12 Richmond was coming down to the wire in overtime. Giglio, not wanting his bracket to be spoiled, held up the show to watch the end of the game, which cultivated some unique banter on-the-air between he and his co-host.

“I’m not the only person who either – A – picked Richmond, which I’m probably in the minority on that, but there’s a lot of people who have Iowa in the Final Four; if not winning this thing,” exclaimed Giglio.

In an effort to move the show along, co-host Joe Ovies attempted to return to the “What’s Trending” segment, revealing the number two trending topic to be something pertaining to Baker Mayfield. The listeners remained uncertain, however, of what exactly the topic would be – even though Mayfield had just requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns – because Ovies was unable to focus, inadvertently diverting his attention to the overtime action.

“Honestly, I can’t move on with the show because Giglio is just going to blurt out whatever so we’re just going to have to wait this thing out,” Ovies explained to the listeners.

Shortly after, one of the teams took a timeout, meaning that it was a perfect time to try to curtail the entropic moment on the show. “Let’s talk about Baker Mayfield while they’re in the timeout – geez,” Ovies said, breaking into laughter upon realizing that there was no chance the show would be moving on until the sounding of the final buzzer.

“Oh, that’s a foul!” shouted Giglio as play resumed.

“For whatever reason, I apparently have the ability to multitask, and everybody else in this building has zero ability to multitask when it comes to a sporting event going on,” Ovies explained.

The chances of filling out a perfect March Madness bracket are 1-in-9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Giglio cares deeply about his bracket despite the slim chances of filling out a perfect one, and wanted Richmond to win since he has them advancing to the Elite 8.

The game seemed to dawdle towards the finish – and then more time was added to the clock by the officials. At that point, Ovies had had enough and wanted to move on with their radio show.

“I would like to continue the show!” Ovies said in desperation. “I can’t continue the show if this game keeps bogging down. This five seconds is taking ten minutes.”

When producer Jonathan Rand played the “What’s Trending” sound effect again prior to the end of the game, Ovies questioned why they were even on the air if they were just going to react in real-time to a college basketball game.

“Why are we doing this?,” asked Ovies. “We’re not moving on because they’re just going back out on the court now and I’m not going to be able to move on because Giglio is watching with wrapped attention. I mean, this is where we are right now.”

Finally, the game ended with a 67-63 Richmond upset victory, setting them up for a matchup with No. 4 Providence in the second round Saturday. Giglio stood up and applauded after the show had been considerably delayed, and conveyed his emotions to Ovies and the listening audience.

“Your boy feels good,” Giglio said, referencing that his bracket had been retained – for now.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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