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Kansas City Sports Radio Reacts to Len Dawson’s Passing

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Many were saddened to learn of the passing of legendary broadcaster and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson on Wednesday.

All day, tributes to the Super Bowl champion and Kansas City media icon came pouring in.

“What Len Dawson did in the middle of the 70s is pretty common now. It wasn’t common in the 70s,” Carrington Harrison said of Dawson on his show The Drive on 610 Sports Radio. “We see guys now leave playing and immediately become broadcasters. We can name hundreds of people that have done that. That wasn’t what you did in the 70s.”

Harrison added that while Dawson should be rightfully honored and remembered for his prowess on the field, his contributions in media should be recognized just as much.

“Len Dawson is not just a Hall of Fame caliber player. He is a legendary broadcaster,” he said. “To do it at the local TV level, to do it at the local radio level, and also travel in the middle of the week to go be a host of one of the most popular shows around football that’s ever been created. Like Len Dawson is not only an important football player, he’s also an important football broadcaster for the bridges that he crossed.”

Over on Sports Radio 810 WHB, host Jason Anderson said Dawson no doubt sits on many a Mount Rushmore of Kansas City legends.

“When you talk about the legacies, the icons, those that have meant so much to the city for so long, Len Dawson was absolutely that,” Anderson said on his show, The Zone. “He was one of many that have played their careers in Kansas City and decided to stay and make their home in Kansas City. Not everybody does that.”

Anderson remembered Dawson as someone who meant so much to people of varying ages and generations for the different chapters of his career.

“What’s amazing on so many levels, there’s some amazing aspects of his life, he was something different to different generations,” he said. “Like my dad’s generation he was ‘Lenny the Cool’ because of what he did on the field…To my generation he was Len Dawson the ex football player and a broadcaster, and the sportscaster and the color commentator for the Chiefs. He was on Inside the NFL and it was cool.”

Kansas City Royals legend George Brett told Bob Fescoe one of his favorite memories of Dawson was when Dawson showed up at his house in 1999 while he was with KMBC-TV to interview him about his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“So I’m going sure Karen Kornacki or Dave Stewart are going to come over to the house and set up, and no it was Len Dawson. Lenny frickin Dawson!” Brett said. “They came over to the house and did it.

Brett said Dawson even interviewed him again in Cooperstown that year. But the fact that Dawson was the one that showed up to his house was something he’ll never forget.

“I had met Lenny numerous times prior to that, but to have Lenny Dawson in your house that was quite a thrill,” he said.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went 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 transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go 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.

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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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