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Ken Carman: Would National Media Treat Every Team The Way They’ve Treated The Browns After Deshaun Watson Trade?

“I can’t tell you unequivocally that I’m not convinced that (the media) would have the same treatment to Indianapolis that we’ve gotten here in Cleveland.”

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92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman said during his after-show podcast Tuesday he doesn’t believe the national media reaction would have been the same if a team other than the Cleveland Browns had traded for Deshaun Watson, who has since been suspended for 11 games by the NFL after the league found him guilty of serial sexual assault.

“I’ve spent my entire adult life with my team being made fun of for how bad they are,” Carman said. “I can’t tell you unequivocally that I’m not convinced that (the media) would have the same treatment to Indianapolis that we’ve gotten here in Cleveland. Because Indianapolis doesn’t have the history that we do here in my adult life. And I could think ‘Well, maybe they would’. I can’t guarantee that. When they’re ripping Jim Irsay and they’re ripping the Colts, the person in the media isn’t ripping Bob Jefferson who lives in Carmel, Indiana. But to Bob, it feels like they’re ripping me because I’m a Colts fan. To Mike in Parma, it feels like you’re ripping me because I’m a Browns fan.”

Carman and co-host Anthony Lima have defended Browns fans from criticism since the team traded for and gave Watson the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.

Carman’s comments came moments after noting he had been critical of Pittsburgh fans and radio hosts for their support of Ben Roethlisberger after the former Steelers quarterback was accused of sexual assault.

“I brought this up with you with Ben Roethlisberger,” Carman told co-host Anthony Lima. “We made a lot of jokes at ‘Poni’s (93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh host Andrew Fillipponi) expense. Did we really feel bad for those people or were we just trying to bust ‘Poni’s balls? I don’t want to answer that. It’s changed a lot of that perspective. We all come to terms with things that are uncomfortable in different ways and in due time. Rooting for Jim Brown, knowing what we know now, doesn’t make sense. I want to be in touch while not trying to be in touch. I don’t wanna try to hard to be ‘with it’.”

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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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