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Weber Excited For Predators Radio Return

Jason Barrett

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The backstories of sports broadcasters often begin with a particular anecdote. They recall sneaking transistor radios underneath their pillows with their parents none the wiser, listening to the muffled sounds of their favorite teams as they fell asleep.

Pete Weber’s fondness for radio, originating from a Zenith tabletop unit in his bedroom, was less subtle.

“I didn’t have to sneak it because my parents knew and they abided by it,” he said.

From his hometown of Galesburg, Ill., located roughly halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, Weber had a wide range of frequencies to choose from. He was drawn to legendary announcers Harry Caray and Jack Buck calling St. Louis Cardinals games on KMOX. He’d constantly channel-surf, switching to WCFL in Chicago to listen to the White Sox and then WGN to listen to the Cubs.

There were Twin games on WCCO in Minnesota, Tigers games on WJR in Detroit and even Triple-A baseball games on WBAP in Dallas. And that was just during the summer.

“I could tell that yes, they were there every day like a job,” Weber said of Caray and Buck, “but it didn’t seem like a job because it was clear to me that they were enjoying themselves, for the most part.”

This season, Weber, affectionately known as the “Voice of the Predators” will return to his broadcasting roots, leaving the television booth to join the Predators radio team with former Predators coach Brent Peterson and former goaltender Chris Mason, who will split commentating duties.

Willy Daunic, formerly the radio play-by-play analyst, will transition to television alongside color analyst and former player Stu Grimson.

“I think that every play-by-play guy probably enjoys radio far more than TV,” Weber said. “As (iconic Los Angeles Dodgers announcer) Vin (Scully) would say, ‘You have the palette, you have all the colors, you can paint the picture just the way you see it,’ rather than being captive or prisoner of what the director (and) producer decide to put up on the screen and you become a caption artist rather than someone who describes what’s going on.”

Weber’s reassignment, announced by the team in July, was met with relative dismay from the fanbase, much of which had been introduced to hockey by him. There are, however, new advantages available to Weber in his new role. For example, local television coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs ends after the first round, so if the Predators were to advance past that point, Weber’s coverage in his former role would be effectively over. That is no longer a concern.

He also recognizes the romance in reuniting with his first love.

“I think it’s more gratifying for the announcer, I really do,” he said. “Radio’s what comes naturally to me.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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