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Lewin Juggles Mets, Chargers Responsibilities

Jason Barrett

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When Josh Lewin started out in broadcasting, he figured he would have plenty of his own Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” moments on the microphone.

Why wouldn’t he think that? In his first season as the primary play-by-play voice for Rochester Community Baseball, the summer of 1990, the Red Wings won the International League’s Governors’ Cup.

He hasn’t called a championship since. Not in 19 previous years behind the Major League Baseball microphone or in 11 NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

That could finally change within the next week, if the New York Mets can overcome the 2-0 deficit they face in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals.

“I’ve lived the personalized version of Mets fans and Royals fans,” Lewin said by phone before Game 2 of the World Series, referring to the title-call drought.

Lewin, a 1986 graduate of Brighton High School, has been describing Mets games on the radio since 2012 and is in his 11th year as voice of the Chargers. His resume also includes two years with the Baltimore Orioles, one with the Chicago Cubs, four with the Detroit Tigers and nine with the Texas Rangers.

“The Chargers have never made the Super Bowl, the Rangers were just getting good when I left and the year I was with the Cubs they started 0-14,” Lewin said.

“Right now I’m just happy to be along for the ride.”

What a ride — and flight — it may be on Sunday, too. If the Mets force a Game 5, Lewin will work his own football/baseball east coast doubleheader. The Chargers play in Baltimore against the Ravens at 1 p.m. First pitch for Game 5 of the World Series is set for 8:15 p.m. at Citi Field.

He plans to call both.

Because the Chargers game, barring overtime, figures to end around 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m., Lewin couldn’t risk trying to find a commercial flight to New York so he could be on the air on WOR-AM (710) for the first pitch.

So he booked a small private plane, at his expense, to take him from Baltimore to LaGuardia Airport. While he didn’t divulge the price, it’s more than he’ll earn by calling the games that day.

“I’ve got my goggles and my scarf,” said Lewin, 47. “I have to be the master of my domain. I’ll be operating at a big loss but I’m happy to do it. I have two great jobs and two great bosses that let me do what I love to do.”

To read the rest of the article visit the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle where it was originally published

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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 $1.6 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 billion 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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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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