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Schilling Explains His Confusion with ESPN’s Political Policy

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Two days after Curt Schilling appeared on 610 Sports in Kansas City and took aim at Hillary Clinton, the former MLB Pitcher and current ESPN Analyst visited WEEI in Boston to explain himself and his unfamiliarity with ESPN’s political policies.

Schilling appeared Thursday with “Dennis and Callahan” and didn’t apologize for saying Hillary Clinton should be “buried under a jail” but did say that he was unaware of ESPN’s position as it applies to him sharing his political views on another network.

An ESPN spokesman said the company is looking into the controversial comments, and will address them with Schilling but they’ve yet to do so. The company distributed a memo a few weeks ago urging employees to steer clear of personal attacks, drive-by commentaries, and political editorializing about the candidates and their political campaigns.

Schilling claims that he didn’t see the memo when the company initially sent it. “Right hand to God, I didn’t get that until about two weeks ago ’cause it was in my spam folder. I’m like, ‘What is this memo, people making this up? And then when I read it, I was like OK. My assumption was they didn’t want us talking about politics in an ESPN setting, whether it be radio or television. I’m assuming that probably ended up not being right.”

Schilling added “I think people assume that I’m saying things to rile other people up but I say what I believe, and I’m passionate about what I believe. That doesn’t make me right, it just makes me me. And I’m OK with that. I sleep good at night. If my employer fires me because of that, then it wasn’t meant to be.”

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DraftKings, VSIN to Deliver 70 Hours of Content From Super Bowl Radio Row

“The on-site opportunity will allow DraftKings and VSiN talent to deliver real-time insights and enhanced content featuring celebrities and athletes as the media, entertainment and sports worlds collide in Phoenix for the big game.” 

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DraftKings will make its debut on Radio Row at Super Bowl LVII next weekend, and will feature more than 70 hours of original content centered around the event. DraftKings talent will be on hand for both audio and video podcasts, while several shows from VSiN will produce their radio shows live from Radio Row.

“We’re excited to bring together this team of talented individuals to cover what has historically been the most bet game of the year at our company,” said Stacie McCollum, Vice President of Content at DraftKings. “The on-site opportunity will allow DraftKings and VSiN talent to deliver real-time insights and enhanced content featuring celebrities and athletes as the media, entertainment and sports worlds collide in Phoenix for the big game.” 

Podcasts from DraftKings featured at Radio Row include The Ross Tucker Podcast, The Sweat with Jessie Coffield and Emerson Lotzia, GoJo with Mike Golic Jr., and Golic and Smetty featuring the legendary Mike Golic and Jess Smetana of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

God Bless Football, the podcast partnership between DraftKings and Meadowlark Media featuring members Stugotz and Billy Gil of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will record three episodes from Radio Row.

Meanwhile, VSiN radio hosts and analysts will be stationed at Radio Row for the week. VSiN’s Follow The Money hosts Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard, former NFL General Manager Michael Lombardi,VSiN’s Final Countdown hosts Stormy Buonantony and Matt Brown, and VSiN Primetime host Shaun King will all be live in Arizona producing content for the sports betting network.

“VSiN has distinguished itself as a leading voice in the sports betting space, in part, by staying at the center of the sports betting action,” said Brian Musburger, founder and CEO of VSiN.

“Super Bowl LVII is the first to be played in a legal sports betting state and we’re thrilled to drop some of the industry’s leading sports betting experts right into the action to help new and experienced bettors alike prepare for one of the biggest days on the sports betting calendar.”

The entire DraftKings and VSiN schedule for the week is included below. All times listed are Mountain Time, and the schedule is subject to change.  

Monday, February 6ShowHost(s)
7:00-9:00 a.m.The Ross Tucker PodcastRoss Tucker 
9:00-10:00 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noonThe Lombardi LineMike Pritchard
1-2 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownStormy Buonantony
Tuesday, February 7ShowHost(s)
7:00-9:00 a.m.The Ross Tucker PodcastRoss Tucker
9:00-10:00 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noon The Lombardi LineMike Pritchard
12 p.m.-1p.m.God Bless FootballStugotz and Billy Gil
1-2 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownStormy Buonantony
4-5 p.m.Golic & SmettyMike Golic and Jessica Smetana 
7-8 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
Wednesday, February 8ShowHost(s)
5-8 a.m.Follow the MoneyMitch Moss and Pauly Howard
7:00-9:00 a.m.The Ross Tucker PodcastRoss Tucker
9:00-10:00 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noon p.m.The Lombardi LineMichael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher
1-2 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownStormy Buonantony
4-7 p.m.VSiN PrimeTimeShaun King
Thursday, February 9ShowHost(s)
5-8 a.m.Follow the MoneyMitch Moss and Pauly Howard
8-9 a.m.The GM Shuffle PodcastMichael Lombardi
9-10 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noonThe Lombardi LineMichael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher
Noon-1 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
1-2 p.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownMatt Brown
4-7 p.m.VSiN PrimeTimeShaun King
7-8 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
Friday, February 10ShowHost(s)
5-8 a.m.Follow the MoneyMitch Moss and Pauly Howard
9-10 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noonThe Lombardi LineMichael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher
Noon-1 p.m.God Bless FootballStugotz and Billy Gil
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownMatt Brown
4-7 p.m.VSiN PrimeTimeShaun King

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Ramie Makhlouf Late For Show On Sactown Sports 1140 While Stuck in Elevator

“I have the flashlight and the entertainment of Twitter, and you, and other friends I’ve texted to fill them in on my situation to get material out of.”

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Tuesday, January 31st is probably a day Sactown Sports afternoon host Ramie Makhlouf will never forget.

The station’s afternoon show — Cattles & Ramie — began without him. Nick Cattles explained to listeners why Makhlouf was absent.

“I am here to tell you that my co-host, my friend Ramie Makhlouf is stuck in an elevator,” Cattles said. “This is not a joke. Ramie is stuck in his apartment building’s elevator. I have a lovely drive into work from Roseville — suburbia — and I was driving in, during this 35-minute trek I felt my pocket vibrating. I felt my phone moving. I thought ‘Someone is sending me a bunch of texts. Something is happening right now. I hope all is good’.”

Cattles then read verbatim the texts he received from his co-host as Makhlouf was stuck in the elevator.

“He usually does the crossover with Deuce and Mo, ’cause I get here too late…At 1:36 PM, Ramie texts in ‘Fellas, I’m currently stuck in the elevator of my building…no joke. Not even sure if you’re getting this. I’ll keep you posted’. I just imagine Ramie stuck in that elevator thinking ‘I hope they’re getting these texts, I hope they’re getting these texts’. Five minutes later, no one has responded to Ramie’s text yet. Ramie texts in ‘And the lights went out’.

“Three minutes later, at 1:44 PM, he texts in ‘Can someone please text me if you all are getting these texts?’ So I text back one minute later ‘I’m getting this’. Ramie then sends back a picture. A very dramatic, moviesque picture…a dark elevator, no lights on, looks like a blue hue in the top left, coming from some energy source, and then you can see the panel of the elevator — just to freak him out even more — with a red light on underneath.”

Cattles then had Makhlouf call into the show from the elevator, with the Sactown Sports host thankful he had his phone with him.

“Thank god for phones, man,” Makhlouf said. “Otherwise, I’d just be sitting here in the dark. I don’t get scared of the dark, I just lose my mind when it’s complete darkness and nothingness. I have the flashlight and the entertainment of Twitter, and you, and other friends I’ve texted to fill them in on my situation to get material out of. I’m fine, just chilling in here waiting to get me out of the elevator.”

After joking that he was stuck in the elevator literally feet away from his apartment, Ramie Makhlouf took listeners through the play-by-play of how he got in the predicament, before saying a technician was 10-15 minutes away. He later joked that his girlfriend offered to come talk to him through the elevator door, but was reserving that offer until he “really started to freak out”.

While on the phone with his co-host, Makhlouf was freed from his encapsulation and was on his way to the studio to resume the normal show.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Mass Amherst via Facebook

Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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