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670 The Score Introduces The 12 Days of Cubsmas

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If there’s one thing that can put a smile on a Chicago Cubs fan’s face this holiday season, it’s reliving the team’s historic 2016 campaign which ended with the franchise winning their first championship in 108 years. And to put everyone in a great mood this holiday season, 670 The Score is reliving the Cubs magical run with a special “12 Days of Cubsmas”.

The radio station will air the 12 best Cubs games of the season starting December 14th and continuing through Christmas day. PD Mitch Rosen says the credit for the idea goes to producer Chris Tannehill, who along with Brendan McCaffrey, Mark Grote, and Russ Mitera narrated the intro’s and produced each broadcast.

Below is the station’s full broadcast schedule for the 12 Days of Cubsmas:

  • Day 1 – Wednesday 12/14 – Jake Arrieta’s No-Hitter Game

The Cubs pound Cincinnati 16-0 as Jake Arrieta pitches his second no-hitter in less than a calendar year (originally aired 4/21/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following DePaul vs. UIC (Approximately 9:30PM)

  • Day 2 – Thursday 12/15 – Javier Baez’s Walk Off HR

In a thirteen inning thriller, the Cubs won their 7th in a row on a Javier Baez Walk off home run on Mother’s Day to sweep the Nationals (originally aired 5/8/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following LA @ SEA (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 3 – Friday 12/16 – Jon Lester’s Walk off Bunt

In front of a national television audience, the Cubs rally back from a 6-0 deficit to defeat Seattle 7-6 in 12 innings on a Jon Lester walk off bunt (originally aired 7/31/2016).

AIR TIME: 10PM

  • Day 4 – Saturday 12/17 – Cubs Clinch The NL Central

The Cubs clinched the 2016 NL Central in very anti-climactic fashion. Following a late night Cardinals loss, the Cubs showed up to Wrigley Field having already won the division. The Cubs rallied to tie the game in the 9th inning, and would later give Cubs fans the chance to celebrate with a 10th inning walk off homer from Miguel Montero (originally aired 9/16/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following DePaul vs. Chicago State (Approximately 3:30PM)

  • Day 5 – Sunday 12/18 – NLDS Game 4

The Cubs overcome a 5-2 9th inning deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants and advance to the NLCS (originally aired 10/11/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following PIT @ CIN (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 6 – Monday 12/19 – NLCS Game 1

In what would become a theme, Miguel Montero comes through in the clutch with a pinch hit Grand Slam to give the Cubs a 1-0 series lead in the 2016 NLCS (originally aired 10/15/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following Monday Night Football (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 7 – Tuesday 12/20 – NLCS Game 4

After the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS, Cubs fans began to panic as Chicago’s bats fell silent. Game 4 saw them break out of their slump in a big way en route to a 10-2 victory (originally aired 10/19/2016).

AIR TIME: 10PM

  • Day 8 – Wednesday 12/21 – NLCS Clincher

Kyle Hendricks dazzled and the bats came alive against Clayton Kershaw as the Cubs advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945 (originally aired 10/22/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following Illini vs. Missouri (Approximately 8:30PM)

  • Day 9 – Thursday 12/22 – World Series Game 2

In just his second game back from injury, Kyle Schwarber collected 2 RBI as Jake Arrieta baffled the Indians to tie the World Series at one game apiece (originally aired 10/26/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following NYG @ PHI (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 10 – Friday 12/23 – World Series Game 5

Down 3-1 in the World Series, the Cubs turned to the recipe that got them to this point; Pitching and timely hitting. Jon Lester tossed 6 solid innings, and Aroldis Chapman came in to lock down the game with a 2 ⅓ inning save to force a game 6 (originally aired 10/30/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following DePaul Basketball

  • Day 11 – Saturday 12/24 – World Series Game 6

In another win or go home scenario, the Cubs bats broke through. Addison Russell provided a memorable grand slam that would force one of the most memorable sports moments in our lifetimes, Game 7 of the World Series (originally aired 11/1/2016).

AIR TIME: Immediately following CIN @ HOU (Approximately 10:30PM)

  • Day 12 – Sunday 12/25 – World Series Game 7

After giving up the lead, and sitting through a rain delay, the Cubs rallied in the 10th inning to win the World Series for the first time since 1908 (originally aired 11/2/2016).

AIR TIME: 11AM

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Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.

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Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.

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Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

“Over the past few years, Audacy has been on a transformational journey, investing in our capabilities to serve our listeners and customers and accelerate our growth through a number of strategic acquisitions, enhancements to our platform, and the addition of hundreds of team members to our workforce,” explained an Audacy spokesperson. “We remain committed to this exciting transformation which has made us a much stronger organization, but in light of current macroeconomic headwinds, like so many other companies, we have been proactively taking actions to mitigate against the impact of any downturn. These include evaluating budgets, reducing expenses, and also reducing our workforce.”

One host who is expected to remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce less than 5% of its programming staff.

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