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95.7 The Game Parts Ways with Don Kollins

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95.7 The Game in San Francisco has parted ways with program director Don Kollins. The official decision was made on Thursday.

Kollins joined the radio station in June 2015. Prior to moving to Northern California, he worked in Toronto for Rogers Media overseeing programming operations for Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

A nationwide search for the station’s next PD is expected to follow. In the interim, OM and KOIT PD Brian Figula will oversee the station’s day to day operations.

Given The Game’s location, on-air talent, play by play assets, and corporate support, interest in the opening should be high. The company could choose to explore internal options, including CBS programmers once Entercom’s merger with CBS is finalized. Which direction they’ll choose to go though is still to be determined.

Meanwhile for Kollins, he’s looking for his next opportunity. Interested parties can reach him by clicking here.

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Danny Parkins: Apple TV+ Should Do A Major League Game

“Thursday’s Field of Dreams Game saw two sub .500 teams meet in Dyersville, IA.”

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Major League Baseball won rave reviews at year when it introduced the Field of Dreams Game. The 2022 edition was met with a little less enthusiasm and Danny Parkins of 670 The Score has an idea for the game’s next evolution. 

Baseball is the subject of plenty of movies. That is why Parkins suggests the next game leave the cornfield and embrace the classic comedy Major League

The original Major League was released in 1989 and was both a critical and box office success. It spawned two sequels released in 1994 and 1998 respectively. 

Major League Baseball’s deal with Apple TV+ came under much scrutiny when it was first announced. Event programming like what Danny Parkins has suggested could generate excitement and subscriptions. 

Thursday’s Field of Dreams Game saw two sub .500 teams meet in Dyersville, IA. The hologram of Harry Caray generated more conversation than the action on the field, including from Parkins. 

There is an opening for Major League Baseball to try something different next year. FOX baseball analyst Frank Thomas, who bought the Field of Dreams last year, said there will be no 2023 edition of the game in Iowa. 

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Mike Francesa Ranks The Top 5 Sports Moments that Had Biggest Impact on WFAN

Mike Francesa says of all the sports moments in New York, the 2000 Yankees World Series was a “dud”.

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Mike Francesa is no stranger to being behind the microphone talking about some of the biggest moments in New York sports.

But one of the big moments that have happened over the last two decades didn’t have the impact that some would think, according to the WFAN legend.

Francesa on his podcast this week was asked by a listener to rank five New York sports moments that had a big impact on radio in the city. Those moments: The 1996 Yankees winning the World Series, the Giants winning Super Bowl XXV, the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in 1994, the subway series World Series in 2000, and the Giants upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

He said the 2000 World Series was incredibly underwhelming.

“That laid an egg,” Francesa said. “It never had the impact in this town in New York, and on the radio, influence in the media, everything. It was a dud. It was severely disappointing.”

The Yankees that year won their fourth World Series in five years that year, sweeping the Mets and clinching at Shea Stadium. Francesa said the fact that there was so much anticipation for the series only for the Yanks to cruise to another title made it disappointing.

“Waited for the Subway Series forever, and when it happened it did not fulfill its promises,” he said.

Francesa ranked the 1996 Yankees at number one in terms of impact. He talked about how even in September of that year when the team tailed off a little bit before the playoffs.

No. 1 by far on the radio was the Yankees 1996 run leading up to them winning their first World Series.

“The Yankees hit the skids in September, but they never fell out of first,” he said. “The impact of that on the radio was enormous.”

The 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup run, coupled with the Knicks playoff run that spring as well also stood out to Francesa.

“I never took a day off that entire spring,” he said.

The two Giants Super Bowl victories ended up ranking third and fourth on Francesa’s list.

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Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa

Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.

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On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.

95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.

Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.

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