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Innes and Payne Create Fireworks on Radio Row

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Fireworks went off on radio row in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Houston sports radio hosts Seth Payne of Sports Radio 610 and Josh Innes of SportsTalk 790 were involved in a heated exchange which led to Innes’ station being kicked off of radio row.

Payne and his partner Mike Meltser were on the air hosting their program when Innes sent his producer Jim Mudd to sit near the 610 table to try and create a distraction. Payne wasn’t amused by the attempted stunt and called Mudd over to let him know about it.

“Jim Mudd get over here, listen, you tell Josh Innes that when I see him that I want that little bitch to make eye contact,” Payne said on 610. “Instead of hiding behind his microphone and acting like he’s a big man, make eye contact with me, instead of cowering behind a table like a little bitch. You hear that Josh?”

After hearing Payne’s comments, Innes answered the call and stood face to face with the former Houston Texans defensive lineman. Payne then lambasted Innes, calling him a fraud and a joke and taking him to task over his short radio run in Philadelphia and the way people in his former city allegedly can’t stand him.

Innes countered by warning Payne and Meltser that they’d inevitably get fired due to their low ratings. Payne countered by providing a personal assessment of the 790 morning host.

“You’re a bad person. You’re weak, insecure, and can’t leave things alone,” Payne added. “You’d be so good if you’d focus on being good, but you’re so obsessed with everybody who doesn’t like you that you fall apart.”

The situation then escalated even further when Payne’s producer Landry Locker jumped into the conversation and told Innes, “You’re shaking like a chick. You’re shaking like a chump. You’re shaking like a little bitch.”

That set Innes off, who proceeded to ask Locker “Who the f**k are you? Who are you?”

WEEI in Boston captured the incident on video. To watch it click here. Innes also posted an audio clip on 790’s website of what it sounded like on their airwaves prior to the incident. You can hear it by clicking here.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the rivalry between the two shows intensified earlier this month when Innes called in to Payne and Meltser’s show.

Due to not being able to broadcast live from radio row, Innes has announced via Twitter that his show tomorrow will originate from a local Perkins restaurant in Bloomington, MN.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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