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Criqui & Pinkett Out as Notre Dame Radio Changes Loom

Brandon Contes

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As part of Notre Dame’s new radio broadcast agreement, longtime football play-by-play announcer Don Criqui and analyst Allen Pinkett will not be retained to call games.

Earlier in the year, Notre Dame announced a 12-year multimedia partnership with JMI Sports which included their national radio rights.  Previously, Notre Dame held a standalone radio agreement with the Mutual Broadcasting System, Westwood One and most recently with ISP and IMG College.  JMI and the school decided to make a change within the radio booth for the first time since 2006.

“I spoke with Mr. Stultz,” Pinkett told the South Bend Tribune, referring to JMI Sports president Tom Stultz. “Their plan is they want someone more local — like ‘live in South Bend’ local — because they want to do some packages during the week, and they wanted somebody who was there.

Pinkett has provided color analysis for Notre Dame football radio broadcasts since 2001. The 54-year old former Irish All-America running back lives in Valparaiso, Indiana which is only about an hour outside of South Bend.  Pinkett would like to continue his broadcasting career, but realizes it’s a little bit late in the off-season to find a new opportunity.

“I don’t know if it’s too late in the game right now, because we’re inside of 100 days for both the NFL and college seasons starting,” Pinkett said. “So some positions are going to be locked down. But I need to take a shot and see what’s out there.

“I think I have the talent for painting a picture and I don’t feel like I’ve lost anything. and I do enjoy it. The thing about Notre Dame is I’d be watching those games anyway. It was nice to sit in the booth and watch my favorite team. I got to do that 17 years, and feel fortunate to get a chance to do it for that long.”

Don Criqui, the 78-year old play-by-play announcer and Notre Dame graduate currently resides in New Jersey.  Criqui had been the radio voice for Notre Dame Football since 2006.

 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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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 $1.5 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 million 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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