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Brian Hanley Says Farewell to Score Mornings Today

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This morning marks the final episode of 670 The Score’s morning show Mully & Hanley. Brian Hanley is being dropped from the show despite continued success. The most recent spring ratings had Mully & Hanley sitting just below a 7 share and in second place overall with Men 25-54 in Chicago. It will be interesting to see how ratings are effected when the Chicago Tribune‘s David Haugh steps into the morning co-host role.

Hanley has been with the Score since 1992, when he first joined as a part-time employee. He was first paired with Mike Mulligan 13 years ago. The duo moved to mornings in 2008, and have experienced consistent success including being voted the sports radio format’s 8th best morning show in 2017 by BSM’s panel of executives.

Although Hanley is exiting the morning show, he won’t leave the Score family completely. Score PD Mitch Rosen says that Hanley will move into a fill-in role and potentially be heard across all of the station’s dayparts. Rosen also touted Hanley’s character in a memo to his staff.

Brian is a class person who has succeeded in everything he has done in life, whether being an award winning journalist at The Sun-Times, an outstanding radio host here at The Score, and most importantly probably the best uncle anyone could have!  Brian is truly one of the nicest people in our hallway, and always is willing to talk Sports and Springsteen, which by the way I think the total amount of shows he has seen is over 100!  Brian is a true professional and continues to demonstrate that trait day in and day out here at the station.

In that same memo, Rosen announced that Hanley will become one of the first inductees into a newly created Score Hall of Fame.

I also want to announce that Brian will be one of the first Inductees, amongst other Score greats, into the newly created Score Hall of Fame.  The Score has so much heritage and Chicago sports history there is no reason that we should not celebrate the achievements of so many people that have helped build this iconic Chicago brand.  In the near future we will unveil the designs and plans for The Hall of Fame.  I’m so proud to announce that Brian deservedly will be one of the first inductees.

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ESPN New York Shuffles Lineup, DiPietro & Rothenberg Expanding To Four Hours

DiPietro & Rothenberg will now move to 6:00-10:00 AM to compete directly with WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio.

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According to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, ESPN New York is expanding DiPietro & Rothenberg to four hours as part of a revamped daily lineup.

DiPietro & Rothenberg currently airs from 5:00-8:00 AM while ESPN Radio’s national morning show — Keyshawn, JWill, & Max — airs from 8:00-10:00 AM. The local show will occupy the 6:00-10:00 AM timeslot to compete directly with WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio. Marchand also reports the move could have ramifications for KJM‘s future on ESPN Radio.

Greeny — hosted by Mike Greenberg — will remain in its current 10:00 AM-12:00 PM timeslot on the station.

Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Bart & Hahn will move back to ESPN New York as an exclusively local show. Bart Scott played a portion of his NFL career for the New York Jets, and worked at both WFAN and ESPN New York before the show moved to a national audience. Alan Hahn has spent more than 25 years working in New York media with Newsday, MSG Network, and ESPN New York.

Marchand listed Jason Fitz and Harry Douglas as options to host the newly opened 12:00-3:00 PM ET slot on ESPN Radio’s national lineup, with Amber Wilson and Joe Fortenbaugh as possibilities to host the 7:00-9:00 PM timeslot vacated after the recent announcement that Sarah Spain would depart ESPN Radio.

The Michael Kay Show, as well as shows hosted by Dan Graca, Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer will all remained unchanged in the ESPN New York lineup.

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Jon Marks: ‘Can’t Take Chris Simms Seriously’ After Jalen Hurts Criticism

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments. Or compliments, I guess.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a 10-1 start, and while there’s criticism from sports media members inside the city, 94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks doesn’t want to hear it from those who aren’t fans, especially Chris Simms.

During Chris Simms Unbuttoned, the former NFL quarterback turned NBC Sports analyst said “people are scared to talk about Jalen Hurts” and that the third-year quarterback doesn’t pass tests “with flying colors”.

“He had him ranked as the 35th best quarterback in the league,” Marks said. “Now I can’t take anything he says serious. Kellen Mond — is he even in the league? I think he got released by the Vikings. So, anyway, whatever with Chris Simms.”

Co-host Ike Reese had less criticism for Simms but did say he disagreed.

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments,” Reese said. “Or compliments, I guess.”

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Sean Pendergast: Cleveland Media Has Done ‘Good Job Peppering’ Deshaun Watson With Hard Questions

“All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that.”

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Deshaun Watson is slated to play his first game for the Cleveland Browns this week after serving an 11-game suspension for serial sexual assault with more than two dozen massage therapists in the Houston area. Sports Radio 610 host Sean Pendergast gave credit to Cleveland media members for not allowing the former Texans quarterback to sidestep questions about his alleged misconduct.

“Deshaun will get asked about this today at his press conference,” Pendergast said after it was revealed that at least 10 of Watson’s accusers will be in the crowd in Houston Sunday. “Someone in Cleveland — cause Cleveland has done a good job peppering him with hard questions– will ask him ‘Tony Buzbee will be at the game with 10 of your accusers. What do you think about that?'”

Co-host Seth Payne added the first time Watson looks in the direction of where the accusers will be located, it will be photographed and filmed ad nauseam.

“Cameras will be trained on him the entire time, obviously,” Seth Payne said. “All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that. Let’s say Deshaun can compartmentalize but also not stare at one section of the stadium.”

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