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106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes can rant with the best of them and when the Washington D.C. radio host begins a segment with, “the unfathomable amounts of gall it would take, the temerity, the unmitigated temerity,” the audience should listen intently.

Last week, Dukes was given the honor of being named the best evening DJ of 2019 by Northern Virginia Magazine, even though he’s an afternoon host.  This is not the first time Dukes topped the magazine’s evening DJ list.  Dukes wanted to promote the story and honor, but he quickly noticed when the link is shared, so is a photo of a 106.7 competitor, DC 101’s Elliot in the Morning.  

“They posted a picture of Elliot in the MorningElliot in the Morning!” Dukes ranted during his afternoon show on Monday. “I’m the only person on 106.7 The Fan that won an award in this fakakta magazine.  Nobody here at the radio station cares, not one sale person’s asked me for a copy, nobody’s even mentioned it. It’s like everything else I do – a mild inconvenience.

“And that’s fine.  I like the job, I like working here.  I can deal with it, the tacit disrespect, but the fact that this is the Economic Development Authority for the city where I OWN A SMALL BUSINESS!  They mention TWO OTHER BUSINESSES, not mine, and then post a picture of Elliot in the Morning!  Who, if you took away the ability to cackle, would have an approximately 37-minute radio show every morning.  If you took away all of the EDM music and the ability to CACKLE, he would probably fill the same amount of time as one episode of Big Bang Theory!” Dukes said while offering a round of applause.

“It’s me, right?” Dukes continued after his producer noted the article mentions the business next to his store.  Dukes is the owner of Commonwealth Dry Goods on Main Street in Fairfax, VA.  

“Look, I don’t mean a lot, but I’ve worked hard.  I’ve been in this business a good, long time.  This has to be the most disrespectful thing that has ever happened to me in my life and maybe you say, ‘Dukes that means you’re living a good life.’  That’s a very healthy perspective and I’m envious you can think that way, that’s not the way I think.”

Dukes may have felt disrespected by the picture of Elliot in the Morning, but for his audience and everyone else that now knows this story, the epic rant outweighs the photo blunder.

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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Craig Carton: Adam Schefter Was Used By the Broncos

“Based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team.”

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Tuesday was a frenzy for NFL insiders as the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans nearly simultaneously announced the hiring of new head coaches, and WFAN host Craig Carton believes one NFL insider was used.

Reporting from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport at 4:44 PM ET claimed the Broncos tried to hire DeMeco Ryans — who was hired by the Texans — at the last minute, but was rebuffed, and Denver hired Sean Payton instead.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter — in no uncertain terms — refuted the validity of that report at 4:55 PM ET.

Carton believes Schefter was used by the franchise to help with damage control.

“So here’s the deal: Adam Schefter — many, many years ago — used to write for The Denver Post, and he covered the Denver Broncos,” Carton said. “He is clearly — to his credit – getting his information directly from the Denver Broncos who figure that that story from Ian Rapoport — and it is — is somewhat embarrassing…the fact that it’s out there is a bad look.

“So they go to Schefter who, along with Rapoport — the two voices of record as insiders — and they say ‘Nonsense. Put out there that that’s nonsense’. Rapoport’s getting his information DeMeco or his agent, saying “Naw, naw, no. He had choices. He could have gone to Houston, he could have gone to Denver. Obviously, the Texans sweetened the deal’.”

“Schefter’s getting his info from the Broncos, who are doing damage control,” co-host Evan Roberts concurred.

“Schefter’s great at what he does, I’m not saying that he’s not,” Carton continued. “But based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team — namely Washington — and again, he’s great at what he does. I wanna be clear at how I state this, he’s great at what he does, but it’s obvious that the Broncos are trying to spin this, and they’re using Schefter to spin it.”

Roberts added that the situation was similar to that of NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, where Wojnarowski “speaks for front offices, where Shams gets his info from players and agents”.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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