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Suzyn Waldman Won’t Watch 2019 World Series

“My brother is a teacher. As he used to say to the kids, when they’d say sorry: ‘You’re not sorry, you’re caught,’ ” Waldman said. “There’s a difference. …They lied about the whole thing.”

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Recent behavior from the Houston Astros’ front office caused at least one notable baseball fan to stop watching. Disgusted with the Astros actions, New York Yankees radio announcer, Suzyn Waldman told The Boston Globe she has not watched any of the World Series.

In 2018, pitcher Roberto Osuna was suspended 75 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Osuna was charged with assault, but the alleged victim refused to testify and the case was never prosecuted. At the time, Osuna was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, but the Houston Astros chose to ignore backlash and trade for the pitcher.

The Yankees traded for their closer, Aroldis Chapman under similar circumstances a few years ago. But Waldman’s disgust for the Astros is less about the acquisition of Osuna and more about their offensive interactions with female sports reporters following the 2019 ALCS. 

“Listen, they did what they did and Osuna did what he did. I understand it. I don’t like it, but I understand it,” Waldman told The Globe regarding the Astros decision to acquire the pitcher.

While the Astros celebrated their ALCS victory, assistant GM Brandon Taubman repeatedly yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!” directing the chant at a group of female sports reporters. One of the reporters was wearing a domestic violence bracelet and previously promoted the phone number for domestic violence hotlines on Twitter. Those tweets which sometimes coincided with Osuna entering a game for the Astros, reportedly generated complaints from Taubman.

When SI’s Stephanie Apstein reported Taubman’s actions, the Astros quickly defended their assistant GM and called her story misleading, irresponsible and fabricated. Days later, the Astros began to backpedal as they apologized and fired Taubman who admitted wrongdoing.

 “My brother is a teacher. As he used to say to the kids, when they’d say sorry: ‘You’re not sorry, you’re caught,’ ” Waldman said. “There’s a difference. …They lied about the whole thing.”  

“What [the Astros] did was worse than [assistant GM Brandon] Taubman yelling at her, which is vile enough,” Waldman told The Globe of the Astros attempt to discredit a reporter and defend the despicable actions by their now former assistant GM. “They tried to ruin a young woman’s career. How do you come back from that?”

Waldman is a pioneer in the sports broadcast industry, having battled sexism and harassment during her own career. The first ever voice of WFAN and a full-time Yankees broadcaster since 2005, Waldman has received insolent hostility, vile letters and death threats. Even today at the age of 73 and in the midst of a career spanning more than three decades, Waldman is not fully accepted in an industry largely dominated by men.

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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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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