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Jim Rome Celebrates 27 Years Of The Smackoff

The Smackoff has been an annual event since 1995.

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Jim Rome is back with the annual Smackoff Show on June 25. The summer tradition jumped into the sports radio lexicon in 1995 and has been a yearly tradition ever since.

“The Jim Rome Show” is handed over to the callers on this one-day competition show to see who is the best caller in the Rome universe. Famous callers like JT The Brick, Sean the Cablinasian, and Leff in Laguna Beach have all take home the crown over the years. The idea is a brainchild of Rome and producer Travis Rodgers.

Thirty callers are invited a week before Smackoff day to call in. The show starts with opening statements from Rome before handing things over to the callers. The passion often means not all 30 invitees make it onto the air.

Leff and Brad in Corona have been dominant of late, taking home every title since 2015 between them. Brad has taken home a show record five titles, tying Sean the Cablinasian’s mark. Sean took home five titles between 1999 and 2007.

Better known as Sean Pendergast, the eclectic caller parlayed his “Jim Rome Show” fame into a sports radio career of his own in Houston. His initial win in 1999 marked the first time any caller outside of Southern California took home the crown.

Pendergast followed in the footsteps of the event’s first winner. JT The Brick went from one of the most energetic callers on sports talk radio to one of its most passionate hosts. The Brick still holds multiple sports talk radio hosting roles to this day.

Former UFC title contender and current ESPN analyst Chael Sonnen has even gotten in on the fun, winning in 2012 and 2014.

The Smackoff show is the biggest day of the year for “Jungle” fans to come and be a truly integrated part of the “Jim Rome Show.”

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 The Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and the station’s first voice to be heard belongs to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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