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Meadowlark’s Mike Ryan Returns with a Fury for Philly Fans

Meadowlark executive producer Mike Ryan returned to the air Tuesday with an impassioned message for 76ers fans.

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Meadlowlark Media has been on a tear in its infancy as a company. Led by strong viewership numbers and a partnership with DraftKings, Meadowlark has made waves with its acquisition of noteworthy talent to its roster with new names seemingly added by the week. On Tuesday, it was not a new name who made waves on the air, but rather a familiar one in Mike Ryan, who returned after taking a few weeks off for R&R. Ryan came back with a fury, delivering a stern message for and about Philadelphia 76ers fans.

“It’s like when you turn on a kitchen light and the cockroaches go scurrying about,” Ryan said. “This team and their fanbase, their fanbase in particular, get so loud game seven of an NBA regular season when they trounce the Wizards, and it’s like they accomplished something. Yet here we are again and they can’t get past the second round.”

“You call into question the idea that they tanked to get where they are, which is nowhere by the way,” Ryan continued. “(76ers president of basketball operations) Daryl Morey said 26 other teams would love to be where (they) are. I’ll pass. I’ll pass.”

The venerable pot-stirrer Billy Gil reminded Ryan the 76ers made it further in the 2021 playoffs than Ryan’s beloved Miami Heat, who were swept in the first round at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. Ryan took that opportunity to pose that less than a year ago, Heat star Jimmy Butler left the 76ers for the Heat and made a finals appearance in his first season in South Beach. The 76ers have not been to the NBA Finals since 2001.

Ryan has taken personal time since the network’s Freedumb marathon earlier this month. During that time, when the 76ers were eliminated, much of the media derided 76ers guard Ben Simmons for his shooting inefficiencies. That seemingly surprised reaction from the general public, and 76ers fans especially, perplexed the network’s executive producer.

“(76ers fans) want to prop up Ben Simmons, make him a player he hasn’t been for his entire career: a confusing, half-ass player his entire career just to cut him down,” he said. “You want to get mad at Ben Simmons for not taking a shot? The hell have you been watching his entire career?”

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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