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SiriusXM Planning 28 Hours Of Ryder Cup Coverage

“Greg Norman headlines the broadcast crew as an analyst alongside play-by-play voice Brian Katrek.”

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The 2020 Ryder Cup is just days away, and SiriusXM is covering all the angles surrounding golf’s premier international event. Schedulers postponed the event last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The competition is happening in the U.S. this time around, with golfers flocking to Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI, for the tournament from Sept. 24-26.

“The Ryder Cup is one of the most exciting competitions in all of sports, and we’re thrilled to once again deliver fans the best and most comprehensive audio broadcast of the event,” SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a press release. “Our broadcast team will take our listeners inside the ropes at Whistling Straits, so they can experience all the pressure-packed moments live and feel as though they are walking the course alongside these great players.”

SiriusXM is airing 28 hours of live play-by-play coverage of the event, with first tee announcements set for 8 a.m. ET Friday on channel 92. Greg Norman headlines the broadcast crew as an analyst alongside play-by-play voice Brian Katrek.

Taylor Zarzour and Carl Paulson are working as the hosts and analysts for Ryder Cup morning matches. John Maginnes, Fred Albers, and Mark Carnevale are on-course reporters delivering live shot calls and updates on all the action at Whistling Straits. Colt Knost is filling the role of roving on-course analyst.

Gary Williams, Dennis Paulson, and Mark Lye are hosting a Ryder Cup pregame show each morning leading into the play-by-play. Chantal McCabe is joining the crew to co-host the pregame show on Sunday. After the matches end each day, Drew Stoltz, Jason Sobel, and Gary McCord have fans covered with reaction to all of the on-course play during a three-hour Ryder Cup postgame show.

The Ryder Cup’s turned into a back-and-forth affair between the United States and Europe over the last five years. The Americans came out on top in 2016, but the Europeans held serve three years ago when the event flipped back across the pond.

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.5 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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