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Carton & Roberts Make Michael Rapaport Prove Knicks Loyalty

“I encourage any Knicks fan to not be loyal to the Knicks because their owner had not been loyal to us.”

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WFAN had a special guest Tuesday during Carton & Roberts. Michael Rapaport was brought in and asked a few questions about his New York Knicks fandom.

Evan Roberts grilled the director and actor on his love of the New York Knicks. Roberts wasn’t sure the emotion was real after Rapaport denounced the Knicks in 2019.

“Didn’t you denounce the Knicks or am I forgetting this” said Evan Roberts.

“Even when I denounced the Knicks, I’m a Knicks fan,” Rapaport said. “I’m an Emmy award-winning director for directing a 30 for 30 called ‘When the Garden Was Eden.’ I grew up in New York City, I was here with Patrick Ewing, I was here with Earl the Pearl…I can go and come as I want.”

Michael Rapaport then went on to blast the infamous team owner James Dolan.

“When James Dolan is running the Knicks, I’m entitled to do what I want. Because when you disrespect the fans and you disrespect Charles Oakley, then my allegiance is breached because you’ve breached my allegiance for 20 years.”

After being questions about how genuine his love for the team was, Michael Rapaport made it clear. He thought the team owed Oakley better and he thinks they are improved, but still not great. Being realistic doesn’t mean he isn’t a fan.

“You can’t change what you are, I am a Knicks fan. I will always want to see the Knicks do well,” Rapaport said. “There is no bandwagoning with the Knicks, we lost in the first round last year, we will be lucky to get to the second round this year. It’s not like we are the Golden State Warriors of 2016.”

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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 who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went 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 transitioned 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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