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Sam Mayes Fired After Audio Of Racist Conversation Surfaces

“Mayes says he is “heartbroken” that he didn’t get the chance to address the comments, make amends, or be a part of any healing or training sessions.”

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Sam Mayes is out at 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Audio of a conversation between himself and a co-worker making racist remarks about Native Americans was sent to members of the Oklahoma media anonymously.

The audio, which has been obtained by Barrett Sports Media, is accompanied by a note that claims it was a “hot mic” situation.

Mayes issued an audio statement on Twitter and says that is not true. He says it was a private conversation between himself and Cara Rice in 2016 that was not on air. Rice was hosting the morning show at sister station Magic 104.1 before being let go herself.

In the original recording, Mayes can be heard asking why “the natives” are only now interested in the Washington Redskins changing their name.

“The question was not asked in a derogatory manner. I was legitimately curious what sparked the desire for change,” Mayes said in his statement.

Rice responds by saying that “they’ve been too drunk to organize.” Mayes then follows that up by saying “hashtag Lysol” to which Rice responds “hashtag gold spray paint”. Both items are huffed by junkies to achieve a cheap high.

In his statement, Mayes calls Rice’s comments “distasteful” and “racially charged”. He acknowledges that he made light of them and joined in the conversation, but then says that they made him “uncomfortable” and he attempted to end the conversation.

Mayes said that he has struggled in the past to speak up against racism in the workplace. He was worried about it impeding his ability to “fit in.”

“This recording is the perfect example of that all too often scenario that was sent to local media outlets with the intent to destroy my career,” he says in the audio statement. “Maybe it worked. In the end, that is up to you, my followers.”

The note accompanying the original audio notes that The Lucky Star Casino is the naming rights sponsor of the Franchise’s studio. The casino is owned by the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. The note also includes information to contact Tyler Media management.

Tyler Media fired Mayes shortly after the audio was made public. Mayes says he is “heartbroken” that he didn’t get the chance to address the comments, make amends, or be a part of any healing or training sessions.

“As a person of color,” he noted, “I know all too well how damaging hate speech can be. I also know once we know better, we can do better.”

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Bob Ramsey Joins KFNS For Mid Day Show

“Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis.”

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With Tim McKernan moving his shows to Hubbard’s St. Louis custer of stations, there has been some lineup shuffling going on at 590 AM, where his The Morning After used to occupy morning drive.

The latest move according to Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is the return of Bob Ramsey to sports talk radio in St. Louis. Ramsey will partner with Nate Lucas, who comes to town from Springfield, where he hosted a show on Jock 98.7 FM until he was fired in 2020 for making comments about Kamala Harris that were deemed offensive.

Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis. His TV and radio career in the city date back 35 years, when he first took over as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis University Billikens, a position he still holds today. He was also on the city’s first sports talk station, KGLD, when it launched in 1992.

Ramsey and Lucas will be on the air at KFNS from noon until two on the weekdays.

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John Kincade Buys ‘BallsackSports.com’ After Daryl Morey Makes Joke

“I’m imploring people not to get too attached to Ballsack Sports tweets.”

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During an appearance on Philadelphia’s The Mike Missanelli Show, 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey made what came off as a throwaway joke about NBA trade rumors.

But Missanelli’s fellow 97.1 The Fanatic host, John Kincade, took the joke and ran with it for a funny, possibly opportunistic purchase.

First, the trade rumor that led to the joke. Missanelli asked Morey about rumors of a deal that would send Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes, and two first-round picks. Morey dismissed the sources for most of these reports.

“We had a trade debated, it may have even been this one, that was tweeted out by Ballsack Sports,” said Morey, acknowledging that Sixers fans are starved for news. “People were treating that it was a real thing. I think that was yesterday or two days ago. Like, I’m imploring people not to get too attached to Ballsack Sports tweets.”

You can hear the exchange for yourself at the 11:43 mark below:

There is, in fact, a Ballsack Sports Twitter account. But the trade that the account claimed to report involved the Golden State Warriors, not the Sacramento Kings.

(To be fair, Missanelli was using rumors that have been posted elsewhere to get an idea of what Morey might be seeking in a deal.)

Naturally, Ballsack Sports took Morey’s remark and edited it to take credit for reporting accurate trade news.

But more importantly, Ballsack Sports doesn’t have a website. It’s just a Twitter account. That left an opportunity for someone to purchase the “ballsacksports.com” domain. On his show Friday morning, Kincade announced that he did just that.

Those looking for an opportunity in sports media might want to keep an eye on what Kincaid does with that domain. It appears that he’s looking for absurd content, so applicants and pitches should probably start thinking of the most ridiculous trade rumors possible.

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Ian Eagle On Buffalo Sub-Zero Temps: ‘Let Me Live to See Another Play’

“You get… PTSD after the fact. I walked out yesterday to grab lunch and I’m like ‘Oh my goodness! I’ll go back in. Let me get another layer.'”

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NFL Wild Card weekend had a variety of ups and downs for various teams around the league. Whether it was the Dallas Cowboys’ unexpected loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Cincinnati Bengals’ first playoff win in 31 years, or the Arizona Cardinals’ collapse against the Los Angeles Rams, the weekend was full of unexpected surprises – both good and bad.

Another significant area of fluctuation over the weekend was in the kickoff temperatures which, from a statistical perspective, possessed an immense standard deviation from the mean. The Los Angeles Rams kicked off against Arizona at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California at approximately 63 degrees Fahrenheit, albeit in a partially-enclosed stadium. But for the Buffalo Bills, at the open-air Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, their game versus the New England Patriots began at 7 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there was a wind chill making it feel as if it was negative five.

Barrett Sports Media’s Andy Masur recently wrote an article on broadcasting in the cold, something that Nashville’s JMart and Ramon took notice of and asked their guest, CBS Sports play-by-play Announcer Ian Eagle about at the top of their interview Thursday on 104.5 The Zone.

Jason Martin, co-host of the morning drive program, first reminisced with Eagle about his time calling games in cold temperatures.

“You were wearing the Kurt Warner jiffy-pop jacket on Saturday, and it reminded me of calling a high school game and standing on the roof in an ice storm and my mouth locking up in the second half,” said Martin. “There were words I wanted to say that my mouth would not allow me to utter, so it seems like that’s what you and [Charles Davis] experienced in Buffalo.”

Eagle concurred with Martin’s view of the situation and spoke about how he had to change his announcing style in order to ensure that he would be able to complete the game, which ended in a 47-17 “beatdown” victory for the hometown Bills.

“In the third quarter, I started shivering and I thought to myself, ‘All right. I can handle this.’ But once it made its way to my face, I had no other options,” explained Eagle. “There were a couple of times [where] I just cut my call off quicker and earlier than I normally would because I didn’t think I would get the words out. So instead of giving the tackler on a specific play, I was like: ‘You know what. I’m out. I’m good. He made the catch. That’s all I need to say. Let me live to see another play.'”

Upon returning home to New Jersey following the game, Eagle detailed his continuing struggle with cold temperatures, despite temperatures in “The Garden State” not being nearly as cold as those in upstate New York.

“You get… PTSD after the fact,” said Eagle. “I walked out yesterday to grab lunch and I’m like ‘Oh my goodness! I’ll go back in. Let me get another layer.'”

Eagle and Davis will both be on the call once again for Saturday’s divisional round matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Temperatures will hit a high of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 24 degrees, with kickoff at 4:30 p.m. expected to be at around 34 degrees. Normally, that would be a disappointment for Eagle in traveling to a location partially known for its warmer temperatures. But this time…

“I’m psyched!” exclaimed Eagle. “I am pumped up for Nashville, trust me.”

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