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Keith Abrams Takes Reigns At 750 The Game

“Most recently, he served as SVP/Programming at iHeartMedia’s Cleveland cluster. He also was the Classic Hits national brand manager for the company.”

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Keith Abrams is the new leader of the talk properties in Alpha Media’s Portland cluster. He will oversee programming on 750 The Game, 101.1 KXL, and Freedom 970.

Abrams has programmed in Charlotte, Denver, Seattle, and Salt Lake City. Most recently, he served as SVP/Programming at iHeartMedia’s Cleveland cluster. He also was the Classic Hits national brand manager for the company.

“Celebrating its 95th year, KXL is one of the best performing local news radio stations in the country, with one of the smartest and highly motivated news teams anywhere. After an exhaustive search, we are very happy to welcome Keith Abrams to lead our Alpha Media News/Talk stations in Portland.” \Alpha Media Portland Operations Manager, Gene Sandbloom, said in a press release. “His knowledge and lifelong commitment to great news is most welcome, as is his extensive format experience and love for sports which will be a great addition to our team at 750 The Game.”

“Excited does not begin to describe how we feel about working for Alpha Media in Portland! I want to thank Bob Proffitt, Phil Becker, Lisa Decker, and Gene Sandbloom for the opportunity!” Keith Abrams added.

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Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie Reveal Contributors To New WIP Morning Show

“Angelo for many, many years has had a wonderful team. And obviously we’re indebted to what he did for all the years putting everything together.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles postseason run will determine how much longer Angelo Cataldi hosts his morning show on 94 WIP. While hosts Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie wait in the wings to take the reins from Angelo, they took time on Wednesday to reveal the rest of the cast of contributors and fill-in hosts for the new WIP morning show.

“Angelo for many, many years has had a wonderful team. And obviously we’re indebted to what he did for all the years putting everything together,” DeCamara said. “We want to just sort of duplicate it at a similar level of success and longevity. And to do that you want to put together a group that you really believe in and want to have a great shot with and entertain people for years.”

DeCamara and Ritchie revealed that longtime morning contributors Rhea Hughes and Joe Weachter will continue to serve in their capacities. DeCamara said he’s excited to work with such a tenured producer and have him and producer James Seltzer collaborate.

“Everybody cares about Joe, because he’s been such a huge part of Angelo’s show for so many years behind the scenes as the producer,” DeCamara said. “He’s gonna be producing this show in addition to helping James out. And we got ambitious plans for social media and ways we can get Joe involved in all sorts of ways to help present our show to the public. So that’ll be a big part of it.”

WIP newcomer Devan Kaney will also be a regular on the morning show. DeCamara also announced Philly sports media legend Ray Didinger will also be heard at certain points.

As for insiders and contributors to discussions on the Philly sports teams, it was announced former Phillies TV analyst Ruben Amaro, former Phils announcer Ben Davis, former Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner and Ron Jaworski will be in the lineup.

Ritchie said having someone like Amaro on to talk baseball is going to be a great chance to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

“You know so much, and I feel like I’m gonna learn so much from you,” he said. “And I think we’re all so fortunate.”

Additionally, comedian Joe Conklin will be added to keep things lively and fun.

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Craig Carton: I Want Evan Roberts To Have a Show on MLB Network

“I love you and I respect your work ethic, I got one job right now, and that’s it.”

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Craig Carton sees something in his WFAN co-host Evan Roberts, and he feels like Evan would be a good candidate to make the jump into television.

Carton has added hosting a daily show on FS1 on top of his WFAN duties, and said Wednesday he pictured Roberts hosting a baseball show. Roberts hosts a popular New York Mets podcast called Rico Brogna.

“I think you should be hosting a show on MLB Network,” Carton said on their WFAN show.

Roberts wasn’t big into the idea.

“I love you and I respect your work ethic, I got one job right now, and that’s it,” Roberts replied.

Carton asked what if MLB Network said they’d pay Evan $250,000 a year to do a show. Craig added Evan could do the show from 10-11 a.m.

Roberts said they wouldn’t be able to pay him enough on top of sacrificing dad duties at home.

“I don’t want to get up at 7 a.m.,” Roberts said. “I take my kids to the bus every day. I’m not giving that up.”

Evan also noted that he’d be on a tight leash and would likely be disciplined pretty quickly working at MLB Network for speaking against commissioner Rob Manfred.

“Cause if I have something critical to say about baseball, I’m not holding it back to make suits happy,” he said. “I’m not gonna go on and start giving different opinions. I can’t do that.”

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Steak Shapiro Apologizes, Says He Didn’t Think Stetson Bennett Criticism Was ‘That Inflamatory’

“You were just trying to play music and not ignore the fans. Still don’t think it was a great speech, but again, you’re the biggest football hero in Georgia football history.”

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Wednesday’s edition of The Steakhouse was one Atlanta sports fans were waiting for. Late Tuesday night, Steak Shapiro took to Twitter to promise that he would address Stetson Bennett IV’s reaction to his criticism of the way the quarterback behaved at Georgia’s National Championship parade on Saturday.

“The notion is that Steak was basically roasted,” he said of the coverage the social media spat received. “He was put on the grill and taken to task.”

Shapiro had tweeted that he did not think it was a good look for Bennett to be on his phone during the championship parade and that his speech seemed more about settling old grudges than it was about celebrating the team or the fans. In a message on Twitter, which began by addressing Shapiro as “Mr. Med Rare”, Bennett explained that he was using his phone to play music in the car he was riding in. He was not ignoring the moment or the fans.

After giving Bennett credit for coming up with a funny nickname, Steak Shapiro said that he was surprised that the quarterback took the criticism so personally.

“My job is to give an opinion. I didn’t think it was that inflammatory. I didn’t think it was that dramatic.”

He added that has no problem with Stetson’s disdain for the media. He just thought the parade should have been about the fans and the accomplishment rather than Stetson Bennett IV trying to settle old grudges. Still, Shapiro wanted to make it clear that he does not hate the Georgia quarterback. He remains one of Bennett’s most vocal fans.

“On three or four occasions, I was lambasted because I said I thought he was the greatest player in Georgia history, and I said that before he won the national title,” Shapiro said. “I said that when they had the undefeated regular season, and then people started saying ‘stop saying that about Stetson’ or ‘Stetson’s overrated’. I just kinda had his back the entire year and probably had his back the last two years. I just didn’t think Saturday was a great day. That is what I have been saying, and I stand by it. I just didn’t think it was a great-looking day.”

Steak Shapiro did offer an apology to Bennett. He said that if the quarterback was just trying to play music on his phone, that isn’t that big of a deal, and if he had known that is what was happening, his reaction may have been different.

“My bad,” he concluded. “You were just trying to play music and not ignore the fans. Still don’t think it was a great speech, but again, you’re the biggest football hero in Georgia football history. You’re one of the iconic sports figures — maybe number one — in a town of Hank Aaron, and Chipper Jones, and Domonique Wilkins, and Matt Ryan, and Deion Sanders. You’re probably number one all time.”

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