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Joe Giglio Forces Joe Ovies To Stop Radio Show So He Can Watch End Of Richmond Win

“Giglio, not wanting his bracket to be spoiled, held up the show to watch the end of the game, which cultivated some unique banter on-the-air between he and his co-host.”



The moment college basketball fans have been waiting for has arrived with the start of the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament. As the first round concludes Friday, it is safe to say that “madness” has already ensued; after all, three of the games yesterday ended in overtime.

Most sports radio hosts are invested in the college basketball action, but perhaps none more than Joe Giglio, co-host of The OG with Joe Ovies and Joe Giglio on 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, N.C. While the show was in the midst of its “What’s Trending” segment, the game between No. 5 Iowa and No. 12 Richmond was coming down to the wire in overtime. Giglio, not wanting his bracket to be spoiled, held up the show to watch the end of the game, which cultivated some unique banter on-the-air between he and his co-host.

“I’m not the only person who either – A – picked Richmond, which I’m probably in the minority on that, but there’s a lot of people who have Iowa in the Final Four; if not winning this thing,” exclaimed Giglio.

In an effort to move the show along, co-host Joe Ovies attempted to return to the “What’s Trending” segment, revealing the number two trending topic to be something pertaining to Baker Mayfield. The listeners remained uncertain, however, of what exactly the topic would be – even though Mayfield had just requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns – because Ovies was unable to focus, inadvertently diverting his attention to the overtime action.

“Honestly, I can’t move on with the show because Giglio is just going to blurt out whatever so we’re just going to have to wait this thing out,” Ovies explained to the listeners.

Shortly after, one of the teams took a timeout, meaning that it was a perfect time to try to curtail the entropic moment on the show. “Let’s talk about Baker Mayfield while they’re in the timeout – geez,” Ovies said, breaking into laughter upon realizing that there was no chance the show would be moving on until the sounding of the final buzzer.

“Oh, that’s a foul!” shouted Giglio as play resumed.

“For whatever reason, I apparently have the ability to multitask, and everybody else in this building has zero ability to multitask when it comes to a sporting event going on,” Ovies explained.

The chances of filling out a perfect March Madness bracket are 1-in-9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Giglio cares deeply about his bracket despite the slim chances of filling out a perfect one, and wanted Richmond to win since he has them advancing to the Elite 8.

The game seemed to dawdle towards the finish – and then more time was added to the clock by the officials. At that point, Ovies had had enough and wanted to move on with their radio show.

“I would like to continue the show!” Ovies said in desperation. “I can’t continue the show if this game keeps bogging down. This five seconds is taking ten minutes.”

When producer Jonathan Rand played the “What’s Trending” sound effect again prior to the end of the game, Ovies questioned why they were even on the air if they were just going to react in real-time to a college basketball game.

“Why are we doing this?,” asked Ovies. “We’re not moving on because they’re just going back out on the court now and I’m not going to be able to move on because Giglio is watching with wrapped attention. I mean, this is where we are right now.”

Finally, the game ended with a 67-63 Richmond upset victory, setting them up for a matchup with No. 4 Providence in the second round Saturday. Giglio stood up and applauded after the show had been considerably delayed, and conveyed his emotions to Ovies and the listening audience.

“Your boy feels good,” Giglio said, referencing that his bracket had been retained – for now.

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Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.



Zolak and Bertrand

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.



In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.



1250 AM The Fan

Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

“Over the past few years, Audacy has been on a transformational journey, investing in our capabilities to serve our listeners and customers and accelerate our growth through a number of strategic acquisitions, enhancements to our platform, and the addition of hundreds of team members to our workforce,” explained an Audacy spokesperson. “We remain committed to this exciting transformation which has made us a much stronger organization, but in light of current macroeconomic headwinds, like so many other companies, we have been proactively taking actions to mitigate against the impact of any downturn. These include evaluating budgets, reducing expenses, and also reducing our workforce.”

One host who is expected to remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce less than 5% of its programming staff.

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