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The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette Announces Retirement On The Fan Morning Show

“I don’t want to work anymore. I don’t want to have to think anymore about what I’m gonna write.”

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Ed Bouchette, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers writer and Senior Writer for The Athletic Pittsburgh, confirmed he was retiring effective Tuesday.

Bouchette was asked during his weekly hit with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack, hosts of The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 the Fan, if he was maybe thinking about calling it a career soon.

“There’s no maybe about it, Colin, tomorrow’s my last day,” Bouchette said. The news caught Dunlap and Mack by surprise.

“I don’t want to work anymore. I don’t want to have to think anymore about what I’m gonna write,” he said. “It hangs over you, Colin you know that. It just hangs over you constantly about what are you going to write.”

Looking back on his career, which spans five decades, Ed Bouchette felt like he reached the pinnacle in the profession.

“I can go out saying that I worked for a company for The New York Times, right? So I started at the bottom and worked up to the top, although I’m not demeaning anyone else,” he said. “The Post-Gazette to me was at the top, and The Athletic was a great move by me.”

Bouchette was asked if there was one story he wrote that was most memorable. He said there were so many to choose from. He did remember working on a piece about former Steeler Carlton Haselrig. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article earned him a statewide award, and he said taking his daughter to Penn State to receive the award was a highlight.

Ed Bouchette also recalled getting on the bad side of the NFL, publishing the 75th anniversary team before the league officially announced it. He wrote a piece in the commemorative book on the evolution of football equipment. And since he was a contributor, he received an early copy of the book.

Bouchette saw that the official team had been published in the book, and the league had not gone public with that information at the time. The NFL had planned a big event in New York City at Radio City Music Hall for a later date where the team would be announced.

After going to Steelers ownership with the revelation, the story was printed in the Post-Gazette.

“It ticked the NFL off so much, Joe Brown and the PR guy called Dan Rooney and was livid! And Dan says, ‘Eh, you know he’s doing his job,'” Bouchette said. “And they canceled the thing at Radio City Music Hall and everything. That was fun.”

Bouchette said he will always think fondly of the Rooney family.

“I love those people. They’re good, good people. And so was Art,” he said.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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