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Toucher and Rich Bringing Back Mike Lockhart, Paying His Salary

“But the bottom line is: this week, Mike Lockhart will be returning… and I will be paying his full salary.

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A week ago, 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich show spoke about the loss of their producer, Mike Lockhart, to budget cuts at Beasley media. On that show they seemed optimistic that a reunion would happen. On Monday, the show announced Lockhart would return.

Show co-host Rich Shertenlieb made the news known on the program, also noting this would be the one and only time he would broach the topic again. Shertenlieb mentioned that last week he, Fred Toucher and Jon Wallach sat down with management to plead their case for the return of Lockhart. Shertenlieb noted that management then took the notes from the meeting to their superiors at Beasley Media Group who then nixed the idea of the reunion.

“Ten minutes later I knew exactly what I had to do,” Shertenlieb said when hearing of the company’s refusal. “What followed next was four straight days of numerous meetings, hours of phone calls, dozens of emails, multiple negotiations and many a conversation that I won’t soon forget. But the bottom line is: this week, Mike Lockhart will be returning… and I will be paying his full salary. Plus the 38% markup the company charge me for administrative fees.”

“In return for the company allowing me to pay my own money to bring Mike back,” Shertenlieb continued, “I was made to sign a contract that the show was to write four articles a day for the station’s website. But that was better, much better, than some of the other things they were asking for. This is the last I’ll speak of the ways and means of this past week because quite frankly I am fried. But the bottom line is: we love Mike Lockhart. He is is a part of our team and I want him to always be a part of our team.”

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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