98.7 ESPN New York host Michael Kay created headlines earlier this week by threatening the job of a producer with the station’s morning show — DiPietro & Rothenberg — for his comments that Kay’s ratings were “on the decline”. Kay backtracked those comments by saying it was “performance art”, and it’s safe to say WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti didn’t buy that excuse.
During Thursday’s episode of Boomer & Gio, the show closed with a discussion about Kay’s comments, and Giannotti ranted about Kay and his co-hosts Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg.
“Gimme a break,” Giannotti said after mentioning La Greca and Rosenberg backed Kay. “You don’t have to sit there and bootlick him any longer. He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves. Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass. He was wrong. Call him out for it. He was absolutely wrong. It’s not performance art. You were pissed off.”
Giannotti continued by saying it was an easy position for Kay to apologize.
“So how about coming on the air and being like ‘You know what? I stepped over the line, I was really mad in the moment, I shouldn’t have threatened that guy’s job, I talked to him off the air, I’m sorry for doing that.’ But instead I gotta believe it’s performance art?,” said Giannotti as his volume grew.
“Are you freaking kidding me?! If it is performance art, why are you pulling back the curtain?! Does the magician show you where he keeps the rabbit before he pulls it out of the hat?! If you’re such a great performer, then continue your bit! But then you pulled back the curtain to tell everybody about it ’cause you weren’t man enough to step up and say you were wrong!”
The WFAN host then took umbrage with Kay potentially abusing his power and standing at the New York radio station.
“And for someone to be in the business as long as he has and to pull that kinda bullcrap was embarrassing. Absolutely embarrassing. I sit here and I bust everybody’s balls, I’ll point out mistakes, but if I ever — EVER — go out on the air or go back to Spike Eskin and say ‘This guy needs to be fired’, you have permission to punch me right in the face. Because that is a ridiculous — ridiculous — abuse of power.
“And that’s a guy who I think had no way out and couldn’t admit he was wrong, and painted this bullcrap picture that he’s some sort of a performer. Jesus Christ, performance art from Michael Kay?! Performance art?! What, are you a part of the Blue Man Group?! What do you mean performance art?! He’s about the least performance art person I can think about — EVER — that I know.”
Co-host Boomer Esiason agreed that Kay was legitimately angry and was understanding that Kay would be angry that someone at his own station would have that opinion, but said Kay was trying to “big time a low level employee at that station”.
Giannotti then continued by saying it’s the first time he’s listened to The Michael Kay Show and it’s been compelling, before adding “the two stooges in the sidecar (Rosenberg and La Greca) tongue-bathing him, that was even more embarrassing,” followed by noises of tongue bathing. He concluded the segment by sarcastically saying his entire rant about Kay was performance art, so none of it was true or really mattered.
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”
Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”
One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.
Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.
Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.
“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”
Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.
Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.