The residents of Burlington, Vermont are left without any local sports talk options. Station owner Vox AM/FM decided to cancel the station’s afternoon show, The Huddle, featuring Rich Haskell and FOX Sports Radio’s Arnie Spanier.
“The afternoon show has continued to under perform what is needed to maintain the programming,” a message from the station’s text line read. “The good news is we are committed to an all sports radio station and the game (sic) will continue to exist.”
While The Huddle is cancelled, the message did mention that Haskell remains with The Game and its sister stations. Listeners will still hear him giving sports updates in the mornings.
The dismantling of The Huddle and 101.3 the Game began last year. During the height of the pandemic, Vox AM/FM let Brady Farkas go. He served as the third mic on the show and PD of the station. He has since landed at WDEV in Montpellier.
Now, 101.3 The Game’s programming is completely syndicated. With The Doug Gottlieb Show replacing The Huddle in afternoons, listeners in Burlington can now hear the entire FOX Sports Radio lineup on the station.
Carrington Harrison’s Doc ‘From Paseo To Pembroke’ Opens In Theaters
“Carrington Harrison says he conducted more than 50 interviews and poured through archive footage at Spectrum Sports to put the movie together.”
If anyone made the most of being stuck at home during quarantine, it was Carrington Harrison. The 610 Sports afternoon host used that time to begin work on a documentary about what he describes as “the golden era” for high school basketball in Kansas City. That documentary is titled From Paseo to Pembroke. It premiered on September 30 and opened in theaters in the Kansas City area this past weekend.
From Paseo to Pembroke is centered on the stories of the three Kansas City players to make the McDonald’s All-America team: Anthony Peeler of Paseo High School, Central High School’s Derek Hood, and Pembroke Hill High School’s JaRon Rush. Plenty of other area standouts that played between 1988 and 1998 are featured in the documentary as well.
Carrington Harrison says he conducted more than 50 interviews and poured through archive footage at Spectrum Sports to put the movie together.
“I’ve always felt growing up that JaRon’s story is like the prototypical documentary, that it’s sort of the rise and fall … like a perfect arch, and I guess part of me was just thinking, there have to be more stories to tell than just this one,” he told the Kansas City Star last month.
JaRon Rush and his brother Kareem were both in attendance at the Glenwood Fine Arts Theater on Friday night for a Q&A with Harrison after the first screening of From Paseo to Pembroke.
Right now the movie is just in theaters in the Kansas City area. Others will have a chance to see From Paseo to Pembroke soon. Carrington Harrison says that the movie does have deals for streaming and DVD distribution.
Gordon Monson: I Hope Bonneville Lets The Zone Be The Zone
“He speculated that past criticism of BYU football and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which he is a member of, may have made some at Bonneville and KSL uncomfortable.”
Gordon Monson was not retained by Bonneville when the company took over operations of 97.5/1280 The Zone earlier this month. On Friday, he used his column in the Salt Lake Tribune to say goodbye to the station he helped launch and give the new bosses a message.
“As it turned out, through all the years, I could save other people’s jobs, but ultimately I could not save my own,” he wrote. “And it was OK. All good. No pity needed for me.”
Monson said that the strength of The Zone was the fearlessness and willingness to let hosts tell the truth about what they saw and felt no matter who it upset. He speculated that past criticism of BYU football and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which he is a member of, may have made some at Bonneville and KSL uncomfortable. He wrote that his unwillingness to endorse products and his affiliation to a competing news organization could have played a role as well.
The message Gordon Monson hopes the people now in charge of The Zone take away from his column is that what might make them uncomfortable is why listeners fell in love with The Zone.
“I sincerely hope they let the voices on air do what great on-air voices do best — say whatever is on their minds, whether those spoken words, in or out of sports, fall in favor of established institutions, teams, schools, clubs and churches, or not. Whether those views are beautiful or blistering, popular or painful, convivial or controversial, easy on the ears or hard to hear.
“Do not muffle them, even if you don’t like what is said. Do not lord over them — with direct orders or by implication.”
Gordon Monson reiterated that he has no ill will towards Bonneville, KSL, or anyone still with 97.5/1280 The Zone. He wrote that he is rooting for them to succeed and he is rooting for Broadway Media’s ESPN 700 as well.
“The more sports talk around here, the better,” he wrote.
Joe Shasky Leaves 95.7 The Game Studio To Pump Up Giants Fans
“On the street, Shasky was followed by cameras and broadcast on a live feed on 95.7 The Game’s Twitch channel.”
The race for the National League West crown came down to the final day of the Major League Baseball season, with the San Francisco Giants punching their ticket to the first round of the postseason following their MLB-best 107th win of the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished with 106 wins, had to play the St. Louis Cardinals in a single-game elimination Wild Card round, with the winner going on to face San Francisco. Following a walk-off, two-run home run by Dodgers’ outfielder Chris Taylor in the bottom of the ninth inning, the fate was sealed: a first-round playoff matchup between baseball’s two best teams, the Dodgers and the Giants.
The Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco has been previewing the series since it became official late Wednesday, but on Friday morning, co-host Joe Shasky had to get out of the studios and on to the street to show his fandom for the Giants, who are set to appear in the postseason for the first time since 2017.
“Shasky just upped and left the studio with his big giant flag,” said co-host Bonta Hill. “The guy couldn’t take it for some reason. I’m saying to myself, ‘We’ve got a four-hour show to do.’ He just took his Giants flag, walked out the studio and… just left me.”
On the street, Joe Shasky was followed by cameras and broadcast on a live feed on 95.7 The Game’s Twitch channel. While walking on the streets of San Francisco, he displayed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series between two California rival baseball clubs, and former neighbors when they played in New York, to meet in the postseason.
“Let’s Go Giants! Let’s Go Giants! Hit the horn! Yeah! I’m walking on the Embarcadero right now. Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.! Honk, let’s go!”
Caller Lizette in Castro Valley, Calif., supported Shasky’s actions and voiced her excitement for the highly-anticipated matchup set to kick off tonight in the Bay Area.
“Oh my goodness — I’m loving butcher boy’s energy,” said the caller, who was viewing the show simulcast live on Twitch. He’s going up and down the Embarcadero saying ‘Beat L.A..’ That’s right — L.A. deserves half-of-a-ring for winning half-of-a-season, and they don’t deserve a parade. Let’s Go Giants, let’s bring this back to the city and show them how it’s done!”
Throughout the segment, viewers on Twitch weighed in on Shasky’s actions, commenting “I love the energy,” and “This is great content.” All and all, Joe Shasky storming out of the studio and taking to the streets to demonstrate his affinity for the National League Division Series is a positive for 95.7 The Game, and an example of how the audio-based medium of radio is spreading into different methods of dissemination, such as the live simulcasting of video outside of the studio.
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers begin their series tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. PST on TBS, and will be broadcast on radio by the San Francisco Giants’ flagship station KNBR, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ flagship station AM 570 LA Sports. The Giants have home field advantage over the Dodgers, and also defeated Los Angeles in the season series 10 wins to nine.