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Tee-Roy, iHeartMedia's on-air personality at 93.3 The Beat in Jacksonville, Power 99 in Philadelphia, and in other markets; tells local Jacksonville TV station News 4 that his listeners say play Kanye West in light of Ye's recent anti-Semitic posts on Twitter that have resulted in him being banned by Elon Musk. “I thought more people would be like, ‘Hey, don’t play Kanye. I don’t want to hear him.’ But the response has been the total opposite So, to me, it’s shocking,” Tee-Roy said. “The biggest thing that came up has been race. Everybody’s said, ‘He’s a Black man and we need to support him as a Black man.’”

ABC News president Kim Godwin has decided to take Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes off the air, saying they’ve become too much of an internal and external distraction. Look for the hosts to return rather quickly as the ratings for 'GMA3' from last week saw a significant boost from the prior two weeks before the news of their affair surfaced. Godwin said that the relationship is not a violation of company policy.

Samantha Chatman has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at Chicago's WLS-TV ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

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December 29, 2017

Stephen A. Smith Radio Show Goes Nationwide on January 2nd

The Stephen A. Smith Show Expands to Affiliates Nationwide January 2 as Part of Revamped ESPN Radio Lineup; The Will Cain Show Debuts at 3 p.m.

ESPN Radio’s enhanced lineup will debut January 2, 2018, highlighted by the national broadcast of The Stephen A. Smith Show on nearly 300 terrestrial radio stations across the country. The show, which airs from 1 – 3 p.m. ET, returned to ESPN Radio in January 2017, and is currently broadcast terrestrially on ESPN Radio in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on SiriusXM. The program showcases the dynamic personality and provocative opinions of host Stephen A. Smith, as he takes listeners, and his guests, through the hottest topics of the day in sports.

“I’m ecstatic my show is being launched nationwide,” said Smith. “Here’s hoping I can say everyone else will feel the same. If you know anything about me, you know I’m coming: With facts! With perspective! With intensity. So, like I always say, ‘Buckle Up! Here I come.’”

Smith will continue to be a featured commentator on ESPN’s First Take (weekdays 10 a.m. – noon).  The program has seen significant audience growth in 2017, highlighted by a 70 percent increase in November. Smith is no stranger to radio. He began The Stephen A. Smith Show in 2014 on SiriusXM and had previously hosted a weekday local show on ESPN Radio New York 98.7FM from 2011-14. He also hosted a show from 2011-12 on ESPNLA 710AM.

Additional New Programs

The Will Cain Show will premiere at 3 p.m. The three-hour program will allow Cain to provide thoughtful opinion and perspective, while conversing with topical guests. Cain will continue to make regular appearances on First Take.

The entire new ESPN Radio weekday lineup will deliver sports fans news, analysis and commentary from a variety of unique and provocative voices. Spain and Fitz (6 – 9 p.m.) will also premiere that day and pair espnW voice Sarah Spain with SEC Network commentator Jason Fitz.

All ESPN Radio shows will be available live and as podcasts via ESPNRadio.com and the ESPN app, as well as on SiriusXM Channel 80 (live only), Apple Music, TuneIn and Slacker Radio.

The Full Lineup (as of January 2, 2018)
Time ETShow / Host(s)
4 – 6 a.m.First and Last
Mike Golic Jr.
6 – 10 a.m.Golic and Wingo
Mike Golic, Trey Wingo, Mike Golic Jr.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
Dan Le Batard, Jon “Stugotz” Weiner
1 – 3 p.m.The Stephen A. Smith Show
Stephen A. Smith
3 – 6 p.m.The Will Cain Show
Will Cain
6 – 9 p.m.Spain and Fitz
Sarah Spain, Jason Fitz
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.Freddie and Fitzsimmons
Freddie Coleman, Ian Fitzsimmons
1 a.m. – 4 a.m.SportsCenter AllNight

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