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  •  With these 2, doesn't surprise me (34+ / 0-)

    Andy Pollin, in fact, used to work for ESPN itself. But, his loud mouth got him kicked out back in 2006.

    Czaban was on Fox Sports Radio for about 3 years, and then was canned.

    It should be clarified that ESPN 980 is a station in Washington DC that carries ESPN programming, and as such gets to use the ESPN name, but these 2 are not ESPN employees, they work only for the local station in Washington DC.

    They were suspended, and rightly so. "Don't go playing sports and saying I've got the rights of everyone else" - you could have heard the same line about black baseball players 50 years ago.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 08:08:42 AM PST

    •  "and saying I've got the rights of everyone else". (19+ / 0-)

      I can imagine it wouldn't matter to these two guys what the first part of that sentence was.  What they truly believe is the last part.

      •  Steve Czaban is a HUGE 'winger (11+ / 0-)

        Stumped hard (and inappropriately) for McCain during his on-air time in 2008. Made his politics known, loud-and-long when he had his own radio show on Fox Sports (of course) on XMRadio. He used to have a black producer on that Fox Sports show but they parted ways during that period, with Steve being very cagey about why that happened. Many of us were proud he got canned (due to bad ratings).

        Andy Polin is not generally regarded for questionable social commentary by those of us inside the beltway who listen to sports talk. But Steve Czaban has always been a loudmouth who put his RW politics constantly front-and-center in his sportstalk. I recall he supported Limbaugh during that whole dust-up where Limbaugh said racist garbage about then-Eagles-QB Donovan McNabb during an ESPN football pre-game show.

        Up until a couple of years ago, the DC radio market had only Andy & Steve to choose from for sportstalk during afternoon drive-time. For the last couple of years we have the option of former NFL player LaVar Arrington and his partner Chad Dukes, who are a much more listenable option. And much funnier. (Don't get me wrong here. Chad Dukes has a locker-room humor streak as well.)

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        by malharden on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 09:43:08 AM PST

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        •  I miss listening to Tony Kornheiser (3+ / 0-)
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          in the mornings. I quit listening to sports radio because of the blowhard Cowherd.

          Small varmints, if you will.

          by aztecraingod on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:13:51 AM PST

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          •  If you go to one of the online (1+ / 0-)
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            radio sites (like TuneIn Radio or iHeart Radio) or get the apps (if you have a smartphone) you can pick up some pretty good local shows from other parts of the country, and not all of them are of the idiotic shock-jock variety. (My favorite, Damon Bruce, is available on iHeart Radio from noon-3 Pacific time weekdays.)

            Okay, this was totally OT but just wanted to pass it on...

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            by Cali Scribe on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:52:23 AM PST

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        •  Dukes is a right winger as well (2+ / 0-)
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          As I wrote in my comment way downthread, I remember he once tweeted a picture of a handgun with the barrel pointed towards whoever would hold it, saying that this what he wanted to see happen to gun control advocates. You won't be able to find it because he deleted it minutes later.

          Talk about lose-lose though. LaVar and Dukes have absolutely nothing to offer in terms of in-depth understanding or substantive reporting. Then again, almost no sports radio program does.

          I did not know he supported Limbaugh in the McNabb flap, I knew he was a right winger though when he had Bob Ehrlich and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend calling in (at different times) and I know Czaban has a sexist streak so I can't say I should be surprised he's gotten more outspokenly right wing.

    •  No kidding (7+ / 0-)

      I'd heard Czaban before, and he's a right wing imbecile who spends more time on his right wing credentials than sports. Somehow he thinks we want to hear that crap.

    •  Given this, would the diarist consider renaming (3+ / 0-)

      the diary to reflect that these are local sports radio hosts, not national ESPN radio? The law of unintended consequences implies that as people read this, they fire off nastygrams to ESPN, which doesn't control the content or personnel at local radio station WTEM.

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      by 1BQ on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:06:35 AM PST

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      •  That fact is included in the diary. (7+ / 0-)

        Theses creeps broadcast under the aegis of ESPN and ESPN felt it necessary to comment, not once, but several times...so I'll let the title stand.

        •  Never let facts get in the way...... (0+ / 0-)

          ....it's sort of like saying since your local TV station is an ABC affiliate but is owned by the right-wing Sinclair Broadcasting, ABC puts out that vile right-wing crap that Sinclair actually puts out as editorials in their local newscasts.

          TV networks have hundreds of affiliates. Some radio networks have nearly a thousand. The networks have NO control over what affiliates broadcast. They don't know. They don't care. The only thing that matters is that the affiliates clear (run) the commercials and - in some cases - that the affiliates run certain programs.

          Do you really think the networks hire people to sit around and listen to what local radio stations do in morning drive and report to the VP in charge of Local Morning Zoos?

          For anyone to call these guys ESPN Radio hosts is simply and totally incorrect and misleading. The work for some station in Washington DC that is neither owned nor operated by ESPN, but runs certain ESPN shows as an affiliate.

          And I spent 40 years in radio, nearly all of them at the network level.

          •  The station calls itself ESPN980. (0+ / 0-)

            I believe the point is to get this incident publicized, so that it doesn't happen again.  You have a problem with the fact that I have accomplished the publicized part? Why is that?

            •  I have no problem with getting this publicized.... (0+ / 0-)

              ...and, like you, I don't want anything like this to happen again.

              I again stress that these guys don't work for ESPN any more than the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde at your local ABC7 works for ABC. The bleach-blonde would only work for ABC if he or she worked for one of the dozen or so owned and operated ABC stations.

              For you to say they are "ESPN Radio hosts"  is to deliberately mislead....even for a good cause. Having spent 40 years in the news biz, I feel strongly about not misleading anyone. And - full disclosure - I spent more than 30 years working for a company that was under the same corporate umbrella as ESPN.

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