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STOP THE PRESSES: SPORTS TALK SHOW HOST HAS ACTUAL SEX WITH A PLAYBOY PLAYMATE

July 2, 2008

 MONICA CHAIREZ

ESPN LAS VEGAS RADIO HOST PAULY (WITH MIKE TYSON IN BACKGROUND)

Las Vegas sports talk show host Paul Howard of ESPN 1100 is a member of a pretty exclusive club. As far as I know, the club is so exclusive it has a membership of exactly ONE.

“Pauly” is an AM talk radio host who has actually had sex with a Playboy Playmate.

There is an asterisk: *retroactively

The sex wasn’t retroactive but the girl was. Howard dated Monica Chairez when she was an up and coming Las Vegas model. Now Chairez is scheduled to be a centerfold in an upcoming issue of Playboy (CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTOS –NSFW!!!!).

 

I’d personally ask Pauly what it was like to have thousands and thousands of men looking at your ex-girfirend naked but, knowing Chairez, he ALREADY KNEW what it was like to have thousands and thousands of guys see her naked.

Her family must be extremely proud. USC alum and former Clark County district judge Don Chairez, who ran for Nevada Supreme Court Justice in 2006, can’t wait to run again for office on a strong family values platform. Mark it down, Chairez is very committed to integrity.

Because of campaign contributions from lawyers and casinos appearing before them, said Don Chairez, a former Las Vegas state judge, “Nevada judges find themselves losing or bargaining away their integrity or independence.”

HERO: ESPN RADIO 1100 HOST PAULY

 

SUICIDAL RADIO HOST PAULY GETS CHOKED OUT BY MMA FIGHTER PHIL BARONI

MIKE AND THE MAD DOG MAY BE TOAST

June 22, 2008

MIKE FRANCESA AND CHRIS “MAD DOG” RUSSO

There is a disturbing trend going on in sports talk radio these days. Stations throughout the country are firing big name sports talk show hosts in their never-ending effort to slash salaries.

In the latest piece of stunning news from the industry, Newsday has the story today that WFAN may be getting rid of longtime sportstalkers Mike and The Mad Dog.  The article is not some tabloid piece of idle speculation. It’s author, Neil Best, is the top sports media writer in the country.

Best calls the Mike Francesa and Chris Russo show “the most successful, influential show in sports talk radio history.” Yet, Best says, the show itself could soon be history.

Best writes about a rumored rift and conflict in personalities between Francesa and Russo. However, it’s highly unlikely that either host would simply walk away from million dollar plus salaries while still under contract. The bottom line for scumbag radio companies is always the bottom line.

According to the lastest figures available, Francesa made $1.4 million a year and Russo $1.3 million.

That shouldn’t be a concern since WFAN raked in over $20 million in sales last year and the ratings for Mike and The Mad Dog are up 26 percent since last year. Unfortunately it is. Why? Because the guy who heads the company that owns WFAN is a blithering moron.

Jeff Smulyan is the former owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. While he was the M’s owner the team almost became the first club in MLB history to not have enough money to make payroll. Since Smulyan is too stupid to get a job in any respectable business he started his own radio company. Emmis Broadcasting now owns seven radio stations including WFAN.

Today’s New York Times business section has an article that says Smulyan may be selling off one of his Boston Jazz stations in an effort to pay off some of the company’s debt which is reported to be over $150 million.

I have a lot of respect for Neil Best, but if Francesa, Russo or both get fired it’s not because of a “personality conflict” or to “pursue other media interests.” It’s because another cheap, evil, stupid, monolithic corporation is looking to cut salary.

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ESTIMATED SALARIES OF SELECTED SPORTS JOURNALISTS

June 19, 2008

JOURNALIST              EMPLOYER                    SALARY

 

Rick Reilly                SI                              $3.4 million

Mike Wilbon            Wash post, ESPN        $2 million+

Mich Albom             Det FP, ESPN, books   $1 million

Peter King                SI, NBC                        $1 million

Bill Simmons            ESPN                            $750k-1 million

Mike Lupica             NYDN, ESPN, books      $750k

Woody Paige            ESPN, Denver Post         $500-750k

Jason Whitlock        KC Star, Foxsports         $550-650k

Selena Roberts         SI                                   $600k

Randy Galloway       Ft Worth ST, radio           $600k

Jay Mariotti              Chi ST, ESPN                   $500k+

Bob Wojnowski        Det News, radi                $500k

Bob Ryan                  Bos Globe, ESPN              $300-500k

Ray Ratto                  SF Chron, CBS                 $300k

John Feinstein           WP, books                      $250

 

* Chart compiled by Gawker Media based on information gathered by thebiglead.com