In Tuesday’s episode, the ESPN 980 host said the 106.7 Donovan McNabb story was “not coming from ANY credible reporter whatsoever,” implying that the Junkies were not credible. Or doing more than implying, I suppose.
“Didn’t dispute truth of Junkies’ McNabb armband story,” he later wrote on Twitter. “Just pointed out does not have same credibility as a news organization....Any sports talk radio show anywhere does not have the same cred as a news organization.”
This, of course, led to like 18 hours of Loverro programming on 106.7 The Fan, which like me, appreciates a good ol’ media scrap. It peaked with the final segment, I suppose, featuring many high-pitched Loverro impersonations and frequent phonetic recitations of the name Thom.
Also, Jason Bishop said Loverro was “dumb” and “stupid.”
“I’ve got news for you, THOM: news organizations don’t have the market cornered,” Eric Bickel said. “You get it wrong often, also. We ALL have a crack at it. And our sources are often just as good if not better than yours, THOM.”
“In this case, much better than yours,” Bishop said. “In fact, I know for a fact they’re better than yours.”
“I know this kills you, THOM, that your job is going the way of the dodo bird,” Bickel said. “I know it kills you that you’re self-loathing now, and you have to stoop to work in radio to pay your bills. I get it. I get it. I just hope you, THOM, can sleep at night, when you attack us and our credibility, when you used us to push your stupid book.
“We didn’t care about your book. We threw you a bone. You killed 10 minutes. We put you on the air. I’m sure it was awful, but we threw you a bone, sold some books for you, and then because we beat you or we beat your station or we beat your newspaper to a dumb story that nobody cares about, you’re gonna attack our genre — the genre, by the way, that you now work for because YOUR INDUSTRY IS DYING....Probably a fine person, but you just attacked us. Know your role.”
“He had to open his mouth, had to open his mouth,” Bishop said. “Why would he say that?”
“These people,” Bickel concluded. “They’re insecure, they’re thin-skinned, they’re going the way of the dodo bird, and they have to justify their existence.”