Late to this 670 The Score commentary, but since we're all here... I'll say the first transition with the partners between shows was odd, if only because it started with a clip of "How 'bout that whole deal?" from one of the ousted hosts, Matt Spiegel.
He's the one I feel worst for, but that might be my baseball bias showing. He kept the Bears at bay in the summer. Of course, good Cubs baseball on the new flagship helped, too. But the guy had four co-hosts in 7? years and he and Parkins were just finding their groove. (My listening is limited these days, though.) Is he great? Probably not. But he seemed like a good soldier and for various coincidental personal reasons I seem to identify with him the most. So again, some bias there.
Bernstein had become a caricature of himself and overdid the rip-the-caller bit that was hilarious in its early days when horrible people called in on occasion and got served. I think Goff -- who is good -- was too like-minded of a partner and Bernstein needs someone to challenge him. I like that Goff got his shot on that show for nostalgia reasons, but in all honesty that wasn't enough to keep it together. He'll be fine somewhere. And lest you think politics have no place on sports radio, it was my genuine shock that the midday show on Miami's WQAM was a politics show back in the day. In this climate it can be hard to stick to sports, especially when they intersect. But I'll be honest, I prefer it when they do.
As for McKnight... okay. Score guy returns, as I'm sure Finfer will as soon as Mac can get him back. I hated McNeil on ESPN 1000 with Yurko and Harry and his shtick was tired in that first transition when -- as mentioned above -- he went right for the gambling and cocaine references and foreshadowed the absences to come by having a hoarse voice on his first day back. For whatever reason, Spiegel made Mac tolerable for me somehow, so I'll look forward to his fill-in shifts and hopefully a baseball show gig. And I'm curious if his Cubs tune stays for 2018.
Anyone know why Jimmy DeCastro is calling the shots? Isn't his record pretty bad, as in constantly losing to The Score? Perhaps the execs in radio are as recycled as the hosts. FWIW, Coppock commented on Feder that DeCastro has no love for him, so that casket is staying closed. (EDIT: I was thinking he was still living off The Loop legacy but it seems he's done a great deal more than that. Dan Patrick was a good call. The WGN era was not his best... losing the Cubs and was The Game FM his baby?)
And speaking of the World's Greatest Newspaper...
Chicago media side note: Shots fired by the Sun Times today over the Trib's firing of Sox and Blackhawks beat writers. Hopefully this latest website redesign doesn't crash my browser.