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Fred Wallin is a long-time local and national radio and TV sports talk host.  With over 40 years on the air, he is a familiar voice from KABC’s Sportstalk in Los Angeles, CA, and has brought his unique, informed, no-nonsense reporting style to sports media markets around the country. Fred is heavily focused on every aspect of sports - media, business, collectibles, and sports wagering of all kinds - and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with listeners.

Features Overview

Omicron and Indoor Arenas

                                                                                  26:25

With Omicron dominating the scene, Fred and Art are trying to figure out why pandemic protocols differ for college and pro indoor sports, as UCLA’s Pauley Pavillion and USC’s Galen Center are now restricting live attendance to family only for their basketball games.  Will Russell Westbrook say goodbye to the Lakers, and what was the reason behind Brandon Staley’s call in the Chargers/Raiders game?

Dealing with Pandemic Hurdles

                                                                                   17:26

Fred and Art examine the difficulties faced in sports as we continue to battle through this pandemic, questioning whether indoor sports should even be played at this time.  Where does that leave the Super Bowl in LA and March Madness?  Why is Novak Djokovic at odds with Australia, what happened between Antonio Brown and Tampa Bay, and should Aaron Rodgers be considered for MVP?

Seeking an Attitude Adjustment in Sports

                                                                                   17:36

Fred and Art discuss what they feel is becoming more prevalent in the world of sports - the attitude of entitlement.  What happened to the love of the game and duty to the fans?  The guys have a lot to say about Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, the almost Holiday Bowl, and bid a sad farewell to a true NFL legend.

The Ever-Changing Rules for Sports and Covid

                                                                                    21:12

Fred and Art comment on how decisions made one week are called into question the next when it comes to players and Covid.  Will Kyrie Irving be allowed to play amid restrictions?  Did Adam Silver and Bruce Arians make the safest decisions for their teams?  And how about more field time for JT Daniels?

Covid, Covid and More Covid

                                                                                   21:24

With Covid running rampant through sports right now, Fred and Art speculate whether or not there will be a Super Bowl.  How about the fast-approaching college football Bowl Season?  Can NCAA Basketball look forward to March Madness?  What does the future hold for Russell Westbrook?  And what happened between Urban Meyer and Josh Lambo?

A Difficult Season for the Lakers

                                                                                    19:51

Fred and Art have a lot of ideas as to why the Lakers have had such a tough season.  From Frank Vogel and LeBron James to egos and age-related injuries, there’s much work ahead to ensure a better 2022.  In college football news: will Chip Kelly rejoin the Oregon Ducks, is the transfer portal a good thing, and who’s taking home the Heisman?

 

NFL Suspension for Antonio Brown

                                                                                   22:16

Fred and Art wonder why Antonio Brown has been suspended by the NFL, but Aaron Rodgers hasn’t in the continuing Covid saga.  A lot is happening on the college coaching carousel with Brian Kelly heading to LSU and Lincoln Riley joining the Trojans, and the MLB lockout is sure to bring changes for the 2022 season.

It’s Thanksgiving Weekend - Are You Ready for Some Football?

                                                                                    18:15

Fred and Art are ready to settle in for a long holiday weekend of sports.  This football season has been a roller coaster for both the NFL and NCAA, and more surprises are likely in store before it’s over. The Chargers have a great QB in Justin Herbert, there’s a heartbreaking revelation out of the University of Michigan, and Mark Few’s Gonzaga team is showing great promise.

Football, Football, Football!

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Fred and Art have a lot of gridiron turf to cover this week - from players gaming Covid protocols, to owning a chunk of your favorite NFL team, to NCAA award nominees, to cross-town rivalries, to the great college coaching shuffle – and you have front row seats on the 50-yard line.

Hey NFL Refs – What’s with the Crazy Calls?

                                                                                  20:47

Fred and Art are concerned about what they believe has been poor officiating in the NFL recently, and the impact this could have on the players.  Aaron Rodgers and State Farm aren’t as cozy as before, and Mark Davis has brought DeSean Jackson, who can be controversial, onboard in Las Vegas.  Will it help the Raiders?

A Tough Week for the NFL

                                                                                  23:58

Fred and Art discuss the turmoil happening in the NFL - Aaron Rodgers has Covid, after being less than truthful about his vaccination status (spoiler alert: he said he was vaccinated when he wasn’t), Henry Suggs was let go from the Raiders and is facing prison after a devastating crash, and there are hard Covid safety decisions to be made for the Super Bowl.  Will Chip Kelly stay at UCLA?

Did the Braves Win or Did the Dodgers Lose?

                                                                                   17:56

Fred Wallin flies solo this week, offering some theories as to why the Dodgers lost in the NLCS. Shouldn't Gavin Lux have been allowed to play where he could best help the team?  Did Atlanta just play better baseball?  UCLA Basketball is looking good, LeBron James and the Lakers are in a slump, and hockey has a lot to answer for when it comes to Kyle Beach.

Down to the Wire for the Dodgers

                                                                                   20:10

Fred and Art believe it’s all hands on deck for the Dodgers if they want to stay in the race for the pennant.  They’ve been running through pitchers, trying to work around all of the injuries, and Julio Urias has let Gavin Lux know he was less than pleased with him.  Coaches Ed Orgeron and Nick Rolovich have been shown the door In college football - what’s next for LSU and Washington State?

It’s Anybody’s Game in the NLDS Final

                                                                                    16:19

Fred and Art prognosticate about the final game of the NLDS showdown between the Dodgers and Giants, with Gabe Kapler juggling the Giants' lineup as the Dodgers remove Julio Urias as the starter in an 11th-hour pitching change.  Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Football team is under investigation, USC is struggling, and the Lakers are down another man.

The Dodgers Clinch a Playoff Berth

                                                                                   15:40

Fred and Art recount the intrigue and excitement of the winner-take-all NL Wildcard game, where Chris Taylor’s walk-off home run led the Dodgers to victory over the Cardinals.  Kyrie Irving continues to spurn the vaccine, putting his playing time into question, ESPN has suspended commentator Sage Steele, and where were the masks at Dodger Stadium?

The Race to the National League Playoffs Heats Up

                                                                                    19:15

With the NL Playoffs coming down to the wire for the Dodgers and Giants, Fred and Art have a lot of predictions about how it will turn out.  Cody Bellinger is back and Gavin Lux hit the wall (literally) in the Dodgers' amazing game against the Padres, the Rams’ Matt Stafford is a strong candidate for the NFL MVP, and it's going to be a big weekend in football.

The Life of a Legend Through the Lens of a Master Storyteller

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Fred and Art marvel over the phenomenal eight-hour Muhammad Ali documentary by Ken Burns.  The Dodgers race with the Giants for the division title couldn’t be closer, there’s a positive Covid diagnosis for announcer Joe Davis, and could Max Muncy be the NL MVP?  A high-scoring game between UCLA and Stanford is anticipated, USC is shuffling quarterbacks due to injury, and then there’s the ongoing saga of the Pac-12 Network…

The Big Shakeup at USC

                                                                                     21:15

Fred and Art share the big college football news coming out of Art’s alma mater, USC - the firing of Clay Helton.  Who is next in line to helm the Trojans?  Julio Urias has an 18-3 record this year and is vying for the Cy Young award, the Dodgers and Giants are edging ever closer to a playoff berth, and Nick Rolovich says no to the Covid vaccine.

More Covid Craziness in the Sports World

                                                                                    21:26

Fred and Art ponder the constantly unfolding series of strange events in sports as a result of Covid.  Hunter Renfroe claims that MLB has told the Red Sox to stop Covid testing, and Levi Stadium has backpedaled on their spectator vaccination policy.  Elsewhere, do the Dodgers have a chance against the Giants, and can Le’Veon Bell help the Ravens?

It’s Labor Day Weekend – Time for College Football

                                                                                  22:53

Summer is almost over and that means college football season is here.  Fred and Art have predictions for a few high-profile games, as well as opinions on a conference that's better than most people think.  What does the future hold for UCLA’s Chip Kelly?  Who has Bill Belichick signed as QB for the Patriots?  And in baseball, can Dave Roberts lead the Dodgers to win the division over the Giants? 

A Whole Lotta Innings and Not a Lotta Scorin’ Goin’ On

                                                                                   21:40

The Dodgers/Padres game went 16 innings, leaving Fred and Art wondering if anyone in the MLB knows how to bunt anymore.   What are AJ Pollock's chances of staying in the Dodger's starting lineup when Mookie Betts returns?   Sony Michel has joined the Rams, and now that ESPN has parted ways with Rachel Nichols, what does her future hold?  

Sports During Covid - Should the Season Even Continue?

                                                                                    18:27

Fred and Art examine the new LA County mandate on mask-wearing at outdoor events, including sports, for more than 10,000 people, and the Las Vegas Raiders are requiring proof of vaccination.  How will fans react?  Baseball card collecting as we know it is changing, Lebron James is not happy, and there’s a Bruin reunion at the Staples Center.

If You Build it, They Will Come – The Real Field of Dreams Game

                                                                                   19:24

That immortal cinematic tagline has been proved true - and not just as the cornfield made famous in the movie.  Fred and Art talk about the Dyersville, Iowa game that Shoeless Joe would have loved to be part of, the surge of Covid cases resulting in rule changes all across sports, and the wild deals happening in basketball.

No Gold Medals for Olympics Ratings

                                                                                   24:22

Fred and Art compare experiences on how tough it’s been for viewers to enjoy the Olympics and examine why the ratings have been so low.  The NFL Hall of Fame game is turning out to be mission impossible for wagerers, Cody Bellinger is having a tough time, and there’s a mess to be cleaned up in Vegas.  Covid continues to affect all aspects of life - are we losing ground from opening up too soon?

Time for Tough Decisions

                                                                                   21:44

In this episode, Fred and Art explore the continuing effect of Covid on the Olympics specifically and the sports world in general.  It’s also time for the trades in baseball and basketball, so who will the Dodgers bring on board along with Danny Duffy?  And is the Staples Center big enough for the Lakers to have two team leaders?

 

Sports Media and the Olympic Games

                                                                                   18:23

Fred and Art discuss the reassignment of a sports announcer who lost high profile jobs over anti-gay comments while others who have also made objectionable remarks remain on the air, why the Summer Olympics have commenced (when they really shouldn’t), and a hard broadcasting lesson they’ve both learned.

Controversy at ESPN

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In sports business and media this week, Fred and Art discuss what the heck is going on at ESPN as two broadcasters have come off as being racists in nature.  It will be interesting to see what ESPN does - if anything.

 

Covid Protocols and a Big Win for the Clippers

                                                                                    17:28

Fred and Art question whether Covid protocols are stringent enough in sports, as Chris Paul and Jon Rahm were asymptomatic then tested positive. The Clippers pulled off an amazing win with several players on the bench due to injuries, LeBron James has some ideas as to why so many players are out in the NBA, Jimmy Kimmel gets his own college Bowl Game, and there’s a new head of the Pac-12.

Draft Week and the Aaron Rodgers Outlook

                                                                                   15:40

Fred Wallin is joined by guest Art Sorce of Galaxy Sports and a former kicker for the Rams and USC Trojans.  In this episode, they talk hot dogs, Aaron Rodgers, the NFL Draft, and Idiocy in baseball.