Gambling, radio and music: how to make a living


LAS VEGAS—When an inquiry came in asking if Ben Muller’s all-night Fox Sports radio show could fill Thanksgiving night, Barney Flatt didn’t hesitate.

While the country was in a tryptophan coma, Flatt went to work from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the network’s Las Vegas studio.

“I love every moment of it,” Flatt said. “I’m like Dick Clark, who worked well into his 70s. He grew up in the Great Depression and never turned him down. Neither do I.”

The 65-year-old Flatt got his radio cues from a chance encounter with legendary journalist Dick Sharp in the late 1980s. The Michigan native offers so much information on sports betting that it’s wise to have a notepad nearby.

“He loves sports, he loves communication, and he loves to combine the two,” Sharpe, who died in 2001, wrote long ago in a letter of recommendation. “If you hire him, I promise to keep stealing from him.”

A contracted catcher with the Reds’ organization and less than a month after suffering a dreamy arm injury, Flatt has found a home behind Mike.

He and his wife Debbie moved to Vegas in 2010. He hosts his UNLV basketball pre- and post-game radio shows, makes guest appearances on others, and in 2018 he grabbed FSR’s national “Straight Outta He’s in Vegas” gig. I was.

For Labor Day, FSR Architect Scott Shapiro added to the Fratto workload on Friday to create “The Bernie Fratto Show.” It airs on over 600 of his FSR outlets and Channel 83 on SiriusXM.

He aims to emulate the world’s greatest cellist, Pablo Casals, who lived to be 96 years old. In 1989 Pablo His Casals Elementary School opened on West Potomac His Avenue in Humboldt Park.

When Casals was 93 years old and teaching at a university, a student asked him why he practiced three hours a day.

“Cazarus said, ‘Young man, I’m starting to see some improvement. I’ll tell the story on the air,'” Flatt said. “I will never retire. I want to be the sports radio version of Pablo Casals.”


The soul of the show, if not the host itself, originated at 2648 West Grand Boulevard: Motown in central Detroit.

Berry Gordy’s brainchild revolutionized the music industry in the 1960s, creating hits for The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes and many more. Gordy signed “America, Hitsville” above the front window.

The building is now a museum. Fratto has made several visits, taken out-of-town guests on tour, and driven “a million times”.

“Discreet and well-maintained,” he said. There’s a visibly visceral feeling to step into, this transcendent, impactful happening that transcends racial and gender lines. Timeless music. ”

Choose Fratto trumpet textures and bumper music (much of the Motown sound) to reconnect the listener after the commercial break.

He moves things in and out every 90 days. This is Shapiro’s testament to allowing hosts such autonomy.

Someone asked Flat the name of the song. I replied, “That was ‘Say A Little Prayer’ by Aretha Franklin,” and someone else said, “Best bumper music on FSR! I love listening to youth music. Great show. God bless you.” Bless you!”

Some are not Motown. Fratto recently performed a superb ”Mas Que Nada” from Sergio Mendes’ impeccable album ”Brazil ’66”, retaining his 1960s theme in abundance.

“My madness has a way,” Flatt said. “The image is so big on the radio, we try to create a mood and vibe, but people don’t even realize it. I think we can hang around here for a while.”

“When you resonate, you get the message.”

Risk management

Flat stayed at the Stardust during our first trip to Vegas. In that showroom, Joan Rivers opened for Rich Little, the show he was a part of. Maxim is now home. He and his buddies liked blackjack.

He witnessed Ray ”Boom Boom” Mancini punch Kim Duk Koo in the outdoor ring at Caesars Palace in 1982.

Cobb told Flatt about his biggest payday ever happened to Larry Holmes.

“He got hit,” Flatt said of Cobb. “He gained very little weight. He told me, ‘Frankly, I was worried about the weigh-in…but I was worried about the exit!'”

He said he would fight Holmes again, but he didn’t think about it. [Holmes’] I was able to pick it up with my hands.”

Flatt speaks authoritatively in 2008 as he watched Packers Milke Toast defensive coordinator Joe Barry orchestrate the first Lions defense to score more than 500 points (517) in a season.

He strives to be an avid observer, providing sports betting insights to his journalism foundation.

“This season we [Stanford] It’s a teaser for Wong,” Flatt said of the six-point, two-team NFL operation. “They’re up to about 68%. The problem is, it’s minus 140, so if you’re not up to 73%, you’re losing money.”

He imparts tactics equally. A sportsbook maximizes profits and minimizes risks. Fratto said it should be a tack for all bettors.

“I want to take people behind the curtain and show them how to handle this right so they don’t hurt themselves. You’re not in the business of prophecy or divination. Your goal is to manage risk.

“Then you can have fun and you can make a profit. Part of risk management is your bankroll.

For money-making guidance, listen to “The Bernie Fratto Show” and listen to some epic music.

His own Hitsville.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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