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The Item: Career Updates, Special Projects, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes a bodybuilder nicknamed "DJ" and a bodybuilder-turned-radio-deejay.

The "So What?": IFBB Pro Dennis James withdrew his name from the list of competitors at the upcoming IFBB Australia Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships (March 14). The 5'8" 260-pound German cites illness, specifically pneumonia, as the reason. Dennis "DJ" James placed 7th at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships last weekend.

IFBB Pro Richard "Tricky" Jackson gave me the scoop on his latest venture-- an online chat-fest called "Pro Muscle Radio." With the plethora of sports-talk radio shows clogging cyberspace, is there room for another? Given the mission of the new program, co-hosted by IFBB Pro Jose Raymond, Jackson says yes. "I created a show for the athlete by the athlete. It will give exposure to more underexposed athletes, including national-level male and female bodybuilders, figure, fitness and bikini competitors."

Pro Muscle Radio will also focus on bodybuilders in the 202 Division (in which Jackson and Raymond compete), and the show includes segments by IFBB Pro Tracy Beckham and IFBB Pro Carlo Filippone. The show airs Sundays at 6 pm eastern. Upcoming episodes include guests such as IFBB Pro Chris Faildo, IFBB Pro David Henry, IFBB Pro Mike Valentino, IFBB Pro Leo Ingram, IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins and many more.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Dennis James' last showing at the Australian Pro Grand Prix was in 2001 when he placed 2nd behind IFBB Pro Chris Cormier. Some expected James to likely place in the Top 5 again. This announcement comes on the heels of my report on the withdrawal of IFBB Pro Lee Priest from the same contest. With a lineup that still includes the likes of IFBB Pros Silvio Samuel, IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, and 2009 Arnold Classic Champ IFBB Pro K. Greene, the show must go on. And Tricky's show will go on. I caught the premiere episode. Jackson is not only a good poser; he's also a good gabber. After the infant-stage glitches are ironed out, it could be a smooth listen.

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