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Kimball Offers Something Different To Bangor Listeners

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Rich Kimball hosts “Downtown with Rich Kimball,” a sports talk show on Bangor station WZON 620-AM, live from Seasons restaurant on Main Street. He has plenty of guests who talk sports, including sportswriters, broadcasters and University of Maine players and coaches. But often his guests are just folks he’d like to talk to, their names popping into his head for whatever reason.

Kimball, 57, has an idea of what people around Bangor might be interested in. He graduated from Bangor High School and the University of Maine. He began in broadcasting as a teenager and has been working on Maine radio and TV stations since 1975. He’s been the play-by-play announcer for UMaine football for 19 years, and recently won his sixth Maine Sportscaster of the Year award.

He’s also a social studies teacher and drama director at Brewer High School, and he has acted in local theater groups. His interests go well beyond sports.

“We don’t want it to be a hardcore sports show. The world doesn’t need another show with angry callers,” said Kimball, who collaborates with producer Bryan Stackpole on the guest list. “We decided to do sports as entertainment, so we could talk to people in entertainment, too. Our criteria is ‘Who would be a really interesting person to talk to?’ ”

In a small market like Bangor, it’s hard to find a large audience for just sports talk, said Bobby Russell, general manager of WZON and two other stations. So the fact that Kimball didn’t do a straight sports show appealed to Russell.

 

But not all the guests invite discussion of heavy topics. Kimball’s co-host is local comedian Ryan Waning. Kimball also has had songwriters, musicians and actors as his guests.

“I know it doesn’t all appeal to everyone,” Kimball said of his show. “But we try to make it interesting.”

To read the full article visit the Portland Press Herald where it was originally published

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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