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SiriusXM Goes Behind The Scenes with the Texas Rangers

Jason Barrett

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SiriusXM will produce and broadcast an original three-part radio series that will take a “reality style” look at the Texas Rangers, allowing fans to experience many facets of life with a big league ball club.

Deep in the Heart of Texas: Behind the Scenes with the 2016 Rangers will air three consecutive days – March 28, 29 and 30 – at 6:00 pm ET/5:00 pm CT. Each one-hour episode, narrated by SiriusXM’s Casey Stern, will air on SiriusXM’s 24/7 baseball channel, MLB Network Radio (available nationwide on SiriusXM satellite radios and the SiriusXM app).

SiriusXM’s crew embedded themselves with the franchise this spring, accompanying team members in the clubhouse, on the field, on the team bus, and during their spare time away from the ballpark to give the audience an in-depth, often lighthearted perspective on the team’s personalities as they go through spring training.

Among the moments listeners will experience on Deep in the Heart of Texas:

  • Conversations with the players on the team bus as the Rangers travelled to Goodyear, AZ to play the Indians.
  • Play-by-play of the team free throw shooting tournament.
  • Celebrity impressions by pitcher Derek Holland.
  • Long form one-on-one interviews with stars Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, manager Jeff Banister and general manager Jon Daniels.
  • Pitcher AJ Griffin performing John Legend’s greatest hits.
  • A lengthy dinner conversation with veteran pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, featuring his thoughts on food, reality television, his future in baseball, and his musical tastes.
  • A Spin Class session with pitcher Colby Lewis (and his unsuccessful attempt to guide host Casey Stern through the workout).

“We are very pleased and grateful that the Texas Rangers gave us the in-depth access to create a one-of-a-kind show like this,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “Fans love the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at teams, and so we’ve produced Deep in the Heart of Texas in a way that will give our listeners a truly unique perspective on the Rangers. Our goal is to make you feel like you are tagging along with these players, not only as they are preparing for the season on the field, but as they are having fun and letting off steam away from it.”

After the debut, the series will be available to subscribers on SiriusXM On Demand. It will also replay in its entirety on April 2 starting at 4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT.

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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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