John Lund previously announced he’d be heading to KNBR when his contract at 95.7 The Game expires. However, his final day on The Game was Friday, after the radio station decided to remove him from the airwaves effective immediately. Lund will now sit out for the next month and a half before joining forces with Tom Tolbert in July.
With Lund gone, Greg Papa is hosting Monday’s 12p-3p show remotely from Oklahoma City. Dan Dibley is serving as co-host back in studio. No word yet from The Game on what their future plans are for middays. Papa is expected to be a key part of it regardless.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Toucher and Rich: There’s No Way Dennis Eckersley is Retiring
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley.”
On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that this season would be his last with NESN, the Boston Red Sox and in baseball broadcasting. However, some in Boston don’t think Eckersley will truly be done once the season ends.
On Toucher and Rich, co-host Rich Shertenlieb said this can’t be the end of the broadcasting career of Dennis Eckersley.
“He’s way too young to be truly retiring, I think,” said Shertenlieb. “This can’t be it for him. There’s no way this is it. He’s too into it, he loves it too much, he’s good at it and he’s not old.”
“It’s a lot of travel, that’s the thing,” added co-host Fred Toucher.
Shertenlieb chimed back that he could have options in regards to his schedule.
“You could be somebody that’s just doing home games,” offered Shertenlieb. “You could also be someone who could be at a desk.”
Shertenlieb was adamant that Eckersley would have a chance to make it somewhere else, somewhere perhaps more national.
“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley,” said the Toucher and Rich co-host. “Maybe he’s just outgrown it and he’s just too talented to only be at a regional network.”
Chicago Bears Reportedly Leaving WBBM After 2022 Season
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears will have a new radio home after the 2022 season when their deal with WBBM ends.
Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights. The source said the Audacy-owned station loses money on the Bears.
“We are focused on having a great 2022 season with WBBM and Audacy,” said Bears Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Scott Hagel said.
The report also says it’s likely the radio rights go to either Good Karma Brands-owned ESPN 1000 or iHeartMedia’s Rock 95.9 landed the rights.
Play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak and color commentator Tom Thayer are both expected to keep their positions with the Bears. Joniak is the Sport Director at WBBM.
KFAN’s The Power Trip Jokes About Corporate Twitter Memo
“Listen I know we go on at 5:30 (AM). But don’t you think a tweet at 5:15 (AM) is gonna get people motivated to tune in?”
Chris Hawkey returned to KFAN’s The Power Trip this morning after time away at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and joked about an email he got from his corporate bosses about more promotion for the show on Twitter in the first segment of Thursday’s show.
“It’s good to disconnect and then come back and reconnect with everything that’s gone on here at the radio station while I was gone and try to understand everything that went on while I was gone. It was a lot of fun to disconnect and the reconnect and see all the great ideas,” said Hawkey, dryly.
“If you can’t tell, I got him wound up this morning,” Paul “Meatsauce” Lambert said.
“I’m not wound up at all. It makes perfect sense to me. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Are you talking about the tweet thing?”, Hawkey said. “I must admit, I was confused, because I had people tweet me saying ‘Nice tweet!’ and I was like are they being a-holes to me? Are they ripping on me? Then I got back and saw the wonderful memo. You know what I thought? I thought that makes great sense. Don’t you think that’s the way to win? To tweet before the show? Sure, listen I know we go on at 5:30 (AM). But don’t you think a tweet at 5:15 (AM) is gonna get people motivated to tune in? Because I forgot to do it,”
“I forgot to do it, too,” Cory Cove replied.
“No, each of us have to do it,” Hawkey said. “Read the email. Did you guys not read the email? Each individual on the show, I believe, — son of a bitch am I gonna be fired? –, we’re just gonna have to be better tomorrow. I’m gonna do it on the way in. Because I want people to plan. That as soon as they wake up, I want them to tune in. They’re like walking to their car to their place of employment and that’s when I tweet, that’s a missed opportunity. So what I wanna do is, first thing when they wake up, I wanna be the first thing they see. When they wake up and think ‘What should I listen to? Better check Twitter and find out.’ and then they do and see my smiling face and it’s me saying ‘Tune in. It’s me and the guys…on the Fan. We’ve only been on the air 21 years, but you may have forgotten’. Billboards don’t work. But tweets do, guys.”
The trio then joked other stations in the iHeart Minneapolis cluster get billboards and television commercials, but they “don’t work” for KFAN, before Hawkey noted the only time he’s seen on TV is during his endorsements.