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Under The Radar – 7/28/16

Jason Barrett

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After a few days away on business, I’m happy to get back on track and bring you up to speed on some recent developments inside the sports media industry. As always, if you have a news tip to share or a great story that you feel would be beneficial to others in the industry to be aware of, please send it to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

  • Former WDAE weekday host, and NFL player Ian Beckles has signed on to be part of a Sunday show on 102.5 The Bone in Tampa. The new program debuts on Sunday August 7th and will air from 11a-1p. Beckles is expected to be teamed with Mike Calta and Drew Garabo.
  • Speaking of WDAE, the radio station has added former Tampa Tribune Buccaneers beat reporter Roy Cummings as a special Bucs training camp correspondent. He’ll file a daily practice report and appear on the radio station’s key weekday programs.
  • Congratulations is in order for Mike Pearson who has been promoted to Assistant Program Director of SB Nation Radio (formerly Yahoo). Pearson has been a part of the Houston based network since 2012 and will work under PD Craig Larson.
  • Multiple sources have told BSM that the Los Angeles Rams have undergone a series of changes with their plans for their radio broadcast team. The team originally wanted Andrew Siciliano and Eric Dickerson to anchor the broadcast, but insiders say that neither are expected to be a part of it. It’s unclear of why talks broke down, but the latest scuttlebutt is that the team is now strongly considering JB Long and Maurice Jones-Drew.
  • Denver sports radio personalities Nate Lundy and Shawn Drotar announced on social media that they have launched the 5280 Sports Network, a Denver-centric website with a focus on pro and college sports, and featuring exclusive podcasts and video. The site went live yesterday. You can check it out by clicking here.
  • Portland sports radio stations 910 ESPN (KMTT) and 1080 The FAN (KFXX) have reached a multi-year agreement with the Washington State-IMG Sports Network. Beginning with the 2016 college football season, 910 ESPN-Portland will serve as the Portland affiliate for Cougar game-day broadcasts, with select games also to air on 1080 The FAN.
  • Joe Ferreira has left Learfield Communications to take a new position as the VP of Content Strategy for CSN Mid-Atlantic. Ferreira posted on Facebook that he’ll be leading a talented team of studio news, original programming, digital, and scheduling execs including on-air talent. His first day on the job will be Monday August 1st.
  • Boston radio personality Keith Rice has been added as a blog-contributor to WEEI.com.

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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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