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99.1FM The Game Launches in Birmingham

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Competition is about to heat up in Birmingham, Alabama. A brand new sports talker, 99.1FM The Game, has been launched and the radio station has debuted with a familiar name, face and voice leading its charge.

Scott Griffin, has previously hosted shows on WJOX and the former ESPN 97.3 The Zone, and he’s also been a reporter and anchor on local television, appearing at at NBC 13/WVTM-TV, Fox 6/WBRC-TV and CBS 42/WIAT-TV. Griffin is hosting a local morning show titled “Smash Mouth Talk Radio”. The show currently airs 6:30a-9a, but will expand to 6am soon.

“It’s fun to get another shot at doing what I think I’m good at,” Griffin said of his return to radio. “Radio is like long-form communication, meaning I can expound on things, I can discuss topics, I can interview people.”

The Game’s general manager Lyle Reynolds told AL.com that the radio station plans to add more local programming over the next few days and weeks.

“We started out with Scott’s show in the morning because that’s a day part that we really care about a lot,” Reynold said. “And from there, we are going to start filling in the rest of the day parts with quality, local sports-talk radio.”

One other daypart that the radio station expects to be local in is afternoons. The radio station is rumored to be adding “The Drive,” with former Alabama football player Wes Neighbors and sports-talk show host Steve Moulten. The show broadcasts out of Huntsville on ESPN 97.7 FM The Zone and airs weekdays from 5p-7p.

In addition, 99.1FM The Game is airing a mixture of FOX Sports Radio, and NBC Sports Radio programming, and plans to carry Homewood High School football games, and become the Birmingham affiliate for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

WJOX 94.5 FM has dominated the sports-talk radio scene in Birmingham since the early 1990s, but Reynolds believes the market is big enough to support two locally-driven sports-talk brands.

“There are a lot of markets that have multiple (local) sports stations,” Reynolds said. “Birmingham does not. Now this is a pretty sports crazy town, as evidenced by the fact that consistently Birmingham is the top 10 rated television markets for the NBA finals and we don’t even have an NBA team. This market is a sports-heavy, sports-crazy market, so yeah, I think there is certainly room for (another station).”

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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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