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103.7 The Buzz Adds David Medford and Eric Sullivan

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103.7 The Buzz has announced that David Medford and Eric Sullivan have been added as hosts of a brand new midday show that will air Monday-Friday, 1p-4p. The new program will debut on Monday, August 29th.

“We are really excited to introduce our new afternoon team,” said Steve Jonsson, General Manager of The Buzz. “The Buzz provides our listeners with on-air talent that can deliver strong entertainment and sports programming. We were fortunate that Dave and Eric were available to create this highly entertaining new show.”

Dave’s on-air career began in 1994 partnering with Tommy Smith as the Magic 105 morning show co-host, known at that time as “Big Dave”. A fourth generation Arkansan, Medford was born in and grew up in Mena. He graduated from Hendrix College in 1982 with a degree in economics. Medford and Smith enjoyed their status for years as the #1 show in Arkansas and the highest performing morning show in a top 100 market.

Then, from 2000-2005, Dave was the afternoon drive talk show host at KARN where he opined on a broad range of topics. Since then, Dave has been a full time voice over talent. He’s lived in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dallas, and is now back home in Arkansas. He’s a huge sports fan and lifelong Razorback fan.

Sullivan grew up in Wickes, AR, graduating from Mena High School and played basketball at Arkansas Tech University. Sullivan began his TV career in 1998 at KARK-TV shooting sports video for Steve Sullivan and David Bazzel. In 2000, Eric became the Weekend Sports Anchor at KTHV Channel 11. In 2003, Eric was named Sports Anchor at KFSM-TV in Fayetteville/Fort Smith. After five years covering the Razorbacks, Eric moved to Texas where he spent 10 years covering the Dallas Cowboys and Texas high school football, among many other sports. At that time, he also started the Eric Sully Radio Show on ESPN 92.1 FM. He will bring a vast background and skill set to the Buzz.

“We conducted an exhaustive, nationwide search to find the best possible hosts for what we think our listeners would love in the 1 o’clock time slot,” said Justin Acri, Program Director for 103.7 The Buzz. “After considering a number of highly qualified applicants, we decided that this extremely entertaining pair would be perfect for the job.”

The new show replaces Overtime, which aired from November 2012 to July 2016. It will be produced by veteran KABZ-FM producer, Joe Franklin. Having been with The Buzz since 2002, Franklin produced The Zone from 2004 to 2012, at which point he began producing both Overtime and DriveTime Sports. Franklin will also continue as producer for DriveTime Sports.

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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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