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Under The Radar – February 6, 2017

Jason Barrett

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Another week of news to share that you may have not been aware of. To pass along future tips, press releases and relevant information, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here’s the stuff you might have missed.

One of the biggest sports media questions of 2017 is, where will Mike Francesa land after he departs WFAN? Last week during an on-air reunion with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Francesa said he will be on the air somewhere on January 3, 2018. He also hinted that the next venture might not be conventional. Stay tuned.

Altitude Sports 950 in Denver is going thru a change to its weekday lineup. Tom Nalen has left the station and his position in afternoon drive with Nate Kreckman, forcing the station to make a personnell adjustment. Starting Monday, Kreckman will be joined on a daily basis by former Denver Bronco Ryan Harris. The new afternoon show will be titled “Kreckman and Harris“.

Also in Denver, Mile High Sports is bringing in former Sports Radio 810 WHB evening host TJ Carpenter for a look. Carpenter who has spent the past four and a half years in Kansas City is expected to do a few test shows this week.

Congratulations to Kyle Brown who’s been promoted to Assistant Program Director at 710 ESPN Seattle. The station also announced promotions for James “Boy Howdy” Osborn and Taylor Jacobs. Osborn will become the station’s Topical Content producer, which includes handling the station’s imaging and developing ways to produce content across all media platforms. Jacobs takes on the role of Audience Engagement Manager, which focuses on the brand’s social media strategy and engagement, database development, and digital brand messaging.

When you have a love for radio, you keep pushing forward regardless of the setbacks. That’s exactly what Jeff Pantridge did and as luck would have it, he’s now landed the afternoon hosting opportunity at ESPN Radio 94.1 in Virginia Beach. Congrats to Dave Paulus and the Max Media Virginia Beach crew on finding a quality replacement for Nick Cattles who left last month to join 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Former LSU center T-Bob Hebert, who’s also the son of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert is returning to Baton Rouge. The former offensive linemen will co-host a morning drive show with Jordy Culotta on 104.5/104.9 ESPN. The program “Off the Bench” will air weekdays from 7a-9a ET.

CRC Broadcasting has announced plans to launch a new sports radio station in Phoenix. 1580 The Fanatic will debut Monday, February 13th and feature a mixture of local programming and CBS Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio shows. The station’s weekday lineup will consist of The Morning Fanatics with K-Ray and Bauer from 6-9am, Fouhy on The Fanatic from 9-10am, Jim Rome from 10am-12pm, The Daily Blender with Jeffry O’Brien from 12-2pm, The Dean’s List with Jeff Dean from 2-3pm, and Roc and Manuch with Shawn Crespin from 3-6pm. This will be the 4th sports station to be available in the Phoenix market, joining Arizona Sports 98.7FM, FOX Sports 910 and NBC Sports 1060.

Also in Phoenix, congratulations is in order for Erin Maloney who has expanded her role on Arizona Sports 98.7FM. Maloney will be providing on-air updates during Bickley and Marotta’s midday show.

In the windy city, Julie DiCaro and Brian Hedger are teaming up to co-host a new Saturday program on 670 The Score. The debut broadcast took place this past Saturday February 4th immediately after the Illinois basketball game.

Heading to the nation’s capital, 106.7 The Fan has made a couple of moves. The radio station has struck a deal with Thom Loverro to contribute to all of the station’s weekday programs. Loverro had been a member of ESPN 980 but was let go due to budget cuts. Additionally, The Fan has partnered with the Washington Capitals to bring head coach Barry Trotz on the Sports Junkies every Wednesday morning at 8am.

Congratulations are in order for Jack Fritz who has been hired as a producer at Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.

CBS Sports Radio is losing the talents of Max Herman. The on-air anchor has announced he’s moving to Vancouver where he hopes to produce content for an interested company. Herman worked his final shift on CBS Sports Radio last week.

Former NFL Defensive Coordinator and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Mike Nolan will be departing SiriusXM‘s NFL channel in order to accept a new opportunity with the New Orleans Saints.

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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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