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1500 ESPN & FOX 9/My29 To Air United Soccer Games

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FOX 9/My29 and 1500 ESPN have joined forces to strike a broadcast partnership with Minnesota United, which will place the team’s games on local television and radio for the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Fans will be able to watch all non-nationally broadcast MNUFC matches on My29, and can hear every match simulcast on 1500 ESPN.

My29 partnered with the United last year, broadcasting all of the team’s games during the 2016 season. The partnership with 1500 ESPN is the first radio broadcast agreement in club history.

Sheila Oliver, Vice President and General Manager of FOX 9 and My29 said, “It’s going to be a fun year for the Minnesota United. This is a great team with a bright and exciting future and we are proud to continue our partnership as their television home for live games.”

The broadcast will feature play-by-play announcer Callum Willliams, color commentator Kyndra de St. Aubin and sideline reporter Jamie Watson. Williams has called MLS and top European league matches for major broadcasters in England, de St. Aubin has covered the men’s and women’s national teams, and has been a part of MLS and college broadcast crews throughout her career, and Watson is a former Loons player, with a career spanning all levels of pro soccer in the U.S.

“Minnesota United is looking forward to continuing our partnership with FOX 9 and My29 in our inaugural MLS season, plus beginning a new one with 1500 ESPN,” added MNUFC President Nick Rogers. “The team we’ve put together for our TV broadcasts is a fantastic one. The mix of experiences from Callum’s background in England to Kyndra’s work covering the national teams to Jamie’s history with the club will make for a strong blend of voices to represent Minnesota United and engage our fans.”

Long-time soccer announcer Chris Lidholm will be the studio host for pre-match, half time and post-match for all matches on 1500 ESPN. Lidholm has commentated on soccer matches in Minnesota for over 20 years, and was the club’s television play-by-play announcer from 2010 to 2016.

“This is so cool,” said 1500 ESPN Program Director Brad Lane. “We couldn’t be more excited to help usher in a new generation of play-by-play on the radio in the Twin Cities with the inaugural MLS season for Minnesota United. We look forward to serving what’s been an untapped audience of passionate soccer fans by partnering with MNUFC.”

Minnesota United will feature in several nationally broadcast matches throughout the season. Eight matches are currently set to be on national stations including Fox Sports 1 and ESPN networks. The March 3rd season opener can be seen on Fox Sports 1, with a special radio broadcast on myTalk 107.1 FM.

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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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