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Michelle Smallmon Returns to 101 ESPN

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Michelle Smallmon is heading home. After recently announcing her departure from ESPN Radio, the former producer for Ryen Russillo, Danny Kanell, Will Cain and Jorge Sedano has been hired by her former employer 101 ESPN in St. Louis to become Bernie Miklasz’s partner in morning drive.

“I’m so thrilled to be reunited with Bernie Miklasz and my 101 ESPN family in this new role” said Smallmon. “Getting the opportunity to work at ESPN in Bristol was a dream come true, and I’m so grateful for my time there and to all the amazing people I met at the network. But St. Louis is my home, and it feels great to be back in the community that means so much to me.”

Prior to moving to Bristol, CT to produce for ESPN Radio, Smallmon spent time producing and contributing to Miklasz’s show. Now after gaining more experience and honing her skills, she’s ready to head back to where it all started and take on a bigger on-air role working with one of St. Louis’ best on-air radio personalities.

“I gave Michelle her first full-time gig in sports-talk radio” noted Miklasz. “I chose her as my producer even though there were more experienced candidates under consideration. But I sincerely believed she had a chance to be special, and she was worthy of the chance. I am so proud of her, watching her develop into a budding star. She is an exceptional talent and person who will only continue to grow and shine. And she will make my show better in so many ways. It really is the perfect fit.”

The radio station confirmed that Miklasz and Smallmon will start working together on a full time basis Monday January 29th. She’s also expected to contribute to 101 ESPN’s digital platforms.

“It’s great to have Michelle come home to 101 ESPN” added PD Chris “Hoss” Neupert. “She will be a great addition to ‘The Bernie Miklasz Show” and we are excited to continue improving our great sports radio station! We are also looking forward to her contributions on www.101sports.com.”

In conjunction with the announcement of Smallmon’s addition, Hubbard St. Louis VP John Kijowski acknowledged that the radio station had also agreed to terms on a lengthy contract extension with Miklasz.

“With all of his accomplishments, awards and honors from his on-the-air show hosting and sports writing- we’re thrilled to extend Bernie’s deal with 101 ESPN” Kijowski commented. “And we could not be more pleased to welcome back Michelle to the 101 ESPN airwaves. She’s proven herself as a sports radio professional on the national level, and we’re excited to have her expertise and skills working with Bernie on ‘The Bernie Miklasz Show” in her new capacity.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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