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Redskins Announce New Partnership With The Fan

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The Washington Redskins have a new partnership agreement in place that will effect programming on 106.7 the Fan and on WPGC. The deal will also see the team’s Spanish language broadcast show up on Entercom’s El Zol Deportes, which is on 1580 AM.

Under the terms of the deal, 106.7 the Fan’s Friday programming lineup will be known as Redskins Football Friday. The station will also have an on-site presence at Redskins games as part of The Sports Junkies Pregame Show. There will also be live shows featuring various Fan personalities at Redskins Park.

The Fan and WPGC are the official tailgate stations of the Redskins. The rhythmic station will also feature Redskins player interviews on its afternoon show The Home Team with DJ Flexx. Midday personality DJ Jealousy will be the official house DJ of FedEx Field.

The deal comes about in the wake of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder getting out of the radio business. He recently sold The Team 980 to Urban One. That station will remain the Redskins’ flagship, but with Snyder selling the competitor, it made 106.7 the Fan an attractive partner for other broadcasting opportunities.

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Boomer Esiason Details Announcing Bengals/Jets From Studio After Technical Difficulties

“We’re not even sure who’s on the field. We don’t have a flip card in front of us. We don’t know if there’s any major injuries or if there’s anybody missing.”

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During the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets broadcast, CBS experienced technical difficulties which inhibited Ian Eagle and Charles Davis from being heard on the broadcast. During the glitch, CBS had the cast of The NFL Today — which features WFAN morning co-host Boomer Esiason — announce the game, and he detailed the experience Monday morning.

“It was the Boomer Bowl between the Jets and the Bengals so it was fitting that you were sitting there doing color analysis of this game for a good 10 minutes,” co-host Gregg Giannotti said.

“We all were which is interesting because I said we finally got our alternate broadcast in that we want,” Esiason joked. “We’re not even sure who’s on the field. We don’t have a flip card in front of us. We don’t know if there’s any major injuries or if there’s anybody missing. You can tell who Garrett Wilson is, who Elijah Moore is, who Joe Flacco is. You can tell Hendrickson is, but you don’t have the flip card there. Plus, we don’t have a closeup. It’s the all-high 22. You’re just trying to give the fans a little bit of perspective because at this point in time of the game. It was interesting with five guys.”

He then added that they were watching to see how Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow handled clock management, because former coach Bill Cowher’s pregame emphasis was about clock management. But Giannotti noticed Cowher and Esiason had another on-set disagreement.

“This is the second time in three weeks that you guys have gone at it on national television,” Giannotti quipped. “First was week one between the Steelers and the Bengals. Then yesterday, you guys were going at it about the Kansas City Chiefs. You were listing all the miscues the Chiefs had in their loss to the Colts and coach Cowher didn’t like that and he was barking back at you and you were barking back and him. This is a relationship that is deteriorating.”

“No, it is not deteriorating,” Esisason said. “He was barking at me because — I don’t know — it always seems like I’m the one who has to do the replays of the mistakes so our producer is in my ear. Indianapolis and Kansas City are two of the markets that are actually doing our postgame show so of course we want to highlight the games in the cities where people are watching us.

“As we are talking about that, I get in my ear ‘I have the Kansas City special teams miscues. You ready?’. I guess. So coach gets done making his point, and so I’m like here are the Kansas City miscues and this is why they end up losing the game. They miss two field goals, they ran a fake punt that didn’t work and something else happened. And then we come back from that and there’s coach steaming. ‘I don’t want to micro-analyze things’. I don’t want to micro-analyze anything! I’m just doing what Drew (the producer) is telling me to do!”

After Giannotti impersonated Cowher’s disgust for the segment, Esiason concluded “That’s the best part about live TV. You get reactions and you want reactions!”

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Mike Rhyner Expected to Spearhead New Dallas Sports Radio Station 97.1 The Freak

The talent lineup for The Freak is believed to consist of Rhyner, Eagle hosts Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, former 105.3 The Fan host Jeff Cavanaugh, and Julie Dobbs and Mike Sirois who were previously with The Ticket.

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Mike Rhyner, the founder of sports radio juggernaut The Ticket in Dallas, is unretiring to launch a direct competitor in the DFW market.

Richie Whitt wrote in a story for the SI Fan Nation site Cowboys Country that the new sports talker will be called 97.1 The Freak. The Freak will replace rock station 97.1 The Eagle, and it’s believed the format switch will take place as early as Friday.

Rhyner called it a career in January 2020 after four decades in the sports radio industry. He launched The Ticket in 1994 and grew it into one of the nation’s top stations and routinely the number one sports talker in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The talent lineup for The Freak is believed to consist of Rhyner, Eagle hosts Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, former 105.3 The Fan host Jeff Cavanaugh, and Julie Dobbs and Mike Sirois who were previously with The Ticket.

Rhyner posted on Twitter on Friday morning about a desire to get back on the air to talk about Yankees star Aaron Judge’s pursuit of the American League single-season home run record held by Roger Maris.

Then on Saturday, while promoting his Tom Petty tribute band’s appearance at a Dallas venue, Rhyner appeared to drop a hint about The Freak.

Whitt connected the dots further, pointing to a response from Cavanaugh.

It’s understood that The Freak will have rights to Dallas Mavericks games, which The Eagle picked up last season.

Combined with a lineup of voices many DFW listeners are very familiar, The Freak will have its sights set on shaking up the sports talk landscape in the metroplex.

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ESPN Milwaukee, SiriusXM Pause Brett Favre Appearances Amid Mississippi Investigation

Good Karma Brands’ ESPN Milwaukee and SiriusXM NFL Radio both have kept Favre off the airwaves since the story started making headlines.

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As more comes to light regarding hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre’s efforts to have Mississippi officials divert state welfare funds toward building athletic facilities at Southern Miss, Favre’s regular radio hits have been shelved.

Good Karma Brands’ ESPN Milwaukee and SiriusXM NFL Radio both have kept Favre off the airwaves since the story started making headlines.

A spokesperson for ESPN Milwaukee told Front Office Sports that his weekly podcast The Brett Favre Show has been “paused.”

A representative for Sirius also told FOS that Favre’s regular hit on The SiriusXM Blitz has been put “on hold.”

In addition to Favre pushing for $5 million in state welfare money to be spent to build a new volleyball arena at Southern Miss, new text messages acquired by Front Office Sports also revealed Favre wanted money to be spent to build an indoor practice facility for the school’s football program.

Favre last appeared on ESPN Milwaukee on September 12 and on Sirius on September 13.

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