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Mike Thompson Named OM Of Omaha’s NRG Media

“During his radio career, the executive also spent time working for stations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta.”

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Veteran programmer and radio executive, Mike Thompson has been named Operations Manager of NRG Media’s five-station cluster in Omaha, NE.  In his new position, Thompson will be responsible for programming KOZN 1620 The Zone, Sports KZOT 1180 Zone 2, News-Talk KOIL The Mighty 1290 and regional Mexican KMMQ La Nueva 1020/99.5.

“I am excited to join a great brand of sports and news talk with NRG Media in Omaha,” Thompson said in a press release.  “NRG Media’s slogan is Great Local Radio — for me that’s what I am all about. Working with Market Manager Mark Shecterle and talented hosts and producers it will be rewarding to always live up to that slogan.”

Thompson brings decades of radio experience to Omaha, including a stint as program director of ESPN New York from 2003 – 2007, followed by ESPN Los Angeles from 2010 – 2015 where he hired both Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith.  

Thompson fell victim to ESPN’s companywide layoffs in 2015 which led to the dismissal of approximately 300 employees.  Since being let go by ESPN, Thompson has remained in Los Angeles, working as a television show and commercial actor.  During his radio career, the executive also spent time working for stations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta.

“Mike will be a great addition to our already talented and award-winning staff and has an outstanding programming mind as well as a strong sales mentality,” said market manager Mark Shecterle.

Thompson joins NRG Media’s Omaha cluster, filling the void left by previous Operations Manager, Dave Tepper who departed the company last August to program Denver’s Altitude 950.  Thompson will begin his new position on Thursday February 28th

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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