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Josh Innes Discusses Firing On Podcast

“Innes admitted his tenure could be categorized as a failure because he’s no longer working in Houston, but noted inheriting a 0.7 rating and boosting that number into the three’s deserves credit for being a success.”

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After being dismissed from iHeartMedia in Houston for budgetary reasons, Josh Innes recorded a podcast, similar to after getting pushed out in Philadelphia, providing insight on his firing from Houston’s SportsTalk 790.  

The 44-minute podcast featured Innes along with his fiancé and on-air contributor, Jill Osterman where Josh insisted he doesn’t know what radio market could be next for them.  Immediately after being fired from Philadelphia’s WIP in 2016, Innes had a good idea that a return to Houston was possible, but currently, there’s nothing in the works for the controversial radio host.

Although his second stint in Houston was short-lived, lasting less than two years in morning drive, Innes made it clear he didn’t believe his show was a failed experiment at KBME.

“I don’t view it as a failure, I view it as relatively successful, is it what we wanted to be? No, but it’s not like we were down here and all the other sports stations were up there, we passed them up for three quarters last year in morning drive.”

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“I appreciate them for giving us that opportunity,” Josh said of iHeartMedia.  “I’m not going to sit here today and dump on anybody, they gave us an opportunity, it was what it was, I don’t view it as a failure.”  While Josh and Jilly agreed the firing was “quick and painless,” Innes seemed most upset about the chairs he left in his former studio.  

“What irks me the most is that I bought two new chairs for that damn studio and people’s asses are going to be comfortable in my chairs,” Innes joked while recording his podcast, admittedly doing so in his underwear, a benefit of not having to go into work.

His radio stops are rarely without controversy.  Josh is a polarizing personality and without him to shake up a market there’s less for people to yell about, whether it’s with disdain or support.  “The market gets more boring without me in it, and people miss that,” said Innes.

The free agent radio host posted one episode of The Josh Innes Show podcast since leaving Sports Talk 790, but said he plans to regularly produce digital content while searching for his next opportunity.

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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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’

“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”

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They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.

“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”

Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.

“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”

After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.

“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”

Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.

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99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship

“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”

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The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.

The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”

“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.

“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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