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Tom Nalen Joins 104.3 The Fan For Afternoon Drive

“Nalen replaces Alfred Williams, his Bronco teammate of four years, on The Fan’s afternoon show.”

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Denver’s 104.3 The Fan announced former Bronco offensive lineman, Tom Nalen will join their afternoon show, partnering with co-host Darren “DMac” McKee on The Drive, weekdays from 3 – 6pm.  

“I’m still pinching myself. I cannot believe Tom Nalen is my new radio partner,” said McKee when discussing the two-time Super Bowl champion. “Our friendship goes back to his days playing for the Broncos and continued after he retired. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited or happy professionally following this move. To host ‘The Drive’ every day with Tom Nalen is an absolute dream come true.”

Nalen replaces Alfred Williams, his Bronco teammate of four years, on The Fan’s afternoon show.  Big Al is expected to join the Broncos flagship affiliate, News-Talk KOA 850 and iHeart sister station Orange & Blue 760 when his non-compete clause expires.

“While Tommy’s football credentials are unquestionable, it’s his personality that made him the perfect fit as our new co-host of The Drive,” said program director Raj Sharan in a press release.  Pairing Nalen with DMac is the first major weekday lineup change for Sharan since being promoted from The Fan’s assistant program director to PD in February.

“His sense of humor mixed with blunt honesty and a heart of gold add up to one of the most loveable figures in Denver sports history,” added Sharan.  “During our audition process, his chemistry with DMac was instant and undeniable, as was the overwhelming feedback we received from our listeners. It was clear and obvious that Tommy was the people’s choice, and I’m thrilled all of Broncos Country will enjoy his insight and charm every weekday on their drive home.”

Nalen is no stranger to drive-time sports radio in Denver, having helped launch Altitude 950 in 2016, co-hosting their afternoon show with Nate Kreckman.  “Similar to Kevin Durant, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em right?” Nalen joked. “I’m thrilled to be joining The Fan, it’s going to be a blast challenging DMac and having fun with him every day.”

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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