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Hyder Receives Successful Kidney Transplant

“Now that his new kidney is functioning at 100 percent, Hyder told Mike Waters of he looks forward to getting back to work.”

Brandon Contes



After being diagnosed with kidney disease five years ago, former Syracuse basketball radio announcer, Steve Hyder underwent a successful kidney transplant on July 15th.  Hyder received the kidney from his second-cousin and goddaughter, Liz McMorrow, both are doing great after surgery, according to

The former play-by-play announcer called Syracuse men’s basketball for 10 years during the 80’s and 90’s.  Hyder moved to his hometown of Newport after Syracuse chose not to renew his contract in 1996.  There, he began serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox where he worked with the current radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals Dan Hoard.  

In the last three years, sports have been pushed aside with Hyder’s life revolving around dialysis treatments.   Now that his new kidney is functioning at 100 percent, Hyder told Mike Waters of he looks forward to getting back to work.

“I’m thinking by the fall I’d at least start to have an idea of when I could do something,’’ Hyder said. “If it’s in broadcasting, that would be cool. Maybe a talk show or some basketball, but if not, and this might sound cliché, but I’d like to do something to give back. I am so lucky. I received so much support through this whole ordeal. I’d like to advocate for organ donation or work for some non-profit.”

Hyder’s goddaughter and donor, Liz McMorrow decided to become an organ donor after being involved in a serious car accident several years ago while she was pregnant.  

“Her kids are 3 and 4 years old. She’s got a husband, a full-time job and she took time out of her life to save mine,’’ Hyder told Waters about his goddaughter. “That’s not something you can easily thank someone for.”

Hyder will no longer receive dialysis treatments, but was advised by doctors to take it slow during the next few months as he continues to regain strength.  

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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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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