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KFAN Partners With Minnesota Vikings On 2 New Shows

“Both Under Center with Kirk Cousins and SKOL Storieswill be available on-demand at Vikings.com, the Vikings app and all podcast platforms, along with being broadcast on KFAN weekly.”

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Retired WCCO TV sports anchor and frequent KFAN FM 100.3 on-air personality, Mark Rosen is partnering with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins for a new weekly radio show. 

Titled, Under Center with Kirk Cousins, Rosen and the Vikings star quarterback will record hour long episodes which will air on the Twin Cities’ sports leader, KFAN every Tuesday at 6pmbeginning September 3rd.  The new show will feature current Vikings players, fan interaction and postgame sound.

In addition to Under Center with Kirk Cousins, Rosen is also launching SKOL Stories which will broadcast on KFAN, Thursday’s from 6:30 – 7pm, with its debut episode on September 5th.  SKOL Stories will tell the stories of Vikings legends, featuring Rosen and co-host Mike Wobschall, who serves as the content manager for Vikings.com.  

“I’m thrilled to partner with the Vikings to bring fans quality, behind-the-scenes stories and to be involved in the game day atmosphere at U.S. Bank Stadium,” said Rosen, who in addition to his new KFAN shows, will also provide a halftime update for the in-stadium crowd during Vikings home games. 

Both Under Center with Kirk Cousins and SKOL Storieswill be available on-demand at Vikings.com, the Vikings app and all podcast platforms, along with being broadcast on KFAN weekly.

“The Vikings have a vision of generating content that can’t be found anywhere else, and I can’t wait to be a part of that.  I’m very excited to sit down with Kirk Cousins each week during the season and welcome the fans into our conversations,” Rosen added.

In addition to the new Vikings related content, Rosen continues to regularly appear on KFAN’s The Power Trip Morning Show and The Common Man Program with Dan Cole.  The Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee spent 50 years as a sports anchor on WCCO TV before retiring from the position in January of this year.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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