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ESPN 1000 Brings Back Chicago’s College Tailgate

“In addition to the live broadcast, fans can find the show podcasted on the ESPN app.”



Good news for college football fans in the Windy City. ESPN 1000 will debut a second season of Chicago’s College Tailgate on Saturday, August 31.

Chris Bleck, Adam Abdalla, and Jonathan Hood serve as hosts for the weekly show, which will air before most Notre Dame games on ESPN 1000. In addition to the live broadcast, fans can find the show podcasted on the ESPN app. The trio will also offer analysis, gambling advice and a live scoreboard during the show.

Chris Bleck and Adam Abdalla produce shows in the weekday lineup for ESPN 1000 and host shows on the station during the weekends. Jonathan Hood is the host of the station’s evening show Under the Hood and co-host of Dickerson and Hood on ESPN Radio.

August 31 is the first full Saturday of college football. Most Chicago fans will have their eyes on Northwestern’s visit to #25 Stanford, as Notre Dame doesn’t play until Monday and Wisconsin will have played the night before. Nationally, the biggest game will be #11 Oregon vs #16 Auburn in Arlington, Texas.

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Mike Francesa Ranks The Top 5 Sports Moments that Had Biggest Impact on WFAN

Mike Francesa says of all the sports moments in New York, the 2000 Yankees World Series was a “dud”.

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Mike Francesa is no stranger to being behind the microphone talking about some of the biggest moments in New York sports.

But one of the big moments that have happened over the last two decades didn’t have the impact that some would think, according to the WFAN legend.

Francesa on his podcast this week was asked by a listener to rank five New York sports moments that had a big impact on radio in the city. Those moments: The 1996 Yankees winning the World Series, the Giants winning Super Bowl XXV, the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in 1994, the subway series World Series in 2000, and the Giants upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

He said the 2000 World Series was incredibly underwhelming.

“That laid an egg,” Francesa said. “It never had the impact in this town in New York, and on the radio, influence in the media, everything. It was a dud. It was severely disappointing.”

The Yankees that year won their fourth World Series in five years that year, sweeping the Mets and clinching at Shea Stadium. Francesa said the fact that there was so much anticipation for the series only for the Yanks to cruise to another title made it disappointing.

“Waited for the Subway Series forever, and when it happened it did not fulfill its promises,” he said.

Francesa ranked the 1996 Yankees at number one in terms of impact. He talked about how even in September of that year when the team tailed off a little bit before the playoffs.

No. 1 by far on the radio was the Yankees 1996 run leading up to them winning their first World Series.

“The Yankees hit the skids in September, but they never fell out of first,” he said. “The impact of that on the radio was enormous.”

The 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup run, coupled with the Knicks playoff run that spring as well also stood out to Francesa.

“I never took a day off that entire spring,” he said.

The two Giants Super Bowl victories ended up ranking third and fourth on Francesa’s list.

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Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa

Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.



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On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.

95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.

Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.

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Toucher and Rich: There’s No Way Dennis Eckersley is Retiring

“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley.”



On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that this season would be his last with NESN, the Boston Red Sox and in baseball broadcasting. However, some in Boston don’t think Eckersley will truly be done once the season ends.

On Toucher and Rich, co-host Rich Shertenlieb said this can’t be the end of the broadcasting career of Dennis Eckersley.

“He’s way too young to be truly retiring, I think,” said Shertenlieb. “This can’t be it for him. There’s no way this is it. He’s too into it, he loves it too much, he’s good at it and he’s not old.”

“It’s a lot of travel, that’s the thing,” added co-host Fred Toucher.

Shertenlieb chimed back that he could have options in regards to his schedule.

“You could be somebody that’s just doing home games,” offered Shertenlieb. “You could also be someone who could be at a desk.”

Shertenlieb was adamant that Eckersley would have a chance to make it somewhere else, somewhere perhaps more national.

“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley,” said the Toucher and Rich co-host. “Maybe he’s just outgrown it and he’s just too talented to only be at a regional network.”

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