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Steve Somers Has Harsh Words For Greg Gumbel

“Gumbel viewed WFAN as a “pit stop,” according to Somers, as the former morning host had his sights set on a TV gig with CBS.”

Brandon Contes

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Steve Somers has been on-air with WFAN since the station’s inception in 1987.  Spending most of his WFAN career as an overnight host, Somers has been the lead-in to a number of morning shows on the station.  Thursday night, the popular WFAN host didn’t hold back when talking about one of his least favorite morning shows the New York sports radio station experienced.

Shared by Funhouse (@backaftathis), the Twitter handle known for highlighting Mike Francesa’s on-air miscues, the social media account posted audio of Somers’ opinion of former WFAN host and longtime CBS sportscaster, Greg Gumbel.

“All he did was read wire copy.  It was the worst version of a morning show you could ever have heard anywhere let alone New York City,” Somers said of Gumbel, noting he was hired by WFAN because of his name.  Somers made sure to add he has no issue with Greg’s brother Bryant Gumbel, “the intelligent one in the family.”

Gumbel viewed WFAN as a “pit stop,” according to Somers, as the former morning host had his sights set on a TV gig with CBS.  Somers took issue with Greg for calling into his overnight show to take subtle shots at the radio station after he was fired. 

After giving him the platform to take those shots, Somers wanted to get Greg back on the show once he was finally hired by CBS.  Hoping for insight on an NCAA tournament game the CBS sportscaster was going to call, instead of getting an interview opportunity, Somers was told by Greg to contact the PR department.  “Greg Gumbel, nice guy,” Somers said.

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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