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Ben & Skin Are Out At 105.3 the Fan

“Barrett Sports Media will update this story as more information becomes available. Ben and Skin have left 105.3 The Fan to pursue another opportunity.”

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105.3 the Fan is undergoing another change in mid days. Just two months ago the station flip flopped G Bag Nation and Ben and Skin, moving the latter from afternoons to mid days. The move was reported as having Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade’s blessing, as it gave them more time to work on a new business venture, which was announced later as the Rollertown Brewery, slated to open in the Dallas suburbs next year.

Now, just over two months later, it seems Rogers and Wade will have a lot more time for other projects. They have been removed from both the station’s website and social media pages. 105.3 The Fan’s online presence lists The K&C Masterpiece as the station’s new mid day show.

Ben and Skin’s performance on The Fan was pretty consistent. They were regularly in the top 5 in afternoons in the Dallas ratings. Still, the show wasn’t able to overtake The Hardline on crosstown rival 1310/96.7 The Ticket.

As of late Friday night, neither Ben Rogers or Jeff Wade had addressed the situation publicly. The Fan had also not issued a statement about the situation, leaving many to wonder if the duo chose to leave or if the station elected to make changes.

On Saturday morning, Shan Shariff of The Fan’s morning show confirmed that Ben and Skin have left the station. Shariff said the popular Dallas hosts have decided to pursue another opportunity that they’re keeping confidential for the time being, and though it’s gut wrenching to see two great friends walk out the door, it’s Ben and Jeff’s story to tell and they’ll do so when they’re ready.

The timing of the move was strange, given that The Fan is hosting its huge ‘Fanniversary’ event on Saturday afternoon. As more information becomes available we’ll pass it along.

Ben Rodgers confirmed on Instagram that there is another opportunity in the works for Ben and Skin. He offered no specifics on what is next for the show, but did thank 105.3 the Fan for “the opportunity and some unbelievable memories.”

Rogers’s message also hints that the duo will drop a few clues about the next chapter of their careers soon on YouTube.

We have another turn in this story now. Kevin Turner, who served as the executive producer of Ben & Skin has exited Entercom Dallas as well. He posted a message to Facebook on Monday saying that he had given program director Gavin Spittle his two week notice.

As Turner noted in his post, he will be free to pursue other opportunities.

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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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