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Gregg Giannotti Remains Unsigned At WFAN For 2020

“According to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Giannotti has checked in with SiriusXM and ESPN Radio while continuing talks with Entercom about a new contract at WFAN.”

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Could Gregg Giannotti be one and done as his first WFAN contract is set to expire?

According to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Giannotti has checked in with SiriusXM and ESPN Radio while continuing talks with Entercom about a new contract at WFAN. 

It is interesting that reports of Gio checking in with ESPN Radio come at a time when Stephen A. Smith is leaving his midday show and Trey Wingo may not be long for their morning show. Both of those national changes could free up the chance for ESPN New York to increase their local content.

Giannotti has referred to his WFAN morning show gig as his “dream job,” so it’s unlikely he has any desire to leave. And with major changes already pending at FAN, it’s unlikely Entercom would let Gio walk. Still, according to Marchand, Entercom has balked at offering the Boomer and Gio co-host a guaranteed contract. 

Giannotti took on the difficult task of replacing Craig Carton at the start of 2018. In a letter to the judge prior to Carton’s sentencing, WFAN program director Mark Chernoff acknowledged he would “welcome the opportunity to discuss” a potential return for the former morning radio star. Carton, however remains incarcerated and likely will be for the next couple of years, even if granted an early release.

Giannotti’s addition to WFAN’s morning show has been well-received. Boomer & Gio finished first in the market in morning drive with men 25-54 for the spring book and continued to hold the title of ‘number 1’ through the first month of the fall ratings period. 

After Mike Francesa officially announced he was leaving his afternoon drive post at WFAN by the end of this year, the station’s schedule is already in limbo. 1 – 3pm co-host Bart Scott remains unsigned beyond this year, while longtime 10am – 1pm co-host Evan Roberts has been rumored as a possible candidate to help fill Francesa’s void.

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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