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Jon Burton Joins WNSR

“Burton joins incumbent host Greg Pogue and replaces “Big Joe” Dubin on the show, which airs from 9 – 11am each weekday.”

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Jon Burton has been announced as the new co-host of the late morning show on Nashville’s WNSR 560 AM and 95.9 FM.

Burton joins incumbent host Greg Pogue and replaces “Big Joe” Dubin on the show, which airs from 9 – 11am each weekday. Pogue and Dubin filled the 9 – 11am timeslot on 560 for over four years until “Big Joe” departed earlier this month, taking on an expanded role at WSMV-4 as morning show co-host. 

New host Jon Burton, a New York native, is familiar to the Nashville audience, having worked as a fill-in on WNSR and serving as a lead sports anchor for NewsChannel 5. With his new full-time role on WNSR, Burton will continue his work for NewsChannel 5.

“Jon had been filling in for vacationing people here from time to time and we realized that Jon was way more than you see on Channel 5, that he has a personality that is contagious,” WNSR station general manager Ted Johnson told Mike Organ of the Nashville Tennessean. “When the opportunity came when Joe told us what he was going to do at Channel 4 I said, ‘The one we need in here is Jon because he loves it here, he’s done a great job with us,’ and we’re so fortunate that he and Channel 5 agreed to it.”

WNSR features four local shows in their weekday lineup with The Bill King Show from 6 – 9am, Greg Pogue and Jon Burton from 9 – 11am, George Plaster from 2 – 4pm and The Johnny “Ballpark” Franks Show in afternoon drive from 4 – 7pm.

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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