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The Horn Shuffles Weekday Lineup

“The changes, which feature a shuffling of existing talent begin at 10am.”

Brandon Contes

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104.9 The Horn in Austin, Texas made it official, their new weekday lineup will launch Wednesday, Mar. 4. The schedule starts off the same, with longtime Austin radio host Bucky Godbolt and program director Erin Hogan staying in morning drive. The changes, which feature a shuffling of existing talent begin at 10am. 

Each day from 10am – noon, Jeff Howe will expand his role at The Horn and partner with Craig Way for a new late morning show. Way is the lead radio play-by-play voice of the Texas Longhorns, calling football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball. Howe, a writer for 247Sports, said he and Way will rotate between hosting solo and as a duo. 

Chad Hastings departs afternoon drive to partner with midday host Trey Elling from noon – 3pm. Elling filled the 11am – 1pm timeslot with co-host Brad Kellner (BK) for the last three years. His new co-host, Chad Hastings is an original at 104.9 The Horn, coming in as an already established sports radio personality to help launch the station in 2009.

BK moves from middays to afternoon drive, joining Kevin Dunn and Rod Babers each day from 3 – 7pm. Dunn is an incumbent on The Horn’s afternoon show, with Babers moving over after previously hosting weekdays from 1 – 3pm. BK joined The Horn as an intern in 2015. In addition to hosting middays from 11am – 1pm, BK also regularly contributed to Babers’ 1 – 3pm show. Dunn has been with 104.9 The Horn since joining Hastings in afternoon drive in 2015.

“To be able to reconstitute our daily lineup with our current talent, adding Craig Way and a talent the caliber of Jeff Howe, is exciting,” said program director and morning show co-shot Erin Hogan. “These moves put us in a position to see tremendous growth into the new decade.”

To recap, here is the full weekday lineup on 104.9 The Horn:

Bucky Godbolt and Erin Hogan 6 – 10am
Craig Way and Jeff Howe 10am – noon
Chad Hastings and Trey Elling noon – 3pm
Rod Babers, Kevin Dunn and Brad Kellner 3pm – 7pm

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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Longtime Hornets Analyst, Radio Host Gerry Vaillancourt Dies

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia.”

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Gerry Vaillancourt, a voice synonymous with Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets basketball, passed away over the weekend.

According to information provided to the Charlotte Observer from the family, Vaillancourt, affectionately known at “Gerry V,” died due to complications from a heart condition.

Vaillancourt was a mainstay on Hornets broadcasts dating back to the franchise’s inception in the 80s. Additionally, he was a fixture on sports talk radio. Vaillancourt hosted shows on WCNT, WFNZ and WBT in Charlotte, as well as on 1280 AM and WRNO in New Orleans.

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia,” WBT and Hornets colleague Jim Szoke told the Charlotte Observer. “I used to love when Hubie Brown was on as a regular guest and listening to them talk hoops in great detail.”

Vaillancourt was born and raised in New York City. He played basketball collegiately at Gardner-Webb University and coached at James Madison, Davidson, and Appalachian State.

He was 72 years old.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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