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2 Producers Exit 105.3 The Fan In Dallas

Brandon Contes

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Last week, Entercom’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Fort Worth made two surprising changes, removing producers Jonathon Shipman and Roy White from the station. 

Earlier in the week, Shipman announced on Twitter he was a radio free agent. For six years, the radio personality known to TOLO’s as “Shippy” worked at The Fan as a producer, board-op and on-air contributor. 

One of Shippy’s most notable contributions was to the popular Ben and Skin Show. The afternoon hosts and producer Kevin Turner departed The Fan last October, joining Cumulus’ owned 97.1 The Eagle earlier this year. Ben and Skin welcomed Shippy for a segment on The Eagle last week after his tenure at The Fan came to an end.

Shortly after Shippy announced his departure from The Fan, morning show producer and on-air contributor Roy White also took to Twitter, informing TOLO’s he was let go by the station. 

“I truly cherish all the times that I had with the good folks working at 105.3 The Fan from the top down. The boss Gavin Spittle, one of the best bosses I’ve ever had and I thank him for everything that he’s done for me,” White said. “Shan, RJ, Troy – three of the best coworkers anybody could ever ask for. Those guys are amazing and I’m so proud to have been a part of what they’ve built in the last couple of years.”

While the exit of both White and Shippy surprised many, Shan and RJ co-host Shan Shariff went on social media Saturday morning, offering candid insight as to why people leave their jobs. During the post, he notes this is “NOT about Roy and Shippy leaving.” The timing from Shan was interesting, but his post seemed to be more about defending station program director Gavin Spittle amid the many recent changes at 105.3 The Fan, rather than criticism of specific former co-workers. 

1) Budget cuts
2) Career change
3) Wanting a bigger role
4) Relocation
5) Not doing your job

These are just some of the reasons people leave their jobs. It’s always convenient to blame our bosses and “big, bad corporate” whenever someone leaves, but remember ALL 5.

You want the truth? I’ve gotten in COUNTLESS arguments with Gavin Spittle over him not getting rid of people FASTER. I’ve always told him his patience is too much Jerry Jones with Jason Garrett. But he can’t/won’t comment because he’s the boss, plus corporate legal BS I can’t stand. But here’s the beauty- After getting a few drinks in me, I don’t care about corporate legal bullshit. So the next time you see me out, we’ll talk reality and not perception. Sometimes people leave and sometimes they deserve to get fired, just like at your job.
This post is NOT about Roy and Shippy leaving, it’s about all of the turnover that inevitably takes place. As a station, we’re LUCKY that you get so passionate and fired up over changes that happen. It shows how much you care, so I want to give a sincere thank you for that. I’ve probably said too much, but that’s the TRUTH and I’ll always be as honest as I can with you.

Love you guys #TOLO

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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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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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