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Aaron Rodgers Says He Watches MNF With Sound Off

“We’re just past the quarter mark of the NFL season and McAfee has Aaron Rodgers on his way to becoming a shock jock.”

Brandon Contes

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I’m not sure if it’s the “four fingers” of tequila he poured himself when the Packers drafted Jordan Love or Pat McAfee’s charm, but Aaron Rodgers seems like a different person with the media this year. 

We’re just past the quarter mark of the NFL season and McAfee has Aaron Rodgers on his way to becoming a shock jock. Maybe not Howard Stern in his prime, but he’s at least more interesting than most weekly quarterback radio segments. On Tuesday, Rodgers joined The Pat McAfee Show and threw some shade at ESPN and their revolving door of Monday Night Football broadcasters in recent years.

The comment from Rodgers came in response to McAfee asking if he watched any of the Saints-Chargers matchup Monday night. 

“I didn’t see a whole lot of that. It was on for a little bit with the sound off which is how I’ve watched a lot of games on ESPN over the last few years,” Rodgers said, a clear knock on the broadcast before offering a quick compliment of the network. 

“I like a lot of people at ESPN. I love Kenny Mayne. Kenny’s one of my all-time favorites,” Rodgers added, but he then reiterated that he doesn’t always enjoy listening to play-by-play and game analysis. “I enjoy watching football. I enjoy watching Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night, but I enjoy also listening to music during the games and not necessarily all the commentary at times.”

Rodgers isn’t the first person to criticize ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecast. Since Mike Tirico left ESPN for NBC in 2016, The Worldwide Leader is already on their fourth Monday Night Football pairing. 

Maybe he hasn’t given ESPN’s new trio of Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese a chance, but I don’t blame Rodgers for skipping out on the audio during a Monday Night Football broadcast. Arguably the best quarterback in football of the last decade, Rodgers is able to analyze the game as well if not better than whoever ESPN puts behind the mic. And constant reminders for analysts to simplify the game to reach a broader audience certainly doesn’t serve a viewer like Rodgers. 

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

Jordan Bondurant

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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