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Mark Chernoff To Retire From WFAN

“Just last year, Barrett Sports Media’s Brandon Contes asked Chernoff if he had a plan to retire. At the time, he was adamant that he was not ready.”

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One of the most coveted programming jobs in sports radio is about to become available. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Mark Chernoff is set to call it a career as the program director of WFAN. According to Marchand, Chernoff will exit WFAN this spring and retire.

WFAN will begin searching immediately for a replacement. While radio success will be important, Marchand notes that Entercom will be looking for “a multi-media focused executive” to both oversee the on-air product and target digital growth.

Chernoff’s influence is felt left all over WFAN. Best known as a manager of talent and egos, he came to the station in 1993 after working with Howard Stern at 92.3 K-Rock. He has since worked with WFAN legends such as Don Imus and Mike & the Mad Dog, and oversaw high profile talent searches that resulted in bringing in notable personalities like Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, Bart Scott, Maggie Gray, and others.

In an internal memo distributed to Entercom New York employees, Market Manager Chris Oliviero highlighted Chernoff’s nearly 30 years of unmatched success, and cited his friendship and mentorship as a key part of his own professional growth. Oliviero shared that Chernoff would be a member of the search committee and remain involved as an advisor for the next sports content lead for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He called the task of replacing him a very difficult one.

Just last year, Barrett Sports Media’s Brandon Contes asked Chernoff if he had a plan to retire prior to BSM honoring him at the 2020 BSM Summit. At the time, Chernoff was adamant that he was not ready.

“I would miss it,” Chernoff said. “I’m not ready to retire and I hope they want to keep me here. I love overseeing FAN, CBS Sports Radio and working with other stations. And if somebody needs help with classic rock, classic hits, I’m always available to put my two cents in.”

Obviously Chernoff’s thought process has changed as he begins to think about turning 70. After weathering the storm of a pandemic and rebuilding the station’s afternoon show, it’s fair to say Chernoff has done all there is to do to leave WFAN in a strong position for the future.

Congratulations to Mark Chernoff on one of the truly legendary careers in programming, regardless of format! WFAN has big shoes to fill.

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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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Dennis Eckersley

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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The Musers Mock Jim Nantz’s Farewell To Nick Faldo

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham.

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Nick Faldo

On Sunday, CBS Golf analyst Nick Faldo called his final tournament with CBS after sixteen years with the network. He was poised in the tower above the 18th green with Jim Nantz as he said his final goodbyes. It was an emotional moment that The Musers on The Ticket in Dallas had to comment on.

In the message, Faldo clearly has an issue getting thru the moment while Nantz tries to comfort his friend and buy him some time to regain his composure. However, The Musers thought it wasn’t helpful at all.

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham. “It sounded like he was going to say, ‘now, it’s time to send you to your happy place’. When he said that and when Nick said, in tears, ‘I’m ready,’ that made it sound like Jim was putting him to sleep.”

“(Australian accent) Go ahead and smother me, Jim,” Gordon Keith quipped, “go ahead and take that pillow over there and choke me out right now.”

“Nick are you ready for us to unplug the life support machine?” asked Dunham.

“Yeah, kick that thing right out the wall, mate.”

Dunham would later say, “I don’t think that any famous broadcaster has ever signed off in tears, proclaiming ‘I’m ready, I’m ready'”.

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