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Dan Orlovsky Returns To Pat McAfee Show After ESPN Ban

“On Wednesday, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky made his triumphant return to the Pat McAfee Show to a round of applause and Jeff Passan later made it clear on Twitter that he wants next.”

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After going back and forth last month, it seems at least some of ESPN’s talent are no longer banned from Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM Radio show. 

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky made his triumphant return to the Pat McAfee Show to a round of applause and Jeff Passan later made it clear on Twitter that he wants next. 

A few weeks ago, McAfee announced ESPN banned its talent from joining his show as a guest. ESPN quickly responded, stating they “didn’t intend to ban ESPN guests from the show,” which caused McAfee to blast the company for releasing a statement that he considered to be false. 

ESPN preventing its talent from joining non-affiliated radio stations is not a new policy. FOX Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd stated that ESPN has barred its employees from going on his show, and similarly, the company prevents talent from joining WFAN in New York. Jeff Van Gundy, Mike Breen, Adam Schefter, Jeff Passan were all regular guests on WFAN at one time or another, but as soon as they joined ESPN, those segments stopped.

But the ban from McAfee’s show was unique. Not only is McAfee an ESPN employee regularly appearing on Get Up! and College Gameday, but his show isn’t on terrestrial radio. Considering he’s not a direct competitor to ESPN Radio and contributes to the company in other ways, banning their talent from his show seemed errantly egregious.

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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.”

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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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