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Adam Schein: Transition From WFAN To National Show Was Not Hard

“It wasn’t difficult for me because I think for some people, they might not have had the passion for national, but I always did.”

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For some in the sports radio business, making the transition from local radio to national radio can be a challenging one with more topics to choose from. That is not the case for current host of Schein On Sports on Mad Dog Radio and the host of Time To Schein on CBS Sports Network, Adam Schein.

This past week, Schein was on the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast and he was asked by Jastremski how tough it was making the transition from doing local radio at WFAN and local TV on SNY to going to national coverage.

“It wasn’t tough because when I was on WFAN or when I hosted on SNY, doing Loud Mouths with Chris Carlin all those years, we would obviously have an emphasis on local, but you can do issues and you can do the NFL in New York, it didn’t have to solely be Jets/Giants 24/7,” Schein answered. “You can dive deep into other things as well. It wasn’t difficult for me because I think for some people, they might not have had the passion for national, but I always did. I love talking about Duke basketball, all NFL, all MLB, all NBA, college football. For me, it was easy. I think in a lot of ways doing the shows in New York, I always talked a lot of national.”

Schein knows that people are going to watch his show or listen to him on the radio because they want to hear his takes, but especially when they are about two big topics that he is well-known for talking about: 

“NFL and New York sports, there’s a history there for me. If you are a Raider fan or a Knicks fan, you want to tune in and listen to the radio show or subscribe to the podcast or watch Time To Schein…that transition was easy because I could still be me.” 

Speaking of the Knicks, their season ended on Wednesday night after losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Playoffs. Despite the season coming to an end, Schein was excited to get to blend his old world with his new one. He marveled at how little relevance the Knicks had to a national audience until this season. 

“We started Time To Schein in 2015. I have never done a television show after a Knicks playoff game, yet alone a playoff win,” he said. “That’s crazy when you think about it. From a radio perspective, I have had to change a lot of my viewing habits. When you are a Knicks fan recently, when is it a national topic? When they don’t win the lottery… I can’t watch a game of all of these years hosting, I can’t watch a game and talk about it the next day. I can do that for the Lakers, Celtics, LeBron. I can’t do it for my favorite team. To be able to do that this year and have the Knicks as a topic, this is the first time in forever I can do Knicks. I can watch it, feel it, react to it.”

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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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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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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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