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Audacy, Notre Dame Strike Radio Broadcast Deal

WBBM Newsradio in Chicago will now broadcast all Notre Dame Football games.

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Chicago Notre Dame fans rejoice! Audacy and the University of Notre Dame have announced a multi-year radio broadcast agreement surrounding Notre Dame Football. As part of the relationship, WBBM Newsradio in Chicago is airing all Fighting Irish football games airing on the Notre Dame Radio Network, beginning with the team’s season opener on September 5 against Florida State.

The Notre Dame Radio Network remains the only national college radio network in the country.

“Notre Dame football is a powerhouse college football program with a large alumni and fan base across Chicago,” Regional President and Market Manager of Audacy Chicago Rachel Williamson said in a press release. “It’s our honor to bring the Fighting Irish games to listeners on WBBM-AM’s premier signal.”

Audacy owns and operates 39 all-sports stations across the U.S. Its broadcast portfolio reaches nearly 30 million sports fans monthly and boasts a leading collection of radio play-by-play coverage in the United States.

“We are pleased to add WBBM-AM to the Notre Dame Radio Network family, particularly as we enter the 100th year of Notre Dame football on the airwaves,” President of Notre Dame Global Partnerships Theodore Loehrke said.

This continues a strong relationship that the two sides built going back to Sep. 2018 when Entercom (now Audacy) became the exclusive home for all of Notre Dame Athletics.

“We are excited to partner with the University of Notre Dame, a leader in college athletics, and about this new phase for Radio.com,” Entercom Senior Vice President and General Manager Pam Russo said back in 2018. “We are leaders in everything audio and confident that Radio.com is poised to become a daily habit for the millions of listeners we reach per month. Our custom, curated experience, premium editorial, and unmatched spoken-word content is what sets Radio.com apart and provides a different and unique value proposition for fans and for advertisers.”

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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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