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940 ESPN Swaps Signals With Oldies Sister Station

Chris Gabriel and Fresno State Athletics have left 940 ESPN in recent months.

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One Putt Broadcasting is making a change to their oldies and sports talk stations in Fresno, California. The broadcasting company is moving Oldies 1430 KYNO Fresno to its 50,000 watt 940 signal on Monday, July 19. ESPN Radio will move to the old home of Oldies on 1430 AM, a signal with only a tenth of the power of the station’s old home.

940 ESPN has slowly had its local punch zapped away over the past few months, starting with the exit of Chris Gabriel in May. 

Gabriel hosted the “Chris Gabriel Program” on 940 ESPN over the last four years. He chopped up the latest California sports topics and sometimes dove into pop culture, all with his producer Jose “Gonzo” Gonzales running the soundboard.

“The Friday ‘CGP’ was the last one on 940 ESPN,” Gabriel said in May during an announcement on Twitter. “An opportunity presented itself to me about four or five weeks ago, an opportunity that was pretty good and something that I couldn’t pass up. It’s on-air, you’re going to get the details soon, but for now, Friday was the last day.”

Following Gabriel’s exit, the station currently has just one local sports program airing on its schedule. The Zone is hosted by Gonzalez and Nick Anderson “The Big Cat” airing Fridays from 12-2 p.m. local time. All other sports shows airing on the station are national programs. 

The station also lost the rights to Fresno State Athletics broadcasts in favor of the smaller-reach Fox Sports 1340.

“We regret, but recognize that college sports have adopted a business-first philosophy and wish our friends at Learfield well,” One Putt partner Chris Pacheco told GV Wire in June.

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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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