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Mike Francesa Is A Free Agent And Interested In A New Gig

“I’ve missed the audience. I’ve missed the buzz. I’ve missed some of that. It’s just logical.”

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Whether or not you are a fan of Mike Francesa, you cannot deny that he is one of the best known and most valuable names in the history of sports radio. On New Year’s Eve, he officially became a free agent and the sports talk legend may have his eyes on returning to broadcasting.

Mike Francesa told Newsday’s Neil Best that listeners shouldn’t expect to hear him on WFAN again. He said “the book is closed” on that part of his life and that he wants to see the station’s current lineup thrive.

“But that doesn’t mean I still don’t feel like broadcasting,” he added. “I’ve missed the audience. I’ve missed the buzz. I’ve missed some of that. It’s just logical.”

After leaving WFAN in 2019, Francesa spent part of 2020 as part of the Radio.com lineup. Since then, he has mostly been waiting out his contract with a few appearances on the radio station and with former partner Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM.

When asked if there may be a more formal relationship with Russo’s show in his future, Francesa said it didn’t seem likely.

“I would say right now, probably not. I think he’s got a pretty full schedule. He hasn’t offered that. He’s the one who has a show. I don’t.”

One aspect of Francesa’s life that could factor into his future is his horses and his home in Florida. A horse he co-owns, High Oak, will race for a chance to make the Kentucky Derby field soon. That is something that Francesa describes as a dream of his. Could a return to broadcasting be focused solely on the horse racing world? It is one he knows well.

Mike Francesa says he has definitely fielded offers since leaving WFAN. He obviously has not settled on anything as of yet. He is looking for something that is “fun or gives me a chance to have a new experience” and notes that it could end up being something no one, not even himself, is expecting.

The only thing Mike Francesa can say for sure is that he isn’t going back to WFAN. He left Audacy on good terms and notes that he is “proud” of his tenure on the station, but he has accomplished all he can there.

“FAN has had a storied life. Now it’s clearly into that second generation. It’s in the next generation, and it’s got to prove itself all over again. It’s a business where you have to prove yourself every day. Nothing stays forever.”

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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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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