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Dan Patrick: ‘I Wasn’t Getting Better At ESPN’

“Patrick joined Kyle Brandt of The Ringer and spoke about that decision for this week’s episode of 10 Questions.”

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Dan Patrick is one of the top sports radio hosts in the country, and he didn’t get to where he is today without taking a gamble on himself and his career.

That gamble happened in 2007 when he turned down a new contract and left ESPN at a time where it was seemingly unheard of for an anchor to willingly leave the network on his or her own.

Patrick joined Kyle Brandt of The Ringer and spoke about that decision for this week’s episode of 10 Questions. It’s a podcast that mixes trivia questions and discussions about a celebrity or athlete’s life and career.

The episode opened with Patrick talking about his early life and decision to get into sports media. Like so many, Patrick knew from a young age that he wanted to get into the industry.

Patrick remembers being in college when cable TV, and ESPN first debuted. He told a story about how at the time he and his housemates had to choose whether they would get cable TV or have heat during the winter. They chose the cable, and that choice ultimately set him on his career path.

“Cable changed me, because I saw ESPN,” he said. “And I thought, I have to go there. That was nirvana to me.”

Patrick said he adlibbed a five-minute sportscast and sent Bob Ley, one of the original SportsCenter anchors, a tape and asked for critiques. Little did Dan know that years down the road he would be working alongside Ley.

Later in the podcast, the subject of Rick Reilly’s reaction to Patrick leaving ESPN came up. Reilly compared Patrick’s departure to actress Shelley Long leaving the show Cheers calling it, one of the “top five one of the worst career mistakes in entertainment history.”

“It’s a good line, it’s just not an accurate line,” Patrick said. “I needed to leave ESPN because I wasn’t getting any better in my mind.”

A need to be closer to his children was also a big deciding factor for Patrick. He remembers calling his wife after deciding to quit ESPN and her telling him they would sell their house if they needed to. He said that was an impactful moment in his life and career.

“That’s when it hit me that she had perspective, I had none,” he said. “Thank God I came home.”

You can listen to the full podcast on Spotify.

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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.



Joy Taylor

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.



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.”



Dennis Eckersley

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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