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Steve Somers: Listeners Don’t Remember What You Say, But How You Make Them Feel

“During Thursday night’s edition of The Keith McPherson Show, McPherson was joined by Somers, the man he succeeded in the nighttime slot.”

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WFAN has had a handful of sports media legends that have come through their building. From Greg Gumbel to Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and Mike Francesca. Steve Somers outlasted all those guys.

During Thursday night’s edition of The Keith McPherson Show, McPherson was joined by Somers, the man he succeeded in the nighttime slot. During their conversation, “The Schmooze” gave his younger successor a lot of praise for his burgeoning career and being the star of a new show on MLB Network.

Somers shared a realization he has had since leaving the airwaves.

“In the five and a half months that I’ve been off the air, I’ve realized one very important thing and I think I can sum it up this way,” Somers said to McPherson. “People may not remember everything you said, people may not remember everything you did, but people will remember how you made them feel. I’m still getting some response and reaction from fans and thank goodness it’s all been positive.”

Steve Somers started his over 30-year run at WFAN at the station’s inception in 1987. He was synonymous with the overnight shift, where he developed his reputation as one of the funniest personalities on the station. He eventually moved on to mid-morning and then evening roles

Whether it was creating colorful catchphrases like “schmoooooozing S-P-O-R-T-S” or calling his favorite baseball team the New York Mets by their full name, the Metropolitans, drawing out the parts as Metro-Politans, Somers created a long-lasting impression on many listeners.

Schmooze continued talking to McPherson about not just how he made listeners feel, but said it was a reciprocal relationship between him and the caller.

“So many people that either listened and or called made me feel good. It works both ways as you know. The bottom line is that connection is so very important because radio is personal, and radio can be personal and intimate and, you know, if you get into knowing people and them knowing you, then you are really getting done as a host with radio.”

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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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