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Christian Fauria: ‘How Much More Joy Could $30 Bring You Each Month Than NESN 360?’

“If you’ve got cable, you would never do this. If you’ve got fubo, you probably would never do this.”

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For cord-cutters in the Boston TV market, particularly YouTube TV subscribers, a streaming option to watch Bruins and Red Sox games on NESN is now available.

NESN 360 was introduced on Wednesday. In addition to access to live Red Sox and Bruins games, subscribers will be able to check out a library of on-demand content from both teams, including historical games.

On WEEI, hosts Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria took issue with the price of the service. After an introductory price of $1 for the first month, you would pay $29.99 a month after that. Merloni said with what people in Boston are paying for YouTube TV, which has access to zero regional sports networks like NESN, $30 a month is a bit steep.

“It’s not instead of, it’s an addition,” Merloni said. “If you have YouTube TV, I don’t even know what it is right now, $75, $70 in that range? You gotta now spend another $30 a month to watch Red Sox games.”

People in the market who have cable, satellite, or even a different streaming service like fuboTV already have access to live games locally. In fact, cable and satellite subscribers who authenticate their accounts can access NESN 360 at no additional cost.

“If you’ve got cable, you would never do this. If you’ve got fubo, you probably would never do this,” Merloni said. “You can already watch the Bruins and the Red Sox. It’s literally in-market because it’s only in New England.”

Fauria added people with YouTube could probably find a better way to spend $29.99.

“How many things do you think you could name that can bring you more joy than purchasing NESN Plus for like $30 a month?” Fauria said.

There is an annual subscription option for NESN 360, which includes eight tickets to a Red Sox game of their choosing this season. The $329.99 offer will only last until August 31.

Merloni said he loved the idea for the service but really thought it would be much cheaper, like $8 a month.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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