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VSiN Adds 97.1 The Freak In Dallas And Radio 95.1 in Rochester

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Sports betting content continues to be a priority on talk radio brands across the country. That is helping VSiN grow its reach. The sports betting radio network has added two new affiliates – 97.1 The Freak in Dallas and Radio 95.1 in Rochester.

The Freak, which recently transitioned from classic rock to a talk format blending sports and pop-culture, will carry VSiN shows on the weekends. Dallas will hear four hours of sports gambling talk on Saturdays and five hours worth on Sundays.

Radio 95.1 will bring sports gambling content to the weekends in Upstate New York as well. That station’s relationship with VSiN will be a little deeper though. WAIO will also carry VSiN in the overnight hours on weekdays. The station will also carry Countdown to Kickoff with Brent Musburger every Sunday at noon.

As its listener base grows, VSiN is adding new employees too. Serial digital entrepreneur Jordan Nilsen becomes the network’s Head of Digital Strategy and veteran creative director James Coleman is the new Director of Creative Services.

“We are proud to have achieved the kind of industry leadership that can attract top caliber talent like Jordan and James,” Brian Musburger, founder and CEO of VSiN, said in a press release. “VSiN’s commitment to delivering superior real-time sports betting analysis and insights over the past five years, has helped establish the network as the leading voice in sports betting. These new hires are part of a broad effort to build on that commitment by continually improving the product we deliver to our growing audience.”

 “This investment in VSiN talent comes at a time where we’ve seen significant growth on the digital front. We’re building on our unique sports betting content and want to continue innovating and expanding VSiN’s products across all platforms, including audio, video and digital,” added General Manager Len Mead.

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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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