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95.3 WDAE Resets Weekday Lineup

“I want to let all my fans know that I was just informed that I will no longer be working at iHeart,” Beckles said.

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Changes are afoot at 95.3 WDAE in Tampa. After it was announced on social media that the station’s afternoon show Beckles and Recher was done, local listeners wondered who would take over the drive time slot. What they learned is that this wasn’t a solo move but rather a WDAE makeover.

Late Friday afternoon, WDAE announced that starting on Monday all dayparts would look and sound different. The station’s longtime morning show Ronnie & TKras would move to afternoons, the midday team of Pat & Aaron would shift to mornings, Jay Recher who previously led afternoons with Ian Beckles would guide a new midday show alongside Zac Blobner titled ‘Jay and Z‘, and The Dan Patrick Show would occupy the 9a-12p slot. The Tampa station also announced Colin Cowherd’s show would air weeknights from 7p-10p.

The one host not retained through the station’s lineup changes was Ian Beckles. The former drive time host was appreciative of listeners in his statement, and told those interested in his future not to worry.

“I want to let all my fans know that I was just informed that I will no longer be working at iHeart,” Beckles said in a video posted to Instagram. “It’s all good. Don’t worry for me. Don’t cry for me. I’ll be fine. I was there for over twenty-something years, and I was blessed to be there for even one year. Beckles & Recher will no longer be with us. They’ll have a different lineup there on 95.3, but don’t cry any tears for me. I’ll be just fine. I’ll land on my feet. I’ll be doing podcasts for a long time.”

Monday October 24th will be a new day for WDAE. Though the timeslots will be different, local listeners will still hear many of the same voices they’ve trusted and enjoyed listening to.

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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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