The run of 98.5 The Sports Hub hosts Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb run as a duo recently came to an end, and while there were some signs that the relationship between the two had gone south, Barstool Sports host Kirk Minihane thought it was curious the two didn’t just make it clear how they felt about each other.
On The Kirk Minihane Show, Kirk said he had been telling folks for a while that Toucher & Rich was ending. He said behind the scenes employees at The Sports Hub had reached out to him about it, but he couldn’t confirm it was done before news of Shertenlieb’s departure became official.
Toucher said on the air the day after he found out that Rich was gone that he was kind of taken aback by the sudden exit. He also noted that the two did not have regular communication outside of work.
Minihane said Shertenlieb didn’t owe the audience a goodbye on the air, and that the practice, especially when two hosts are splitting up, can be quite awkward.
“It’s always a weird segment in radio – where you have to say goodbye,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I don’t know why it has to be so weird.”
Kirk continued saying that he didn’t get why they had to beat around the bush by not saying they didn’t like each other. He fell back on his exit from WEEI with Gerry Callahan and realized that maybe Toucher and Shertenlieb thought it would be better to keep things out of the public light.
“I don’t know maybe they’re learning their lesson,” Minihane said. “When Gerry and I ended our show I went back for a day, and we yelled at each other. And I said the show was gonna fail. So maybe they’re like, ‘We don’t do it like that.’ Fred just doesn’t want it. They hate each other I mean I know that. And I’ll take Fred’s side, because I don’t like Rich. But it’s very strange. Radio’s so f–king weird.”
“I don’t know why you just can’t say it, like ‘We didn’t like each other very much,'” he added.
Kirk Minihane was asked if it was ego-based. He said ego definitely has a lot to do with it, but you also have to factor in the weird hours when you’re doing morning drive. Minihane mentioned that when it came to him and Callahan, he felt like he was getting bigger than the show and that he didn’t want to strictly talk sports anymore.
But ultimately he felt like Toucher and Shirttenlieb’s relationship had run its course, especially after Toucher took a leave of absence earlier in the year and Rich had full control of the reins of the show.
“I think Rich and Fred just got sick of each other. That happens,” he said. “I mean mornings are a weird beast. You have to fight to do whatever for four hours, and you just get sick of each other.”
Minihane peeled back the onion a bit further and explained that there are power struggles at play as well where people behind the scenes side with one host, management sides with the other, and the whole dynamic just sours over time.
Kirk Minihane said he thought Rich just wanted to escape the situation, and it’s something he thinks might not work out so well in his favor.
“I think he’s going to regret it. I don’t think he has an audience,” he said. “There’s still a few media companies left that are dumb enough to spend money on a Rich to do a podcast. They don’t know better. They have some money, and they don’t know better. That’s his only shot. There’s no money in radio, I don’t know where he would go.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Amanda Brown Named Program Director of Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan
Brown will begin her role with Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan next week.
Former ESPN LA 710 Program Director Amanda Brown has been named to the same position at Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan.
She replaces Raj Sharan, who exited the station earlier this month after leading the brand since February 2019.
Amanda Brown was part of the downsizing at ESPN earlier this year. She had worked for the company since 2002. After beginning her career in Dallas at ESPN 103.3, she moved to Bristol to work as a national producer on ESPN Radio. Brown worked on shows hosted by Mike Tirico, Scott Van Pelt, and Erik Kuselias while producing on the national level.
She later moved to ESPN LA 710 in 2010, first as a producer before eventually ascending to the role of Program Director in December 2019.
Brown will begin her role with Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan next week.
The station recently shuffled its lineup after suffering its first head-to-head ratings defeat in the summer ratings period. Josh Dover departed Altitude Sports Radio to join Brandon Stokley for middays. Meanwhile, Zach Bye and former Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay were paired for afternoons. In the reshuffling, Darren “DMac” McKee departed the station before joining Altitude Sports Radio in the spot vacated by Dover.
Anthony Gargano, Beasley Media Group Going to Settlement Conference
The settlement conference will take place on Jan. 17, 2024, one day after Gargano and ALLCITY Network are required to reply to the lawsuit from Beasley Media Group.
When Anthony Gargano was hired by ALLCITY Network to appear on its new PHLY Sports channel and national network, he was sued by Beasley Media Group for breach of contract. The former 97.5 The Fanatic host came to terms on a preliminary injunction that prohibits him from contributing to any sports media content that is specifically targeted to the Philadelphia marketplace, as the designated market area (DMA) is defined by Nielsen Media Research. Gargano’s original intent was to work at both outlets simultaneously, but he remained restricted for the last several months while continuing to work with FOX Sports Radio and starting a sports betting podcast with Parx Casino.
Gargano and Beasley Media Group will now be proceeding to a settlement conference, which will take place on Jan. 17, 2024 before Magistrate Judge Scott Reid.
Within the lawsuit, Beasley claims that Anthony Gargano is under contract with the company until Oct. 7, 2024, and that there are provisions within the deal and “the common law duty of loyalty” that preclude his ability to provide services to competing businesses. Inside Radio was the first to report the news of the disputation moving to this step in an effort to reach a resolution.
Should the settlement conference prove unsuccessful, a pretrial date has been set by the court for May 7, 2024, and a trial date is set for two years later. Beasley had previously agreed to a request by the defendants to extend the deadline to file a response to the complaint from Nov. 17, 2023 to Jan. 16, 2024.
Gargano and BSN Live (doing business as ALLCITY Network), his new employer, are legally required to respond to the lawsuit filed against them by Beasley by that time, according to an order filed on Nov. 16, 2023. For the settlement conference itself, lawyers have been directed to have their clients physically present for its duration and with “ultimate authority to settle.”
In a previous interview with Barrett Sports Media, ALLCITY Network Chief Executive Officer Brandon Spano explained how the goal of the company is to implement talent who are able to inform and entertain their audiences in various locales. The company also eliminated non-compete clauses from most of its contracts, with Spano stating that they were originally included because it was the industry-standard practice.
“I have a real problem with this idea that these major corporations are laying off dozens, if not hundreds of people, quarter-over-quarter, and then the people that they don’t lay off, they say they cannot look for jobs or work anywhere else,” he explained. “That’s just not good business, and it’s giving sports media a bad wrap. Sports radio right now, because of those actions, is giving sports media a bad look. It’s a very dangerous game.”
Gargano was originally included in the promotional video for PHLY Sports but has yet to appear on one of its programs. Concurrent with the launch of the company’s new national network, he was able to make his debut and has been contributing on the ALL NFL show with Brian Baldinger. Spano articulated that the company was about to reach profitability prior to the introduction of its Philadelphia and national networks and is preparing for another funding round later on. At the moment, the goal is to double the size of the company and launch in another local market as the outlet looks to expand and launch a free ad-supported television (FAST) channel in the future.
Jerry Recco: Paul Allen is ‘Not Textbook and He’s Phenomenal’
Allen sounded dejected in his final call of the Vikings’ 12-10 loss on Monday night, according to WFAN anchor Jerry Recco.
The Minnesota Vikings lost their Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears on a walk-off field goal. Paul Allen, who has been calling Vikings games for the last 21 seasons, sounded dejected in the call as if he were a Vikings fan communicating to listeners en masse, according to WFAN anchor Jerry Recco.
Outside of his role on the Boomer & Gio morning program on WFAN and CBS Sports Network, Recco is a play-by-play announcer himself as the radio voice of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights men’s basketball team. Because of his position in the industry, morning program co-host and CBS Sports analyst for The NFL Today, Boomer Esiason, asked Recco if he takes elements of style from other announcers to implement into the game broadcasts.
“No, because I don’t think there is a right way to do it,” Recco replied Tuesday morning on WFAN. “No, I do what I do, and if it’s good, great. As long as [athletic director] Pat Hobbs and [head coach] Steve Pikiell are happy, I’m happy.”
Recco has been calling Rutgers games since the 2016-17 season. The National Sports Media Association named him the recipient of the New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year in 2022.
As a play-by-play announcer, Recco is focused on documenting the action and has had the chance to call several memorable moments in program history, including its first NCAA Tournament win in 30 years when it defeated Clemson in March 2021.
“There’s no right way to do it because you’ve got textbook guys like [Mike] Breen, who’s the best; then you’ve got guys like Paul Allen,” Recco said. “He’s not textbook and he’s phenomenal – would you agree? And then there’s Gus Johnson, who’s crazy and he’s phenomenal in his own way.”