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Meeting with Jon Wiener, the host of “Home Cookin'” on ESPN Radio (105.9 FM The Zone), you quickly realize two things. He is excited and passionate about Mississippi sports and about his show as it enters its second year on the air.

Wiener, 28, grew up in Jackson and is a proud product of Jackson Public Schools. He graduated from Murrah High School and attended Trinity University in San Antonio, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English in 2010.

While at Trinity, Wiener played baseball, but it was at Syracuse University in New York where he received his master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism. He returned to Jackson in August 2011 for a job with Fox 40 when the station lost a football anchor.

After Fox 40 merged with WLBT, Wiener was laid off. That led to his opportunity in radio.

How did “Home Cookin'” come about, and what led to you getting the show?

I was at Fox 40 for two years when the merger happened, and getting laid off freed me up to do more radio. (Wiener filled in for Bo Bounds on “Out of Bounds” at times while at Fox 40). When I was filling in for the morning show, an opening happened to come open in the afternoon. … I got pulled aside and told they were looking for a local guy and were wondering if I would be interested in doing an afternoon show. In April of 2013, I got offered, and on August 1st of that year, we started the show.

What is the show’s format and structure?

The show’s format is all about Mississippi sports. That is the key. That is why we call it “Home Cookin’.” It is all about Mississippi sports talk. Anything Mississippi sports almost exclusively. That means obviously State and Ole Miss, but it also means high-school football and the SWAC schools. It means the JUCOs, college baseball, high school and college basketball.

It means when we look professionally at NBA, NFL or MLB, we look to talk about Mississippi guys like Monta Ellis (NBA), Eli Manning (NFL) or Buck Showalter (MLB) because what excited me to do the show—what my passion is—my drive is sports but, more importantly, Mississippi. I grew up here. I love Mississippi. I am obsessed with the history we have here from Marcus Dupree to Archie Manning.

The opportunity for me (is) to not only share but celebrate Mississippi’s sports and how much it means and how passionate we are about it—how rich and how the fabric of sports is built into our state.

Another big part of our show, one thing we have been able to capitalize on, is I believe people want to hear from players and coaches. Not writers and other pundits. People want to hear from people playing the game or involved in the game. Now the flip side: They are not always good interviews. Sometimes you get a player or a coach and you get cliches. I pride myself on being able to get real substantial interviews.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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