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Bunin Teaming Up With Salisbury

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Former ESPN and Comcast SportsNet Houston anchor Steve Bunin will join Gow Media’s KFNC (97.5 FM) Wednesday as co-host of the station’s midday talk show with former ESPN colleague Sean Salisbury.

Bunin, who was among the dozens of CSN Houston employees who were laid off when bankrupt CSN Houston was sold to AT&T and DirecTV last fall, takes the position vacated by former station program director Dave Tepper, who left Houston to work for a station group in Omaha.

Along with the noon-2 p.m. show with Salisbury, he also will contribute to Gow Media’s Yahoo! Sports Radio and to network flagship station KGOW (1560 AM), said Chris Hall, the stations’ vice president and general manager.

“We are bringing in Steve for a broad role,” Hall said. “His primary role will be the noon show, but he will be able to work on the network, and we are excited about being to able to work with him on a national level.”

Bunin and Salisbury worked together at ESPN on television and radio, and Bunin said he has followed Salisbury’s career since the former NFL quarterback was a rookie with the Seahawks in Seattle, Bunin’s home town.

“It’s the end of a long winter,” said Bunin, who elected to remain in Houston with his wife, who is a rheumatologist at Methodist Hospital, and daughter rather than seek a job elsewhere in broadcasting.

“Sean was the kind of guy who would buy pizza for everybody in the office during ‘Monday Night Football’ (at ESPN),” Bunin said. “We will have an informative, entertaining show with two guys who enjoy their job.”

KFNC’s local programming is limited because of its ESPN Radio affiliation, but Hall said the station will consider expanding the Bunin-Salisbury midday show if circumstances warrant. As for the chance to work with Gow’s national network, Bunin said, “It’s also appealing to get back with a national platform.”

Salisbury also will continue to co-host an afternoon show with John Granato on KGOW.

Credit to the Houston Chronicle who originally published this story

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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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