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WNSR 560 Adds Pogue & Dubin

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Two familiar names in local sports media — Greg Pogue and Joe Dubin — will return to the radio airwaves Monday when they revive the “Greg Pogue and Big Joe Show” on WNSR 560-AM/95.9-FM.

The show, which originally was on mornings on The Game 2 (94.9-FM), will air weekdays from 9-11 a.m.
It was discontinued last March when Dubin, whose roots are in television sports, was hired as a reporter for WSMV-4 to replace Rudy Kalis, who moved from sports to anchor the NBC affiliate’s morning news show.

“I get texts, I get tweets, I get emails and people who call me all the time telling me they miss us on the radio,” said Dubin, a Nashville native and Emmy-award winning reporter who got his start in TV with WKRN-2. “Why, I don’t know. I truly don’t know. But Greg came to me about three weeks ago and said, ‘Lets try to get back together.’ ”

Dubin was all for it. His only issue was getting an OK from Channel 4 brass. They liked the exposure that having Dubin on the radio would mean for the TV station, so they gave him the thumbs-up.

The chemistry between the two veteran journalists, who don’t take themselves too seriously but bring a wealth of local sports knowledge to the table, was something that Pogue felt was worth rekindling.

“Joe and I are as good a team as I’ve ever worked with,” said Pogue, who spent 24 years as a sports writer for the Nashville Banner and executive sports editor of the Daily News Journal. “We get each other. We like each other and we hate each other, so that’s important. We’re almost like brothers. We’ll hug one minute and fight the next. We’ll fight, but if you’re going to fight him, you’re going to have to fight me too.”

It is a homecoming for Pogue, who served as co-host of an afternoon sports talk show at WNSR along with Bill King for several years in the 1990s and then spent many years doing mornings at the station.

Pogue and Dubin have never lost their passion for high school sports, but have also spent much of their careers covering college and professional teams.

“We’re obviously going to talk about local topics — Titans, Predators, colleges, high schools,” Pogue said. “Whatever we talk about, we want to have fun. … We’ll even talk about social topics, music, whatever. We’re not putting ourselves in a box. Whatever we feel is best to talk about that day, that’s what we’ll talk about.”

Charlie Saunier will produce the show and join the conversation when the Predators are the topic. He hosts “Predneck Nation Pregame Show” on the station.

Radio provides Dubin, a social media zealot, another platform to show his wacky personality.
“I have the greatest job in the world at Channel 4 and once the bosses said, ‘You’re good to go on the radio,’ I was like, ‘This is great!’ ” Dubin said. “If there is something going on, Greg knows that Channel 4 is my priority above everything else. If there’s something going on, I have to go do that. If not and it’s in that time slot, I’ll be on the radio because I love it.”

The station’s new early lineup also includes the “Bill King Show” (7-9 a.m.), which returned to the station in May, and the syndicated “Jim Rome Show” (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Credit to The Tennessean who originally published this article.

 

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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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