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103.7 The Buzz Adds David Medford and Eric Sullivan

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103.7 The Buzz has announced that David Medford and Eric Sullivan have been added as hosts of a brand new midday show that will air Monday-Friday, 1p-4p. The new program will debut on Monday, August 29th.

“We are really excited to introduce our new afternoon team,” said Steve Jonsson, General Manager of The Buzz. “The Buzz provides our listeners with on-air talent that can deliver strong entertainment and sports programming. We were fortunate that Dave and Eric were available to create this highly entertaining new show.”

Dave’s on-air career began in 1994 partnering with Tommy Smith as the Magic 105 morning show co-host, known at that time as “Big Dave”. A fourth generation Arkansan, Medford was born in and grew up in Mena. He graduated from Hendrix College in 1982 with a degree in economics. Medford and Smith enjoyed their status for years as the #1 show in Arkansas and the highest performing morning show in a top 100 market.

Then, from 2000-2005, Dave was the afternoon drive talk show host at KARN where he opined on a broad range of topics. Since then, Dave has been a full time voice over talent. He’s lived in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dallas, and is now back home in Arkansas. He’s a huge sports fan and lifelong Razorback fan.

Sullivan grew up in Wickes, AR, graduating from Mena High School and played basketball at Arkansas Tech University. Sullivan began his TV career in 1998 at KARK-TV shooting sports video for Steve Sullivan and David Bazzel. In 2000, Eric became the Weekend Sports Anchor at KTHV Channel 11. In 2003, Eric was named Sports Anchor at KFSM-TV in Fayetteville/Fort Smith. After five years covering the Razorbacks, Eric moved to Texas where he spent 10 years covering the Dallas Cowboys and Texas high school football, among many other sports. At that time, he also started the Eric Sully Radio Show on ESPN 92.1 FM. He will bring a vast background and skill set to the Buzz.

“We conducted an exhaustive, nationwide search to find the best possible hosts for what we think our listeners would love in the 1 o’clock time slot,” said Justin Acri, Program Director for 103.7 The Buzz. “After considering a number of highly qualified applicants, we decided that this extremely entertaining pair would be perfect for the job.”

The new show replaces Overtime, which aired from November 2012 to July 2016. It will be produced by veteran KABZ-FM producer, Joe Franklin. Having been with The Buzz since 2002, Franklin produced The Zone from 2004 to 2012, at which point he began producing both Overtime and DriveTime Sports. Franklin will also continue as producer for DriveTime Sports.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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