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Under The Radar – March 27, 2017

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Here are the latest happenings across the sports media landscape that you might not have been aware of. If you have a future news tip, story, press release or promotion to share, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

SB Nation Radio has moved Nate and Creight to the national stage. Patrick Creighton and Nate Griffin had been hosting in Houston on SB Nation 1560, but Gow Media is ready to present them to the masses starting Monday March 27th. The show will be carried weekdays from 1p-3p CT.

Another piece of news out of SB Nation Radio. Sean Salisbury‘s afternoon show, which includes Robin Carlin, and Brian Barrett, will make its TV debut on beIN Sports starting April 17th.

ESPN Radio is adding some firepower for the baseball season to two of its locally owned stations. ESPN 1000 in Chicago will feature weekly call-ins from Chicago Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. Rizzo will join David Kaplan. Schwarber will appear with Waddle and Silvy. Meanwhile in New York, 98.7FM ESPN New York will welcome former New York Yankees star turned ESPN MLB Analyst Mark Teixeira. Tex will check in every Thursday with Michael Kay‘s program.

750 The Game in Portland is bringing in Will Palaszczuk for a few fill in dates. The former host at SB Nation Radio and KTGR in Columbia, MO will step in this Wednesday, and again next Monday and Tuesday during afternoon drive.

In Kansas City, 610 Sports is turning their evenings over to Ron Hughley. Starting April 3rd, Hughley will host weeknights from 6p-9p CT, as well as Sunday mornings from 10a-12p CT. The show will be titled “The Show with Ron “The Show” Hughley“.

Congratulations to WQAM midday host “The Big OOrlando Alzugaray on being named the new stadium voice of the Miami FC. The team plays in the North American Soccer League and their home opener takes place on April 8th.

790 The Zone may not be broadcasting any longer in Atlanta, but that won’t stop former members from holding a special 20-year reunion. The former Zone crew will take over STATS on Marietta Street in Atlanta on Thursday night April 13th. The fun is scheduled to begin around 7pm.

In Dallas, 105.3 The Fan will present their 5th annual MudBug Bash on April 15th. The event takes place at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, and features live music, games, beer, drink specials, and over 3,500 lbs of broiling crawfish. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is expected to make a special appearance at this year’s event.

KNBR 1050 is partnering with Tommy T’s in Pleasanton on a local comedy night promotion in the Bay Area. Starting March 28th and continuing through May 16th, KNBR 1050’s Rudy Ortiz will host an open mic night at the venue. Each week’s winner gets announced the following morning on Ortiz’s morning show The Audible and earns $100 and a spot in the finale on May 16th where they’ll compete for the grand prize, a spot on an upcoming comedy night showcase.

Also in the Bay Area, 95.7 The Game afternoon anchor Gianna Franco is launching a new online program titled The Sports Dish which she says will feature sports figures, celebrities and foodies, sharing their insights on a variety of lighter subjects. For more information visit the website by clicking here.

Sports Radio KJR in Seattle is adding a new weekly soccer show. Radio Cascadia will air Saturday mornings at 9am PT and feature Jackson Felts and Stephen Egan. The show plans to provide sixty minutes of unbiased coverage on the Seattle Sounders FC.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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