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ESPN LA 710 and KFWB Join Forces with LAFC

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The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has announced that ESPNLA 710 AM and KFWB 980 AM will serve as the Club’s official flagship radio partners for the inaugural 2018 and the 2019 season. LAFC matches will be broadcast in English on LAFC’s radio home and Southern California’s number one sports station, ESPNLA 710 AM, and in Spanish on KFWB 980 AM ‘La Mera La Mera’.

“We are excited to expand our broadcast reach and partner with ESPNLA 710 AM and KFWB 980 AM,” LAFC Owner and President Tom Penn said. “We are committed to making our matches accessible throughout Los Angeles, and these industry leaders will provide comprehensive coverage of our club throughout Southern California.”

Dave Denholm, host of the popular “Soccer Weekly” show on ESPNLA, will call all LAFC matches in English. A sports radio veteran with more than two decades of experience in sports, news and talk radio as well as calling countless soccer matches on FOX Sports and other networks, Denholm will bring a varied and unique L.A. -based perspective to LAFC broadcasts.

“We are incredibly honored to be a part of LAFC’s inaugural season and very excited to help welcome the team to Los Angeles,” Vice President and General Manager of ESPNLA Scott McCarthy said. ”LAFC is a world-class organization from top to bottom – from the great players and coaching staff, to the ownership and management group, to the gorgeous new stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Fans of the beautiful game in Southern California can look forward to some great football and a game-day experience second to none.”

Long-time ESPN Deportes host Armando Aguayo will handle play-by-play duties for the broadcast on 980 AM, while Francisco X. Rivera will serve as the analyst for most matches. A familiar voice to sports fans in Los Angeles, Aguayo serves as the Director, Producer and on-air talent for two shows on KWKW 1330 AM ESPN Deportes, as well as experience calling Clippers, Galaxy and UCLA football and basketball. Rivera can be seen and heard on FS1, Estrella TV and FOX Deportes, working Mexican National Team games, Major League Baseball, NFL and numerous other broadcasts.

“We are thrilled to deliver the excitement of the LAFC to L.A.’s Spanish Speaking Community,” President and General Manager of KFWB Jim Kalmenson said. “This is a big event for Southern California’s Latino Community and KFWB’s expansive coverage ensures that listeners from Oxnard to San Bernadino and beyond will be able to cheer on LA’s new team.”

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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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