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Dan Le Batard Show Reacts to Debut of High Noon

Brandon Contes

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Monday was the long awaited premiere of High Noon (9am Pacific), yes that is the full official name of the new fast-paced debate show on ESPN, hosted by Bomani Jones and Pablo S. Torre. Shortly after noon ET, I tuned into the The Dan Le Batard Show surprised to hear Jones and Torre on ESPN radio.

High Noon (9am Pacific) premiered during the popular sports radio show that prides itself on not talking sports and Le Batard threw to the new ESPN program, playing its first ten minutes live on the radio. It’s not uncommon for a radio show to pick up the broadcast of breaking news, a press conference or play by play for a relevant game in-progress, but I was not expecting to hear High Noon (9am Pacific).

I stuck with the program because I had interest in High Noon and was curious if simulcasting the first segment was by the request of management, or Le Batard’s choice. ESPN 3 will also broadcast Le Batard watching and reacting to Wednesday night’s NBA Finals Game 3. Having Le Batard’s radio audience listen to him watch and react to the debut of the network’s new show could have been a way to promote both High Noon and Dan’s upcoming ESPN 3 appearance simultaneously.

What ensued was a break from standard sports talk, which listeners expect from The Dan Le Batard Show, and entertaining content from their reaction to High Noon (9 am Pacific). After their decision to break away from the television show, Stugotz referenced the pace at which Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre conducted the program, commenting, “They went 18 minutes…no commercials, did anyone breath?”

“It’s going to have more words per minute than any show in history,” Le Batard added.

The Dan Le Batard Show continued to discuss High Noon’s  unique and creative imaging, along with the different camera angles and sound, which until I watched the full show, I was unsure if the constant background music was something the Le Batard show was playing or if it was a part of High Noon. Turns out it was part of High Noon and one of the few elements that received complaints from the audience. I planned on checking out the debut episode at some point this week, but listening to the Le Batard show describe it as having the appearance of a Quentin Tarantino directed production, convinced me to prioritize watching it Monday afternoon.

Le Batard takes pride in the inimitability of his program, being a sports radio show that doesn’t need to talk sports and has become a parody of the traditional sports talk format. Writing about a sports radio show which was talking about a sports television show, I’m not sure if that fits into the parody Le Batard tries to portray, or the chain reaction of sports and media coverage in 2018 he attempts to avoid, either way the segment led me to check out High Noon.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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