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Former Saint Zach Strief Could be New Voice of the Team

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Seeing professional athletes go straight from the playing field to the broadcast booth as an analyst is becoming common practice.  Going directly from the playing field to becoming a play-by-play announcer?  It’s unprecedented, but former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman, Zach Strief, could do just that.

“Have heard from multiple sources that former Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief is a strong and viable candidate to replace Jim Henderson as play-by-play man on the club’s radio broadcast team,” Times-Picayune columnist, Jeff Duncan, tweeted.

Throughout his career, Strief has been considered a media darling and popular within the New Orleans community.  The retired offensive-lineman would be a surprise pick, but most likely a well-received one by Saints fans, to fill the void left by Jim Henderson on the team’s radio broadcast.  After calling games for the last 30 years on WWL radio in New Orleans, Henderson’s voice became synonymous with the Saints.

“It’s time.  This is a good year to go out,” Henderson said when announcing his retirement this past winter.  “I will miss our Saints Radio broadcast team; I will miss calling the games.  But, I’m looking forward to experiencing Saints football purely as a fan.”

Former Saints running back, Deuce McAllister, served as Henderson’s color analyst during the last two seasons.  McAllister is expected to continue in the same role.

Rated as an all-pro by Pro Football Focus in 2016, the 12-year Saints’ offensive-lineman, Zach Strief, has no broadcast experience, but did graduate from Northwestern University with degrees in communication studies and sociology in 2012.  WWL radio host Kristian Garic, TV anchor Mike Hoss, and college football play-by-play announcer Tim Brando are all additional candidates for the Saints’ radio opening according to 247Sports.com.

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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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