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Two MLB Teams Honor Their Radio Producers

Brandon Contes

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Major League Baseball team producer/engineers for radio broadcasts were well-represented this past week.  Shortly after Mets longtime producer Chris Majkowski threw out the first pitch at Citi Field after being honored for working more than 4,000 consecutive games, Don Free, producer/engineer for the Kansas City Royals will be inducted into the Shawnee County Baseball Hall-of-Fame.

Majkowski joined the Met broadcast in 1993, having missed just one game in his 25 years on the job, for his sister’s wedding during his inaugural season.  For Maj, he prefers a role behind the scenes and views his impressive streak as just showing up for work.  When asked by The New York Post what he was looking forward to most regarding the first pitch, the Met producer quickly responded with, “It being over.”

Eight years before Maj began working with the Mets, the Royals hired a part-time producer during their 1985 World Series season.  As a part-time employee, Don Free didn’t get an opportunity to work a playoff game that season, but 29 years later the Royals producer would earn a World Series ring from the club.  Now, Free he has a Hall-of-Fame enshrinement to go with the ring.

“Oh, and the coaches,″ Free said when discussing the wonderful people he’s met since joining the Royals full-time in 1986. “They’re all such good guys and I miss that. Rusty (Koontz) always called me ‘Hall of Famer.’ So next time I see him, I’m going to say, ‘Hey, look, I’m in the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame now, buddy.’ ”

Free officially retired after last season, but still gets called on by the Royals to run the board from the team’s local radio studio as needed.

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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