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Sports Radio 930 Rebrands as 930 The Game

Brandon Contes

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Jacksonville’s Sports Radio 930 is now 930 The Game, rebranding as the city’s “Sports Leader” with a new lineup.

930 The Game will now carry Open Mike with Mike Bianchi, broadcasting from 6 to 9 am each weekday morning.  The addition of Bianchi means listeners will have local programming during the morning and afternoon drive times to anchor the station’s lineup, which includes:

Open Mike with Mike Bianchi                      6 – 9am
The Dan Patrick Show                                    9 am – Noon
The Herd with Colin Cowherd                      Noon – 3pm
Harp On Sports With Seth Harp                 3 – 6pm

“Mike is a fantastic addition to our daily line-up,” said Seth Harp, Program Director and afternoon host for 930 The Game.  “His show focuses on the topics and stories the people of northeast Florida want to hear.  The people of Jacksonville deserve a great morning drive show and Mike will deliver that tenfold.”

A current columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, Bianchi also hosts 6-9am on 96.9 The Game in Orlando and will now have his show simulcast in Jacksonville.  96.9 The Game in Orlando and Bianchi’s new station, 930 The Game in Jacksonville are both owned by iHeartMedia.  Bianchi is not a stranger to the Jacksonville market, prior to joining the Orlando Sentinel, the columnist and radio host worked for the Florida Times-Union, a daily newspaper in Jacksonville.

“I loved my years as a sports columnist at the Florida Times-Union and can’t wait to start talking sports again with Jacksonville Fans,” Bianchi said in the press release.  “I’m announcing right now that I’m driving the Jagwagon all the way to Atlanta for Superbowl LIII.”

In addition to their new lineup, 930 The Game announced they will serve as the home for Florida Gator football, basketball and baseball among other college athletic events.  The station will also partner with the NFL to broadcast regular season and playoff games as well as the Super Bowl.

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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