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Tony Bruno Joins ESPN 97.3 For NFL Season

“Each show for the native Philadelphian will be two hours long, but don’t view his return to terrestrial radio as a precursor to a possible full-time job.”

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Tony Bruno is returning to terrestrial radio, joining ESPN 97.3 in South Jersey for the fast-approaching NFL season.

Bruno will host three weekly shows for the Townsquare Media owned radio station, as a lead-in for Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football and every Eagles game.  Each show for the native Philadelphian will be two hours long, but don’t view his return to terrestrial radio as a precursor to a possible full-time job.

“I’m not really coming out of retirement to take a full-time radio job,” Bruno told Rob Tornoe of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s really not that big of a deal to do two hours.”

Use the term “retirement” lightly because Bruno already hosts three commercial-less hours every weekday on Twitch.  Earlier this year, Bruno partnered with the streaming platform typically used by gamers, to broadcast a daily show which airs Monday – Friday from 1 – 4pm without interruption.  Add that to his new gig on 97.3 ESPN and that’s 21 hours of show time each week for the “retired” sports talk host.  Bruno’s three new weekly shows for 97.3 ESPN will also simulcast on Twitch.

Bruno joins popular Philadelphia sports talk hosts, Eytan Shander and Harry Mayes in making the jump to South Jersey’s sports radio station.  Shander and Mayes joined 97.3 ESPN to host the station’s midday show shortly after parting ways with Philly’s 97.5 The Fanatic.  Bruno, whose career stops include ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio and 94.1 WIP, also co-hosted a daily show with Mayes at The Fanatic

According to Crossing Broad, Bruno will broadcast terrestrially on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 – 8pm, and three hours before every Eagles game.  97.3 ESPN switches to Eagles radio one hour before kickoff and Bruno will host the station’s local pregame show two hours before the switch.

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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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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