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Tony Kornheiser Show Joins ESPN 630 The Sports Capitol

“The hour-long show will air Monday through Friday from noon – 1pm.”

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After launching in July, Washington DC’s newest sports radio station, ESPN 630 The Sports Capitol continues to build their local lineup, this time adding the iconic Tony Kornheiser to the weekday schedule.

The longtime DC area host and one of ESPN’s most recognized TV personalities made his return to terrestrial radio on Tuesday, September 10th at noon ET.  In 2016, Kornheiser left DC’s WTEM 980 to begin offering his show as a daily podcast.  Kornheiser, his podcast partner Cadence13 and Cumulus’ ESPN 630 will work together in bringing his show back to terrestrial radio.

“I’m tremendously excited to be heard once again each day in the town where I live and on a radio frequency I’ve listened to for 40 years,” Kornheiser said in a statement.

After joining The Washington Post from The New York Times in 1979, Kornheiser began his DC sports radio career in 1992 on Sports Radio 570 The Team, before the station moved up the AM dial to 980 in 1998.  Kornheiser’s popularity as a sports talent began to skyrocket nationally when he partnered with Michael Wilbon for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption in 2001.  

“Tony is a legend on sports radio in DC and we’re thrilled to be his new home,” said Bill Hess, Program Director, Cumulus Washington, DC.  “With Tony at noon, followed by ESPN’s The Stephen A. Smith Show at 1 p.m., ESPN 630 has the best one-two midday punch in town.”

The hour-long show will air Monday through Friday from noon – 1pm.  Kornheiser will also be on hand to join ESPN 630’s full lineup of shows which features, Golic and Wingo from 6 – 10am, The Carol Maloney Show from 10am – 12pm, Kornheiser for the noon hour, Stephen A. Smith from 1 – 3pm and The Bram Weinstein Show from 3 – 6pm.  The Tony Kornheiser Show will continue as a podcast, with portions of it airing on ESPN 630.  In partnering with Cumulus, the 71-year old radio host will also offer content exclusive to ESPN 630.

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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