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Ben & Skin Are Out At 105.3 the Fan

“Barrett Sports Media will update this story as more information becomes available. Ben and Skin have left 105.3 The Fan to pursue another opportunity.”

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105.3 the Fan is undergoing another change in mid days. Just two months ago the station flip flopped G Bag Nation and Ben and Skin, moving the latter from afternoons to mid days. The move was reported as having Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade’s blessing, as it gave them more time to work on a new business venture, which was announced later as the Rollertown Brewery, slated to open in the Dallas suburbs next year.

Now, just over two months later, it seems Rogers and Wade will have a lot more time for other projects. They have been removed from both the station’s website and social media pages. 105.3 The Fan’s online presence lists The K&C Masterpiece as the station’s new mid day show.

Ben and Skin’s performance on The Fan was pretty consistent. They were regularly in the top 5 in afternoons in the Dallas ratings. Still, the show wasn’t able to overtake The Hardline on crosstown rival 1310/96.7 The Ticket.

As of late Friday night, neither Ben Rogers or Jeff Wade had addressed the situation publicly. The Fan had also not issued a statement about the situation, leaving many to wonder if the duo chose to leave or if the station elected to make changes.

On Saturday morning, Shan Shariff of The Fan’s morning show confirmed that Ben and Skin have left the station. Shariff said the popular Dallas hosts have decided to pursue another opportunity that they’re keeping confidential for the time being, and though it’s gut wrenching to see two great friends walk out the door, it’s Ben and Jeff’s story to tell and they’ll do so when they’re ready.

The timing of the move was strange, given that The Fan is hosting its huge ‘Fanniversary’ event on Saturday afternoon. As more information becomes available we’ll pass it along.

Ben Rodgers confirmed on Instagram that there is another opportunity in the works for Ben and Skin. He offered no specifics on what is next for the show, but did thank 105.3 the Fan for “the opportunity and some unbelievable memories.”

Rogers’s message also hints that the duo will drop a few clues about the next chapter of their careers soon on YouTube.

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We have another turn in this story now. Kevin Turner, who served as the executive producer of Ben & Skin has exited Entercom Dallas as well. He posted a message to Facebook on Monday saying that he had given program director Gavin Spittle his two week notice.

As Turner noted in his post, he will be free to pursue other opportunities.

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Jason Barrett Podcast: Jeff Smulyan, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down

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Zolak & Bertrand: Kirk Herbstreit’s Comments A Wake Up Call For Patriots Fans

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough.”

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Things appeared to come to a head for the New England Patriots and their fans last week as the team fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-10.

Many fans of the Patriots with the loss seem to have accepted the fact that the glory days of the franchise are officially over. Thursday Night Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even noted that it was off-putting that fans near his broadcast vantage point were fine with the Pats coming out on the losing end.

“I just felt the sense of acceptance of where they are,” Herbstreit said during a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “It really shocked me. I’m just so used to the Patriots’ 20 years of excellence, and not just the NFL in all of professional sports. And to see their fan base just like, we suck, whatever, game’s over, like early they were like that.”

On Zolak & Bertrand Monday, co-host Scott Zolak disagreed with Herbstreit’s take.

“I don’t know what you want from a fan base to do after that when the game’s over, and the place starts to dump out,” he said. “The game was well in hand.”

Zolak’s cohort Marc Bertrand felt differently, praising Herbstreit for offering that sort of perspective.

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough,” Bertrand said. “They let ’em off the hook.”

Bertrand felt like Patriots fans had every right to be pissed off with the product the team put on the field last week and have done so far this season. Especially when people are paying top dollar for admission to games.

“That product doesn’t match those prices last Thursday night,” he said, continuing to agree with what Herbstreit said. “You don’t hear that a lot around here. So I thought it was a nice change up.”

Zolak and Bertrand both seemed to determine that perhaps it was a case of fans being too nice and being willing to accept failure from head coach Bill Belichick and his staff.

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Paul Finebaum: ‘I’ve Been Accused Of Giving Up Objectivity For Nick Saban’

“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there.”

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People not from the state of Alabama may not realize that there was a time when there was no more vocal critic of the football team than Paul Finebaum. On Monday morning, he told Cole Cubelic of JOX 94.5 in Birmingham that his perspective began to change in January 2007.

“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there,” Finebaum admitted.

To be fair to Finebaum, Saban and the Crimson Tide have won five national championships and eight SEC championships since his arrival. It has been way easier to wave the flag than find fault.

Paul Finebaum says that some people don’t see it as that simple though and he has had to learn to accept some criticism.

“I’ve been accused of losing all my objectivity and focus to support Saban,” he said. “I believe in that because I believe he has completely transformed that school into what it is today.”

Acknowledging that Saban has been a game changer not just for Alabama football, but for the university itself, doesn’t mean that Paul Finebaum never has anything critical to say about the coach and his team. In fact, he told Cubelic that he was really put off by the way Saban campaigned for Alabama to be included in the upcoming College Football Playoff.

“For a coach of Nick Saban’s intellect to go on national television and use the point spread as a reason for entrance, when he was a big favorite in the two games he lost, he was an overwhelming favorite at Texas, the game where he needed a last-second field goal, and probably was the game that cost him the birth in a TCU head-to-head comparison.”

Saban appeared on multiple television shows and halftime shows stating that if you put Alabama up against any of the other teams in consideration for the final two spots, they would be the favorites. Finebaum thought it was a step too far.

“I want to make it clear,” he said. “I understand Nick Saban standing up for his program. I’ve hear people say ‘well, every coach would do that’. Well, you know what? I didn’t see Ryan Day doing that. I didn’t see Josh Heupel doing that. I saw Nick Saban doing that and I think that is what was so startling to me.”

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