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Some Interesting Names Get Fill-In Shots At WFAN This Week

“Management has maintained no schedule changes are on the horizon for WFAN.”

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With ratings much less scrutinized during the summer months, it presents an opportunity for sports radio stations to test different show pairings. And this week, WFAN is doing just that as their 10am – 2pm midday show featuring Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray is on vacation. 

Filling in, Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney will pull double duty, hosting at noon on WFAN, followed by their regular afternoon show on CBS Sports Radio. Tiki and Tierney is an interesting fit for WFAN considering they’re a duo that resonates with the New York fan, but their show isn’t heard terrestrially in the market. BT is a born and bred New Yorker with die-hard rooting interests for his local teams, while Tiki spent nearly a decade as a running back for the Giants. 

Leading into Tiki and Tierney on WFAN will be overnight host and regular weekday fill-in John Jastremski who will partner with former NFL linebacker Brian Jones. Best of luck to their producer on getting JJ and Jones to break on time, the two hosts are incredibly enthusiastic personalities who will make the two-hours feel like a sprint. Jones spent half a decade with CBS Sports Radio, first as an evening host with Chris Moore, followed by a stint in morning drive with Gregg Giannotti, until Gio left for WFAN in 2018. 

Normally when a WFAN show takes vacation, the timeslot is filled with one host or pairing. It’s interesting to see FAN squeeze two shows into the four-hour block vacated by Moose and Maggie for a week. 

Management has maintained no schedule changes are on the horizon for WFAN. There are no current openings in WFAN’s lineup, but with the station’s recent downward ratings trend and their need to become more diverse, outside speculation on change has continued to circle.

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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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