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Joe Benigno Reportedly Set To Announce Retirement

“The move clears a spot in WFAN’s lineup for Craig Carton, who will likely partner with Evan Roberts in afternoon drive.”

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It’s been rumored and expected for a while now, but according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Joe Benigno will officially announce his retirement from WFAN today, Wednesday Oct. 28. 

The move clears a spot in WFAN’s lineup for Craig Carton, who will likely partner with Evan Roberts in afternoon drive. It’s the least disruptive way for Carton, who was released from prison in June, to fit back into WFAN’s weekday schedule for the first time in more than three years. 

For Benigno, it marks the end of an impressive 25-year run as a host on WFAN. His tenure began dissimilar from the typical route hosts take to break into the industry. In 1995, Benigno was a regular caller to WFAN ‘Joe from Saddle River,’ until he won a contest and turned the opportunity into a full-time gig on the station at the ripe age of 41. 

From overnights, to middays and most recently afternoons, Benigno has been a mainstay on WFAN, spending more than half his radio career co-hosting with Evan Roberts. After the two officially partnered in Jan. 2007, they helped stabilize WFAN’s midday timeslot, which was previously a revolving door of shows and hosts. 

Through various lineup changes around them, including the departures of Don Imus, Chris Russo, Craig Carton and Mike Francesa, Benigno and Roberts remained a constant for WFAN listeners. Their passion and fandom built a kinship with Mets and Jets fans especially, quickly becoming must-listen-to radio anytime one of those teams made headlines. 

But at the age of 67, Benigno has spent a lot of time in recent years day-dreaming on-air about retirement and moving to Florida. With Carton’s return looming, the need for WFAN to spark their lineup and the apparent desire of Benigno to soon step aside, retiring now seems like a logical move for the 67-year old. Although Benigno is expected to announce his retirement, Wednesday might not be his last show, as he’s likely to finish out the week.

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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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