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ESPN Hosts Honor Laid Off Colleagues On Air



It has been a rough week in the sports media industry as ESPN announced on Thursday that they would be laying off 300 people and leaving 200 positions vacant. As the New York Times reported on Thursday, a lot of the cuts were in broadcast production, but some ESPN shows and personalities took to social media or used their own platform to address the sad news of the day at the network.

At the end of Thursday’s edition of The Jump, Rachel Nichols addressed the situation for about 24 seconds and said that the people she worked with were the best part about coming to work every day.

“I do want to tell the employees facing layoffs at ESPN today how much they are going to be missed…Just because it is happening everywhere doesn’t make it any less hard. I can say for sure the people are the best part about coming to work each day at ESPN. We are with you.” 

This didn’t just apply to shows on the network. The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM in New York also addressed the situation as well. Here is what Kay had to say: 

“This was a difficult day at ESPN. There were layoffs with the current economic situation. A lot of our colleagues on TV and radio did lose their jobs today. While we are sitting on the radio having fun and talking to you, we just want all of those who got that call and were spoken to in the office to know that our hearts are with you.” 

Towards the end of Around The HornTony Reali decided to take the last word to address the news and the people who were not sharing sympathy and compassion for the jobs that were lost.

“Today is a hard day for many in our family at this network just as it is for many in our country. If your response is anything but compassion, I don’t want to hear from you.”

Some ESPN personalities took to Twitter to address people who lost their jobs that have directly played an impact on their careers. Check out what Sarah Spain about one of the associate producers at ESPN Radio, Ali Bronson.

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn took to Twitter as well to share personal experiences he had with 4 producers that were let go by the company:

Freddie Coleman also showed respect for hs friends and former co-workers affected by the layoffs by announcing that last night’s program on ESPN Radio with Ian Fitzsimmons would be dedicated to them.

It was not an easy day for anyone in the industry, so credit to those at ESPN who took the time to address the situation and share their stories about good people that have impacted them. 

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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.



Joy Taylor

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.



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.”



Dennis Eckersley

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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