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Fans Flock To New Mike Francesa Twitter Video

“That amount of interest for a Twitter video, shows Francesa is still a natural lightning rod for attention.”

Brandon Contes

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If anyone doubted whether Mike Francesa can still generate interest, the former WFAN host helped answer the question Thursday evening with a short video on Twitter.

Francesa has been mostly off the grid since he stepped away from his hour-long evening show on WFAN a few months ago. There has been no media tour this time around for Francesa, just quietly making a couple of guest appearances with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Adam Schein. But on Thursday, Francesa proved his fans and longtime listeners are still interested in the content he creates. 

Francesa posted a quick unedited two-minute video offering his picks for this weekend’s Breeders Cup. Not exactly a hot button issue amid the NFL season and the presidential election, two topics with a stronger ability to dominate the national conversation. Yet Francesa’s two-minute video on horse racing easily amassed 300,000 views in less than an hour. 

That amount of interest for a Twitter video, shows Francesa is still a natural lightning rod for attention. Now more than three months removed from departing WFAN, supposedly for good, Francesa hasn’t announced a plan for any future content creation. The first time he left WFAN, the iconic sports radio host created an app to house his video and audio content. 

Despite putting some exclusive audio and video on the app, it was hard for consumers to see value in paying $8.99 per month for the platform when he was available for three and a half hours a day on WFAN at no charge. For someone like Francesa, who needs to be heard and has a studio in his home, it’s surprising he hasn’t offered any content during the football season or ahead of the presidential election. But the reason behind his staying mostly quiet certainly isn’t for a lack of interest from his longtime fans. 

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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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