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Dan Le Batard Rehires Chris Cote Personally To Keep Him On Air

“Le Batard and the rest of the show made sure to thank the listening audience for their support as complaints have been sent to ESPN by this decision.”

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Last week, the producer of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,  Chris Cote, announced that he was being laid off at ESPN. Today, on The Big SueyLe Batard addressed the situation with the local listeners and shared the pain that the people on the show have been feeling since the news. 

Amidst the pain that was felt at the beginning of the podcast, Le Batard told the audience that the crew had been trying to come up with a way to keep Cote on staff and with creativity involved, they were able to come up with a way to make it happen.

“I’m actually happy to report that I am going to hire Chris Cote as my personal assistant with a raise to fill the role vacated by Allyson Turner,” the host said. “I will cover the raise, the entire thing. It means that Chris Cote is still going to be on the show”

When the crew wondered if that move could happen, Le Batard took a shot at ESPN since the show has since moved solely to ESPN+ this week.  

“Since we are on ESPN+, I am not sure anyone is going to notice for 6 weeks. It’s going to be so confusing. This is a big sprawling corporation. The people who see us don’t understand what we do. We missed our big unveiling at ESPN+ because we were so wounded by all of this.”

Before the exciting news, Le Batard made it clear that he felt that ESPN had blindsided him by not having him be involved with the company’s decision. He understood that the recent layoffs have affected everyone, but it felt personal to him. 

“Chris Cote, we were blindsided by him being let go. It’s the greatest disrespect of my professional career that I got no notice. I would have loved to work something out if somebody had told me to protect him because anyone who knows, Stugotz, what we do around here understands that we are a family. 

“This time at the company has been horrible. So many people have been affected. We have been affected far less than anyone else…No matter how hurt I am about this, I very much understand that this is the product of a very dangerous and brutal time for the company. The part that makes it so hurtful to me is that you blindsided me”

The executive producer of the show, Mike Ryan Ruiz, mentioned how this isn’t the first time their show has dealt with ESPN layoffs and they feel the network is trying to change them, which adds to the frustration in their mind that the company doesn’t see why people like the show.

“You see the writing on the wall. The show is shrinking. We are now on ESPN+.” 

On the podcast, Cote made an appearance and talked about how his dad, Greg, had him on his podcast to talk about the layoff and let’s just say Chris was not too happy about that, but he was thankful for the support shown by the crew and the fans. He even mentioned he got a call from Tim Kurkjian. 

“My dad is the worst. He for sure made this weekend worse and more stressful for me. That’s just a fact. I’m so moved right now by the support from you guys and the rare, terrifying heartwarming weekend. I am so grateful for everything.”

Le Batard and the rest of the show made sure to thank the listening audience for their support as complaints have been sent to ESPN by this decision.

“I just want to tell the audience how grateful we are for your outpouring that has inundated and continues to inundate ESPN to explain to them that you don’t understand that this is a family. You don’t understand what Chris Cote meant to our entire group…The part that I was stunned by is that it is a producer on a radio show and ESPN has never been flooded with more complaints by anything they have done than this.” 

As the cast mentioned numerous times, the family aspect of The Dan Le Batard Show is what makes it unique. It was a great act by Le Batard to keep the show family together and a producer that people enjoy listening to employed. 

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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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