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Sports Radio Shines In 2021 Marconi Nominations

The awards are announced on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Russ Heltman

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Courtesy: National Association of Broadcasters

The 2021 National Association of Broadcasters announced nominees for the Marconi Awards as the industry eagerly prepares for the event on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Attendees registering for the radio show in Sin City attend the Marconi Reception immediately after Wednesday’s “Putting Podcasting to Work for Local Revenue and Marketing” session. Sports radio has a litany of names and stations on the list of nominees this year.

Starting in the “Legendary Manager of the Year” category, Joe Bell represents the Beasley Media Group. Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic resides under his umbrella and is fresh off a strong showing in the spring ratings book.

The Musers on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas, Texas, are collecting nominations like paperweights at this point, as the whole group is up for “Major Market Personality of the Year.” George Dunham, Craig Miller, and Gordon Keith have been entertaining listeners for more than 20 years during morning drive on the Ticket. The trio is on the air from 5:30a-10a CT and have now added their sixth Marconi Award nomination.

Only one sports station made the cut as nominee for “Major Market Station of the Year”. That station is 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, MA. The legendary sports radio brand has recently been on a tear in the Boston ratings.

Three podcasts with ties to the sports format or local/national sports brands made the cut for “Best Radio Podcast of the Year,” including, Garage Logic, from Hubbard Radio in Minneapolis, Purple Daily, from SKOR North in Minneapolis, and Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis, from Premiere Radio Networks.

Last but certainly not least, there were five nominees for “Sports Station of the Year”. Cracking the list this year included, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis, TN, 1460 KXNO in Des Moines, IA, Sports Radio WIP in Philadelphia, PA, 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas, TX, and 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, MI.

The awards were established in 1989 and named after Nobel Prize winner and inventor Guglielmo Marconi.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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