History was made on Tuesday night as Keith McPherson made his hosting debut on WFAN in New York replacing Steve Somers after the latter’s extraordinary 34-year run at the station. Prior to joining WFAN, McPherson, 33, was a host of both the Pinstripe Strong and Talkin’ Nets podcasts at Jomboy Media, and managed social media for the company as well. Additionally, he had experience as a digital marketing and strategy manager at Roc Nation Sports, which represents prominent athletes across many leagues, such as Saquon Barkley, Immanuel Quickley and Robinson Canó, and was a social media manager at fuboTV.
“We did it. Let’s go!,” opened McPherson on his first show. “So much energy [is] running through me right now… WFAN, New York City — club going up on a Tuesday!”
McPherson thanked those listening to his inaugural program on-air, and, much like his predecessor Steve Somers, invited listeners to join the conversation and talk about their favorite New York teams.
“If you decided at 7:00 tonight [that] this is what you were going to do — listen to me talk sports — I appreciate you,” said McPherson. “Twitter, Instagram, texts, everything — it’s been crazy; it’s been an overload. It’s been a wild ride, and now we’re here. Now it starts. This is night one, and the torch has been passed.”
Before McPherson proceeded with his program, he sent a special message to Somers, who officially retired from WFAN after 34 years on the air; McPherson here, and Somers there, seemingly enough. Keith McPherson called Somers the greatest of all time at his craft, hence the title “G.O.A.T.,” and looked forward to beginning the challenge of crafting his own sound and style just as “The Schmoozer” did himself.
“I have to send a shout out to the G.O.A.T. — Steve Somers — forever G.O.A.T.E.D!,” exclaimed McPherson. “There was a lot of talk about his replacement; a lot of talk about shoes being filled. I deadened that every chance I could… because you can’t replace a guy like Steve Somers… That’s a voice we will never be able to replace, and no one will ever take his place — and definitely not me. I am glad to carry the torch; glad to take this mic, take this seat; and lead us into the future, whatever that future may be, New York.”
WFAN’s newest on-air host briefly discussed the process in joining the station, and how so many things in his life have rapidly changed over the last few months.
“If they would have told me three months ago… that I was going to be trying out to be the nighttime host… If they would have told me that the press release was going to come out saying that you’re replacing Steve Somers, I would have said: ‘Woah, woah. Hey — take it easy. I don’t know if I’m ready for all that.”
Three months later, though, Keith McPherson is ready for his chance on live radio, getting his start in the number one media market in the world: the Big Apple.
“It’s not about if you’re ready,” explained McPherson. “It’s about staying ready so you don’t have to get ready, and I’m ready to rock tonight.”
Keith McPherson hopes that his new role at WFAN will be the start of a new era of great things for the station amid a changing media landscape and consistent ratings battle with 98.7 ESPN New York. Furthermore, he hopes the sports teams in the New York-Metropolitan area give their fans even more memorable moments and things to cheer about, and subsequently come talk about on New York’s FAN.
“[I] hope you become a fan of the FAN,” said McPherson. “I’m just a fan at the FAN. We’re all fans — die-hard fans, long-suffering fans, casual fans, bandwagon fans — we’re all here.”
Derek Futterman is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. In addition, he serves as the production manager for the New York Islanders Radio Network and lead sports producer at NY2C. He has also worked on live game broadcasts for the Long Island Nets and New York Riptide. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks and wrote for The Long Island Herald. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”
Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”
One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.
Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.
Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.
“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”
Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.
Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.