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Marc Malusis Taking Lead Sports Anchor Position at New York’s WPIX

Malusis has been on weekends at WFAN since getting bumped from the afternoon show. He’ll remain in that role along with his WPIX anchoring.

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Former WFAN host Marc Malusis has a new gig. Fans who enjoyed him on the radio will now be able to see him on television.

As Newsday‘s Neil Best first reported on Twitter, Malusis will be the lead sports anchor for New York’s WPIX (channel 11). He’ll be behind the desk next beginning next Monday.

Malusis had been looking for a new spot since WFAN replaced the show he’d been doing with Maggie Gray, Moose & Maggie, was replaced by Tiki & Tierney, moving over from CBS Sports Radio.

(In sort of a sports radio trade, Gray went to CBS Sports Radio, joining Andrew Perloff for a new show in the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET national afternoon drive-time slot.)

Malusis has been on weekends at WFAN since the lineup shuffle and, according to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, will remain in that role even after he begins at WPIX. The question is whether or not Malusis’s new job will prevent him from continuing as a contributor for SNY and its game-time studio coverage. (WPIX also carries New York Yankees telecasts.)

According to the New York Daily News‘ Bob Raissman, Malusis will also host the Big Apple Ball show on Thursdays and Sunday’s NY Sports Nation program for the station.

At WPIX, Malusis takes the lead sports anchor role vacated by Andy Adler when she left the station last year.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone out there that’s listened to me over the years,” Malusis said on the air in December after the lineup change was made. “I’ve been here 21 years. WFAN has been my life and WFAN means the world to me.”

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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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