In the early hours on Monday morning, the state of Massachusetts negotiated a sports betting bill that would legalize sports betting in the state. The agreement from the state’s Sports Betting Conference Committee was voted on just before 5 am Eastern Time and that meant the morning radio shows in Boston got to be the very first to react.
Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub opened their show with a breaking news sound effect and two co-hosts gave the details which would have been a surprise to many who went to bed assuming their would be no approved legislation.
“We are starting the Toucher and Rich radio program with a little breaking sports news,” began Fred Toucher. “The Mass legislative session was still going strong at five o’clock in the morning and they decided something that will affect a great deal of our audience.”
Yup, legal sports betting is coming to Massachusetts,” replied Rich Shertenlieb. “On top of all that, no limit on where they can advertise,” he shared gleefully.
Shertenlieb added, “this is real. It looks like in the next couple of weeks… you’ll be able to sit down and finally be able to gamble on sports. Thank God.”
Later, Toucher said he was pleased because this all means more revenue for the state.
“There will be white-collar jobs that come out of this too… these companies are going to increase their boots on the ground marketing in Massachusetts and they are going to spend a lot more, conceivably on advertising which leads to more jobs. The more you spend on something the more jobs are created, there are a lot of things that are positive about it.”
Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance
“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.
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.”
WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid
Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host 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.
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.”
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.
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