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WNSR 560 Adds Pogue & Dubin

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Two familiar names in local sports media — Greg Pogue and Joe Dubin — will return to the radio airwaves Monday when they revive the “Greg Pogue and Big Joe Show” on WNSR 560-AM/95.9-FM.

The show, which originally was on mornings on The Game 2 (94.9-FM), will air weekdays from 9-11 a.m.
It was discontinued last March when Dubin, whose roots are in television sports, was hired as a reporter for WSMV-4 to replace Rudy Kalis, who moved from sports to anchor the NBC affiliate’s morning news show.

“I get texts, I get tweets, I get emails and people who call me all the time telling me they miss us on the radio,” said Dubin, a Nashville native and Emmy-award winning reporter who got his start in TV with WKRN-2. “Why, I don’t know. I truly don’t know. But Greg came to me about three weeks ago and said, ‘Lets try to get back together.’ ”

Dubin was all for it. His only issue was getting an OK from Channel 4 brass. They liked the exposure that having Dubin on the radio would mean for the TV station, so they gave him the thumbs-up.

The chemistry between the two veteran journalists, who don’t take themselves too seriously but bring a wealth of local sports knowledge to the table, was something that Pogue felt was worth rekindling.

“Joe and I are as good a team as I’ve ever worked with,” said Pogue, who spent 24 years as a sports writer for the Nashville Banner and executive sports editor of the Daily News Journal. “We get each other. We like each other and we hate each other, so that’s important. We’re almost like brothers. We’ll hug one minute and fight the next. We’ll fight, but if you’re going to fight him, you’re going to have to fight me too.”

It is a homecoming for Pogue, who served as co-host of an afternoon sports talk show at WNSR along with Bill King for several years in the 1990s and then spent many years doing mornings at the station.

Pogue and Dubin have never lost their passion for high school sports, but have also spent much of their careers covering college and professional teams.

“We’re obviously going to talk about local topics — Titans, Predators, colleges, high schools,” Pogue said. “Whatever we talk about, we want to have fun. … We’ll even talk about social topics, music, whatever. We’re not putting ourselves in a box. Whatever we feel is best to talk about that day, that’s what we’ll talk about.”

Charlie Saunier will produce the show and join the conversation when the Predators are the topic. He hosts “Predneck Nation Pregame Show” on the station.

Radio provides Dubin, a social media zealot, another platform to show his wacky personality.
“I have the greatest job in the world at Channel 4 and once the bosses said, ‘You’re good to go on the radio,’ I was like, ‘This is great!’ ” Dubin said. “If there is something going on, Greg knows that Channel 4 is my priority above everything else. If there’s something going on, I have to go do that. If not and it’s in that time slot, I’ll be on the radio because I love it.”

The station’s new early lineup also includes the “Bill King Show” (7-9 a.m.), which returned to the station in May, and the syndicated “Jim Rome Show” (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Credit to The Tennessean who originally published this article.

 

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The Ken Carman Show: NFL Begging For More Flex Schedule in Late Season Games For Higher Ratings

“They’ve never done what they just did: Move a game and have 55,000 people attend the game.”

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The Cleveland Browns recently had their game against the Bills moved to Detroit due to more than 70 inches of snow falling in Buffalo. 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland hosts Ken Carman and Anthony Lima discussed whether that game being moved and allowing fans to attend with discounted tickets was a test balloon for future NFL scheduling changes.

“I am worried that the NFL is basically gonna have an open slate in terms of a schedule for the last four weeks of the season,” Lima said. “I’m worried the league will say “We’re worried making sure these games meet this threshold of if the game is a big game and a lot of eyeballs are on it’.

“And because they just demonstrated that they can not only move the time of a game, but they’ve moved the dates of games because of COVID. They’ve never done what they just did: Move a game and have 55,000 people attend the game. What that makes me nervous about is it gives the NFL the thought of ‘How can we maximize our television ratings late in the year and make sure we don’t have dog games in the late stages and bring the most value to our partners.'”

Lima then said he envisioned a scenario where the station had events planned in Cincinnati before a Sunday game at 1:00 PM but at the last minute was told the game had been moved to Monday Night Football. Carman asked if two weeks was enough time to prepare in advance.

“I’m just telling you, I can see this coming for the NFL,” Lima concluded.

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Gregg Giannotti: Booger McFarland Take on Zach Wilson ‘Just Stupid’

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor. I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need.”

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Last night, Booger McFarland had harsh criticism for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, saying he was “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Fellow Monday Night Countdown analyst Steve Young pushed back on the criticism, and he was backed up by WFAN’s Boomer & Gio Tuesday, with Gregg Giannotti taking a strong stance.

Young, who went to BYU like Wilson, immediately countered McFarland’s analysis, saying “that doesn’t resonate at all”.

“Steve’s gonna obviously protect his buddy,” Esiason said. “He’s a BYU quarterback as well, and lives out there. I’m sure they know each other very. That’s kind of a — I don’t wanna say it’s a cheap shot — but that’s the thought process a lot of people have with Zach.”

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor,” Giannotti said sarcastically. “I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need. That’s a stupid take. His uncle is the one who’s a billionaire. It’s not even his family.”

Wilson’s uncle is David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments

“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.

Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”

The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.

“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”

“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.

“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”

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