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Brian McKenna To Exit The St. Louis Sports Radio Scene

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After nearly two decades on the St. Louis sports radio airwaves, Brian McKenna is putting a bow on his sports radio career. McKenna will officially say goodbye next Wednesday when he hosts his final show with co-host and longtime friend Jeff Gordon.

McKenna had been working on local radio station WQQX (1490 AM), but the station elected to drop the sports format in favor of country music recently. McKenna and Gordon then jumped over to host shows on 590 The Fan KFNS, but they understood that the it would be a short-term arrangement since the brand is expected to undergo a massive lineup change next Thursday when Tim McKernan takes over and moves the majority of programming from CBS Sports 920AM to KFNS.

“I’ll miss two things — being on with guys I really consider friends, like ‘Gordo,’ and getting my message out for local charities,” McKenna told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

McKenna has lived through a number of crazy situations in St. Louis sports radio. Recognizing the volatility of how the business changed over the past decade, he decided to pursue an opportunity with a building restoration company while adding radio as a second focus. He says that he plans to turn his full attention to his main job going forward.

The one part that McKenna will miss most is having the opportunity to use the airwaves and his public profile to draw attention to local charities and important causes. As a matter of fact, his final show will include presenting a check for nearly $2,000 to the Ballwin police department. McKenna led the charge to raise funds for Ballwin police officer Michael Flamion, who was wounded, when he was shot by man he pulled over this past July.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to go out,” McKenna said. “If you ask me, ‘What have you enjoyed most about this,’ sports doesn’t even come close to BackStoppers and all the other charities,” he said. “That’s my passion.”

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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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