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Under The Radar – October 18, 2016

Jason Barrett

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Here’s some news you might have missed over the past week. If you have any news to share please send it along to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

670 The Score in Chicago has confirmed that Terry Boers is returning to his position in afternoons alongside Dan Bernstein effective Monday October 24th. Boers has been off the air since mid June dealing with a health issue. With the Cubs battling the Dodgers in the NLCS his timing couldn’t be better.

Good news for Cleveland sports radio fans. Adam The Bull isn’t going anywhere. Despite speculation that he was on the radar of WIP in Philadelphia, those rumors can be laid to rest. WIP is expected to announce their afternoon plans in the next few weeks.

Speaking of speculation, with Mike Francesa departing WFAN at the end of 2017, local newspapers in New York and Philadelphia are speculating that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could be next in line to occupy the afternoon slot in New York City. WFAN Program Director Mark Chernoff has praised Christie’s ability to talk sports, and his tenure as Governor of New Jersey ends just three weeks after Francesa’s contract with WFAN expires. When a caller asked Francesa last week on the air about Christie he said “it sounds like he (Christie) might be leaving politics once his tenure with the state of New Jersey is over. I gather it’s something he’s interested in, and if it is, that’s something the station will have to decide.” With Francesa and Christie having 14 months left in their current positions, it’d be very surprising if any permanent decisions were announced in the near future.

ESPN 103.3 in Dallas has rounded out their weekday lineup. The station announced last week that Will Chambers has been named the new midday host alongside Jacques Jean-Taylor. In afternoons, Tim Cowlishaw and Steve Dennis have joined forces. Dennis previously hosted middays on the station with Mark Friedman who was let go last month along with former afternoon host Matt Mosley.

Washington Times sports columnist and ESPN 980 host Thom Loverro has been named to the Washington DC Boxing Hall Of Fame, along with former NewsChannel 8 sportscaster Glenn Harris. The two men will be inducted on November 11th.

Staying in the nation’s capital, the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards have lost their FM outlets for the upcoming season. Capitals games will no longer air on 106.7 The Fan, and Wizards games won’t be heard on WDCH, 99.1. The broadcasts for both teams will continue airing on Hubbard’s WFED 1500 as well as on the Caps Radio 24/7 app and Wizards Mobile App. Both teams will remain on local television through their partnership with Comcast SportsNet.

WMC 790 AM in Memphis has added the Clay Travis Show to its lineup. The station will air the program tape delayed from 6a-9a CT. Clay will also appear each Monday on the Jason & John Show on Entercom Memphis’ leading sports station 92.9 ESPN.

Former 95.7 The Game in San Francisco midday hosts Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff have launched a new podcast. You can hear it or subscribe to it by clicking here.

The Los Angeles Kings will use four veteran play-by-play announcers while Hall of Famer Bob Miller reduces his on-air role during his 44th year on the air. Miller is scheduled to call 58 games (including all home games) this season plus the first-round of the playoffs. Gary Thorne (eight games), Chris Cuthbert (four games), Ralph Strangis (four games) and Jiggs McDonald (one game) will work alongside of Jim Fox during the remainder of Kings games this season.

Although it’s unlikely, there’s a possibility that the New York Mets could lose a member of their broadcast team. The contract for play by play man Gary Cohen is set to expire at the end of 2016. SNY, which runs the Mets television broadcasts and Cohen’s representatives, have discussed a new multi-year deal but nothing has been finalized yet.

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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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