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Under The Radar – January 9, 2017

Jason Barrett

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Our weekly edition of UTR always includes a couple of sports media stories that you might have missed. If you or your organization have a story, tip or press release to pass along, submit all materials via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here’s this week’s news.

In Pittsburgh, Chris Mack has been named 93.7 The Fan‘s pregame and postgame host for Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. Mack will be joined by Jack Zduriencik, who’s baseball resume includes working previously as the Pirates director of college scouting, and as GM of the Seattle Mariners.

Jim Bowden and Craig Mish have changed timeslots on SiriusXM. The two men are now hosting weekdays from 9a-11a ET. Bowden works M-TH on the show, and Cliff Floyd steps in on Friday’s.

Congratulations is in order for Billy Dowling who has been promoted by SiriusXM to manage the satellite company’s NBA Radio channels.

ESPN West Palm has announced that starting January 16th, Joe Colella will take over as host of “ESPN West Palm Tonight“. The show airs weeknights from 6p-8p ET.

The Syracuse Chiefs have signed a new agreement with Cumulus Media to continue airing their games on The Score 1260AM. The deal is said to be for three years. Kevin Brown and Eric Gallanty will remain the broadcast team.

There’s nothing like having a little fun when making a career announcement. FOX Sports 1 baseball analyst CJ Nitkowski revealed last week that he has accepted an opportunity to become an analyst for Texas Rangers baseball broadcasts. Nitkowski will work with Tom Grieve and Dave Raymond. To see how he broke the news click here.

Longtime Toronto Sun sports writer Ken Fidlin has announced he’s leaving the newspaper after 36 years. You can read his final piece by clicking here.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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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.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with 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.

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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.”

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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.

“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.”

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

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