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Gerry Vaillancourt Returning To Charlotte on ESPN 730

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After fourteen years in New Orleans, Gerry Vaillancourt is returning to the Queen City. The longtime Charlotte sports talk show host has been hired by ESPN 730 to take over afternoons on the station starting Monday July 17th.

Vaillancourt first appeared on the Charlotte airwaves in 1991 as host of Sports Talk on WCNT. He also spent two years hosting on WFNZ in the same capacity. Then came a switch in 1996 to WBT where he began hosting “The Gerry V” show and the “Panthers post-game show”.

As he was making inroads as a talk show host and sports anchor on local television, Vaillancourt’s prior background in coaching basketball helped him land an opportunity with the Charlotte Hornets. He was added to the team’s broadcast in 1994 where he wore a number of different hats including studio host and color analyst.

The Hornets decision to move to New Orleans is what led Vaillancourt away from Charlotte. He headed south with the franchise in 2002, continuing to work on their broadcasts until 2012 when new ownership and management chose to make sweeping changes. Altogether Vaillancourt spent 22 years working for the team.

During his New Orleans stint Vaillancourt also returned to hosting the “Gerry V Show”. He spent time hosting on Sports Radio 1280 AM when the Hornets were uprooted to Oklahoma City following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He then resurfaced with WRNO 99.5FM in 2015 and remained installed in mornings until the end of 2016 when the station made budget cuts and began airing an out of market morning show.

With Vaillancourt returning, it does mean additional changes are necessary at ESPN 730. The most noticeable one will take place in mornings where the station will feature local programming instead of ESPN Radio’s national content. Mike and Mike are expected to end their show in the near future, and that’s convinced station management to expand their local offerings and shake things up.

The new morning team will consist of Bobby Rosinski, Walker Mehl and Molly Cotten. Rosinski had been entrenched in afternoons with Chris Allison. Mehl and Cotten have been hosting the midday show “Inside The Lines”. Allison will be moving off the air to focus on station sales.

Rounding out the station’s weekday lineup will be ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo Show. ESPN 730 is operated by former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney who also makes appearances on the radio station.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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