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Gerry Vaillancourt Returning To Charlotte on ESPN 730
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.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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Trey Wingo: ‘I Don’t Really Care’ What Was Said About My Aaron Rodgers Report
“I knew the information was good. It was just a matter of letting it play out.”
Don’t expect Trey Wingo to apologize to anyone for tweeting that he heard Aaron Rodgers was headed to the New York Jets 48 hours before the Packers quarterback showed up on The Pat McAfee Show. Wingo says he knew he had good information.
Wingo now hosts the Half Forgotten History podcast and serves as a brand ambassador for Caesars. He told CBS Sports Radio’s Zach Gelb that he never let jokes or criticisms about why no announcement had been made bother him.
“Look, I’m sort of in a way where I don’t really care, you know? Say whatever you want. I knew the information was solid,” Wingo said on Thursday night. “The same sources that told me that if Randall Cobb doesn’t sign in 2021 he’s not going back there, it was the same person that told me all the other stuff that happened around the 2021 draft – same people, rather. So, I knew the information was good. It was just a matter of letting it play out.”
Rodgers has made a point of telling Pat McAfee over and over again that he keeps a tight circle and those people know not to betray his trust. No NFL insider on any network has the correct information.
Either Trey Wingo is part of the circle or there is someone in the circle that doesn’t mind betraying Aaron’s trust.
Wingo added that he expects the deal between the Packers and Jets to get done by next week.
“I think it’s gonna be faster than you think,” he said. “The same sources that were telling me what was gonna happen, were saying they were hearing Rodgers was gonna be in New York by next week.”
The Jets and Packers still have to work out the terms of compensation. Rodgers told McAfee this week that the Packers are digging in their heels on getting fair value in return. Time will tell if Wingo’s timetable is correct.
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