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Minihane Joins Barstool For Super Bowl Week

“Dave Portnoy announced Minihane will be his co-host from 4 – 6pm ET Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, live from Atlanta.”

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For the first time since September, Kirk Minihane will return to the airwaves. It’s not his soon to be launched Radio.com show, nor is it his old on-air home of WEEI, instead Minihane’s return will come in the form of Barstool Radio.

Barstool’s Dave Portnoy announced Minihane will be his co-host from 4 – 6pm ET Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, live from Atlanta. The addition of the former WEEI morning show host to discuss the Patriots attempt to win their sixth Super Bowl title should generate an added buzz with Boston sports fans. At the same time, Barstool is a good platform for Minihane to promote his upcoming daily Radio.com show.

Twice, the Kirk & Callahan co-host stepped away from his WEEI morning show this past summer for mental health reasons, with the final time coming in September.  It was announced in November that Minihane would not return to WEEI, instead launching a daily show, podcast and column, exclusive to Entercom’s Radio.com. Since the announcement, Kirk has released four episodes of his Enough About Me podcast on Radio.com. His most recent episode provided an update on the upcoming Radio.com show.
“My show is going to be a lot different than what their show is, it may be better may be worse – it’s going to be 180 degrees different.” “Their show” refers to Mut & Callahan, WEEI’s new morning show which no longer includes Minihane.

On the podcast, Minihane also said there were days recently where he was concerned about the future of his show on Radio.com. Although the daily show doesn’t have a launch date yet, Minihane is confident the project will debut soon.  

“I feel much, much, much better now on 50 different levels than I did, say, a week ago, 10 days ago. 10 days ago, I was in a slump, I was thinking ‘This show’s not going to happen, we’re doing nothing,’ but we’ve been really, really proactive and taken some big steps forward, so I’m encouraged about that.”  

Barstool showed interest in Minihane when it first looked like the radio host was headed for a divorce from WEEI last fall. “I know a place that would gladly put you on the air and welcome you with open arms. It rhymes with carstool,” Portnoy tweeted to Minihane in October. Minihane’s brash hosting style makes sense for Barstool, but for now their partnership will last just three days.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click 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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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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