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Matt Jones Surprised By National Attention

“Speaking to his social media followers from Periscope, Jones said prior to seeing the public response to his being forced off-air, he was leaning toward not running for Senate.”

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Being forced off the airwaves by Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party of Kentucky has turned Matt Jones into a national sensation. The owner, founder and host of Kentucky Sports Radio knew he had a big following in his home state, but on Thursday, #FreeMattJones was trending nationally.

Wednesday morning, the Republican Party of Kentucky, accused Jones of violating regulations by accepting campaign contributions from corporations. Jones considers the complaint to be “nonsense,” but rather than fight it immediately, he agreed with iHeartMedia to take a break from his radio show as he decides on his political future. Jones has been considering a run for senate as a Democratic candidate against Republican Mitch McConnell in 2020.

Speaking to his social media followers from Periscope, Jones said prior to seeing the public response to his being forced off-air, he was leaning toward not running for Senate. After seeing the support he’s received in the last two days, Jones is now reconsidering that near-decision.

“To quote Michael Scott, ‘You rarely get to watch your funeral’ and today I got to see what would happen if I was no longer on the air and it really meant a lot,” Jones said.

Even if he does not run against McConnell, Jones has undoubtedly received added notoriety for his KSR brand. Kentucky Sports Radio has already looked to capitalize on the attention, selling  #FreeMattJones t-shirts and promoting Matt’s upcoming book, Mitch, Please! How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky (and America too), taking aim at Kentucky’s Senior United States Senator as he bids for his seventh term. 

If Jones chooses not to run, he plans on returning to KSR and extending his partnership with iHeart. Currently, KSR will continue as a syndicated radio show with their regular co-hosts and contributors, less Matt Jones. Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin and Shannon The Dude will host KSR for the interim. Upset with his inability to contribute on-air, Jones was thankful to his co-hosts, but said he struggled listening to KSR Thursday morning.

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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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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