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Larry Bird, Tom Brady Join Christian Fauria’s 25 For 25K

“Listeners and fans can visit WEEI.COM/25 to contribute a donation to the fundraiser”

Brandon Contes

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Christian Fauria’s ‘25 for 25k’ campaign launches today. In an effort to raise $25,000 for diabetes awareness, Fauria will broadcast for 25 straight hours on WEEI. From 2pm Nov. 13 until 3pm Nov. 14, the radio host and two-time Super Bowl champion is working to raise money for a cause that’s especially close to him. 

“After my son’s life-altering diagnosis a few months ago, I became passionate about using my voice to raise awareness and funds to support those affected by diabetes,” said Fauria.

Listeners and fans can visit WEEI.COM/25 to contribute a donation to the fundraiser. They can also donate by texting “WEEI” to 717-60, which will also provide a list of auction items. 

In addition to offering great auction items, the 25 hours are loaded with great guests, including Larry Bird and Tom Brady within a 90 minute span Wednesday afternoon. Hockey legend Bobby Orr will close out the 25-hour marathon Thursday. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will also join Fauria during the broadcast. Hightower regularly works to raise money for diabetes, a disease his mother faces every day.

Other unique segments will include the ‘Wife Airing of Grievances Hour’ at 11pm Wednesday night, when Fauria will be joined by his wife Kim, along with his co-host Lou Merloni and his wife Steff Merloni. 

“Diabetes is something that impacts all of us. Right now, there are 30.3 million children and adults living with diabetes – that’s one in 11 Americans – including 645,000 Massachusetts residents,” said Susan Sarro, Executive Director, the American Diabetes Association in New England. “The ‘25 for 25k’ event is an opportunity for Christian to use his platform to assist us in our mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all those affected by it. Together, we can help those living with diabetes feel supported so they can thrive.”

Every weekday, Fauria co-hosts WEEI’s afternoon drive show, OMF with Glenn Ordway and Lou Merloni from 2 – 6pm.

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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