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ESPN 103.3 Talent Reacts To Local Programming Ending

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Back in August, Barrett Sports Media was first to report that Cumulus would be giving up with LMA with ESPN to run daily operations of ESPN 103.3 in Dallas. The station will revert back to Disney’s control on Wednesday of this week.

Chuck Cooperstein, who has been part of the 103.3 family since that station launched in 2001 said that he was initially planning to wait until Wednesday to say anything. The station began running promos about local programming coming to an end this week, so he took to Facebook to react.

He sung the praises of several past colleagues, particularly the station’s first program director Scott Masteller, calling him a programming genius.

“No one worked harder at his job to help build the brand through both our shows and his masterful imaging of the Mavericks (Well before I was fortunate enough to become involved).”

Cooperstein also shared that since Cumulus first agreed to run the daily operations of 103.3, there has always been fear that local programming was on burrowed time. He holds out hope that another company will have an interest in running the station.

“Whether there will be daily local programming again remains to be seen. Will some company come in, as Cumulus did, to operate the station, while ESPN continues to own. Or will ESPN decide, at some point when the world calms down a bit, to locally operate as it did from 01-13?”

Matt McClearin also took to Facebook. He said that while local programming leaves 103.3, he and partner Jean-Jacques Taylor will keep their show JaM Session alive.

“We have launched a You Tube channel and a podcast to keep things going and I hope you will subscribe,” McClearin wrote. “You can find us wherever you listen to podcasts, just look for our logo! We will also be heard part time on the greatest radio station alive: Sports Radio 1310 and 96.7 The Ticket, mainly on weekends. In the meantime, if any of you have the inside word on a job with flexible hours, let me know, cause I gotta get paid somehow!”

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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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