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VSIN Names Jon Goulet Its First Ever Program Director

“At VSiN, Goulet’s duties will include shaping the network’s sound and growing the brand’s reach on both terrestrial radio and the digital audio space.”

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VSiN is making moves to strengthen its programming department. The Las Vegas based sports betting network has announced the addition of Jon Goulet as its first ever program director.

Goulet arrives in sin city following a five and a half year run as Colin Cowherd’s executive producer at FOX Sports Radio. The stint at FOX was Goulet’s second with Cowherd. The two men also worked together for two years at ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT.

In addition to working with one of the best national talk show hosts at both ESPN Radio and FOX Sports Radio, Goulet has also learned the business on the local level. He enjoyed two years in San Francisco as the executive producer for 95.7 The Game, working with with Damon Bruce, Ric Bucher, Chris Townsend and Aubrey Huff. Prior to moving into sports radio, he worked for rock station WCCC in Hartford, CT. His father Michael Picozzi worked there too, and has spent nearly 50 years in the industry as a Host and Program Director.

“Jon Goulet is one of the most respected names in radio and we’re thrilled to benefit from his industry experience and relationships as we continue to grow our audio capabilities,” said Brian Musburger, founder and Chairman at VSiN. “As the leader in the sports betting audio space, adding Jon will allow us to strengthen our flourishing podcast network and both improve and expand our offerings for broadcast radio.”

Goulet, who will report to VSiN COO Bill Adee, will be counted on to manage the network’s rapidly growing slate of sports betting podcasts and help the network build out its broadcast radio footprint. VSiN exited SiriusXM in December, forming a relationship with iHeartradio. That partnership is off to a fast start with the sports betting network generating strong listening thru podcast consumption. The next area of focus for VSiN is to increase the exposure for its personalities and programs on terrestrial radio. Interested stations can learn more about affiliate opportunities by clicking here.

“To be given the opportunity to join Brian, Bill and the VSIN management team is a great honor,” said Goulet. “VSIN has quickly established itself as the premier sports betting brand by delivering entertaining and informative content on a deeper level than anything I’ve ever heard. I’m excited to work with this talented group, make the product stronger, and help radio operators discover how we can help them grow their business.”

Along with the announcement of Goulet becoming the sports betting network’s first programmer, VSiN also announced that Brian Rogers will receive a promotion. Rogers has been elevated to the role of EVP of Production. In his new role, Rogers will oversee the growth of VSiN’s video programming. He will manage both production and distribution.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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