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NPR Hires Jay Williams For New Podcast

“We want to get the back stories of people who have taken unconventional paths, and Jay is the perfect person to do it.”

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ESPN’s Jay Williams has decided to take on a new role outside of the sports world. Williams will premiere a new podcast for National Public Radio on January 4th. New episodes will drop every Tuesday.

The podcast will explain how some of the world’s most influential people in sports, entertainment, and pop culture have succeeded in part through personal branding, sharing strategies and different life principles.

“This is me essentially creating a cheat sheet for people. Everyone that I am around wants to build a business in some sort of fashion these days,” Williams told USA TODAY Sports. “There is this delicate line that I have to thread and balance each and every day and think, ‘What’s good for my business?’.”

The name of the podcast will be The Limits with Jay Williams.

Williams will continue his role of co-hosting his morning show “Keyshawn, JWill & Max” alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Max Kellerman.

“My life is very complex. For me, in all these different facets of life I want to tap into people, who continue to scale their business while they are still trying to remain who the hell they are and that changes over time,” he added.

“Jay has a huge heart, he’s smart, he knows what it means to face hard things. We are probably going to hear things we didn’t expect to hear and also things we need to hear,” Senior Vice President of Programming at NPR Anya Grundmann said. “We want to get the backstories of people who have taken unconventional paths, and Jay is the perfect person to do it.”

Williams has recently criticized the world of sports media for its nature of hot takes and headline seeking on multiple occasions, and he says that the world of podcasting allows him to meet people who offer different opinions halfway.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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