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Gregg Giannotti Mocks Chris Russo and His Special ‘Godfather’ Guest

“Caton Jones, who brought out the bowl of spaghetti to Sonny in Godfather I, is with us for the next three hours. You remember that scene.”



Those who follow movies or pop culture online are likely aware that 2022 is the 50th anniversary of The Godfather. Diehard fans and film buffs might have purchased the new 4K Blu-Ray or seen a restored version of the film in limited theatrical release.

To be more exact, Thursday (March 24) was the 50th anniversary of the classic film’s release. And to commemorate the occasion, Chris Russo had a special guest on his Mad Dog Unleashed SiriusXM show. As he teased it, many listeners anticipated one of the movie’s big stars talking to Russo. Al Pacino! Maybe James Caan or Robert Duvall.

As Jimmy Traina pointed out, Russo was very excited about his guest, who turned out to be… Gianni Russo. Russo played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone.

(If you’re unfamiliar with The Godfather — which would make most sports radio hosts shake their collective heads — Connie, played by Talia Shire, is the daughter of mob boss Don Corleone and younger sister to Sonny, Michael and Fredo… You know what? Just watch the movie if you haven’t seen it.)

The point is that Carlo Rizzi wasn’t exactly a big role. But if The Godfather was a sci-fi or fantasy movie, Russo could sign autographs and pose for pictures at comic book conventions for the rest of his life.

On Friday, WFAN’s Gregg Giannotti and Jerry Recco had some fun with Russo’s underwhelming Godfather guest. That gave Gio the opportunity to break out his pretty solid Russo impersonation.

“Teddy Scarpacci is our guest. He was the key grip on Godfather III,” joked Giannotti with appropriate volume and accent. “Saw all the behind-the-scenes. Caton Jones, who brought out the bowl of spaghetti to Sonny in Godfather I, is with us for the next three hours. You remember that scene.”

What was intriguing about the reaction is how many directions it took. Traina took issue with Russo talking to an obscure actor from The Godfather when every other sports radio show was on topics of the day, like the NCAA Tournament, NFL transactions, or even Major League Baseball. Giannotti made fun of Russo’s obscure, trivial choice of guest, just to talk about The Godfather.

But passion and interests are what make a radio host compelling, right? Otherwise, every show could sound the same. Maybe Russo missed the mark here. But at least we got an entertaining impersonation and jokes out of it.

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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.



Joy Taylor

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.



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.”



Dennis Eckersley

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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