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Michael Kay, Don La Greca Talk Dangers Of Hot Mics

“Now, you’re altering everyone to the fact that the Yankees are on right now and [that] it’s a close game. You might be losing some viewers because the Met game – I wouldn’t say it was a blowout – but it seemed like it was at hand.”

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A customary feature of the SNY broadcast is the “game break,” a brief 15 to 20 second pause in the action where Gary Cohen throws to a studio anchor who gives the latest out-of-town scores and news. During Thursday’s Mets game against the San Francisco Giants, Cohen threw to Sal Licata, who proceeded to show highlights of the Yankees game against the Detroit Tigers. Unbeknownst to Cohen, his microphone remained on through the game feed being presented on the new SNY mobile app, and about ten seconds in the “game break,” viewers heard Cohen say: “Why are we showing Yankee highlights?”

On Thursday, The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN New York spoke about Cohen’s remark, and rather than simply assuming the statement came out of his fandom for the Mets, a team he grew up rooting for, co-host Michael Kay believed the statement came more out of a cognizance towards the business of live television.

“The Yankees are on opposite you,” said Kay, who serves as the play-by-play voice of the Yankees on the YES Network. “Now, you’re altering everyone to the fact that the Yankees are on right now and [that] it’s a close game. You might be losing some viewers because the Met game – I wouldn’t say it was a blowout – but it seemed like it was at hand.”

Don La Greca disagreed.

“I’m a big fan of Gary. He’s terrific,” said La Greca. “He was Met Boy. If I had to guess, that’s Gary saying, ‘I’m a Met guy. Met broadcast. Why are we showing Yankee highlights?’”

While La Greca believes part of the blame for Cohen’s remark going over-the-air was a lapse by the producers at SNY, mistakes are expected to happen especially with the nature of a live broadcast. Hot mic incidents have cost broadcasters their jobs and future broadcasting opportunities, including former Cincinnati Reds play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman, who was cited by Kay as someone who may never recover from his incident.

With the potential for these incidents to occur to anyone not remaining aware of the power the microphone yields to the person behind it, Kay offered a salient piece of advice for aspiring broadcasters looking to make a career in sports media.

“If you have a mic near your face, you have to believe that it’s on, even if it’s not, even if it’s not,” said Kay. “Number one: There could be somebody in the truck that hates your guts and would like nothing better than to expose you. Number two: There are technical sanfus when they think they’ve turned down the mic and it’s not. Don’t say anything when you have a mic near your face!”

La Greca knows that if Kay was heard on a Yankees broadcast questioning why his network was showing highlights from a Mets game, he would receive much negative publicity and draw the chagrin of Mets fans – likely to an extreme degree.

“Oh my goodness,” said Kay in response to La Greca’s assertion. “Met fans would be waiting to lynch me…. They might start another paper just to write about me.”

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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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