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Mitch Rosen Reflects On His Time With 670 The Score

Two of those big Chicago sports moments on the station’s airwaves were both the White Sox and Cubs winning the World Series and ending a generation-old championship drought for both franchises.

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Mitch Rosen has been around the block a time or two in his 18 years at 670 The Score in Chicago.

Rosen has led the station, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, through some of the biggest moments in Chicago sports history.

He appeared on Parkins & Spiegel on Thursday to reflect on his time at the station and the market. Rosen said when he first learned of the station’s launch in 1992, he did have a belief that it would survive.

“I was a news/sports junkie, and I kind of thought it would and followed it, but didn’t follow it that closely,” he said. “Never thought I would be working with this brand when it launched in 1992.”

Two of those big Chicago sports moments on the station’s airwaves were when both the White Sox and Cubs winning the World Series and ending a generation-old championship drought for both franchises.

Rosen said getting the rights to the White Sox was key in opening doors down the road.

“I think what really helped this station was when the station acquired the rights to the White Sox,” he said. “It was obviously the first big franchise on this station. We had the Hawks before the Stanley Cup – bad timing. When the Hawks left The Score, the next year the Hawks won their first Stanley Cup (since 1961). So that was bad timing.”

“But that was the start of great things to come, to have a Major League Baseball team on this frequency,” he added.

Rosen said the station had better timing at the end of the White Sox deal with the Cubs being eligible to make the jump from their longtime home on WGN. He said there was a 10-day window to finish the deal.

“The first year the Cubs are on The Score, they win the World Series,” he said.

Rosen was in the broadcast booth in Cleveland that rainy October night when the Cubs finally won the World Series. It’s one of the top moments that stands out to Rosen.

“It was an incredible feeling most importantly for the audience, but being here and being a part of it and everybody who works so hard on that broadcast…It was incredible,” he said.

Rosen spoke about some of the more difficult times he’s had in his role, particularly having to take phone calls on the day former hosts Doug Buffone and Les Grobstein passed away.

He said his job is really multi-faceted.

“You’re part shrink, you’re part manage egos, you’re part program director,” he said. “But the truth is you really have to be a friend, you have to listen, and you have to make tough decisions. the part I like the most about this job is I care about people, and you try to make people happy, that’s not always the case. But it’s pretty basic.”

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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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