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Greg Hill Promises to Take WEEI Show to Germany For Patriots Game

“Pats game in Munich in October. I’m delivering it. That’s it!”

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Last season, the Buccaneers and Seahawks proved that the NFL can have a big, impressive footprint in Germany. Not only was the game attended by fans from all over the world, but they showed a passion that surprised even Rich Eisen, who called the action for NFL Network. It also turned out to be the most-watched international contest in league history.

That is why the league is going back in 2023. There will be two German games next season. One will feature the New England Patriots. The other will feature the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greg Hill made it clear on his WEEI show Thursday morning that he wants to bring the scene to fans across New England.

“I’m delivering it. International road show,” Hill told the audience. “Pats game in Munich in October. I’m delivering it. That’s it!”

There is no guarantee that the Patriots will be in Munich. That is where the Buccaneers hosted the Seahawks this season. Next season, the NFL will play one game in Munich and another in Berlin.

Hill noted that ideally, the Patriots game will sync up with Oktoberfest –which runs from Saturday, September 16th through Tuesday, October 3rd — in Germany. Those two events colliding could make for an epic backdrop for a sports radio show. Plus, it makes it even more likely the trip could fulfill one of Greg Hill’s dreams for his co-host Jermaine Wiggins.

“I want one thing before I leave this world and that is to see Wiggy in Lederhosen,” Hill joked. “That is why we’re gonna do a road show.”

The NFL revealed five teams that will play games in Europe next season. In addition to the Patriots and Chiefs going to Germany, the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Jacksonville Jaguars will all play games in London in 2023.

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CBS Sports Network Wants Boomer & Gio in a Hot Air Balloon During Super Bowl Week

“I’ve done an F-16, so why not a balloon?”

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As the NFL Playoffs continue, media companies are beginning to plan their week on Radio Row at the Super Bowl in Arizona. CBS Sports Network is no different and apparently has a rather wild idea for the morning hours.

During Boomer & Gio Thursday, host Gregg Giannotti told Boomer Esiason network producers were interested in having the pair film inside a hot air balloon ride.

“He wants you in a hot air balloon,” Giannotti said. “I just actually got the text. ‘Would Boomer want to go up in a hot air balloon? Monday the 6th. Monday after the show’…you think 10 people can get in that hot air balloon?”

“What, we just trying to take the whole show out at once?” Esiason nervously responded.

“What? No! Come on! You’re safe,” Giannotti reassured his co-host. “You’re in a basket in the sky. Worst case scenario, you drift down.”

The former NFL quarterback — who admitted he is afraid of heights — said he couldn’t make Monday morning work, but when presented with the opportunity of a 3:30 PM trip, he agreed, saying it’s something he’s never done before.

“I’ve done an F-16, so why not a balloon?” he added.

WFAN producer Al Dukes declined the opportunity to ride in the balloon, admitting he’s also afraid of heights.

When the show returned from a commercial break, however, the duo discussed the WFAN management team was “concerned” about the hot air balloon ride.

“There was some consternation out in the hallway just now, because our general manager heard the last segment about Boomer going up in the hot air balloon and was not happy about it,” revealed Giannotti.

“There was a big braintrust meeting out there, and I think they were concerned,” Esisason added.

“Concerned enough to say no to this thing,” Giannotti rebutted. “So we’ve got a problem…but I do think the radio bosses may just — no pun intended — spike this thing,” alluding to the WFAN and CBS Sports Radio Vice President of Programming Spike Eskin.

“It’s not in my contract. I can do whatever I want,” quipped Esiason. “They don’t have in my contract that I’m not allowed to do things. This is not like a starting quarterback for the Giants…I heard their concern.”

Giannotti then joked that he shouldn’t have searched for hot air balloon crashes, reading excerpts from various news stories about hot air balloon disasters. However, Esiason noted ratings would be “through the roof” the day following an accident should the hosts perish.

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Sactown Sports Expands Local Lineup With The Addition of ‘Deuce & Mo’ in Middays

“Being able to bring their brand to Sactown Sports as we extend our live sports coverage from 6am to 6pm every day is very exciting.”

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For the second straight day, Sactown Sports 1140AM is making a splash. One day after announcing the hiring of new program director Brian Gebhardt, the Sacramento sports brand has announced plans to expand its local radio lineup.

To help the station elevate to a higher next level, GM Steve Cottingim and Bonneville Sacramento’s Group Director of Programming Chad Rufer have announced the exciting addition of Dave “Deuce” Mason and Morgan Ragan (Deuce and Mo) to middays (11am-2p) starting January 23rd, 2023. The pair previously worked together at KHTK 1140 and have built a strong following digitally, in addition to making a mark on local television.

“Deuce and Mo are a fabric of the Sacramento Kings,” said Cottingim. “Being able to bring their brand to Sactown Sports as we extend our live sports coverage from 6am to 6pm every day is very exciting.”

Morgan Ragan currently is the Kings Pre and Postgame Host on NBC Sports California, NBA G-League Color Analyst for the Stockton Kings, and Co-Host of the Deuce & Mo podcast. Deuce Mason is an NBC Sports contributor, NBA G-League Play-by-Play Host for the Stockton Kings, Sacramento Kings Radio broadcaster, and Co-Host of the Deuce & Mo podcast. He also spent time earlier in his radio career at 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.

“We’re excited to connect with this community on a different platform,” shared Ragan. “Being able to work in our hometown market has been a dream come true.” Mason added, “I’m born and raised in Sacramento so the chance to do a show in my hometown means the world to me.”

Beginning January 23rd, Sactown Sports‘ weekday schedule will be as follows:

6a-11a-The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross

11a-2p-Deuce and Mo

2p-6p-Cattles and Ramie

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Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie Reveal Contributors To New WIP Morning Show

“Angelo for many, many years has had a wonderful team. And obviously we’re indebted to what he did for all the years putting everything together.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles postseason run will determine how much longer Angelo Cataldi hosts his morning show on 94 WIP. While hosts Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie wait in the wings to take the reins from Angelo, they took time on Wednesday to reveal the rest of the cast of contributors and fill-in hosts for the new WIP morning show.

“Angelo for many, many years has had a wonderful team. And obviously we’re indebted to what he did for all the years putting everything together,” DeCamara said. “We want to just sort of duplicate it at a similar level of success and longevity. And to do that you want to put together a group that you really believe in and want to have a great shot with and entertain people for years.”

DeCamara and Ritchie revealed that longtime morning contributors Rhea Hughes and Joe Weachter will continue to serve in their capacities. DeCamara said he’s excited to work with such a tenured producer and have him and producer James Seltzer collaborate.

“Everybody cares about Joe, because he’s been such a huge part of Angelo’s show for so many years behind the scenes as the producer,” DeCamara said. “He’s gonna be producing this show in addition to helping James out. And we got ambitious plans for social media and ways we can get Joe involved in all sorts of ways to help present our show to the public. So that’ll be a big part of it.”

WIP newcomer Devan Kaney will also be a regular on the morning show. DeCamara also announced Philly sports media legend Ray Didinger will also be heard at certain points.

As for insiders and contributors to discussions on the Philly sports teams, it was announced former Phillies TV analyst Ruben Amaro, former Phils announcer Ben Davis, former Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner and Ron Jaworski will be in the lineup.

Ritchie said having someone like Amaro on to talk baseball is going to be a great chance to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

“You know so much, and I feel like I’m gonna learn so much from you,” he said. “And I think we’re all so fortunate.”

Additionally, comedian Joe Conklin will be added to keep things lively and fun.

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