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The Hard Work Is Paying Off For Jason Benetti

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It happened more than a decade ago, but journalism professor John Nicholson vividly remembers criticizing verb tenses used by the sports department of Syracuse University’s radio station and the intense stare he got from Jason Benetti in return.

“He was polite. He stood up for himself,” said the director of the university’s Newhouse Sports Media Center. “I admired the heck out of him.”

Benetti developed that passion in college into his career. He has worked for the Salem Avalanche and Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball teams, and he called baseball, football, lacrosse, hockey, and basketball for Time Warner, ESPN, Westwood One and Fox Sports. Now, at age 32, he has his dream job as the new member of the television broadcast crew for the Chicago White Sox — his favorite team. He joins the White Sox as Ken Harrelson winds down his long career.

His accomplishments have come as he’s managed cerebral palsy throughout his life, giving him a pronounced limp and a lazy eye.

Benetti began doing sports updates, a sports talk show, and some play-by-play on Homewood-Floosmoor High School’s 1,500-watt radio station in suburban Chicago.

After finishing college in 2005, Benetti quickly landed the job with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. He then took over the Salem Avalanche broadcasts in 2007 and 2008 before returning to the Chiefs as play-by-play announcer in 2009.

But that wasn’t quite enough. In his spare time, Benetti did college basketball for ESPN, studio work for Notre Dame football, high school football for Time Warner Cable, taught television broadcasting at Newhouse, and also performed some disability policy research work for the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse.

And he regularly flew back and forth to North Carolina to attend law school at Wake Forest University. Yes, he has his degree.

“You never know when somebody is going to have something taken away from them. I can get hit by a bus tomorrow,” Benetti said. “You might as well live life to the fullest while you have the opportunity.”

Benetti says he never wanted to be an activist about disabilities because it’s never been his personality. Still, because of what he’s accomplished he’s well aware that he’s an example of how to manage tough circumstances.

To read more visit the Roanoke Times where this article was originally published

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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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