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John Hadley Named Program Director of 590 The Fan

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Over the past year, John Hadley has kept a low profile in St. Louis. He directed his energies towards his network television sports consultancy, after being fired by the Big 550 as the station’s Sports Director and evening sports host. KTRS management took exception to an on-air political commentary Hadley delivered, and decided to terminate their relationship after 16 years together.

“The problem with being around very rich white people is they really don’t have a clue,” Hadley said on 550’s airwaves last February. “There are people in the great state of Florida who actually are supportive of Donald Trump. There’s only one reason that you’re voting for this guy. You are either a moron, a racist, a bigot or clueless — maybe everything. This guy is the biggest joke to come down the pike, just laughable.”

But wounds heal with time, and Hadley is getting an opportunity to return to the St. Louis sports radio scene by joining 590 The Fan as the station’s program director. With owner Randy Merkel looking to sell the company to Tim McKernan who hosts the morning show and oversees all other aspects of the company, bringing in a trusted hand with local market experience was important for McKernan.

“It was stretching me too thin, and it was not the most optimal way to operate the business,” McKernan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “My goal is to be able to focus on (the morning show) and starting my podcast, which I plan to begin when we move into our new studios in Kirkwood”.

To help firm up the station’s business, market veteran Dave Greene was added as KFNS’ general manager/sales manager, and with Hadley now on board, the station will have people in key positions to help ease the burden on McKernan and grow the overall business.

“I’m jumping to be part of a team that can be a legitimate factor,” Hadley told the Dispatch. “I think this station is much better than it’s given credit for. It’s just a matter of fine tuning.”

The first step for Hadley will be to stabilize the station’s afternoon show. The plan going forward is to air the program at 3pm CT and feature Cam Janssen and T.J. Moe, along with Matt Whitener. Eric Messersmith who had worked on the show previously will move to weeknights 6p-8p with Matt Berger, and Charlie “Tuna” Edwards moves up from late nights to 8p-10p.

Although he won’t occupy a regular on-air role at the station, Hadley says it is possible that he’ll fill in if needs arise. While many may view this move as his chance to rehabilitate his career, he says that it’s the furthest thing from the truth. The real motivation behind his decision to accept the opportunity he says was his belief in ownership’s vision, and his confidence and determination to help revive KFNS’ image.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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