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Eric Johnson To Lead 97.5 The Fanatic

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After spending the past 19 years at New Jersey 101.5 FM, Eric Johnson is ready for a new challenge. The veteran programmer is getting that opportunity in Philadelphia as the new Director of Sports Content at 97.5 The Fanatic. He starts his new role on December 4th, filling the seat previously occupied by Matt Nahigian.

Prior to joining 101.5, Johnson worked in sports radio. He served as the APD at crosstown rival Sports Radio WIP. He was also the PD of Philadelphia Top 40 station Y-100.

“Eric Johnson has the perfect skill set and experience to help continue the growth of 97.5 The Fanatic,” said VP/Market Manager Joe Bell. “He’s a Philly guy who understands that Philly sports fans are the best in the country and he can deliver a product with as much passion and knowledge as they have.”

Johnson added, “I am very excited to be joining the impressive team at Beasley Media Group.  My thanks to Joe Bell, Buzz Knight, Justin Chase and Bruce Beasley for the tremendous opportunity! I am really looking forward to working with the talented staff at Beasley Philadelphia, a group of stations I have admired for a very long time.  As a lifelong Philadelphia area resident with a sports radio background, I truly understand the passion of the Philly sports fan and the important role that 97.5 The Fanatic serves in giving those fans a powerful outlet. I can’t imagine a better time to be involved with Philadelphia sports radio than right now!”

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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