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Chris Jericho and Westwood One Announce Partnership

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Westwood One has added six-time WWE champion, rock vocalist, and New York Times bestselling author Chris Jericho to its stable. Jericho will move his popular podcast, Talk is Jericho, and the Jericho Network podcasts, to the Westwood One Podcast Network for distribution and sales representation. Westwood One says two new shows will be available on-demand each Wednesday and Friday, and The Jericho Network, an extension of Jericho’s diverse array of subjects and guests featuring other entertaining podcast hosts will debut on Monday, January 22, 2018. All content will be available via iTunes, Google Play, and other platforms and apps like TuneIn and Podbean.

“After four years of building Talk Is Jericho into one of the most popular and successful podcasts in the world, I decided to make a change to take things to the next level. It didn’t take long to realize that the only clear choice for a new home for TIJ and The Jericho Network content is Westwood One,” said Jericho. “I used to listen to Westwood One radio specials as a teenager in Winnipeg and to have my show broadcasting with this legendary company brings things full circle for me! Now with the gigantic reach and full promotional support of Westwood One behind me, Talk Is Jericho is going straight to the toppermost of the poppermost, where we will continue to bring you the best pop culture, music, wrestling, paranormal, movie, bake sale related podcast on the planet. So fasten your seatbelt, put on a helmet, and get ready for the biggest and best Pod of Thunder and Rock N Roll EEVVEERR!!  Yeah, Boyeee!”

“The Westwood One Podcast Network is fast-becoming the go-to destination for the biggest names in News/Talk, Sports, and Entertainment,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Like Chris, we are taking things to the next level by building a portfolio of the best podcast voices in America to serve and entertain our massive audience of a quarter of a billion weekly listeners. We welcome Chris to the Westwood One family, as his Pod of Thunder takes our listeners by storm.”

Jericho launched the Talk is Jericho podcast in 2013. Over the past five years its become one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, generating over 250,000 downloads per episode. Jericho is also creating Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, a cruise combining the worlds of rock and wrestling with a once-in-a-lifetime amazing vacation experience. The event will take place in late October.

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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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