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Kevin Sheehan Launches Podcast After Team 980 Exit

Brandon Contes

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Former morning host for The Team 980 in Washington DC, Kevin Sheehan returned to the airwaves with a daily podcast.

On August 1st, Urban One assumed control of The Team 980, two months after purchasing the station from Redskins’ owner Dan Gilbert, leading to multiple lineup changes.  After more than two years co-hosting morning drive in Washington DC with former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, Sheehan’s contract was not renewed.

With the start of the NFL season approaching and Sheehan still a free agent, the longtime DC sports radio host created his own opportunity with a podcast.  The Kevin Sheehan Show is recorded daily in Tony Kornheiser’s studio at Chatter in Friendship Heights.

“It’s definitely a work in progress,” Sheehan told The Washington Post. “I put it together with the help of some good friends very quickly. I’m figuring it out. It’s like every day we fix something else. So far the reaction has been great.”

Each episode is approximately one hour long, a significant difference from the four hour show Sheehan co-hosted each day on WTEM.  On his first podcast episode, Sheehan offered listeners some insight as to why he’s no longer hosting his four-hour morning show.

“The new owner preferred a different type of operation that was much more focused on low costs. Their prerogative,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me and a few others, and there are no hard feelings at all.”

Sheehan’s podcast will have guests and segments that were familiar to his morning show on The Team 980 including former co-host of seven years, Thom Loverro.  Loverro will join the program every Tuesday and Thursday.

As for his most recent co-host, Chris Cooley, Sheehan said, “I think both of us would prefer right now to be doing a morning drive radio show in this market. We would much prefer to be doing that, and if we weren’t doing that, we’d love to be doing a podcast together. But for now, for many reasons that I can’t go into, it’s not possible as of this moment.”

In addition to Sheehan and Cooley, Bram Weinstein and Scott Jackson were also removed from their daily hosting duties on The Team 980.  The station’s new schedule currently consists of Al Galdi in the morning, Rick Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell in the midday, with Steve Czaban still anchoring the lineup in afternoon drive.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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Dennis Eckersley

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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The Musers Mock Jim Nantz’s Farewell To Nick Faldo

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham.

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Nick Faldo

On Sunday, CBS Golf analyst Nick Faldo called his final tournament with CBS after sixteen years with the network. He was poised in the tower above the 18th green with Jim Nantz as he said his final goodbyes. It was an emotional moment that The Musers on The Ticket in Dallas had to comment on.

In the message, Faldo clearly has an issue getting thru the moment while Nantz tries to comfort his friend and buy him some time to regain his composure. However, The Musers thought it wasn’t helpful at all.

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham. “It sounded like he was going to say, ‘now, it’s time to send you to your happy place’. When he said that and when Nick said, in tears, ‘I’m ready,’ that made it sound like Jim was putting him to sleep.”

“(Australian accent) Go ahead and smother me, Jim,” Gordon Keith quipped, “go ahead and take that pillow over there and choke me out right now.”

“Nick are you ready for us to unplug the life support machine?” asked Dunham.

“Yeah, kick that thing right out the wall, mate.”

Dunham would later say, “I don’t think that any famous broadcaster has ever signed off in tears, proclaiming ‘I’m ready, I’m ready'”.

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