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Frandsen Adding More Phillies Games in 2019

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Following his first season participating on the Philadelphia Phillies Radio Network, the club announced they will expand the role of analyst Kevin Frandsen, having him broadcast 81 games in 2019.

In his second season on the Phillies broadcast, Frandsen, will again partner with play-by-play voice Scott Franzke in the booth.  Larry Anderson will fill the color commentator role for the remaining 81 games of the 2019 season, his 13th year on Phillies radio.

“My family and I are beyond excited that the Phillies chose me to be part of a team with Scott and Larry,” Frandsen said. “I have such an admiration for them both, and to have the opportunity to continue to broadcast Phillies games is very special.”

Last season, after Anderson announced his decision to take a reduced role on the Phillies Radio Network, Frandsen worked select road games in the booth, splitting 81 games with Kevin Stocker and Kevin Jordan.  The Phillies decided to move forward with Frandsen, electing not to bring Stocker and Jordan back in 2019.

“Kevin [Frandsen] demonstrated during the 2018 season that he brings the perfect blend of enthusiasm and knowledge for our listeners,” Phillies executive vice president David Buck said. “In addition, he has a great rapport with Scott Franzke. We look forward to his continued contributions in 2019 and beyond.”

Frandsen played nine seasons in Major League Baseball, spending two of those with the Phillies in 2012 and 2013.  The 36-year old San Jose native also hosts weeknights from 7 – 10pm with Drew Hoffar on San Francisco’s KNBR, a role Frandsen will continue even with his expanded slate of games on the Phillies Radio Network.

“We are thrilled for Kevin as he’s been working toward this goal since retiring as a player. It’s a great opportunity for him as there are only a select few announcer roles within Major League Baseball. We’re also happy this opportunity allows for Kevin to stay in the Bay Area and continue in his role on KNBR,” station Program Director, Jeremiah Crowe told BSM when reached for comment.

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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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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