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Kirk Minihane’s Time with Entercom Has Ended

“The rocky relationship between Kirk Minihane and Entercom has come to an end”

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Kirk Minihane’s tenure with Entercom has come to an end. Minihane went live on Periscope earlier today to confirm that he’s signed papers to exit the company. His departure comes immediately after voicing his displeasure with the structure in which he had been operating under since leaving WEEI to focus on podcasting for RADIO.com.

During the course of an 11 minute video, Minihane expressed his displeasure with his former employer and said that he no longer has a non-compete and could go to work for a new employer starting tomorrow. Should he return to the airwaves, he can also do so with the name of his former podcast ‘Enough About Me’.

The video also included Kirk sharing that suitors have reached out to him since his exit from WEEI but because he was under contract he resisted getting into deeper conversations. Now clear though, he’s expecting to talk to interested parties over the next few weeks to see what opportunities make sense.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy hasn’t hid his interest in Minihane in the past. Given his new availability, it’s likely the two sides will at least explore conversations. Whether it advances beyond a discussion though remains to be seen.

It brings to an end a rocky relationship which at times produced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Minihane’s pairing with Gerry Callahan on WEEI led the station to strong ratings, including beating Toucher & Rich who previously held a steady advantage in mornings. The wins though came with a price as Kirk battled mental health issues, endured public battles with the Boston Globe and a local activist who put advertiser pressure on the radio station, and received multiple suspensions from WEEI.

In a statement provided by Entercom the company said “We have mutually agreed to part ways with Kirk and allow him to pursue other opportunities.  Over the years, Kirk has been a valuable member of the WEEI team, and a host of the ‘Enough About Me’ podcast.  We wish him all the best on his future endeavors.”

Minihane’s departure from the company doesn’t necessarily impact WEEI as the station had already moved on in mornings by teaming Callahan with Mike Mutnansky. What his exit from RADIO.com means for the platforms immediate plans though is unknown. Entercom CEO David Field did say in a memo yesterday that the company plans to build and improve the app aggressively in order to make it one of the country’s leading digital audio apps.

From a talent standpoint, there are few in the business today who are as skilled as Minihane. But fit will be important for both Kirk and his next employer. Some groups who see today’s video won’t appreciate how he lambasted his former employer. Others may applaud his take no prisoners approach. Either way, the next chapter should be interesting.

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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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