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Nick Bahe Says He’s Leaving 1620 The Zone

“According to Omaha.com, KOZN will use guest hosts until they find a permanent midday show replacement for Bahe.”

Brandon Contes

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Longtime sports radio host on 1620 The Zone in Omaha, NE, Nick Bahe will be leaving the station to pursue other broadcast opportunities.  The former Creighton University basketball player from 2006 – 08 announced his upcoming departure on Twitter and during Monday’s radio show.

For the last six years, the former Creighton Bluejay has hosted The Zone’s Game Time with Nick Bahe from 11am – 2pm.  Prior to his work on Game Time, Bahe co-hosted the Schick & Nick Show on KOZN 1620 from 2009 – 13.  Bahe’s final midday show on 1620 will be this Wednesday, July 17th.

“As far as what is specifically next for me, a lot of that’s up in the air,” Bahe told listeners during his Monday radio show. “But for now, I’m ready to attack my college basketball TV and national media dream.” 

Throughout his tenure on 1620, Bahe has also been featured on other platforms, most notably for college basketball.  According to Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald, this winter will be Bahe’s sixth season as a Big East basketball analyst with Fox.  Bahe has also worked as an analyst for the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports, with the goal of one day calling an NCAA Tournament game on television.  Earlier this year, Bahe also joined Fox Sports Radio’s national lineup as a weekend host, partnering with Dan Beyer from 5 – 8pm ET on Sunday evenings. 

According to Omaha.com, KOZN will use guest hosts until they find a permanent midday show replacement for Bahe.  “Nick was such a great teammate, and someone who’s very much respected in the market,” said Mark Shecterle, general manager of NRG Media which owns 1620 The Zone.  “It’s going to be big shoes to fill.”  

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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