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ESPN LA 710 Names Amanda Brown PD; Announces Additional Internal Promotions

“Amanda Brown has earned the promotion to PD at ESPN LA 710.”

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It’s no secret that female program directors are rare in the sports radio industry. Fortunately, ESPN LA 710 is more interested in changing history rather than repeating it.

General Manager Scott McCarthy informed his staff today that the station will turn to 17-year veteran Amanda Brown to lead the brand forward as its new Program Director. She takes over for Dan Zampillo who left the station in November to join Spotify.

Prior to earning her PD stripes, Brown spent the past four years as 710’s Assistant Program Director. During that time she spearheaded the station’s play-by-play programming and managed local team relationships.

Her career experience also includes serving as a producer of many notable and successful shows. In Los Angeles, Brown has worked with Mason and Ireland, and Max and Marcellus. In Bristol, CT at the ESPN Radio network, she produced Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt, and The Sports Bash with Erik Kuselias. She also spent three years earlier in her career in Dallas at ESPN 103.3 working with a variety of hosts and shows.

With Brown moving up to the PD position, 710 is promoting Greg Bergman to Assistant Program Director. Bergman will work closely with Brown on 710’s day to day programming matters. He’s spent 18 years in the business, beginning his journey into the format in 2002 with Fox Sports Radio. Since then, Bergman has gone on to work for Sporting News Radio, NBC Sports Radio, and Salem. He joined ESPN LA 710 in 2016 and has served as the lead producer for Mason & Ireland since, helping to make the show the #1 sports talk show in Southern California.

Rounding out 710’s internal promotions is the news of Adam Braunstein  being elevated to Producer of Play-by-Play. Adam has been with the station since 2007, starting in the marketing/promotions department before making the leap into the programming circle two years later as a board operator. He’s since moved up the ladder, earning roles as a weekend producer, midday producer (Mark Willard & Mychael Thompson), and became the station’s first-ever local morning show producer working with Travis Rodgers and Kelvin Washington. Following stints on the station’s talk shows, Braunstein moved into play by play producing and has been heavily involved in 710’s presentation of the Lakers and Rams.

Due to the internal promotions, 710 will be looking for a new producer for Mason & Ireland’s show.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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