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Bob Sturm Moves To Afternoons On The Ticket

“Leaving BaD Radio opens a new opportunity for producer Jake Kemp who will now co-host the midday timeslot with McDowell.”

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Bob Sturm is headed to The Hardline in afternoon drive on Cumulus Media’s 1310 and 96.7 The Ticket as the Dallas sports radio shuffle continues. 

Sturm is joining Corby Davidson on the show, taking over for Mike Rhyner who announced his retirement earlier this year. Rhyner, an iconic Dallas radio personality helped launch The Ticket more than a quarter-century ago. A longtime host on The Ticket himself, Sturm moves to afternoons from his midday post where he’s been for two decades. 

“I am very excited to have Bob Sturm join us from 3 to 7,” Corby Davidson said in the station’s press release. “I don’t need to rattle off his credentials; he is money, plain and simple. He’s been a great friend over the past two decades and now I can’t wait for him to add to the wildly successful tradition of The Hardline on the Ticket. We are going to have a blast!”

Since 2000, Sturm and Dan McDowell hosted the station’s BaD Radio (Bob and Dan). Leaving BaD Radio opens a new opportunity for producer Jake Kemp who will now co-host the midday timeslot with McDowell. The Ticket’s midday show airs weekdays from noon – 3pm, followed by The Hardline which broadcasts until 7pm. 

“Bob Sturm has earned the trust and following from our listeners for over 20 years and is one of the finest sports talk talents in America,” said Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Dallas/Houston, and Dallas Market Manager. “This move made perfect sense and we are excited to entertain our listeners with the new afternoon drive team of Bob Sturm and Corby Davidson, and with Jake Kemp and Dan McDowell for BaD Radio in middays.”

After a highly successful run of two decades together, there’s no animosity as Sturm leaves the midday show. He expressed sincere gratitude for his longtime co-host and friend Dan McDowell shortly after the changes were announced, also sharing confidence in his former producer and now midday successor Jake Kemp.

“Our station lost an absolute icon in Mike Rhyner to retirement and we must all pull together to bridge that gap,” Sturm said. “I am honored to join forces with The Hardline’s Corby Davidson and Danny Balis (producer) to see what we can dream up from 3-7pm and we can’t wait to get to our mighty challenge. Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp will make a fantastic duo themselves from Noon to 3. Dan McDowell is the closest friend I might ever find in this business and I owe him an immeasurable debt.”

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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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