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Matt Jones Feuds With North Carolina Host Josh Graham Over College Hoops

“It started when new Wake Forest basketball coach Steve Forbes, shamed the University of Kentucky’s academics during an appearance on Graham’s Triad radio show The Drive on WSJS The Sports Hub.”

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We have ourselves a good ol’ radio war brewing in the southeast as Kentucky’s Matt Jones and Josh Graham of North Carolina exchange jabs. Regardless of who you agree with, Graham seems to be the winner solely because he has more to gain.

Jones has the bigger platform with his self-made brand, Kentucky Sports Radio. He’s used to battling headlining adversaries like Mitch McConnell, but that won’t stop him from firing back at the Triad radio host. 

It started when new Wake Forest basketball coach Steve Forbes, shamed the University of Kentucky’s academics during an appearance on Graham’s Triad radio show The Drive on WSJS The Sports Hub. With Olivier Sarr choosing to transfer to Kentucky for his senior season, Forbes told Graham what he asked the now former Wake Forest center. 

“I think the most important thing is, why would you go to Wake for three years, put all that time in for a prestigious degree, and end up getting your degree at a place like Kentucky?” Forbes told Graham of his conversation with Sarr.

Forbes’ comments were discussed nationally on shows such as ESPN’s PTI and Dan Le Batard’s Highly Questionable. Naturally, Kentucky Sports Radio opened their Wednesday show with the topic, garnering a listen from Graham and the Triad radio host didn’t like what he heard. Graham then went on his show and ripped KSR, calling out inaccuracies and poking fun at Jones’ accent

“Control your own damn show, dawg,” Graham said on-air Wednesday evening. 

“If you’re going to take shots at Wake Forest, at least come correct…Nobody’s confusing your radio show with Colin Cowherd. Nobody’s confusing your radio show with anything other than some guys hanging together in Kentucky. Some slap-words I can’t say on the radio,” Graham continued. “I think that we could do their radio show better than they could.”

Graham’s advice caught the attention of Jones, who vowed to punch back. 

It’s been an interesting first week for the new Wake Forest men’s basketball coach. Beginning with an odd intro video which featured some uncomfortable acting and continuing with a dig at the University of Kentucky. But without much sports to react to right now, credit these two radio hosts for furthering the story and giving us some entertaining content to follow.

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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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