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ESPN Radio Rejected Mike Golic’s Offer of Reuniting With Mike Greenberg

“Golic is 57 years old and made it clear on Wednesday morning that he has no plans of retiring, stating it was management’s decision to cancel his ESPN Radio morning show.”

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If Mike Greenberg wants to do a radio show again, and Mike Golic is looking to continue his hosting career, why not reunite one of sports radio’s most famous duos? The pair did create 16+ years of radio success together, earning a permanent place in the NAB radio hall of fame.

Golic is 57 years old and made it clear on Wednesday morning that he has no plans of retiring, stating it was management’s decision to cancel his ESPN Radio morning show. 

With his former co-host of 16 years returning to the airwaves as a solo act, and Golic not ready to retire, many fans have floated the idea of a Mike and Mike reunion. 

Golic’s wife responded to one of those fans on Twitter earlier this week, confirming that her husband offered to join Greenberg in the noon – 2pm timeslot on ESPN Radio’s revamped lineup, but nothing emerged from his proposal.

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“I’m too young to retire. My wife won’t let me. I’m back Monday and I’ll be back until July 31,” Golic said, taking a break from vacation and guest appearing on his own radio show to address the forthcoming changes. “I’ll talk more about it then, what I’m going to do. I’m still going to stay in the business. This was management’s choice to do it.”

It’s not the choice of all of management. According to sources, some network execs weren’t sold on ESPN Radio’s new lineup which debuts on August 17th. The morning trio of Zubin, Keyshawn and Jay were said to be put together just within the last week. Reuniting the most iconic brand in the network’s history could have likely quelled whatever fears those individuals have.

Leaders of local stations around the country have expressed the same concerns. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic took to Twitter on Tuesday to describe a conversation he had with “a respected person in the biz” who suggested that stations in major markets would be wise to ignore ESPN Radio’s new morning show and that someone will sign Golic immediately if ESPN lets him hit the open market.

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Golic acknowledged the fan reaction to the new lineup saying that he has been touched by the support and kind words.

“I appreciate what’s been going on on Twitter, and the outpouring of positive thoughts. Certainly not everybody, and that’s fine. You can’t please everybody. It’s been incredible what I’ve heard from people out there and I do appreciate that.”

While the tributes have flooded in for Golic the last few days from fans and colleagues, one person who has remained quiet is Greeny. As of 11:59pm Wednesday night, it’s been silence from Greenberg on the Golic front. 

He undoubtedly has to acknowledge his former co-host getting replaced on ESPN Radio after being there for more than two decades. Even if there is bitterness between the two following their split three years ago, Greeny can’t and won’t ignore Golic’s impressive career. 

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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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