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SF Giants Radio Broadcast Voted Best in MLB

“The Giants radio broadcast team was voted best in MLB by readers of The Athletic. The Rays, Mets, Rangers and Nationals broadcasts completed the Top 5.”

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The results are in after The Athletic asked subscribers to help determine the most popular radio broadcast teams in Major League Baseball.

As one of the first sports to be broadcast on the radio, baseball is often viewed as the game that best fits the medium. While baseball during a pandemic is different on TV with virtual fans, cardboard cutouts and fake crowd noise, listening to the radio broadcast can provide a rare feeling of normalcy in 2020.

According to The Athletic, nearly 7,500 subscribers voted on their favorite radio crew by responding to the following questions:

Which MLB radio broadcast do you listen to most frequently?

How would you rate your most-listened-to broadcast’s play-by-play announcing? (Scale of 1 -5)

How would you rate your most-listened-to broadcast’s color commentary? (Scale of 1 -5)

How informative do you find your most-listened-to radio broadcast? (Scale of 1 -5)

How entertaining do you find your most-listened-to radio broadcast? (Scale of 1 -5)

What do you like about your most-listened-to radio broadcast?

What do you dislike about your most-listened-to radio broadcast?

Do you prefer your team’s radio or television broadcast?

Finishing first on the list was the San Francisco Giants radio team of Jon Miller, Dave Flemming and Duane Kuiper. The Giants’ TV crew finished second overall in The Athletic’s television broadcast rankings last month. Second on the radio ranking was the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast of Andy Freed and Dave Wills who are in their 15th season on the call.

After having the top ranked TV crew, the New York Mets placed third on the radio list with Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo. While Rose is a Mets’ encyclopedia, a lifelong fan and a longtime broadcaster, his radio partner is in just his second season as a full-timer in the booth.

The Texas Rangers radio team of Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks finished fourth, while the Washington Nationals booth featuring Charlie Slowed and Dave Jageler rounded out the top-five. Baseball icon, 86-year old Bob Uecker finished sixth alongside Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The bottom five radio teams according to The Athletics survey were the Pirates at number 26, followed by the Blue Jays, Rockies, Yankees and White Sox. This season, the Rockies replaced longtime radio broadcaster Jerry Schemmel with Mike Rice, while Andy Masur is tasked with stepping in for the late great Ed Farmer in the White Sox booth.

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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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