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Terry Ford Named PD At 107.5 The Game

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Terry Ford is leaving one SEC city for another. He has been named the new program director at 107.5 The Game in Columbia, SC. The new opportunity also includes oversight of Cumulus Columbia’s ESPN station, ESPN 1320 AM/WISW-AM.

Ford comes to South Carolina from Sports 96.1 The Zone in Lexington, KY. He wore multiple hats there including PD, afternoon drive host, and imaging director.

“We are excited to have Terry join our team in Columbia,” Tammy O’Dell, Cumulus’s Vice President and Columbia market manager, said in a press release. “His experience and passion for Sports/Talk will bring new energy to the station and play a vital role in moving 107.5 The Game to a winning position in the market.”

Ford has more than 20 years of experience in sports radio. Prior to his run in Kentucky, he hosted late night shows at 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. He’s also been heard in Atlanta, Seattle, Boise, and on Yahoo Sports Radio.

“I want to thank Cumulus Columbia Market Manager Tammy O’Dell for offering me this fabulous opportunity. In my many conversations with Tammy, you could hear her love and passion for 107.5 The Game. I also want to thank Cumulus SVP of Sports, Programming and Audience Bruce Gilbert. It was Bruce who put me on Tammy’s radar. I can’t wait to land in Columbia and get started!” Ford said.

Terry Ford is a BSM Member. He learned of the opportunity in Columbia through the site’s membership directory.

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Pat McAfee Irritated At Fans’ ‘Throw Rogan’ Nickname For Aaron Rodgers

“His haters got very loud.”

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The Pat McAfee Show

Many NFL fans, both casual and diehard, were ready with jeers and nicknames for Aaron Rodgers following the Green Bay Packers’ 13-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Saturday’s NFL divisional playoff game.

As Pat McAfee pointed out on his show Monday, fans were eager to throw insults at Rodgers, waiting for the opportunity like a batter waiting for the ideal pitch to hit.

“People were sitting on ‘Throw Rogan,'” said McAfee, who naturally supported the person who appears on The Pat McAfee Show every week and made those conversations must-see viewing.

That particular nickname is a play on Joe Rogan, the popular podcast host whose advice Rodgers followed for batting COVID-19. As Rogan recommended, Rodgers took the drug Ivermectin, which is typically used to treat roundworms and other parasites.

McAfee cited last week’s ESPN.com feature on Rodgers by Kevin Van Valkenburg in which the reporter detailed the turn perception has taken toward the Packers QB this season and Rodgers’ strident belief in himself as a free thinker and intellectual.

Co-host A.J. Hawk agreed, adding another popular nickname posted to social media Saturday. “QAaron Rodgers” mocks the quarterback’s stated belief in conspiracy theories regarding the vaccine.

On the field, the Packers were the No. 1 seed in the NFC and considered in prime position to advance to the Super Bowl. Rodgers will likely win the NFL Most Valuable Player award (despite some voters feeling otherwise) for the second consecutive season after passing for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns (to just seven interceptions), while completing 68.9 percent of his throws and leading Green Bay to a 13-4 regular-season record.

But off the field, Rodgers gained national notoriety and became a controversial figure for his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. Rodgers refused to get vaccinated, which put him at odds with many throughout the country. But what became the subject of national outrage and discussion was the quarterback giving the impression that he’d been vaccinated by saying he was “immunized” against the virus.

That turned many people against Rodgers for the past three months and those fans took delight from him losing in the playoffs. (The quarterback also lost some fans for trying to force a trade during the offseason and it’s possible Rodgers played his final game in Green Bay on Saturday.) And they flooded social media with nicknames.

“His haters got very loud,” said McAfee. “But I will say, I don’t think he has a lot of haters in general managers around the NFL on whether or not they can get him in the building.”

The trade rumors will begin gaining heat soon. Will fans tossing out derisive nicknames right now — especially those supporting the Broncos, Raiders, Giants, Saints, and Steelers — eventually embrace him as their quarterback? You know the answer to that.

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI (Update)

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

On Monday, Jeff Rickard took to Twitter to update fans and followers on his situation. He did not have anything negative to say about WEEI, Audacy, or anyone involved with him coming to Boston. He even noted that this move is likely what is best for him and his family.

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Fred Toucher: ‘I’d Rather Hear Crowd Noise Than Tony Romo’

“I don’t know why they throw so much money at these guys. Who goes ‘Wow, Aikman is the greatest’?”

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The Toucher and Rich show from 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston was not happy with the calls made in Sunday’s Bills-Chiefs divisional playoff game. No, not the play-calling by either team, but the broadcast call from the booth.

The duo went on a tangent discussing blunders made by Tony Romo and Jim Nantz in the booth — Romo, specifically. Towards the end of the game as Buffalo and Kansas City were trading scores, Romo was ecstatic but also fumbling over his words and couldn’t get his clearest thought out. Some probably didn’t notice or understood the excitement at that point which caused Romo to babble. However, Fred Toucher was very annoyed with it.

“It’s something massive that happened in that game and he ruined it!” he said. “Why is that better than crowd noise? How is that better than crowd noise? I’d rather just hear the crowd noise.”

This was in reference to one of the touchdowns late in the game. Later, Toucher stated that announcers don’t add much value to the game anyway and asked why networks give so much money to color commentators.

“I don’t know why they throw so much money at these guys. Who goes ‘Wow, Aikman is the greatest’? It’s like, Aikman doesn’t bother me. It’s just the ability not to bother you. That’s all.  And you can do that by staying out of the way.”

While a former player like Romo is newer to the booth, many enjoy his style due to his ability to break down plays or at times predict exactly what will happen on an upcoming play down to the smallest detail. However, he is still learning and even the best announcers babble at times. 

Everyone seems to have an opinion on each football analyst and announcer. It’s safe to say Toucher and Rich have had enough of Romo.

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