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Kevin Youkilis: Players Don’t Need The Media To Tell Them They Suck

“On Tuesday morning, Youkilis joined The Greg Hill Show on WEEI to talk about what he is expecting in his new role.”

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Kevin Youkilis is one of the new additions to the Red Sox broadcast crew on NESN. The three-time All Star was part of the 2007 World Series team. He is one of three new analysts joining the network this season.

On Tuesday morning, Youkilis joined The Greg Hill Show on WEEI to talk about what he is expecting in his new role. He told Hill that in test games and in spring training he learned very quickly how different being a full-time analyst is from showing up to do guest spots.

“When you join the broadcast for an inning, it’s a lot different where you can talk through it and get out of it.”

Co-host Courtney Cox asked Kevin Youkilis if he still feels the same about the media as he did in his playing days. She wanted to know how being in the media changed how former players view the media.

“I’m not really the media because all I do is analyze baseball still,” he joked. “I don’t have to ask questions.”

He was a little more forthcoming with Jermaine Wiggins. The former Patriots tight end asked Kevin Youkilis how hard it is to transition from thinking like a player to thinking like a broadcaster. Did he have any trouble being critical of players?

Youk answered that he is going to try to educate viewers more than simply say the team is screwing up. He joked that plenty of Boston and national media are willing to do that when things aren’t going right for the Sox.

What he wants to do is to explain why something is off. Youkilis says that baseball is full of “moving parts,” so a single motion or habit being off can ruin a player in the field or at the plate. He told The Greg Hill Show that there is no value to a media member ranting about a player or a team’s slump if they can’t pinpoint what is going on.

“Explaining those things is easier than telling a guy he stinks right now,” Kevin Youkilis said. “You can look at a guy and he is 0 for 20. Guess what? He knows he stinks.”

Youkilis will rotate with former teammate Kevin Milar, 98.5 The Sports Hub afternoon host Tony Massarotti, and incumbent analyst Dennis Eckersley on television. Dave O’Brien and Mike Monaco will share play-by-play duties on the NESN broadcast.

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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’

“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”

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They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.

“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”

Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.

“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”

After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.

“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”

Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.

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99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship

“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”

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The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.

The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”

“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.

“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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