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Boomer Esiason: Rex Ryan Foot Fetish Video Was Most Uncomfortable Radio of My Career

“Those two days, I think I remember it being two days, were about as uncomfortable as any radio I’ve ever done in my life,” he said.

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WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason has had plenty of memorable moments in his broadcasting career, but some of the more awkward conversations and times are what stands out in his mind.

Talking to Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker for The Ringer podcast The Press Box, Boomer said his former co-host, now WFAN PM drive host, Craig Carton did a great job getting him out of his comfort zone.

But he recalled coming in to work one Tuesday after doing Monday Night Football, having caught an overnight flight to get back to New York in time to do the show, and Carton and producer Al Dukes had audio from then-New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talking about having a foot fetish.

“Could you imagine this coming in on a Tuesday, no sleep, these guys are bouncing off the walls, and we open the show with this,” Boomer said. “I just basically said I guess 4th and a foot is going to have a whole new meaning now. And it took off from there.”

Esiason, who said he doesn’t care to delve too much into people’s personal lives, said breaking that story and the days of reaction to it really had him squirming.

“Those two days, I think I remember it being two days, were about as uncomfortable as any radio I’ve ever done in my life,” he said.

But Boomer finished his point by saying being in the spot he’s in it’s a different situation. You’re going to have stories that are a bit more broad than just sports and make you uncomfortable. But he said the free-flowing nature of the topics on the show are what makes it fun.

“That’s what morning radio is,” he said. “You just never know. Nothing is planned, nothing is scripted.”

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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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