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Chicago’s 670 The Score Holds 30th Anniversary Celebration

“Good morning and good sports,” were the first words Shaer said on the air. He said nothing else that was spoken was written down or typed up.

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670 The Score utilized the day after the MLB All-Star Game, one of the only days of the year with no professional sports happening, to celebrate the station’s 30th anniversary.

All day Wednesday, station shows welcomed back former voices that built the foundation for The Score.

Tom Shaer, the first voice listeners heard when the station went on the air in 1992, told Mike Mulligan and David Haugh that the transmitter would literally be cold when he got to work. Programming at the time didn’t air overnight.

“I used to drive in, and the highways were filled with cars, and I’d say they’re not listening to me, because we’re not on the air yet,” Shaer said. “So we had to start cold…It was a wonderful time, an adventurous time, we felt like pioneers, and we were working in the bunker on Belmont. I wouldn’t trade it.”

“Good morning and good sports,” were the first words Shaer said on the air. He said nothing else that was spoken was written down or typed up.

“It was the only thing I ever scripted in all the years I did that show,” he said. “The rest of it was coming from the heart and what I thought the station was supposed to be based on what Seth Mason and Dan Lee told me.”

Former host Dan Jiggetts reflected with Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel about having Michael Jordan on his show during his first retirement from the Bulls. Jiggetts told them they had the scoop on Jordan’s return to the Bulls.

“When Micahel came back, we were the first to break the news,” he said. “That was the beginning of all this hubbub over the second run for a three-peat.”

Jiggetts took pride in the fact that they were able to break news and really have access to people with first-hand knowledge of situations.

“We had our fun and everything, but when real news came up we knew how to handle it,” he said. “The most important thing is if you have principles involved in the conversation, to try and get them on the air too. That was always our hope and desire to get the people who are making news on with us to talk about it.”

Legendary host Terry Boers joined his former co-host Dan Bernstein, Laurence Holmes and Leila Rahimi to reflect on his time at the station. Boers talked about the dynamic executive producer Matt Abbatacola had with Bernstein and how it played out on the air.

“One of the most important parts of our show was that fact that (Abbatacola) hated you,” Boers told Bernstein.

Abbatacola made it clear there was no hate there. Just a strong dislike in that setting.

“Let’s set it straight, I didn’t hate Dan,” Abbatacola said. “I just didn’t like Dan.”

“I love Dan dearly, I always will love Dan,” Abbatacola added. “But I also didn’t like Dan at the same time, especially on the air. What people might’ve thought was a bit or part of the show, it was genuine.”

Parkins & Spiegel also opened with a well-produced retrospective on the station’s history that took listeners from the very beginning through some of the best voices and moments over the last three decades.

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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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