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Gregg Giannotti Tells Mike Francesa ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Story

“‘This is not good. I know that plane. There’s about 300 people on that plane, and they’re all dead.'”

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Gregg Giannotti regaled listeners with a Mike Francesa moment at the end of Tuesday’s edition of Boomer & Gio.

Giannotti was discussing televisions inside radio studios when he remembered how things played out inside WFAN on January 15th, 2009. US Airways Flight 1549, captained by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, collided with a flock of birds shortly after take-off and was forced to land in the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan. As the news coverage played out, Giannotti said Francesa looked on with intrigue.

“The whole Mike thing — at the time — he was getting picks wrong, and everyone use to get on him for that and whatever else,” Giannotti pointed out. “So he walks out of the studio, he looks up at the news coverage of the plane sitting there in the Hudson (River). And the volume’s not up.

‘I’m familiar with this plane,’ Giannotti said while impersonating Francesa. “‘This is not good. I know that plane. There’s about 300 people on that plane, and they’re all dead. There’s 300 people in there and they’re all gone. This is not good.'”

The volume on the tv wasn’t on. So, according to Giannotti, Francesa walked up and turned the volume up so everyone could hear.

“The second that you can hear it ‘just confirmed 155 people…all alive!’ He hits the volume back down and walks back into the studio,” Giannotti said. “That was the hardest I had to try not to laugh, in my life. Ah, poor Mike.”

Giannotti — who isn’t afraid to point out he and Francesa don’t get along — and guest host Sal Licata then discussed each’s relationship with “the sports pope”.

“I would say that I still have a good relationship with Mike. He was great to me. I loved him,” Licata admitted.

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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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