In two weeks 95.7 The Game will add a deeper, slightly raspier voice to their morning show.
Starting Monday, March 31st, two-time World Series Champion and former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff joins the morning team of Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend. Huff, who retired from baseball in 2013, previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants.
“Last week, we announced a new lineup for The GAME; since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to add one of the most entertaining sports personalities in the Bay Area to our team. It’s hard to improve on the ‘perfect team in the perfect time slot,’ but adding Aubrey Huff does just that,” said Jason Barrett, Program Director for 95.7 The Game. “Make no mistake—this morning show will be different, more informed, and more colorful than any other in the market. Steve DiNardo and I couldn’t be more excited about this unique team going forward for listeners and advertisers alike.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to join 95.7 The Game. I had an incredible experience in San Francisco, being a part of two World Championship Giants teams, and now I’m looking forward to joining my brand new team in the Bay Area,” said Huff.
“It’s an absolute honor to add a two-time World Series champion to our show. If you think he was funny with the press after games, just wait until you hear what he has to offer daily on 95.7 The GAME! Most professional athletes never envision themselves being a part of the media, but on March 31st, we welcome Aubrey to the dark side. I just hope he doesn’t expect Bucher and I to wear a thong during the show,” said new co-host Chris Townsend.
This move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, since Huff recently served as a guest host for 95.7 in what was probably a tryout of sorts. The press release doesn’t mention whether Huff will be an in-studio host or do the show from some other part of the country.
In case you’re wondering, The Game is still the flagship station for the Oakland Athletics. A’s fans have been complaining for months/years about The Game mimicking KNBR with their San Francisco Giants and 49ers coverage, and adding Damon Bruce and Huff won’t do anything to quiet those concerns.
In Bruce’s case, those concerns are probably overblown. Bruce is a Cubs fan who had an axe to grind when it came to the Giants throughout most of his tenure on KNBR 680/1050, where he often made sure to mention how much he respected the A’s and their fans.
As for Huff, two World Series rings late in his career make his Giants connection seem quite strong (and for Giants fans who watched him limp around in 2011-12, it seemed like he was around much longer than three years). But Huff spent 10 years in the American League (seven seasons with Tampa Bay, three with Baltimore, one with Detroit), and hasn’t been seen around AT&T Park or Scottsdale Stadium much (if at all) since the 2012 World Series parade.
As for 95.7’s morning show, the Huff move could’ve been made in the hopes of ensuring there are at least two hosts each morning. With Ric Bucher handling sideline duties for a Warriors squad that should make it to the postseason, hosting a show starting at 6 am could be difficult some mornings. However, since The Game seems to hire and fire hosts every few months, this could mean either Bucher’s or Townsend’s spots aren’t necessarily safe.
Speaking of Townsend, his comment about Huff being “funny with the press after games” is pretty amusing, since Huff rarely spoke to reporters over his last two seasons. Sort of like Randy Moss, it appears Huff didn’t have much use for the media until his playing days were over.
Wow, I really am still shocked at how popular the Rise Guys were. If Murph and Mac ever went/go off the air, I bet they wouldn't get this kind of fanfare.
I'm almost kind of convinced that Murph and Mac probably never will go off the air, at least not in the forseeable future.
My mornings have not been the same since the Rise Guys went away.... Dam you 957 the game er I mean the Joke
I honestly have not been listening to Bucher & Towny when they have a third wheel with them. Now that this is going on, my excitement to hear them go against "Bogut Nights" has significantly gone down. Damn.
There is something deflating about listening to Dan Patrick and then switching over to KNBR and hearing "Bogut Nights."
Hey Bay Area Sports Guy: I don't think you had even one positive sentence to say about the addition of Huff to the morning show. Look like you are just becoming every other media personality out there: cynical, petty, and incredibly ungracious. Maybe that's representative of a segment of your readership and haters out there. But I honestly had a much higher opinion of you (even though you probably will say that you are just sharing your honest and cyincal and petty opinion).
My take on this is that it is refreshing. 95.7 the Game--you cannot blame them for trying, and they have to keep trying otherwise they are not going to be around much longer. I wasn't going to listen to the new morning show at all until this announcement, but with the addition of Huff, it might worthy a week or two of listen, and they may have good chemistry. And btw, I am an As' fan.
I share in the great PD, Jason Bartlett's excitement for this signing. This will go down in history as the greatest morning show 3some in Bay Area history....nay, the history of the world! Bartlett said it best when things were already so perfect with Towny and Buch in the morning spot, but adding Huff makes it almost too good to be true! Perfect + Perfect + Huff = PERFUFF!!
Oh, March 31st can't come soon enough!
P.S. Could you imagine if Huff actually makes Towny and Buch wear a thong during the show!?!? Oh this is too much! When does the hilarity stop ;)
I'm not sure about this move. Yes, Huff did ok in the tryout, but I don't know if this show will be very good with Huff aboard. I'm sorry. This is going to be amateur hour radio. It's going to be a lot like Murph and Mac.
But yeah, I'm not sure about this. It probably won't last long.
Huff's also scheduled to do some baseball coverage for Pac-12 Network, so not sure how that's going to affect his availability when the Warriors and college baseball intersect.
Fire three radio personalities with years of experience for someone who lacks any radio experience at all, and probably is limited in knowledge outside of the Baseball realm. Good move, 95.7.
It's not so much that I thought the Rise Guys were great, it's more that I liked having an alternative to the 1st hr + 3hrs of repeats of Murph & Mac, and the 1st part of Gary rambling at Larry while Kate tries to get a word in edgewise.
That said, Jockpardy was getting stale, and while it helped when they _finally_ turned down the volume on "questions for Kreidler" background music, there wasn't much else to do with that bit either.
Why would knbr want to replace their morning show? It’s been going strong for ~10years.Its become as important as any other show on KNBR.
I think huff is seen as an Eric Byrnes type personality for the station.Just my guess.
@JohnLee5 U MAD, BRO?
@JohnLee5 For some reason I'm finding it very hard to believe that you "honestly had a much higher opinion" of me, based on your recent comments. If you love The Game, Damon Bruce and Aubrey Huff that much, listen to your heart's content.
Actually, I can't wait for APRIL 1 hoping this game morning line-up is only an APRIL FOOLS prank. LOL
@DBThree I still can't get past Bucher admitting he wore a thong. Does make you look at him a bit differently.
haha. I like the sarcasm of this post. LOL
In not a KNBR apologist by any means but Murph and Mac, particularly Murph, is decently solid. It gets a little "iffy" when Mac is by himself but generally it gets me to work with relatively little heartburn. Could do without the daily Kruke and Kuipe segments but hey who am I to complain. And this is coming from a tried and true Giants/Niners fan for full disclosure.
@Spartan Sports Guy haha. Probably so.
To be honest, Paulie Mac really should just retire all of his songs that he's played on the air through the years
@T I agree with you, but I was just saying if they ever went off the air, I'm not sure if they would get as much fanfare for being off the air as The Rise Guys have gotten.
I'm not really sure how they view Huff really. He's the opposite of Byrnes. Byrnes is more of hyper high energy type guy, while Huff is more of a kick back, relax and have a beer type of a guy.
With that being said, maybe 95.7 could be using Huff as their version of Byrnes though, an ex-MLB player that can give listeners insight into an MLB clubhouse and about baseball in general.
@Bay Area Sports Guy Yeah, not sure if he's really being serious or trolling here.
Especially Vogelsong...Vogelsong....oh oh. Yikes, that is truly bad & uncomfortable radio lol. On board w your radio takes & agree w everything you've said about DBruce. Hopefully the game can make something work & continue to provide alternative listening options, but I'm not too optimistic.