Tierney and Bucher

Brandon Tierney leaving 95.7 FM “The Game” at the end of November

According to the NY Daily News:

THE TIKI & TIERNEY SHOW
CBS Sports Radio will soon name Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney as its morning drive team when the network launches January 1. We previously reported Tierney, who works at 95.7 “The Game” in San Francisco, couldn’t get out of his contract, but that issue appears to be resolved.

After checking around, this appears to be a done deal. Tierney will leave the Entercom station at the end of November. CBS Sports Radio is syndicated by Cumulus — the same media corporation that owns KNBR.

A lot of the feedback on Tierney has been pretty harsh on this site, and that’s to be expected when an “outsider” comes on the scene with a brash personality and a thick New York accent to match. The Tierney bashers are getting their wish. After working with several hosts (Eric Davis, Ric Bucher and a group of replacements after Davis left), he has decided to vacate the premises instead of fighting a ratings war with KNBR drivetime host Tom Tolbert, a battle in which the former NBA power forward had a huge head start.

Speaking of Mr. T’s, it’s the Tiki Barber half of this proposed show that makes me cringe. There’s a reason why the former All-Pro running back went from superstar crossover media personality to basically pleading for NFL teams to give him a shot at a comeback on Real Sports. Barber is an arrogant personality who is nowhere near likable enough to become a daytime TV mainstay (as he and NBC learned). As for morning radio, what Barber will likely bring to the table are what CBS Sports Radio and the hosts themselves will call “uncensored opinions.” Translation: Barber will rip current NFL players, coaches, GMs and owners because he has already burned just about every bridge imaginable. Then he’ll try and talk about baseball, basketball and golf and make a fool of himself.

If it isn’t clear, I am not a fan of Ronde’s insufferable twin brother. Listening to him speak is even worse than sitting behind a woman wearing his jersey at the NFC Championship Game (yes, that happened). But I digress…

While Tierney will no longer be heard locally during the afternoon, CBS Sports Radio’s relationship with Cumulus means there is a good chance we’ll hear Tiki and Tierney on KNBR 1050 starting in January, which means they’d be replacing “Mike & Mike” (Cumulus didn’t pair up with CBS Sports Radio so it could keep running ESPN shows). It could also mean Tierney starts contributing some “CBS Sports Minute” spots, which so far have ranged from fun and often silly (Tom Tolbert) to something that might as well be renamed the “CBS Sports Bummer” (John Feinstein), with a bunch of throwaway football predictions in between (Doug Gottleib).

As for changes on “The Game,” I’m hearing that Program Director Jason Barrett will probably look at a few possible replacements to pair with Bucher. Chris Townsend has been heard working with Bucher in the 3-7 pm slot a few times recently, but as of now there are no plans to break up “The Pulse,” the show from 10-noon that Townsend hosts with Matt Steinmetz. However, 95.7 seems to reshuffle their lineup every few months, with all pieces considered movable except for “The Rise Guys.” With Tierney leaving, the schedule could see some major changes on the Bay Area’s “new sound for sports” in 2013.

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62 comments
EXPLICIT
EXPLICIT

I never listened to BT when he was on 95.7. But i have since he went back to NY for CBS Morning show Brandon Tiki and Dana... At first for awhile Brandon struck me as a typical eastcoast biast, arogant,homer. One minute he seems smart with good insight and almost likeable. And the next he has me laughing shaking my head. Dont get me wrong he is biast,arogant,homer. But he grew on me. Tiki actually was the shy nerdy type. I expected him to be a punk of some sorts. At least thats what was written about him. But he is the most calm down to earth of the three.But has shown flashes of his temper when he feels attacked or disrespected.Dana on the other hand tends to piss me off.Brandon and Tiki are entertaining and sometimes frustrating, but Dana can get my blood boiling sometimes. She brings her liberal political views on the show. And contradicts her self when shes trying to prove or make her point.Sometimes Brandon and Dana can go at it. Dana has even stormed off the show in the middle of their heated discussions . Listen to the show a few times an you will get how each personality reveals their tru colors.

chris 415
chris 415

Now lets get rid of chicago boy damon bruce he forces me to change station

John Rhee
John Rhee

Replacing Brandon Tierney on 95.7 FM KGMZ the Game should also consider hiring a female ports broadcaster to work w/ Bucher. Kate Starbird or Candance Wiggins (if not playing in WNBA), who played women's basketball at Stanford, would be an excellent member of The Game similar to Elise Woodward on Sportsradio 950 AM KJR in Seattle, WA. Kate or Candance and Bucher teaming together will help the rating on the station for sure.

good riddance
good riddance

tierney sucked. i'm a huge bay area sports fan, and it was awful being stuck with knbr for so many years with their horrible sports personalities (the hated fitz, gary "i've given up on my job" radnich, nasley and ancient ralph b...i could go on). so i've been a 95.7 supporter since they first came on the air. they are not perfect, but all their shows and most of their personalities are far, far better than anything knbr is doing. but tierney was the weak link. it was so obvious that 95.7 brought him on as some kind of anti-homer (since knbr gets so much flak for being shills for the bay area sports teams), but it just didn't work. i don't like the homers on knbr either, but tierney was just a flat out hater. he was so jealous of eric davis for being a former pro and it came out loud and clear over the air. horrible chemistry, he would never admit he was wrong about anything, and he would constantly argue benign points into the ground. good riddance. let that ass clown go crawling back to new york where we'll never have to hear him again.

seanM
seanM

BT wasnt bad! Liked him better w/ ED I'm all for Tiddle getting a slot tho!

Soccerguy08
Soccerguy08

I enjoyed his work while in the bay area. Most of you are hard on him, but he is moving to a national gig which is a step up correct?

uncle matt
uncle matt

Tierney leaving doesn't hurt my feelings at all. I'm just surprised it took so long for the bay area to grow tired of his NY bravado.

mightymike33tm3
mightymike33tm3

Personally, I liked him. Yeah, he was annoying at times but I thought it was funny to hear him backtrack with wrong predictions, along with his think NY accent. As much as he tried to act like he supported the Bay Area teams, you could hear through him. He didn't bring winning to the Bay Area, the teams won despite his hidden hopes that they wouldn't. Above all, he had a different viewpoint and I enjoyed it. Chris Townsend is the man though, and I think The Game made the right choice putting him with Buc. I'll still flip back and forth to Tommy because it seems like I grew up with him, but Uncle Towny brings it every night. He belongs in that slot. Farewell BT!

92g-man
92g-man

B.t wasn't. To bad but as soon as eric davis left the show he couldn't stand on his own. I don't understand what the game is doing they need to start from scratch because all of the shows now suck. I'm hoping they bring in rick tiddle to take his spot or give him his own slot he derserves it knows about all the sports team on a drop of a dime, and doesn't have to script his shows he let's the callers make up the topic that's real sports talk.

Stan
Stan

Somebody post a link of Jenna telling Tiki",In that group( a photo of NYGIANTS) who doesn't have a Super Bowl ring?"..Tiki had left the team after the pic,and before the great year got going. Something like that.

Stan
Stan

BASG ,You forgot the Tiki and Jenna Wolf brew-ha-ha. He called her a bitch and worse on air? He says no,but just more of Tiki storys. And why if you cant make a buck after your career-you are lucky to have played in NY. Where else could he get a job?

Jason
Jason

I didn't mind Tierney, hope the next gig works out for him. They should keep Townsend in the drive time slot. John Feinstein reading to us about the Jets is beyond awful radio!

erick
erick

"Hate" is a tough word... but man, I disliked BT. It wasn't the comments. It was the arrogance. I guess if you're good in this business, arrogance is expected. For some reason, I seriously tried to listen to The Drive, and I would always tell myself, "Man, why do you listen to this crap? Why do you do that?" BT is so self-righteous, and would go off on these elongated tangents. And boy, it turned out that Rick and BT made a terrible team. I've learned to appreciate Eric Davis more, for tolerating that dude.

Eric
Eric

This is exactly why the Game sucks! Touting their 'talent', who flee the first chance they get. 2 years, and that station is done. Tierney and Tiki? Are there 2 guys that anyone cares less what they have to say, and yet people are on here weeping about one of them moving on from 95.7!? Wake up people. Oh, and for anyone who gets on here and hates Damon Bruce, he is not only the most popular Bay Area host by a mile, but co-hosted Rome on National syndication and KILLED it! There is talent that goes national, and lack of talent that shows up for a few months and moves on without notice.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Wow, this is surprising news. Tierney made it seem like he was going to be staying at 95.7 for the long haul, and help get 95.7 off the ground. I agree with the sentiments of not really hating the guy, but his schtick/gimmicks just didn't work here in the Bay Area, and he tried to make something out of nothing. With that being said, he kind of did have to go though. I think he had a great show with Eric Davis and his show with Bucher wasn't too bad, but with his unpopularity here in the Bay Area, he probably wasn't going to last long in this market. Not too many people are in his corner, and I think he kind of knew/knows that. I wonder if that kind of fueled his move too. He probably figured that he's hated here, why stay? As far as who his replacement should be, it really should be Townsend. Who else would you put there. Matt Steinmetz? No offense to him though. LOL. Townsend has better chemistry with Bucher and the show flows smoother with Townsend and Bucher. Yeah, I also agree with wondering how Bucher feels about leaving ESPN, with this development coming about. Should he have stayed at ESPN? This must be kind of weird for him though, even though he seems like he would understand. I guess in the sports media business, you might move around. LLook at Tierney. He was in NY last year, then moved to the Bay Area for a year and half, and now he's going to move back to NY. No one really stays at one spot for a very long time. This must be weird for Bucher because he just got there, and he felt he had this great chemistry with Tierney, and Tierney is going to leave almost 3 months later. But yeah, surprising news even though Tierney kind of needed to go.

dj
dj

Ric Bucher was no longer wanted by ESPN. Bucher was doing sideline reporting for ESPN. Chris "I am kissing DH12's ass" Broussard is the main "insider" now.

Jeff
Jeff

Tierney is KNBR's new New Yorker to replace Barberi?!

Redwood Al
Redwood Al

Personally i grew to really like brandon tierney. GOODBYE TIERNEY, TEDFORD and AARON CURRY. you three Will be missed

Stan
Stan

Papa and Townsend..that would have beat up on Tolbert and anybody. I dont see how with so many black sports guys with personality why thegame has none. Vern and I had a falling out..so he can stay on ch5 weekends where I never see him. With Papa and Radnich having no eyebrows..Vern's bald forehead is more then I can stand any who.

ByebyeBT
ByebyeBT

This is excellent news. I guess I will finally tune back to the Game during my commute time. Someone else can now enjoy his best rebuttable statement -" COME ONnnnnnnnn.."

dubs49ersgiants
dubs49ersgiants

I did not really mind Tierney and I think he tried his best to make bay area listeners give a different tone than knbr(although a more negative than positive feedback) but putting too much of his east coast bravado on the air probably caused that negative feedback. Maybe if he just take more calls, debate more with the listeners on sport topics and cut down the 'look at me' attitude, BT could of been here much longer but I guess his goal was to have a national sports radio show that is based on the east coast and it seems like he got his wish. Hopefully he liked it out here during his 1+ year stay and experienced how different our fanbase is from the ones in the east coast. Good luck BT!!!

Stan
Stan

He probably wasn't going to be a lifer bay arean anyways. I would guess his take is "I came and got THEGAME going and left".

Fitz's Future Unemployment Check
Fitz's Future Unemployment Check

Ray Ratto with Tolbert is fantastic and I've barely heard this blowhard of late. Ratto's sarcasm/bitterness plays perfectly off Tolbert's chill dude routine.

John Sports
John Sports

All great point's AJ. I never hated the guy as much as most, yes he did get annoying but whenever he got to annoying I just switched stations (music not KNBR) Like I have said before I met the dude a couple of times and he seemed cool. I think he really tried hard, he went to allot of local games. Maybe that was part of his demise. Now who will replace him? Will the station survive? I hope it does. The Bay Area is just too big for one sports station.

erik
erik

He and his long pauses for idiotic statements will not be missed.

AJ
AJ

C'mon man... it has nothing to do with Tierney not being "like us". The guy, in fact, could probably be a good guy to have a couple beers with and talk some sports. However, what will be remembered about his 15 month stay? - The idiotic bell - Cutting off callers - Talking over guests - Interrupting the co host - Constant stuttering - Repeating content over and over (that's on really on Barrett though) - Tons of wrong predictions (Ex: "Timmy will dominate tonight"... Timmy pulled after 3 2/3) Whenever I tried to listen to guy, it never seemed to be about the story or the sport. It was always about what his take was and how his opinion mattered more than anyone else's. One of the funniest things about his departure is a tweet from him just after the Giants won the Series just a short 3 weeks ago... "The A's run started it, this cemented it...I officially feel like a Bay Area resident (and yes, I brought a whole lot of winning with me)" - https://twitter.com/BrandonTierney/status/262793879592505344 So, he feels like a Bay Area guy after the A's great run and the Giants WS win and then he makes a stupid comment that he brought the winning with him. Apparently, he forgot to bring the winning in the ratings with him. So 3 weeks later and Mr. Official Bay Area resident is gone. It's really the perfect summation for bellboy. Yet, the best part of the tweet was Townsend calling him out on it with "Really?" and bellboy's response.. "??". Stay classy, bellboy.

Don
Don

I am happy he is leaving. I am from NY but thought he was, well, an idiot. that's what the bay area doesn't like, idiots. Which by the way Tom Tolbert has one foot in the idiot bucket as well. He is really just boring. Ratto is at least interesting but frankly find someone who meshes with Bucher and that team ultimately wins!

jeff
jeff

Do you think Ric Bucher is shooting himself in the foot for leaving ESPN and going to the Game full time? I wonder when the rumors will start up about who will be replacing him. I'll start with one. Ralph B. -- haha

AJ
AJ

"Tierney made it seem like he was going to be staying at 95.7 for the long haul, and help get 95.7 off the ground." Once again, that was false bravado. Then again, what is the guy supposed to say... "I'm just slumming until something better comes along"? Either way, it's tough to get a station off the ground when you're a dead weight anchor in a drive time slot. It's a win-win for all... bellboy moves on and we're not subjected to his babble anymore. I do think it's comical that 95.7 has said absolutely nothing about it. When Eric Davis moved on, it was mentioned quite a bit before his departure. Of course, Davis actually has fans in the Bay Area,

T
T

that leads to the question...who is next to leave.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Yeah, that was messed up even though they were just playing a prank on Bucher. LOL at him saying it wasn't like that at ESPN.

AJ
AJ

What's the opposite of hysterical? That video.

B.A. Rich
B.A. Rich

Oh, so you and Vern Glenn were tight huh?

Stan
Stan

Vinny,Vinci,GAMEY. New York style.

AJ
AJ

John Sports - I don't hate the guy. As I've said, I'd have a beer with the guy and would probably have some fun debate, so long as the guy was honest and not a contrarian like he is on air. I just don't know how you expect to be successful when you come to a new market with no humility and your co-hosts constantly prove your takes are wrong. The blow hard shtick just doesn't play here. Believe it or not, I want the Game to succeed. I enjoy a bit of KNBR programming, but the bay needs an alternative to KNBR. With any luck, Entercomm will start to put some heat on Barrett to kill the endless amount of gimmick segments and get some real talent over there.

paperback writer
paperback writer

Hey BASG: Any chance of inviting Tierney to do a column/ blog on his way out - kind of a parting shot to San Francisco Sports fans - he could take the high road and explain his tendencies and what he really respects and learned about the Bay Area Sports Scene - - or he could take the low road and get down and nasty about how he can't stand the area, its's fans and teams and why he and his people will always be "#1" Either way it would be interesting/fun, give him an invite! (and a free BASG Koozie and coupon for Amici's) LOL

paperback writer
paperback writer

Nor will his Yankee references to every baseball statement he made ......."er Yeah Cain was on, I remember when Roger,was on, and Panda socked it, like A-rod socked it.. and Posey is good, but Jeter did.................BYE BYE and your OUT OF HERE!

TommyJ
TommyJ

On your list you forgot the Dave Henderson interview where Tierney got chewed out for trying to equate Ichiro on par with Rickey Henderson as a lead off hitter ( speaking of bad takes).

paperback writer
paperback writer

Hey if they go by the BASG survey - welcome Mr. Dibber! LOL

650Athletics
650Athletics

Well bucher also works for comcast bay area now, so i dont think he'll mind much

T
T

you're also assuming that the Game will be around come January 1. Looking at the ratings, that is one assumption that I wouldn't make. Even with the A's making the playoffs, the ratings for the Game didn't even move.

paperback writer
paperback writer

I'll match your Ralph and raise you one Damon Bruce. LOL

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

haha. Yeah, I guess so. Maybe going to 95.7 was just a temporary stop for Tierney, even though he sounded like he really wanted things to work here. He was getting adjusted to the Bay Area, and saying how much he and his wife liked it here and basically how much they wanted to stay here. As far as 95.7 not saying anything about it goes, yeah, it is kind of weird. That's got to be an awkward situation where you know your co-worker on your station is going to get another job, but you can't mention anything about it yet. I think they want to wait until he comes in on Monday or whenever he comes in next week, to talk about it. It will be interesting to hear about why he took the CBS radio gig and to hear about his experiences working at 95.7 and being here in the Bay Area for the past year to year-and-a-half. He might not go that in depth with it, but it would be cool if he did. Townsend and Bucher almost kind of gave this news away on Wednesday when they basically said they weren't sure who was going to be in on Monday. LOL. But yeah, they're probably just going to wait until Tierney comes in to explain this announcement. I guess it's one of those things where you don't want to mention a colleague's announcement regarding them leaving the station, unless they are there to break the news and explain it first.

Stan
Stan

Oh yeah..he sided with Radnich. Can you believe that? No Vern "likes" for me..

John Sports
John Sports

I didn't mean to make it out like you hate him, just in general the dude is not liked. Don't you think he was getting better though? I think he was starting to come around. The part i will never understand is how is Lund still there?

AJ
AJ

The guy doesn't update his own blog... why would he do something for BASG? :-) I'm wondering if we'll ever have to hear the guy again? Towny is filling in today and tomorrow and then you have the holiday break. And according to BT's twitter, he's just "chilling all day" today. It looks as if it's another move by 95.7 that they're going to ignore and wait for to go away.

AJ
AJ

With any luck...

AJ
AJ

I can't really say if he ever got better because I stopped listening to his show once hockey season ended. But he was an easy guy to figure out and I know his ego would never allow him to adapt and work on his shortcoming, of which there simply too many so be successful in this market. I don't understand how Lund is there either, but at least with Lund, he knows and admits he's wrong most of the time.