Ben & Skin Land at 105.3 The Fan, Take Afternoon Slot from Richie Whitt and Greggo

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Ever since they parted ways with ESPN Dallas, sports talk duo Ben Rogers and Skin Wade have hinted that they had something else lined up. They've just been vague about what exactly that might be.

No longer. As Rogers announced a few minutes ago, he and Wade have officially found a new gig.

That, of course, is the same time slot occupied until recently by Richie Whitt and Greggo, who were unceremoniously fired by CBS last month.

Finally, everything makes sense.

Update at 2:46 p.m.: And CBS just sent out a press release officially confirming Rogers' tweet.

Gavin Spittle, a VP at CBS's local radio operation, calls them "a perfect fit for our lineup and are well known in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, having spent their whole lives here cheering on and suffering alongside fellow sports fans."

Wade and Rogers add their own corporate-approved quotes to the release.

Wade: "For us, sports is so much more than rosters and box scores. It's entertainment ... an escape. Above all else, it should be fun -- and we definitely know how to have fun."

And Rogers: "We live, breathe, and eat this stuff, and we want our listeners to enjoy every minute of it with us," Rogers says. "It's about giving them a backstage pass to the wild, wonderful and sometimes crazy sports scene here in North Texas."

They'll premiere on Monday.


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russell.allison1
russell.allison1

I figure by the third day there were meetings happening at The Fan that started by someone asking, "OK, who do we feed to the Hardline after they've done with this set of spares?".

Americano
Americano

I'm sure I will not listen to them just like I've done with every other show on the station, if not more.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Back on THE FAIL!  so what is the over/under in months this time?

Steve
Steve

Nobody finds Ben & Skin as funny as Ben & Skin do.

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

These 2 sucked in this time slot before and their ratings showed that.  Now they are hired to repeat their suckiness??  Spittle fired RAGE due to low ratings but expect these 2 to do better when they never have been succesful before?  There is a reason they were fired the other 2 times they were on weekdays - they earned it.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

I wish I could be the worst employee at my job, get fired repeatedly for my suckiness by three companies, and then get hired back by one the companies that already fired me.  These guys must be able to suck golf balls through water hoses or something, right?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Nothing succeeds in local radio like repeated failure

G_David
G_David

Nothing against Ben and Skin, they were perfect weekend or fill-in fodder on The Ticket.  But honestly, other than seeing Skin on the Mavs broadcasts, I had no idea either was still in the market, radio-wise.  Or that The Fan was still on the air for that matter.

JSSS
JSSS

The Fan would get better ratings by putting on air someone doing nothing but farting show tunes than it will get with Ben & Skin.

Carlos G Beltran II
Carlos G Beltran II

Good!!!! RAGE was the worst piece of hillbilly nonsense Ive ever heard, RING A DING DING!!!??/ are you serious?? ANYTHING would be better. Thank you 105.3 for getting a clue and cutting loose those two dopes.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith

They suck and they crack themselves up and the one that does basketball is just goofy. Bad choice....

David Mills
David Mills

Didn't like it the first time. Not excited about it this time either. Bring back RAGE!

ShavinKittle
ShavinKittle

GREAT hire by Gavin Spittle. This is why he will prove to you haters that he is THE perfect guy to lead The Fan to the promised land!

JalopenoGrigio
JalopenoGrigio

Eh, a marginal improvement. RAGE was pathetic and needed to go, but I don't see myself turning away from Hardline or Russ Martin to catch Ben and Skin. 

Still, the Fan is alright with me. I'm always listening to G-Bag Nation in the evenings.

Mike Noyes
Mike Noyes

Greggo? As in Greg Williams? I didn't even know he had a job. I don't waste my time on whacky FM sports talk anyway.

David Gates
David Gates

I love stories like this. It reminds me that The Fan still exists.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Ben and Skin have something.........they are better than anyone currently at The Fail.

Elf and Some Chick-third shifters

D Bag Nation-Lame.......poor Chris Arnold!

The Indian guy in the morning....go back to Tacoma, Fargo or wherever you were a star in a minor market. 


Ron Riot
Ron Riot

Ssssssssspaaaaaaaaares!!!!!!!!!

Joe Guzman
Joe Guzman

They got rid of them once ..why would they bring them back??!!

ChangingF8
ChangingF8

I like Ben and Skin but I also like the Hardline. It will be a mighty effort indeed to steal listeners from the Ticket, and has been proven over and over in the past Decade or so.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

Well at least Skin has local tv sideline reporting to go back to when they fail at the Fan again. It's to be noted, Eric, that when 105.3 flipped formats, they were the premiere show, and got fired because their ratings were worse than RaGE's. Great move Spittle, Gavin!

Shawn Slaughter
Shawn Slaughter

I'm a Hardline fan, but this is waaaay better than anything Greggo. A drunken ferret and a horny walrus is better than Greggo.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@kergo1spaceship they have something....if they were just a weekend show. They'll get killed again. They couldn't beat Norm in their timeslot at espn, I'm curious how they did against Elf and the chick. This has fail all over it.

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

@DirtyP1 but they are unlistenable...atleast greggo had his ticket hey day to hearken back to....greggos problem was getting stuck with another blowhard like whitt...greggo needs to be paired with a goofy fun loving guy like rhynes

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

@DirtyP1 I never knew he had a blog. For all of his faults he pretty much nails it in that post. I know he owes his career to Rhyner so that explains his blind spot there but the rest about the industry is dead on. Thanks for posting that link.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@DirtyP1 @kergo1spaceship Greggo's losing it man.  I hope he doesnt truly think Ben and Skin stabbed him in the back, but those were his written words.  Yeah it sucks but they had it coming, billable hours be damned, the ratings were horrid

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@WatchingSouthDetroit 

I mean, they are ok-I guess  but the rest of the shows are homogenized, shitty drivel. I can handle B+S, I cannot handle The Indian Guy from Topeka in the Morning, Elf and some heffer, and the Dbag guy. 

bigjimjack55
bigjimjack55

@ScottsMerkin @DirtyP1 @kergo1spaceship  Greggo called in sick today.  A minion is doing his blog today.  Sound familiar?  Greggo admits he is done in radio in this market so going scorched earth probably doesn't matter to him.  B & S are still nothing but week end spares-kinda like the entire line up at the Fail.  However, I can't blame them for taking a job-sometimes you have to look out for yourself because no one else is going to look out for you. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bigjimjack55 @DirtyP1 @ScottsMerkin @kergo1spaceship but dont you think this is about Greggo, the guy cant stay on the air for a month without missing a show or 5.  Im concerned about him, he is going scorched earth on his blog and its pretty sad demise.  I hope his demons are in check or it could get real ugly

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@DirtyP1 @ScottsMerkin @kergo1spaceship they make it is as long as spittle is there I guess.  I wont listen, I never have.  Every once in a while Newberg will tweet one of their interviews and I'll listen but thats it

bigjimjack55
bigjimjack55

@DirtyP1 @ScottsMerkin @kergo1spaceship I suspect their contract is not a long term one.  I cannot see CBS putting up with continual low ratings just to have a presence in this market.  The ratings in this slot were horrible before Greggo & before Bruce Gilbert.  Who was there in this slot after B & S were fired the first time?  Richie Whitt, that's who and he was there pulling bottom feeder ratings until he got the ax along with Greggo.  Whitt keeps saying stay tuned for his version of the beheading.  I can hear the bus engine rumbling and headed straight for Greggo. 

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@ScottsMerkin @DirtyP1 @kergo1spaceship How long do you think they'll last this time around? It's pointless for the Fan to sink money into a show that is nothing more than something to listen to when people flip from commercials on the Ticket and ESPN.

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