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Remembering ‘Kind Soul’ Dave Jennings, Giants Punter, Jets/Giants Broadcaster

jenningsBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Longtime Giants punter and later football broadcaster, Dave Jennings, passed away today after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. He was 61. Those who knew him best, describe Jennings as a terrific person.

Jennings was associated with two NFL teams on the field, and in the booth.

From 1974 to 1984, he was the Giants punter. By the end of the decade with Big Blue, Jennings posted franchise records with most punts and most yards. He was selected to four Pro Bowls.

In 2011, Jennings was treated as an All-Time Giants great, in being added to the Ring of Honor.

He also spent three seasons booting the pigskin for the Jets.

But Jennings enjoyed his longest radio stint with analyst for the Jets. He was the constant in the booth for the 13 seasons, while sharing the mic working with four different play-by-play voices. One of those radio partners was Ian Eagle, working his first NFL action in 1997.

“He very easily could have been a college professor [with] his temperament, his intellect, [and] dry sense of humor,” Eagle tells Tuned In. “One thing I certainly learned from him was the preparation aspect. He was so thorough.”

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WFAN Keeps Radio Rights to New York Giants’ Broadcasts

By JERRY BARMASH

WFANNewLogoFinalWFAN has reached a multi-year agreement to retain the exclusive radio rights of the New York Giants. As the Giants’ flagship carrier, WFAN will also continue to broadcast pre-season and postseason action.

At this point, WFAN 660 AM is simulcast on 101.9 FM. As we reported earlier this month, WFAN is expected to forgo its 660 programming for CBS Sports Radio. If that is the case, the Giants would be heard only on the FM in 2014.

AM, and a especially a clear channel 50,000 watt signal, blankets much of the eastern part of the country at night causing play-by-play coverage to be hurt when WFAN goes to FM exclusively. However, that shouldnt mean a backlash for the Giants and the NFL, since the majority of the league’s broadcasts are during the day.

WFAN has been the flagship station of the Giants since 1997.  Bob Papa, predating the WFAN package, has been the radio play-by-play voice since 1995.  He is joined by two-time Super Bowl Champion and former Giants linebacker Carl Banks in the booth and former Giants tight end and Super Bowl champion Howard Cross, who provides the latest news and commentary, with reports from the field.

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