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Former Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney, Al Gardner teamed on radio show

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JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Former Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney will join former WBT-AM morning host Al Gardner on a new radio talk show that will debut at 1 p.m. Monday on WZGV-AM (ESPN 730).

Former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney will become a full-time talk show host beginning next week on WZGV-AM (ESPN 730).

Hurney and former WBT-AM (1110) morning host Al Gardner will be teamed on “Hurney and Gardner” beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, Lanny Ford, WZGV’s general manager, announced Thursday.

The new show debuts on the same day that rival WFNZ-AM (“The Fan” 610) is expected to announce a new afternoon local show to replace Marc James, who left to hosta talk show in Atlanta.

Hurney, fired in October 2012 after more than 10 years as the Panthers’ general manager, has been serving as guest analyst on ESPN’s “NFL Insiders” since March. Hurney was a sportswriter for The Washington Times before joining the Panthers’ personnel department in 1998.

He became the team’s GM in 2002 and oversaw the Panthers’ Super Bowl team in 2003. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fired Hurney in 2012 after the team started 1-5.

Hurney said one thing he’ll bring to the show, which will air weekdays 1 to 3 p.m., is an analytical perspective honed in the front office.

Hurney said he has no bad memories of commentators during his years in the NFL. “I never had any problems with criticism – lord knows, a lot of it was justified,” he said. “It’s a problem these days, though, when some people want to make it personal.”

Gardner, who has done a couple hours this week with Hurney as a guest, said he remembers considering it a victory when he was able to land Hurney on “Charlotte’s Morning News” back on WBT. “He was always a good get on our morning show,” Gardner said.

Ford said that “The Pulse” with Bobby Rosinski and Chris Allison will air daily 3 to 7 p.m. on ESPN 730 beginning Monday.

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