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CBS Launching “We Need To Talk”

Jason Barrett



CBS Sports will launch WE NEED TO TALK, the first-ever all-female national weekly sports show, airing in primetime beginning Tuesday, Sept. 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on CBS Sports Network. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and David Berson, President, CBS Sports.

            Featuring CBS Sports’ deep roster of talented female journalists, including those who serve in various high-profile roles at the CBS Corporation such as lead reporters on THE NFL ON CBS and SEC ON CBS,  pregame analysts and radio hosts, WE NEED TO TALK brings together these most accomplished women to share their knowledge and opinions by offering a unique perspective of the sports landscape.  The CBS crew will be joined by other prominent women from the sports world, including former and current athletes, television and radio personalities, league and team executives, and top news and sports journalists from around the country. 

“This is a very proud moment for all of us at CBS Sports,” said McManus. “A sports show featuring all women is long overdue, and we are thrilled to be able to make television history this fall with the national launch of WE NEED TO TALK.”

“From the moment news of the show spread, the reaction we’ve received has been nothing short of amazing,” said Berson. “We’ve been inundated with notes from women across the industry requesting to join the extraordinary women at CBS Sports to create a fun, unique and informative show for all sports fans.”

Each week, the WE NEED TO TALK panel will feature a core of CBS Sports announcers including Lesley Visser, the highly acclaimed Pro Football Hall of Fame sportscaster in her 40th year covering sports and a trailblazer for women in the industry; Amy Trask, the first female CEO in the National Football League and a contributor for CBS Sports Network’s THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW; Tracy Wolfson, lead reporter for CBS’s NFL and NCAA Tournament coverage; CBS Sports Radio host and veteran television broadcaster Dana Jacobson; and Allie LaForce, lead reporter for the SEC ON CBS.

WE NEED TO TALK also will include multi-Emmy award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for NFL Network and Correspondent for HBO Sports; Laila Ali, four-time boxing world champion and daughter of legend Muhammad Ali; four-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time WNBA champion Lisa Leslie; 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres; two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash; four-time Olympic medalist and veteran sports reporter Summer Sanders; and former professional tennis player and First Vice President of the USTA Katrina Adams.

The show will feature high-profile men and women from the sports, news and entertainment worlds. CBS THIS MORNING co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King‎ will appear as guests. Additional guests will be announced as the season progresses.

WE NEED TO TALK will be led by Emmy Award-winning Coordinating Producers Emilie Deutsch andSuzanne Smith, the only woman currently producing or directing NFL games. Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc will produce with Smith directing.

“This is nothing less than a cultural pivot point,” said Visser. “There are many shows have a woman on, but not one that has a table filled with women. “When I started covering sports in 1974, the credentials often said, ‘No Women or Children in the Press Box.’ Forty years later, we are accepted as members of the media, assistant coaches (San Antonio Spurs), college officials and executives.  We have learned to love sports the same way boys and men do – not all of them played the game either. I’m proud to play for CBS.”

“With so many women already working in prominent roles across CBS Sports, it’s a privilege to be a part of this unique project, bringing all their talents and experiences together under one show,” said Smith. “We have an opportunity here to have some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in our business talk sports, offer opinions and have some fun.”

            Each week the show will feature a rotating group of female panelists from within the CBS Corporation and beyond, discussing all the hot topics and the latest news from across the sports landscape including the NFL, MLB, college football and basketball, NBA, NHL, golf, tennis, auto racing and much more.

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Fred Roggin: Boston is Not a Better Sports Radio Market than Los Angeles

“…that does not mean Boston is a better sports radio market than L.A. That’s insane.”



AM 570 LA Sports

On Friday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times authored a piece about the difference in the Boston sports radio market and the L.A. one asserting that “no one listens to sports talk radio in L.A.”

That story and the methodology behind it fired up AM 570’s Fred Roggin of Roggin and Rodney in Los Angeles.

“The story is flawed.”

Roggin said that story is painting Los Angeles listeners as lackluster fans that could care less about sports.

“You don’t care,” Roggin said. “You can take it or leave it. You’re fair weather. You’re not invested. In Boston, it’s part of their life. Here, you don’t care.”

Roggin fired back, “People here desperately care.” He then cited the two Los Angeles area baseball teams that are in the top ten in attendance including the Dodgers who lead the league.

The story is “flawed” as Roggin put it because the author doesn’t factor in obvious differences in the coasts.

“In Los Angeles we have good weather,” said Roggin. “In Los Angeles we have hundreds of restaurants. In Boston they have bad weather. They have to go inside… In the east, you have nothing to do. We have hundreds of things to do.”

Roggin then spoke to the listeners again saying, “that does not mean Boston is a better sports radio market than L.A. That’s insane. And you should be offended by it. I’m offended by it.”

“I counted over 31 radio stations in Boston. There are over 100 in L.A. There’s more options. If you’re listening to sports talk radio, you’re invested… in Boston you are rooting for the Celtics or your mad at them. Here we have 35 teams.”

Roggin then said it’s even harder to be a notable sports figure because in Los Angeles, it’s completely results based. “Here, you have to win to be relevant. In a city of stars, you have to win and succeed to be relevant. You have to win every year. That’s how it is in the big time.”

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Fox Sports 910 Adds Arizona State Hockey

All home games and select road games will air on the station, and will also air a weekly coaches show feature Greg Powers.



iHeartMedia’s Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix will air Arizona State men’s hockey on the station this season.

All home games and select road games will air on the station, and will also air a weekly coaches show feature Greg Powers.

“Fox Sports 910 and iHeartMedia Phoenix are proud to partner with Arizona State University as they launch their inaugural radio broadcast for hockey play-by-play,” iHeartMedia Phoenix Market President Linda Little said. “We look forward to bringing ASU Hockey to fans throughout Phoenix on Fox Sports 910 and nationwide on the iHeartRadio app.”

Tyler Paley will serve as the team’s radio play-by-play voice.

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Jerry Coleman Exits 105.7 The Fan

Coleman, who hosted the 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM shift, had been on the Baltimore sports scene for more than 20 years.



Sports with Coleman host Jerry Coleman has announced he’s been dropped from 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore due to a cost cutting measure.

Coleman, who hosted the 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM shift, had been on the Baltimore sports scene for more than 20 years. He had previously served as the Fan’s on-field reporter for the Orioles and Ravens.

Coleman says the move happened as a previously planned vacation was about to begin.

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