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Andy Bloom Discusses The State of Sports Radio

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A week before Christmas, Andy Bloom was laid off from his job as operations manager for Sportsradio 94.1 WIP and 1210 WPHT — two of CBS Radio’s six Philadelphia stations. The company said it was part of plans to streamline operations.

Bloom is best known as the young program director at rock station 94.1 WYSP – WIP’s predecessor – who played a key role in the decision to simulcast Howard Stern’s New York morning program in Philadelphia and then Los Angeles in the 1980s. He returned to radio in 2007 at WIP and WPHT after four years as communications director for U.S. Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio).

He recently talked about threats to the future of radio, dealing with the outsized egos and erratic behavior of hosts, and whether podcasting can produce a successful business model.

How has the business and format of sports talk radio changed over the years?
I think it was [former WIP program director] Tom Bigby who came up with the idea to mix sports talk with guy talk. It’s essentially moving in and out of sports and pop culture. But it all depends on how successful the teams are here. And I think that’s when things started to change for us.

When I started in 2007, the Phillies were making their big run, the Flyers were building toward a Stanley Cup Finals run in 2010 and the Eagles were a playoff team almost every year. There was only one parade out of that era but there was a lot of success and so everyone liked talking sports.

But by 2012 or 2013, the teams had all become so bad that it got depressing and rating started to dip. But the two guys who did not see a dip were Angelo [Cataldi] and Mike Missanelli. And that’s because they didn’t just talk sports; they also entertained. When the teams are not performing, you have to do more entertaining on the air.

I’m sure you’ve seen the Oliver Stone movie Talk Radio. Are you ever concerned about hosts going too far in the name of entertainment?
The difference between now and when Talk Radio came out, or when Howard Stern came to Philadelphia and Los Angeles, is that social media and email didn’t exist and political correctness was not what it is today. Anyone behind a keyboard can express anger and say things they would never say in person. It’s essentially the bathroom wall.

You have to shut that noise out and take your cues from the ratings. Listeners will tell you if you went too far. And with WIP, we continued to grow our ratings in the morning and afternoons so I don’t think we went too far.

I’m sure you had to have talks with certain hosts after they said things on air, right?
I had talks with people. But I also realized that when you do 20 to 25 hours of radio a week, you are going to say stupid things from time to time. What I tried to do was not blow things out of proportion. It would be different if a host disregarded something we had previously discussed or did something malicious in nature. But if it was not malicious and just something that was a stupid comment, I tried not to overreact.

Are podcasting and satellite radio existential threats to terrestrial talk radio, like the stations you ran at WPHT and WIP?
There are all sorts of alternatives now. It doesn’t mean that radio is dead. If radio dies, it will be because of suicide. It has to respond by being platform agnostic and trying to deliver the product in the way people are using it. On-demand is a way of life for TV. The measurement of how much programming is being DVR’d is a big issue for TV right now. They want total viewership to include DVR and there will be the same issue with radio and streaming. I think eventually they will be counted together.

To read the full interview visit the Philadelphia Business Journal where it was originally published

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Howard and Jeremy: Amazon Prime Video Is Best NFL Broadcast

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

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Amazon Prime Video and Thursday Night Football received backlash last week for failing to mention a previously perceived concussion by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the third-year signal caller suffered a scary-looking concussion in the first half of a game against the Bengals. WGR morning hosts Howard Simon and Jeremy White discussed the Amazon crew, with White saying he believes it’s the best NFL broadcast on Howard and Jeremy.

“I will say, the Amazon crew is getting criticized for not mentioning the Bills game during halftime. So, that aside, for me it’s the best crew,” White said. “Everything about Amazon’s broadcast is the best one. You and I talked about it last week. It is the recently retired players. It is so much better.

“When they were talking on the pregame — just football points, not Tua points — Richard Sherman they ask him like ‘You’ll be mad if what?’ and he said ‘I’ll be mad — and I’m gonna be talking to you at halftime about it — if the Dolphins, after playing 90 snaps on defense against the Bills, put their corners out on islands and don’t give them safety help. They’re gonna get beat, and I’ll be here to tell you it was a mistake that they’re not helping out their corners’. And sure enough, what happened? They did it and they got burned. He would have come back and talked about it at halftime if the Tua thing didn’t happen.”

He continued by pointing out several of the studio analysts as performing well early in their broadcasting careers.

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

The pair also discussed the NextGen Stats alternate broadcast Amazon Prime Video produces as a viable way for those interested in learning more about deeper analytics and statistics of football to consume.

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Jets Partner With talkSPORT To Air Six Games on Radio in U.K.

The New York Jets and talkSPORT have agreed to broadcast six 2022 Jets regular season football games.

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Starting this weekend, fans of the New York Jets in the United Kingdom will have local access to their favorite team.

The New York Jets and talkSPORT have agreed to broadcast six 2022 Jets regular season football games. This will establish talkSPORT as the official UK radio broadcast partner of the Jets. Fans will also have exclusive access to the Jets Touchdown UK Podcast and additional Jets content including player and coach interviews.

“We are so thrilled to extend a radio broadcast of the Jets to our fans in the United Kingdom as we take the next step in utilizing our right to expand this game with the help of the world’s biggest sports radio station,” said New York Jets President Hymie Elhai. “This partnership will allow for so much more than 2022 season coverage as we continue to welcome some of the most passionate fans in the world into our fanbase.”

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Colin Cowherd Declares Twitter ‘Loser-ville’ Over Russell Wilson Criticism

“Twitter defended Johnny Manziel at every turn. Baker Mayfield, Cam Newton. The cool guys.”

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Colin Cowherd does not make much time for social media and he doesn’t have a lot of respect for the conversation there. He revealed Friday on his FOX Sports Radio show that is particularly true when it comes to Twitter.

“You know who gets ripped on Twitter? Steph Curry. You know what Twitter loves? NFTs and Bitcoin,” he said. “It is loser-ville. People that need to be accepted. Less successful people ripping more successful people. It’s a barnyard musical. You should try it sometime.” 

He compared the way polls show most football fans feel about Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson to the absolute drubbing he took on Twitter over his viral ad for Subway. Cowherd said that Twitter tends to side with image over quality.

“Russell Wilson was just voted by adults in America, people with lives, who aren’t concerned with being cool, the most likable player in the NFL,” he said. “Twitter defended Johnny Manziel at every turn. Baker Mayfield, Cam Newton. The cool guys.”

Colin Cowherd added that every moment that makes Twitter cringe becomes his new favorite thing about Russell Wilson. He said that the things social media users bash are the things most Americans find relatable.

“You know who else was on that list? Patrick Mahomes, who has a silly brother,” he said. “Sometimes his brother is out there being silly. We’ve all got a silly sister or silly brother! That’s America. It’s not cool.”

Cowherd closed the segment by declaring that he was going to go to Subway right after the show ended and order Russell Wilson’s “Dangerwich” to show his support.

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