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Under The Radar – January 24, 2017
Another week, another batch of news from the sports media universe. Here are a few nuggets you may have missed. If you have a future tip, story or press release to share, please send it via email to JB******@hv*.me.
After spending the past fourteen years in Chicago, Chris Rongey is ready for a new opportunity. The talented on-air host and anchor at 670 The Score says details regarding his future will be available soon. Rongey recently hosted shows for 101 ESPN in St. Louis. No word yet where he’s headed but stay tuned for further details.
Here are two great stories worth sharing from the folks at 610 Sports.
- During the Kansas City Chiefs-Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game, morning show members Bob Fescoe, Josh Klingler, and Steven Spector hung out at the home of former Chiefs and Colts offensive lineman Ryan Lilja, and invited the audience to watch and interact via Facebook Live. The result was 26,000 views and over 2 million people reached. A smart way to connect with fans during big events.
- After Kansas City sports fans learned on Sunday of the passing of Royals pitcher Yordano “Ace” Ventura, every full time member of 610’s staff headed to the studio and/or Kauffman Stadium to be a voice of comfort for the local community. The station took calls, spoke with members of the organization, captured photos and videos of the way fans were showing their respects for the fallen star, and grieved with every fan in the market. A tip of the cap to the entire staff for stepping up to the plate during a difficult time.
More news to share from Kansas City, but this time it involves 810 WHB. On-Air host TJ Carpenter is no longer with the radio station. Carpenter had been with WHB for the past 4 years and was hosting the station’s evening program. Details of his departure remain unclear. To contact him for future on-air opportunities click here.
Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia is adding “The Hot Stove Show” to its February schedule. Phillies Announcers Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will host the program every Wednesday evening throughout the month from 6p-7p. No word yet if the program will continue into March.
The Washington Capitals are returning their broadcasts to the FM dial in the nation’s capital. After 106.7 The Fan chose not to renew their radio agreement prior to this season, the Caps crafted a unique programming arrangement, which included airing games on WFED 1500 AM, unless conflicts came up. If they did, the team’s games shifted exclusively to online streams. The team says it knew the situation wasn’t ideal and have since resolved their radio dilemma by striking a deal to broadcast games on iHeartradio’s 104.7FM.
Also in D.C., add another name to the list of employees let go recently by ESPN 980. Tim Shovers, who worked as an update anchor, reporter, and producer has also been let go due to budget cuts. To reach him for future opportunities click here. 980 has also moved Scott Linn into afternoons with Steve Czaban, filling Andy Pollin‘s vacant spot.
Nascar writer Jeff Gluck has announced his departure from the USA Today. Gluck says family reasons are the driving force behind the change. He hopes to start a reader-funded Nascar website in the near future.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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