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Under The Radar – March 27, 2017
Here are the latest happenings across the sports media landscape that you might not have been aware of. If you have a future news tip, story, press release or promotion to share, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.
SB Nation Radio has moved Nate and Creight to the national stage. Patrick Creighton and Nate Griffin had been hosting in Houston on SB Nation 1560, but Gow Media is ready to present them to the masses starting Monday March 27th. The show will be carried weekdays from 1p-3p CT.
Another piece of news out of SB Nation Radio. Sean Salisbury‘s afternoon show, which includes Robin Carlin, and Brian Barrett, will make its TV debut on beIN Sports starting April 17th.
ESPN Radio is adding some firepower for the baseball season to two of its locally owned stations. ESPN 1000 in Chicago will feature weekly call-ins from Chicago Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. Rizzo will join David Kaplan. Schwarber will appear with Waddle and Silvy. Meanwhile in New York, 98.7FM ESPN New York will welcome former New York Yankees star turned ESPN MLB Analyst Mark Teixeira. Tex will check in every Thursday with Michael Kay‘s program.
750 The Game in Portland is bringing in Will Palaszczuk for a few fill in dates. The former host at SB Nation Radio and KTGR in Columbia, MO will step in this Wednesday, and again next Monday and Tuesday during afternoon drive.
In Kansas City, 610 Sports is turning their evenings over to Ron Hughley. Starting April 3rd, Hughley will host weeknights from 6p-9p CT, as well as Sunday mornings from 10a-12p CT. The show will be titled “The Show with Ron “The Show” Hughley“.
Congratulations to WQAM midday host “The Big O” Orlando Alzugaray on being named the new stadium voice of the Miami FC. The team plays in the North American Soccer League and their home opener takes place on April 8th.
790 The Zone may not be broadcasting any longer in Atlanta, but that won’t stop former members from holding a special 20-year reunion. The former Zone crew will take over STATS on Marietta Street in Atlanta on Thursday night April 13th. The fun is scheduled to begin around 7pm.
In Dallas, 105.3 The Fan will present their 5th annual MudBug Bash on April 15th. The event takes place at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, and features live music, games, beer, drink specials, and over 3,500 lbs of broiling crawfish. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is expected to make a special appearance at this year’s event.
KNBR 1050 is partnering with Tommy T’s in Pleasanton on a local comedy night promotion in the Bay Area. Starting March 28th and continuing through May 16th, KNBR 1050’s Rudy Ortiz will host an open mic night at the venue. Each week’s winner gets announced the following morning on Ortiz’s morning show The Audible and earns $100 and a spot in the finale on May 16th where they’ll compete for the grand prize, a spot on an upcoming comedy night showcase.
Also in the Bay Area, 95.7 The Game afternoon anchor Gianna Franco is launching a new online program titled The Sports Dish which she says will feature sports figures, celebrities and foodies, sharing their insights on a variety of lighter subjects. For more information visit the website by clicking here.
Sports Radio KJR in Seattle is adding a new weekly soccer show. Radio Cascadia will air Saturday mornings at 9am PT and feature Jackson Felts and Stephen Egan. The show plans to provide sixty minutes of unbiased coverage on the Seattle Sounders FC.
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: I Would Give Up Radio For Coaching Job
“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.