Speculation about Mike Francesa’s radio future grows as the WFAN talk show host inches closer to the end of his contract. After leaving the door open for a possible Mike and the Mad Dog reunion, Jason examines the possibility of Francesa-Russo 2.0 and lays out some options that could be available to New York’s leading sports radio voice.
The featured guest on this episode is sports radio veteran Jorge Sedano. During the past two decades Jorge has built a name for himself on the national stage with ESPN and FOX Sports Radio, in Miami on 790 The Ticket and WQAM, and in Los Angeles where he presently hosts morning drive alongside Keyshawn Johnson and LZ Granderson on ESPN LA 710. During the conversation Jorge shares his thoughts on numerous tricks of the trade, explains why investing in yourself pays off, expresses his disappointment with sports talk’s lack of minority voices, takes aim at those who are singling out ESPN, and informs listeners of the various stages and challenges he’s faced during his broadcasting career.
SUBJECTS EXPLORED WITH JORGE SEDANO
- Interning for Scott Kaplan & Sid Rosenberg and the start of his radio career
- Getting on the air hosting a wrestling show & how it led to reps doing sports
- How paying his own way to the Super Bowl helped him get to FOX Sports Radio
- Hosting overnight on FSR and getting Andrew Ashwood’s buy in to do it his way
- The differences between WQAM and 790 The Ticket and why he joined 790
- Why Miami struggles generating big ratings and how Los Angeles is similar
- The lack of Hispanics in sports radio and cities that are missing the mark
- The negative press and singling out of ESPN and why he takes issue with it
- His Twitter spat with Jonathan Coachman and where things stand between them
- Hosting a 3-man show and the balance of involving others & getting his own touches
- How Colin Cowherd & Mike Greenberg’s execution with formatics rubbed off on him
- Why phone calls are no longer critical to executing a successful sports talk radio show
- His content strategy in Los Angeles where multiple teams play and interests are split
- Quick Hits – Producer’s contribution, LA or Miami, PD role, advice to young people
FROM THE GUEST
Jorge’s’ Twitter handle: @SedanoESPN
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.
Media Noise: ESPN Shake Up Adds Local Flavor to New York Sports Radio
Demetri is joined by Derek Futterman and Garrett Searight this week as Media Noise does a deep dive into ESPN Radio’s lineup change, taking both a national and New York-centric view.
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at DemetriTheGreek@gmail.com.
Sports Talkers Podcast: Tim Brando, FOX Sports
Tim Brando is a signature voice of college sports in America. In this episode, he talks to Stephen Strom about changing networks, his family, and why Spencer Tillman is so important to him.
Stephen Strom can be heard hosting ‘The Sports Talkers Podcast’ for Barrett Sports Media. In addition to hosting here, Stephen works as a broadcasting assistant for the Miami Heat and color analyst for Nova Southeastern. Additional career experiences include working for SiriusXM, performing analyst duties for Princeton basketball, and hosting shows for TalkNorth.com. You can find him on Twitter @SStrom_.
Producers Podcast: Anthony Pagnotta, WFNZ
WFNZ listeners better know Anthony Pagnotta as Flounder. He explains how he got the name and why it is good to be the butt of the jokes sometimes.
Brady Farkas is a sports radio professional with 5+ years of experience as a Program Director, On-Air Personality, Assistant Program Director and Producer in Burlington, VT and Albany, NY. He’s well versed in content creation, developing ideas to generate ratings and revenue, working in a team environment, and improving and growing digital content thru the use of social media, audio/video, and station websites. His primary goal is to host a daily sports talk program for a company/station that is dedicated to serving sports fans. You can find him on Twitter @WDEVRadioBrady and reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.