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BSM Podcast – Season 2 – Episode 3 – Bob Fescoe – 610 Sports

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On the third episode of Season 2, Jason starts with The 5 in 5. This week’s topics include Jim Rome’s Smackoff, Jay Bilas’ issue with LaVar Ball, Denver Sports 760’s decision to offer non-stop Broncos and NFL conversation, shrinking coverage of MLB insight and breaking news, and the constant scrutiny and criticism of former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.

This week’s featured guest is Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports in Kansas City. Over the course of nearly 40 minutes, Bob takes Jason through the various stops of his sports radio career and explains how his maturation, outreach, and second time around in Kansas City has changed him personally and professionally for the better.

AREAS OF CONVERSATION EXPLORED WITH BOB FESCOE

  • Growing up on WFAN and its influence on his sports radio interests
  • Getting started in Seguin, TX and being grateful to work for under 20K
  • Opportunity knocks in Kansas City and Bob answers the door
  • WHB enters the picture and Bob makes the decision to join them
  • Earning a morning drive opportunity in KC while still in his mid-20’s
  • The positives and negatives of his experience working for WHB
  • Auditioning in Philadelphia with Ray Lucas and what he gained from it
  • Landing an opportunity in St. Louis and being naive to what awaited him
  • The importance of receiving feedback from a program director
  • What he learned from an impossible situation at KFNS in St. Louis
  • Utilizing his producer as an on-air character and the chaos it produced
  • How to approach a situation when out of work and trying to get back in
  • Being contacted for a return to KC and what fueled his desire to go back
  • How Ryan Maguire coached him and why he appreciated his approach
  • The evolution of the morning show since returning to Kansas City
  • Developing a bond with John Hanson and how he’s helped him improve
  • Why he has unwavering confidence and trust in his producer Steven Spector
  • Growing personally and professionally by getting involved in charitable causes
  • What it takes to have success in a market that you’re not originally from
  • Why he feels KC is a place for the long-term, not a stepping stone city
  • Quick Hits – KC or NY, Best former 610 host, WHB, Kansas, Sports radio changes

FROM THE GUEST

Bob’s Twitter handle: @BobFescoe

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BSM Podcast – Season 5 – Episode 3 – Chris Oliviero, Entercom New York

“Entercom New York Market Manager Chris Oliviero explains why he returned to the business, how he feels about the state of WFAN and a reunion with Craig Carton, and more!”

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After building a career as one of the sharpest programming executives in the radio industry, and leaving the business in the summer of 2018, many were surprised when Chris Oliviero was announced as the new Market Manager of Entercom New York in May 2020. On this episode, Chris tells Jason Barrett why he decided to return to the business, what he learned while on the outside, how he feels about the present and future of WFAN, where he stands on pursuing a reunion with Craig Carton, in addition to weighing in on a number of industry topics as well.

Additionally, Jason Barrett shares breaking news about a new venture being explored by his company which industry professionals will be interested in learning more about. Further details will be shared after Labor Day but the basics are passed along during the first minutes of the episode.

TOPICS COVERED WITH CHRIS:

  • When the deal to become Market Manager came together
  • What convinced him to return to the radio business
  • What he learned and missed about the industry while away from it
  • If local management is enough to satisfy his professional desires
  • Confidence level in WFAN; what the brand needs to do to enjoy future success
  • Planning for the day when Mark Chernoff rides off into the sunset
  • How interested he is in reuniting Craig Carton and WFAN
  • Why the mistakes of a few can’t take away from social media’s value to talent, brands, and the audience
  • If more radio companies will follow Saga & Townsquare’s lead and move away from Nielsen
  • The future of live and on-demand audio content
  • How sports betting will influence the way sports talk radio is presented in the next 5-10 years

FROM THE GUEST:

Connect with Chris on Linkedin: Chris Oliviero

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BSM Podcast – Season 5 – Episode 2 – Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio

“Mike Greenberg chats with Jason Barrett about his new radio show ‘Greeny’ which debuts on ESPN Radio on Monday August 17th.”

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Mike Greenberg returns to ESPN Radio’s airwaves on Monday August 17th, taking over the 12p-2p ET timeslot, a change from his morning routine. Secure with a place in the NAB radio hall of fame, the lead chair on ESPN’s hit television program ‘Get Up‘, and 32,000+ hours of on-air broadcasting under his belt, some in Mike’s position would pass on the chance to increase their work load, and accept a new challenge, but that’s not how Greeny operates. In this conversation, Mike shares what interested him about returning to host a solo midday program, how content will be approached on the show, the method to his madness when it comes to interviewing and teasing, advice he’s passed on to the network’s new morning show, and more.

Additionally, BSM President Jason Barrett spends 5 minutes prior to the conversation sharing a few observations, opinions, and questions about ESPN Radio’s changes.

SUBJECTS COVERED WITH MIKE:

  • When he started thinking about returning to radio
  • Launching new shows and handling negative feedback
  • His vision and content approach for the new midday show
  • How social issues will be covered on the program
  • Winning over listeners who prefer local hosts
  • The way he approaches interviewing and teasing
  • Remembering Detroit sports radio host Jamie Samuelsen
  • The likelihood of football still being played in December

FROM THE GUEST:

Follow Mike on Twitter: @ESPNGreeny

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BSM Podcast – Season 5 – Episode 1 – Sam Savage, Outkick

“Sam explains his vision for Outkick, why he chose to invest in the brand, and shares some news on the company’s upcoming plans.”

Jason Barrett

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Sam Savage may not be the name you’re most familiar with if you follow Outkick, but he’s a huge part of the brand’s expansion in recent weeks. The longtime digital media executive recently invested in the company, joining forces with Clay Travis and Jason Whitlock, and on this episode he sheds some light on why he chose to invest in Outkick during a rough 2020, what his vision is for the brand’s future, why understanding technology is even more important than brand exposure on traditional media, and where he sees the company directing its focus in the near and distant future.

Additionally, the first 10-minutes include an opening commentary from BSM President Jason Barrett on the status of the Managing The Crisis podcast, the BSM Podcast’s seasonal approach, and the importance of hearing and welcoming different points of view, and providing second chances to those who make mistakes.

ISSUES DISCUSSED WITH SAM:

  • His background as a digital media executive
  • Why he chose to invest in Outkick during a rough 2020
  • The reason for shortening the Outkick name
  • Luring Jason Whitlock to Outkick from FS1
  • Whether adding Whitlock could create tension with FOX
  • If Outkick can survive and thrive without traditional media
  • Building systems and strategies to increase Outkick’s revenue
  • Dealing with potential advertiser issues due to activism
  • What separates successful digital media brands
  • Outkick’s future plans in the podcasting space
  • If the goal is to build & sell or be part of Outkick long term
  • Whether Shannon Terry, FOX or iHeart could become future partners
  • Which goals he’s set for Outkick’s next 6 months
  • If the brand plans to add more talent in the near future

FROM THE GUEST:

Sam’s Linkedin profile: Sam Savage 

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