Matthew Coller didn’t set out to build a career in sports radio. He wanted to be a writer. As luck would have it, an opportunity in upstate NY opened his eyes to the possibilities sports talk presented, and a decade later he’s found a way to blend his penchant for writing and his passion for sharing insights and opinions with an audience. Now located in Minneapolis and a key part of SKOR North’s lineup, Matthew reflects on his climb up the ladder, and the things he’s learned covering sports in Minnesota.
SUBJECTS COVERED WITH DAVE:
- How he first got involved in the sports radio business
- Getting hired at WGR and what his duties included
- What it is that makes WGR a successful brand
- Howard Simon’s work ethic and likeability
- Allan Davis and Andy Roth’s differences and similarities
- Landing an opportunity in Minneapolis with 1500 ESPN
- Earning trust from an audience in a new market
- Evolving from a reporter to a talk show host
- Working with ex-athletes and how to gain their respect
- SKOR North’s approach and why he believes in it
- The silliness in sports radio that two sports stations can’t both win
- Quick Hits: Better broadcaster – him or his wife, Most underrated part of living in Minneapolis, PD who taught him most, 30-days without Twitter or Diet Soda.
FROM THE GUEST:
Matthew’s Twitter handle: @MatthewColler
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
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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 email@example.com.