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Greg Gumbel: Sports Talk Radio Is the Most Ridiculous Thing on the Planet

“That’s when I learned to hate it,” said Gumbel.

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Greg Gumbel did not mince words on a recent podcast when he discussed never taking a broadcasting course but leaned on the advice of his father when it comes to the medium.

Gumbel spoke to George Ofman on the podcast, Tell Me A Story I Don’t Know, and said that he learned a lot of his broadcasting lessons on the job. He said his father had three tenants that the Gumbels would guide their broadcasting journey: think clearly, listen carefully, speak distinctively. Gumbel then would say that he sees a lot of people who talk down to their audience and that’s why he isn’t a fan of one genre.

“I am not a big fan of sports talk radio,” Gumbel said, “because people who listen to sports talk radio strike me as being anxious to be told what to think. I certainly don’t need someone yelling at me, but I don’t need anyone trying to tell me what I should think about this pitcher for the California Angels whom I can watch for myself and make my own judgments.”

Gumbel allowed for there to be a big audience for sports talk radio, but he has never turned the radio on to listen to a sports talk show.

“There apparently is a huge audience for sports talk radio,” Gumbel allowed. “If you’re just tuning in to hear people argue and scream and shout, that’s fine. Good luck to you. Good luck in your early grave. Because I think it is the most ridiculous thing on the planet. I have not heard, in my lifetime, more than an hour’s worth of sports talk radio and most of it that I’ve heard is the lead-in or the lead-out from an interview that I might have done on the station.”

Ofman mentioned that Gumbel actually was a part of sports talk radio a long time ago at WFAN. That’s when Gumbel doubled-down on his dislike for the format.

“That’s when I learned to hate it,” said Gumbel. “I was WFAN‘s very first morning man when they first began the station. They asked me if I wanted to do the morning radio and I said ‘sure’… it was something new and different and I thought I would try it. About three or four months into a three-year contract I knew it wasn’t for me. Because I am not a guy who wants to sit there and argue and yet, that’s what the listening audience wants… I did not like it. I did not enjoy it.”

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    LRazz

    September 26, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Gumbel is spot on and I’ve been saying the same thing for years!

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Kansas City Chiefs and Missouri State Broadcaster Art Hains Diagnosed With West Nile Virus

“He is in critical condition and we are wanting to get him into a specialized research hospital that sees this type of issue more frequently and may have different treatment options,” Hains’s son, Chris, sent in a text Sunday to the Springfield News-Leader.

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After originally believed to have an autoimmune disorder, Missouri State broadcaster Art Hains has officially been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

A report from FOX 4 in Kansas City indicated that while he doesn’t have Guillain-Barré Syndrome, autoimmune issues have made treating Hains difficult.

West Nile is transmitted through mosquitoes and can be deadly in some cases.

“He is in critical condition and we are wanting to get him into a specialized research hospital that sees this type of issue more frequently and may have different treatment options,” Hains’s son, Chris, sent in a text Sunday to the Springfield News-Leader.

Hains is beloved by the Missouri State community. He’s been called “The Voice of the Bears” and has served as the school’s play-by-play broadcaster for football, basketball and baseball for the last 45 years.

Art also hosts an afternoon show on Jock 96.9 in Springfield called SportsTalk.

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Max Herz Joins Nashville Predators as Game Radio Host

The Nashville Predators have announced Max Herz will be behind the microphone for pregame, intermission and postgame coverage of the team.

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The puck drops on the 2022-23 NHL season in just a few more weeks, and some teams are solidifying their radio broadcast crews in advance of the new campaign.

The Nashville Predators have done just that, announcing that Max Herz will be behind the microphone for pregame, intermission and postgame coverage of the team.

Herz had been covering the Preds for the team’s flagship radio station, ESPN 102.5/106.3 The Game. Now he joins the official broadcast crew.

The team also announced that Darren McFarland will remain a member of the radio team and will host the team’s official podcast in addition to working on the team’s weekly radio show.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer Miami Heat Radio Host

Zaslow had been the team’s radio host since 2010.

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When the news hit that Jonathan Zaslow was no longer with WQAM in Miami, there was uncertainty if that would affect his tenure as the Miami Heat pregame, halftime and postgame radio host. We now have the answer.

Zaslow answered the question himself in a short series of tweets attempting to address a lot of comments he has received since he was relieved of his duties on Friday. Amongst those tweets, he expressed gratitude for the support he has received. He also revealed that he would no longer be the Heat radio host as a part of the layoff.

Zaslow had been the team’s radio host since 2010. Zaslow mentioned that he wished he had a better reason for his departure from WQAM, but the only reason out there is that he was laid off.

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