Interviews

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #30- Victor Rojas, Yakcy

Sports Media Weekly Welcome to the 30th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I delve into CBS’ coverage of the Masters and the improved, but not record ratings for the telecast.  Ken also relates his experience of seeing a 3D presentation of the tournament sponsored by Comcast and Cox Communications.

Ken and I also provide a preview of how the ratings may fare for the upcoming NHL Playoffs and we discuss our disdain for local sports talk radio in the Boston market.

Our guest this week is Victor Rojas, play-by-play voice for the Anaheim Angels.  Victor joined us earlier this year to discuss his role at the MLB Network.  Today he talks about taking over the Angels’ job under not-so-perfect circumstances.  He also tells us about Yakcy, a social media enterprise where fans can congregate to discuss games featuring their favorite teams…

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #29- Tom Mee, Jr., Fox Sports Midwest

Sports Media Weekly After a week away to deal with the fierce weather in the Northeast, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

First on the docket, the Tiger Woods press conference earlier this week from the Masters.  Both Ken and I feel Tiger handled himself better this time around.

We also look at how CBS handled it’s coverage of the Final Four, and the huge ratings numbers that followed Duke’s win over Butler.  We wrap the news portion of the show by welcoming the 2010 baseball season.

The advent of the baseball season leads into our guest this week.  Tom Mee, Jr directs Cardinals baseball for Fox Sports Midwest.  He recently published a book called Cutting The Game, where he describes how he has handled Cardinals telecasts over his 23 year television career.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #28- Chuck Wilson, ESPN Radio

Sports Media Weekly Here we go with the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I start the show talking about the two,  five minute interviews of Tiger Woods conducted this past Sunday by ESPN and the Golf Channel.

Also on the agenda… we take time talking about CBS’ coverage of the first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament…TNT’s upcoming experiment this Thursday to have its studio crew call a game…and a preview of the six game baseball opening day slate on ESPN.

Our guest this week is ESPN Radio’s Chuck Wilson.  Chuck was one of the first hires when the WWL launched it’s radio project and recently returned to Bristol in time for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  We talk to Chuck about changes during his 30-plus years behind the mic, his style of sports talk, and how he views his second stint with ESPN Radio…

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #26- Keith McSpurren, CoverItLive

Sports Media WeeklyToday marks the half-year anniversary of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast with our 26th edition.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I look at the announcer line-up for CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, changes afoot at ESPN Radio, and the media feud between ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons and former WWL’er and current NBC/MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann.

Our guest this week is Keith McSpurren, President of CoverItLive. CoverItLive is arguably the leader in providing websites with live blogging capability.  Keith talks about how he came up with the product and how media companies as small as SMJ and as large as ESPN use it.

Here is a piece I wrote on CoverItLive two and a half years ago.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #25- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

Sports Media WeeklyWe’ve reached the 25th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by John Ourand, sports media columnist for Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.

We spend a good portion of the show wrapping up NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and what lies ahead for the next round of bidding for the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games.

John also shares with us his experience at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando, whether the NCAA will opt out of it’s agreement with CBS for the Men’s Basketball Tournament, and what we can expect from Fox and ESPN heading into the new baseball season.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #24- Dave Sims, Westwood One

Sports Media Weekly Thanks for checking into the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

During our news segment Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I once again talk about how NBC is handing its coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  On the table is how the ratings and the programming choices by NBC may impact the next round of Olympics bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Games.

Ken and I also touch upon the two week  suspension by ESPN of Tony Kornheiser from his PTI gig following the remarks he made last week about Hannah Storm’s wardrobe.  Both Ken and I feel ESPN may have overreacted a bit.

Our guest this week is sportscaster Dave Sims.  Dave is famous for his radio and television play-by-play of college basketball as well as his work as the voice of Sunday Night Football on Westwood One.  Dave is also handles television ply-by-play for the Seattle Mariners.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast Special Edition- Kenny Mayne

Sports Media WeeklyWe have a special edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast for you today.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites joins me as we sit down for an interview with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne.

We spend our time talking with Kenny about his early football career, his rise through the ranks of the ESPN family of networks, and his current role of being the host of offbeat features and the star of the ESPN.com webisode Mayne Street.

Ken and I will be back later in the week for our regularly scheduled podcast.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #22- Neil Best, Newsday

Neil BestSports Media Weekly Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet in the Northeast shall keep us from producing the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

I am joined by Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites and our special guest, Neil Best, sports media and business columnist at Newsday.

The three of us lead off the week’s discussion on the record ratings for Super Bowl XLIV, the ads from the game, and whether the success of the NFL will motivate the league and the player’s association to come up with a new deal before a suspected lockout in 2011.

Other topics on the agenda include the news that ESPN is renaming its ESPN360 product to ESPN 3…How will Neil cover the sports media news coming out of the Vancouver Olympics…whether WFAN’s Mike Francesa is still an effective sports radio force…and how regional sports networks like YES and SNY plan to make a journalistic impact on the New York media market.

And yes, we do spend some time with Neil talking about the early effects of Newsday’s decision to place their online content behind the paywall…

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #21- Jim Lefko, Indianapolis Star

Sports Media Weekly Time for our Super Bowl week edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast. One day later than usual but still packed with information!

This week Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I preview the expected high ratings for Sunday’s big game, and reviewed what proved to be a tame Super Bowl Media Day.

Ken and I also look forward to NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics  and plans by Turner and CBS to submit a joint bid if the NCAA opts out of its contract for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and expands the field to 96 teams.  Ken also fills us in on his trip to New York to see a preview of the new Bloomberg Sports fantasy baseball software package.

Our guest this week has a huge investment in this week’s Super Bowl.  We are joined by Jim Lefko, Senior Editor for Sports at the Indianapolis Star.  We talk with Jim about how is news organization is staffing the big game and it’s plans to cover the home town Colts.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #20- Steve Dittmore, University of Arkansas

Sports Media WeeklyAnd they said it wouldn’t last.  We have reached the 20th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

This week Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I talk about the humongous ratings realized from the AFC and NFC Championship games from this past weekend and how that may bode well for CBS’ numbers for Super Bowl XLIV.

We also touch upon the controversial ad CBS is planning to air Super Bowl Sunday from a pro life group featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

We also touch upon the continued perception of east coast bias on the part of ESPN and Fox as they begin laying out their prime time baseball line-up.

Our guest this week is Dr. Steve Dittmore, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Sports Management at the University of Arkansas. Steve joins us to talk about his interest in introducing social media networks into sports business.  He also talks about the failed bid of Chicago to secure the 2016 Summer Olympics as well as his interest in issues surrounding carriage of local teams by regional sports networks.