Interviews

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #34- Rob King, ESPN.com

Sports Media Weekly After a welcomed week off on vacation we are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I talk about the growing ratings for Versus during this year’s NHL Playoffs, rumblings that Fox may move some of its Saturday MLB games to prime time, ESPN’s new 12-year deal with the Atlantic Coast Conference, and what ESPN has in the pipeline as unveiled to advertisers and the media this week in New York.

Speaking of ESPN, our guest this week is Rob King, Vice President and Editor-in Chief of ESPN Digital Media.  We talk to Rob about the evolution of ESPN online, specifically it’s expansion to the local media markets in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York.  We also ask Rob about whether Bill Simmons will be staying with ESPN.com and the controversy last year over the WWL’s Twitter and social media policy.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #33- Leon Schweir, Versus

Sports Media Weekly We are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites joins me as we discuss the impressive ratings for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the passing of Tigers broadcast legend Ernie Harwell, Ken’s experience at the Boston Blogapalooza, and the growing ratings for the NHL and NBA Playoffs.

Speaking of the NHL Playoffs, our guest this week is Leon Schweir, Senior Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at Versus.  We talk with Leon about how the network has seen an increase in viewers for their NHL product, his background in sports television, his opinion of play-by-play voice Mike Emrick, and plans for some of Versus’ other sports properties for 2010.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #31- Rich Waltz, Florida Marlins

Sports Media Weekly Welcome to the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

On this week’s show Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I delve into the make-up of the prime time NFL schedule and what it means for the major media partners of the NFL.  We also touch upon whether the NFL is making a good move in shifting this year’s draft to prime time.

Also on the docket, the re-signing of Chris Berman with ESPN, The apparent victory for CBS in a potential bidding war for the rights to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the impact on sports media of the late International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Our guest this week is Rich Waltz, television play-by-play voice for the Florida Marlins.  We discuss with Rich his career in the business, what  it’s like covering the Marlins when attendance at the ballpark is low, and his love of the Beatles…

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.