NFC Divisional Playoffs- Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers

Here is a preview of this weekend’s NFC Divisional Playoff match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers…through the eyes of the local media covering each club;

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Let’s head to the southwest and examine the local media group that covers the Arizona Cardinals

Newspaper- The Arizona Republic is the largest newspaper in the region. It’s online newspaper looks like Web-Alpha, really disappointing. Its sports section is the same, no personality. The paper is part of AZCentral.com, which does do a good job using newspaper content on its sports section. They have special content dedicated to the Cardinals. Beat writer Kent Sommers does maintain his own blog for the paper.

Sports Radio- KTAR-AM & FM serve as the flagship in the Cardinals Radio Network. Dave Pasch returns on play-by-play, along with Rob Wolfley on commentary. KTAR and KGME are also places to talk Cardinals football.

Television- KNXV, KPHO, KPNX, and KSAZ are the television outlets in Phoenix that follow the Cardinals.

Blogs- For independent blog coverage, check out The Cardinals Report, Raising Zona, AZ Sports Hub, and Cardinals Locker.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Next up in our look at the local sports media in the NFL…the contingent covering the Carolina Panthers

Newspaper- The region is covered well by the Charlotte Observer. Their online sports section mimics the style of other newspaper web sites. I am amazed that I could not find a Panthers-dedicated page. Beat writers Charles Chandler, Stan Olsen, and David Scott do maintain a Panthers blog. Many of the paper’s sports columnists also contribute to the discussion on the Panthers.

Sports Radio- The team gets great coverage out of its radio network. The team in the booth consists of play-by-play man Mick Mixon, and color analysts Eugene Robinson and Jim Szoke. WFNZ, The Franchise, is the sports radio station where fans can discuss all things Panthers.

Television- Television options in covering the team come from WBTV, WCCB, WCNC, and WSOC.

Blogs- Independent Panthers’ blogs include Panthers Gab, Cat Scratch Reader, Cat Crave, and Carolina Panthers Blog.

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