We begin the show with what has been the most-talked about story over the last week, the developing saga of Dolphins’ offensive lineman Richie Incognito and his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin. We look back at how the NFL’s network partners covered the story and the exclusive interview with Incognito by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
We bring it back to Boston and get Chad’s take on how the Boston sports media handled covering the Red Sox this season under John Farrell compared to 2012 with Bobby Valentine.
We wrap the segment looking at the continued success for ESPN during its college basketball marathon, which aired over the last two days. It’s an opportunity for ESPN to capitalize on promoting college basketball during a slow period between the end of baseball season and the end of the college and pro football seasons.
Our second guest this week is SMW fave Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, among other media entities. Ken talks with Ian about his frenetic announcing schedule, his relationship with NBA broadcast partner Mike Fratello, his broadcasting idols, and his knowledge of 1980’s sitcoms.
We begin the show by previewing the coverage of Major League Baseball’s post season. We all agree that even though many of the announcing assignments are unchanged this year, the one game wild card playoff aspect of the post season does bring with it an added level of excitement.
We switch to the NFL and CBS’s announcement that NFL Today analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, and Shannon Sharpe will move from the studio to the booth for one week during next Sunday’s action. If it were another sport other than the NFL then these moves may have more significance than they do.
We next ask Neil to bring us up to date with the state of sports coverage in New York, now that the Yankees and Mets are finished for the season; the Giants and Jets don’t seem to be going in any positive direction; and the winter sports season hasn’t really gotten started in any meaningful way.
Our second guest this week is Red Sox television play-by-play voice Don Orsillo. Ken speaks with Don about his work with the Sox on NESN, his upcoming playoff stint with TBS; and even culinary arts.
Sports Radio- The Mariners Radio Network is anchored by KIRO 710AM ESPN. Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith (Twitter) have the call of the action. Shannon Drayer (Twitter) serves as reporter while Matt Pittman hosts in the studio. Alex Rivera and Julio Cruz call the games on Spanish language KKMO. 710 ESPN and KJR satisfies the fans’ interest in discussing the team.
Sports Radio-KLAC is the flagship station for the Dodgers Radio Network. Vin Scully, Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday call the action. Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela call the games on Spanish language KTNQ. You can also talk Dodgers onKSPN and KLAA.
Television-Prime Ticket and KCAL are the TV homes for Dodger telecasts. Scully joins Eric Collins and Steve Lyons (Twitter) in the booth. Patrick O’Neal (Twitter) is in the studio. The local television outlets covering the Dodgers include KCBS, KNBC, KABC, and KTTV. And don’t forget ESPN Los Angeles’ coverage of the Dodgers.
Sports Radio- KTWN-FM is s the flagship in the Twins Radio Network. Cory Provus and Dan Gladden are at the mic. Chris Atteberry handles studio duty. Alfonso Fernandez and Tony Oliva have Twins Spanish broadcasts on KMNV. KFAN and KSTP are the best places for Twins talk on sports radio.
Television- Fox Sports North is the television home of the Twins. Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven (Twitter) handle the game coverage. Anthony LaPanta (Twitter) and Ron Coomer are in the studio. KARE, KMSP, KSTP, and WCCO are the main television outlets that cover the Vikings.