We have a New York state Capital Region theme on this week’s Sports Media Weekly.
We start a new initiative this week by inviting a sports media reporter or blogger to join Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I as we discuss the sports media news of the week. For the premiere edition we are joined by sports media columnist Pete Dougherty (Twitter) of the Albany Times Union.
We start by talking about the still developing story broken by Deadspin that the reported death of the girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o last fall was, in fact, a hoax. We discuss the story as we have it and how online sites like Deadspin can spend more time than traditional media outlets investigating such a story.
We then shift to the Lance Armstrong PED saga and how he may get more compassion from Oprah Winfrey than he may have from other reporters.
We look forward to the start of the NHL season and how the league is making it easier for local viewers to watch more games during the shortened season. We also predict hardcore fans will still watch games locally and nationally on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.
We wrap-up the news segment looking at our predictions on viewership for the upcoming NFL Conference Championship Games.
We are then joined by Andrew Catalon, who works for WNYT-TV in Albany but is just as well known for his work calling games for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, the Tennis Channel, and SNY. Andrew recounts his busy schedule, his work on the 2012 Olympics in London, and his versatility of calling just about any sport.
We also discuss how an agreement between Westwood One and Dial Global will benefit the radio network. We look at two new additions to ESPN’s stable of NFL analysts (one of particular interest to Ken) and the wait-and-see attitude by the Big East Conference in the future of its television packages.
Our guest this week is Andrew Catalon, sports anchor at News Channel 13, WNYT in Albany New York. Some of you may remember Andrew as the voice of curling at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on NBC. Andrew talks about his curling background, his work for CBS Sports on coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and the Masters, and covering sports in New York’s state capital.