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Sports Media Weekly No. 160- Ken Schott, Schenectady Daily Gazette, David Wanger, Fox Sports & David Berson, CBS Sports

We have another jam-packed version of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for our news segment is Ken Schott, TV-Radio Columnist for the Schenectady Daily Gazette.

We begin the show looking at the upcoming launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.  We all give our opinion as to what we can expect from the new sports network as well as looking at the prospect of Fox Sports 1 reaching its goal of launching in 90 million homes with the news that Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have signed carriage agreements today with Fox.

We follow last week’s news of Fox securing the rights to USGA events by discussing the report that Fox is looking to tap Greg Norman as the network’s lead analyst when it begins coverage of USGA events in 2015.

We move on to the world of NBC Sports as we look forward to the network’s coverage of the English Premier League.  The new season begins Saturday with NBC televising all league games across a myriad of networks.

We then look at the breaking news from The Big Lead that Jason Whitlock will soon be returning to ESPN in a multi-platform role.  Another case of a former disgruntled ESPN employee coming back home.

We conclude our news segment looking at how a local New York capital region sports talk show host got swindled by an impostor posing as former Yankee and current minor league coach Shane Spencer.

Ken had the opportunity this week to speak with two sports network executives.  Ken first talks with Bill Wanger, Senior Vice President of Programming and Research at Fox Sports.  The two discuss the launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.

Ken then speaks with David Berson, President of CBS Sports.  Among the topics Ken and David touch upon is how the CBS Sports Network plans to compete with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1.

Sports Media Digest- August 13, 2013

ESPN Re-Signs Cohn and Spake

ESPN today announced that it has re-signed longtime SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn and reporter/host Shannon Spake to new contracts.

Cohn has been with ESPN since 1992 and will continue to serve as host of SportsCenter and will also host select Rangers pre-and post-game shows for ESPN New York 98.7.

Spake has been with the network since 2006 and will serve a sideline reporter for ESPN and ABC college football games and for Super Tuesday SEC and SEC Tournament basketball games, as well as hosting NASCAR Now and contributing reports to SportsCenter.

“We are pleased to retain two personalities who enhance our accomplished assembly of studio and on-site personalities,” said Mark Gross, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer, Production. “Linda’s experience and versatility will be key as we prepare to move into our newest SportsCenterstudio next year, while Shannon brings a hands-on enthusiasm to our college game coverage and NASCAR programming.”

Fox Sports 1 Announces Launch of “Wide World of Sports”-Type Show

Fox Sports 1 announced today the launch of a new program patterned after ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

The Jones and Moseley Show will take viewers to some of the most exiting and innovative sporting events across the world.

Former NFL player Dhani Jones and Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley will host the show.

“It’s a true cavalcade of events from throughout the world,” said Melissa Forman, Executive Producer of The Jones and Moseley Show. “Combined with our high-tech studio and appealing co-hosts, this show brings together unique sports, extreme daredevil acts, championship play and adventure travel with irreverent humor, relevant information and raw emotion.”

The Jones and Moseley Show debuts on Fox Sports 1 August 25th at 6:00p.m. ET. Future episodes will air September 1st, September 15th, and September 29th.

Fox Sports Announces Talent Line-Up for Fox Sports Live

Fox SportsFox Sports today announced its roster of talent that will work on its nightly news show Fox Sports Live which will debut on Fox Sports 1 on August 17th.

Announced earlier this spring was the hiring of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole to anchor the telecast.  Charissa Thompson will serve as host of a nightly panel of sports analysts which include former NBA star Gary Payton, NFL players Donovan McNab and Ephraim Salaam and tennis legend Andy Roddick.

Breaking news and updates come throughout the day from Don Bell and Ryan Field, with contributions from correspondents Molly McGrath and Julie Stewart-Binks.

“We are so excited to welcome Gary, Donovan and Ephraim to Fox Sports and we’re thrilled to have Charissa back in the family,” said FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Studio Production, Scott Ackerson. “The group officially unveiled today, with Andy, represents some of the best in their fields, and we are confident that they’ll provide a fresh, unique perspective to the sports news of the day, creating engaging and entertaining television.”


Fox Names College Football Game Announcers for 2013 Season

With the expansion of its coverage of college football onto Fox Sports 1 this fall, Fox today unveiled its announcer pairings for the upcoming season.

As has been the case for the past two years Gus Johnson and Charles White will be the top announcing team, calling weekend college football games on Fox.  They’ll be joined by sideline reporter Kristina Pink.

The Fox College Saturday pre-game show will make its debut on Fox Sports 1 every Saturday beginning August 31st.  Erin Andrews returns as host along with Eddie George, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis. Rules analyst Mike Pereira and college football writer and writer Clay Travis will also appear on the show.

Prior to the telecasts on Fox, the network will produce Fox College Saturday with Rob Stone hosting with George and Klatt.

Stone will host the Fox Sports 1 college pre-game show on Thursday evenings with analysts Coy Wire and Ryan Nece.

Here is the list of announcer pairings for college football this season on the networks of Fox Sports:


Play-by-Play: Gus Johnson
Analyst: Charles Davis
Sideline Reporter: Kristina Pink


Play-by-Play: Justin Kutcher
Analyst: Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis
Sideline: Kristina Pink


Play-by-Play: Craig Bolerjack
Analyst: Joey Harrington
Sideline: Ryan Nece

Play-by-Play: Justin Kutcher
Analyst: James Bates
Sideline: Brady Poppinga

Play-by-Play: Adam Alexander
Analyst: Chris Simms

Sports Media Weekly No. 156- Steve Lapore, Puck the Media & Peter Burns, Mile High Sports

So much for the lazy, hazy days of summer.  We have a jam-packed edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for our the news segment of the show is Steve Lapore of Puck the Media on SB Nation.

We begin the show with the official news today of the return to ESPN of Keith Olbermann.  Olbermann will host a nighttime program at 11:00p.m. ET on ESPN2 beginning August 26th.  We discuss how the reunion of Olbermann and ESPN, which seemed impossible just a few months ago, came to fruition.  We also delve into how the re-hire of Olbermann is ESPN’s way to divert attention from the launch next month of Fox Sports 1.

Speaking of Fox Sports 1 we look at the report in Sports Business Journal that Fox may be having a difficult time reaching its desired home penetration of 90 million homes when Fox Sports 1 debuts on August 17.

We wrap the segment by critiquing Fox’s promotional video, aired during last night’s MLB All-Star Game, touting the launch of Fox Sports 1; the make-up of the Regis Philbin Fox Sports 1 program, and the flat ratings for last night’s Mid-Summer Classic.

Our second guest this week is Peter Burns of Mile High Radio.  Peter joins us to discuss the collaboration announced last week that his morning radio program will be simulcast on the Denver Post website and that he, the paper, and KCDO TV have begun production on a nightly 30-minute local sports program.

Fox Sports 1 Promo That Will Air During Tomorrow’s All-Star Game

Fox Sports made a big deal over the promotional video it plans to debut tomorrow during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on the launch of Fox Sports 1.

Here is the promo:

I’m looking forward to the launch of Fox Sports 1.   Despite the the hype surrounding this promo, I’m extremely underwhelmed.  It shows us the sports properties we are expected to see on the new network, but tells us nothing on how Fox Sports 1 will differentiate itself from the networks of ESPN.   No compelling reason to change the channel.  Definitely a missed opportunity.

Sports Media Weekly No. 155- Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report

We’ve been away for the past two weeks but Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for a new edition of Sports Media Weekly.

We are pleased to be joined for the entire show by our good friend Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report.

We begin the news portion of the show by looking back at reports that viewership over at ESPN for the second quarter was at its lowest for that quarter in seven years.

We then look ahead to next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Fox, not to the action that will be taking place on the field but to the planned 90 second promo Fox is set to debut touting next month’s launch of Fox Sports 1.

With the start of NFL training camps on the doorstep comes news from CBS Sports that it will produce a weekly four hour pre-game show this fall on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).  We all agree that as long as NFL is king and you have broadcast rights, adding NFL programming may be better than what is already available on CBSSN.

We then move to Ken’s piece in Awful Announcing on plans by two newspapers to get into the electronic media business on their websites.

We wrap by looking at the uproar in Chicago over Justin Bieber standing on the Blackhawks’ logo in the United Center locker room.