Jen Royle

Sports Media Weekly No. 127- Jen Royle, Sports Reel Boston

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I have recovered from our Thanksgiving hangovers and are raring to go with another version of Sports Media Weekly.

We begin the show looking at the college football scene, specifically ESPN’s agreement to televise the college football playoff championships when the series begins in January of 2015.

We stay with college football examining the impact Notre Dame’s undefeated season has had for ESPN and NBC in terms of increased ratings and the prospects for ESPN when the Irish play in the BCS National Championship game on January 7th.

Ken and I also look back at the success of the NFL on Thanksgiving, with the Redskins/Cowboys match-up being the most-watched television program thus far this fall.

We shift to sports radio and the announcement this week that Dana Jabobson, Tiki Barber, and Brandon Tierney have been tapped to host CBS Sports Radio’s morning show when the network launches on January 2nd.

We end our news segment by taking a look at the growth of original talk show programming mornings on sports networks.  The MLB Network, NFL Network, Golf Channel, and NBC Sports Network have all added morning shows during the past year.

Our guest this week is Jen Royle, former sports reporter in New York and Baltimore who has moved back home to Boston.  Jen talks about her new website, Sports Reel Boston, which launches at midnight tomorrow night.  Jen discusses about how the site will focus primarily on baseball and the Red Sox.  She describes how she’s been able to assemble a good roster of talent to write for the site, and how successful she’s been in getting the support she needs to launch this new venture.

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Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 91- Jen Royle

Back to our regularly scheduled podcast for the week.

Ken Fang of Fangs’ Bites and I put a wrap on Super Bowl XLVI by looking at the online viewership for the game as well as the national radio audience numbers.

Ken and I then discuss whether former athletes who serve as media analysts should be expected to be totally impartial in their new roles and not root or support their former teams.  This came up following news that Boston area football analyst Steve DeOssie was rooting for the Giants this weekend.  DeOssie is a former Giant and his son Zack is the current long snapper for the team.  Many in New England were not happy with DeOssie’s comments at a Giants rally in Indianpolis which found their way to YouTube.

Finally Ken and I discuss a report that ESPN once had an online commenting section which allowed viewers to express their thoughts on the network’s female commentators.  The section was recently taken down.

Our guest this week is Jen Royle, formerly of sports radio in Baltimore and now back home looking for work.  Jen fills us in on the next steps in her career, her warm departure from Baltimore, and a special charity event she is involved with this weekend.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 73- Jen Royle, 105.7 FM The Fan, Baltimore

We are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.  Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show by talking about the controversy over the political remarks made by Monday Night Football crooner Hank Williams, Jr. and ESPN’s response to it.

We also touch upon the strong ratings for the League Division Series on TBS and the hiring of Terry Francona by Fox to fill in for Tim McCarver for the first two games of the American League Championship Series.

Ken and I also discuss the expectations for NBC and Versus as the NHL season gets underway…particularly if the NBA season is cut short due to the lockout.

Our guest this week is Jen Royle, Ravens beat reporter for 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore.  Jen tells us about her life growing up in Boston, working in New York, and her struggles in Baltimore.