John Feinstein

CBS Sports Radio Add Feinstein to Line-Up

CBS Sports Radio continues to add high-profile talent in advance of its launch at the beginning of the year.

The network announced today that noted sports journalist John Feinstein will fill the 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. ET weekday slot.  The John Feinstein Show will feature commentary on the world of sports from his more than 30 years as a sportswriter.

“John is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of and passion for all aspects of sports,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio.  “As a best-selling sports author and journalist, he has relationships with, and an open line to, some of the most fascinating names in sports.  John has a way with words, a trademark sense of humor and is never is shy to offer an opinion, which will engage listeners and translate on the radio.”

The CBS Sports Radio already announced that Jim Rome will occupy the 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. ET slot, while Doug Gottlieb will host the 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. ET show.  The network launches January 2nd.

Sports Media Digest- March 6, 2012

Heat/Lakers Gain Strong Ratings For ESPN/ABC-  Sunday’s NBA telecast of the Miami Heat at the Los Angeles Lakers scored ESPN and ABC an audeince of just over seven million viewers, making it the network’s most viewed, non-Christmas Day regular season game ever.  The viewership was 37% higher than the comparable game of a year ago (Lakers/Spurs). The 4.3 rating tied the mark for the highest rated non-Christmas regular season game on the network with the January 30, 2011 game bewteen the Celtics and Lakers.

TNT NBA Twinbill Thursday-  TNT is set for this week’s NBA double header.  The action begins at 8:00p.m. ET with the Orlando Magic at the Chicago Bulls with Kevin Harlan, Mike Fratello, and Craig Sager on the call.  The nightcap at 10:30p.m. ET will feature the Dallas Mavericks at the Phoenix Suns with Dick Stockton, Chris Webber, and David Aldridge on the mic. Through 27 games this season, TNT has seen an average rating of 1.8 for its NBA action, up 20% over 2011.

Patriot Leage Championship on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network will provide live coverage of the Patriot League Championship tomorrow night at 7:00p.m. ET.  Lehigh and Bucknell will meet with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at stake. Bob Socci and Vince Curran will have the call.

Sunday’s The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 Highest Rated Ever on BTN- The Big Ten Network (BTN) today reports that this Sunday’s edition of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 came in with a rating of 1.16, making it the highest rated original program ever on the network.  This episode of the series following the Purdue – Indiana men’s basketball game, featured spots of senior nights at four schools.

Feinstein Joins SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio-  Renowned sports journalist and author John Feinstein will be joining the on-air crew at Mad Dog Radio, the all-sports talk radio on channel 86 on SiriusXM Radio.  Feinstein will join Bruce Murray beginning this Thursday at 10:00am to host the newly named Beyond the Brink program.  Feinstein and Murray will debut their show at the ACC Basketball Tournament, broadcasting live from Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Thursday and Friday.  Throughout the year, Feinstein and Murray will cover the spectrum of sports on their show, interviewing high profile guests, debating topics and talking with callers nationwide about the headline stories of the day.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 63- Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, NBC Sports

Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites and I are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

We begin the show by looking at the historically low ratings numbers for Fox on its coverage of the MLB All-Star Game.  In conjunction with that we talk about the physical struggles facing Joe Buck and a petition to have Vin Scully call one last World Series before he retires.

We also take a look at the solid ratings being seen by ESPN on its coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  With the success of the U.S. squad chances are good that ESPN will see good numbers in this Sunday’s final.

Ken and I also talk about how, when soccer gets a following, sports talk tends to bash the supporters.  We look at examples from local radio in Boston and from national sports writer John Feinstein.

We also talk about Google+, a new service by Google intended to compete with Facebook and Twitter.  Both Ken and I are on the service and offer our opinions.

Our guest this week is Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, college sports analyst for NBC Versus.  We talk to Akbar about his NFL career and how it has shaped his craft in broadcasting.  We also talk about his upcoming assignment working on PAC 12 football contests on Versus as well as his views on the NFL lockout.  We also talk to Akbar about his appearance on the ABC reality series Expedition Impossible.