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.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another Sports Media Weekly program.
Joining us for our news segment this week is Ed Sherman of the Sherman Report.
We begin the show previewing tomorrow’s NFL Draft and the plans being put forth by NFL broadcast partners ESPN and NFL Network. Our discussions lead to reports that the NFL insiders at the networks will be more restrained in using Twitter to give away team picks before they are announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Ed has written some great pieces on how two insiders will handle tweeting during the draft. The topic has definitely struck a nerve with some fans.
We then look at the prospects of the job new ESPN Omdudsman Robert Lipsyte will do when he assumes his role in June.
We finish our news segment by issuing our early thoughts on ESPN and TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs.
Our second guest this week is Dale Arnold, studio host for Bruins telecasts on NESN and sports radio host at Boston’s WEEI. Ken speaks with Dale about last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and how the sports media took a break from sports and provided fans with an outlet to discuss the events of the week.
We also talk more about the growing number of NFL analysts at ESPN and the talent departures for the New England Sports Network.
Ken and I also look at the Fox NFL announcing line-up, a good lead-in to our guest, Fox Sports NFL and MLB announcer Kenny Albert. Albert fills us in on the recent Fox NFL broadcasting boot camp, his comfort with analysts Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, and his busy schedule covering all four major sports in a given year.
We then talk about the ratings drop for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby and the potential (although unlikely) chance of some unattractive match-ups in the NHL and NBA Finals.
Our guest this week is Jack Edwards, play-by-play voice for the Boston Bruins on the New England Sports Network (NESN). Jack talks about growing up a Bruins fan and now broadcasting the team’s games, his time at ESPN, and his thoughts on the reaction of bloggers to his on air style and persona.
Here we find ourselves with the latest edtition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast…
In today’s episode, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I discuss the opening of the NFL Network slate of games beginning tomorrow night, the issue as to whether anyone can compete with ESPN in the short term, and the latest ESPN “30 for 30” documentary film on Jimmy “The Greek”.
Our guest this week is Joel Feld, Vice President of Programming and Executive Produce at the New England Sports Network. We ask Joel about how he programs NESN, it’s news gathering and web presence in a burgeoning Boston sports media market, and his plans for the immediate future of the network…