Sports Media Weekly Podcast

Sports Media Weekly Podcast on Hiatus

I know Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I have been promoting our big 100th episode, but it will have to wait.

We are lining up a big guest for #100, but this person cannot join us for another two weeks.  I will be away on vacation beginning tomorrow, so, if all goes well, the podcast will resume the week of April 23rd.

On another note…I understand the iTunes feed for the show is not allowing for downloads.  I am working on the problem and hope to have it working ASAP.  In the meantime, you can check out all our past podcasts here.

Thanks four your support!


Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 85- Best of 2011

Welcome to a very special end-of-the year edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I use this show to take a look back at some of the best interviews we conducted during 2011.

We re-play our talks with James Andrew Miller, Michelle Beadle, Curt Menefee, and Ian Eagle.

We hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane.  Ken and I will return next week for a fresh edition of the podcast as we begin 2012.

Happy New Year!

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 76- Tim Britton, Providence Journal

I am again riding solo on this week’s edition of the show as Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites had a prior commitment and could not join me.

In the news segment I briefly touch upon the flat ratings for Fox and the 2011 World Series, despite winning the battle over Sunday Night Football on NBC this Sunday.

I also look at how more regular season NBA games may be lost to the lockout and how NBC is getting set to move a portion of its sports operation to Stamford, Connecticut.

My guest this week is Tim Britton, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal.  Tim takes us through his first season covering the Red Sox, his experiences on the road, and the drama that has surrounded the team since its epic 2011 collapse.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 74- Dave Strader, NBC Sports/Versus

I am riding solo on this week’s edition of the podcast as Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites had a previous commitment and could not join me for the show.

There is no news segment this week, just our interview with Dave Strader, NHL play-by-play voice for NBC Sports and Versus.  Dave tells us what it’s like to just work for the network after many years of splitting his hockey duties with stints calling games for the Red Wings, Panthers, and Coyotes.

Dave and I also talk about the dynamics of having his game analyst at ice level instead of the booth, the opportunity for the NHL in light of the potential absence of an NBA season, and some of the teams he likes in this year’s NHL campaign.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No 72- Steven Bennett,

After our appearance at the Blogs with Balls 4 conference in New York, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back with another Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

In this show Ken and I talk about an article in Adweek which indicates the NFL may not be interested in issuing another Thursday Night television package for the first half of next season.

We look at the upcoming MLB post season and the role TBS will be playing in the coverage.  We talk NHL Winter Classic as well as a look back at the Bill Belichick documentary on NFL Network and the Stave Bartman effort put forth by ESPN Films.

Our guest this week is Steven Bennett, co-host of the podcasts over at  Steve talks with us about how he’s been able to get some high profile guests in the first nine months of the show, how the Buffalo, NY area loves the Bills, and how the people of Western New York are not fond of Time Warner Cable.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 71- Kyle Bunch, Blogs With Balls

After a week off Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

This week Ken and I look at ESPN’s extension to continue to telecast Monday Night Football through the year 2021 and the implications it may have for CBS, FOX, NBC, cable subscribers, and ESPN itself.

We also look at how the changing landscape of college sports conferences will have on television rights, specifically the Big East, which will soon lose Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC.

And we take a look at the new studio sports line-up over at Versus, as it continues to put up programming to compete with ESPN.

Our guest this week is Kyle Bunch, one of the organizers for this week’s Blogs with Balls conference in New York City.  Kyle talks about what the conference has evolved as it enters its fourth edition.  He also goes over the line-up at this year’s event and how the perception of blogs has changed in the last few years.

Ken and I will be at the conference and will have a complete wrap-up next week.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast Off This Week

It’s been one of those weeks for myself and Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites.  So as a result, we will be unable to produce a Sports Media Weekly Podcast this week.

We are confident that the show will be back next week, better than ever.   Well, maybe we’ll just be back.  We can’t guarantee the “better than ever” part.

Thanks for your support and understanding!

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 69- Dan Levy, Bleacher Report

For this week’s Sports Media Weekly Podcast we start off the program win our guest.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I welcome Dan Levy, National Lead Writer for the Bleacher Report.  Dan (of On The DL and Press Coverage Fame) joins us to talk about his new job and how his attitudes toward the blog network has changed since there’s been a change of leadership.  Dan also lets us in on some changes coming to the site, including the return of his podcast.

Ken and I then talk about CBS’ NFL announcing teams, the departure of Brian Kenny and Sam Ryan from ESPN and CBS, NBC’s college football line-up, and the upcoming U.S. Open coverage by Tennis Channel and ESPN.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 66- Andrew Catalon, WNYT-TV, NBC, CBS Sports

After our special on Monday we are back with our regularly scheduled edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

In this week’s news segment Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I discuss the re-branding of Versus into the NBC Sports Network and Sporting News Radio into Yahoo! Sports Radio and their potential impact in competing with ESPN.

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.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 65- Curt Menefee, Fox Sports

The end of the NFL lockout dominates this edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites joins me to discuss the media coverage of the lockout and how, in the end, nothing was lost for NFL Fans.

We also look at the new, convoluted look of the future PAC-12 Network, with multiple cable providers providing six regional versions of the network.

Ken and I also preview the 2012 Summer Olympics, which gets started exactly one year from today in London.

And we look at the college football season on ESPN and Fox as well as preview what a movie about the latest ESPN book will look like.

Our guest this week is Curt Menefee, host of Fox NFL Sunday.  We talk to Curt about how he dealt with the lockout and what he can expect with Fox’ coverage in 2011.  We also touch upon his recent foray into Twitter and his practice of working sockless…