Sunday, July 20, 2014
Andy Milovich has offered to go this week where no man has gone before: A prostate exam in front of a full stadium of fans. Milovich, the general manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, offered to have the exam while singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch if local 10-year-old Fallon Emery, who has brain cancer, gets 10,000 likes on her Facebook page before the game.
“It’s not like I would be getting it at home plate,” Milovich said. “I’ll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up.”
. . .
The team had already planned to give out 1,000 foam fingers with blue ribbons on them to the first 1,000 men age 18 and older.
Give the radio guys a raise!
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
After 90 years and no World Series victories, the Chicago Cubs and WGN radio are going their separate ways.
The Cubs will announce a new, seven-year deal to broadcast games on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM on Thursday, according to media reports. The deal starts next season.
After 197 losses in two seasons, WGN used an opt-out clause in its contract due to declining ratings and revenue last fall, and couldn’t come to terms with the Cubs on a new deal.
“We’re very proud of our long-time association with the Cubs, but it has to make good business sense and the current arrangement does not,” WGN radio president and general manager Jimmy de Castro said Wednesday morning on 87.7 The Game.
Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 12 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In which the valued customers learn the value of TV by listening to the radio broadcast, or at least the first 3 innings of it.
Fox Sports 570’s weeknight “cume” rating was up 19 percent last month compared to last April.
Comparing radio and TV ratings is a bit apples and oranges, but clearly, for the Dodgers, the radio and TV numbers are headed in opposite directions; An average of just 45,000 households are watching games on TV, according to Nielsen. That’s a drop of nearly 63%, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
A Beltway driver executes the fundamentals.
Every Wednesday morning, Nationals manager Matt Williams calls into 106.7 the Fan, a popular Washington, D.C. sports radio station.
But this week, he had a bit of an incident while talking to the Sports Junkies (...)
Williams was talking when all of a sudden he calmly said: “Sorry guys, I just had an accident … I got a police officer behind me and this guy’s going to try to escape.”
“There was a police car behind me and a guy in a car and he tried to get by me and he just smoked me,” he added.
Williams is not the first sports figure to have issues while talking on the phone to 106.7 personalities. Clinton Portis got pulled over for speeding while on Fred Smoot’s show on the station earlier this year.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Aaaaaand...that online Baseball-Referral encyclopedia site has too many stats for me Mikey!
Just days after Donald Sterling was exposed as a racist on secretly-recorded audio produced by TMZ , long-time NY talk radio legend and current Sirius XM host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo had what many are now calling his own “Donald Sterling/Al Campanis moment.”
...Now, Russo’s time to answer the “bigot bell” is swiftly approaching.
In a YouTube post provided by The Warrior Report, Howard Kinsel calls into Mad Dog’s show and poses a question to Russo about his failure to have African-American sports journalists as hosts. In a stunning admission, Russo proudly acknowledges that fact and blatantly says that there are no qualified blacks worthy or capable of coming on his show and enlightening his paid listeners. The caller and subsequent caller were both flabbergasted by Russo’s ignorance, pompousness and insistence on reiterating that blacks basically can’t cut the mustard in his business.
Take a listen to this clip and when you finish spitting up your 40oz and touching up on your Ebonics, get back with me.
...Russo exhibited a rotten radio culture, and the emphatic and agitated way that he dismissed the intelligence, talent and abilities of every black person in the world was sickening. He had the audacity to say that there aren’t a lot of black guys who know enough about sports to hold down a national radio show. Attitudes like Russo’s are why you can’t find many African-American males doing sports talk radio on a national scale. I personally know 10 guys off the top of the dome, including myself who could handle an opportunity like that quite effectively. According to Russo, pleasing the sponsors and fans because it “is” paid radio, and keeping the phone lines buzzing, is a task that is beyond the capacity of a black man. Actually, to be fair, he cleared that up by making himself look more obnoxious and rephrasing to include all ethnicities.
Kind of hypocritical as well on Russo’s part for several reasons. Before WFAN gave him his shot at the bright lights, he was a nobody, toiling on local radio in Florida. Somebody gave him a chance. He’s seemed to have forgotten that. Here’s a guy who looks as if he never played a sport in his life. A hard day of calisthenics for this guy would be lifting lattés. Yet he has made millions in his career by yelling into a microphone, mostly criticizing everyone from sports fans to players to management and saying some of the most insane things you have ever heard. In his years at WFAN, he was considered the antagonist and out of town hater in his historically successful two-decade career as co-host of the award-winning Mike and The Mad Dog sports radio show with Mike Francesa.
...Let’s be fair. Russo isn’t just a racist; it’s safe to say he’s an all-around creep at times. On July 9, 2009, during a ten minute rant, Russo reacting to his station being ranked outside the Top 100 stations on satellite radio, flipped on his entire staff, which included bringing on nighttime host Andy Gresh for an in-person tongue-lashing. Russo concluded his rant by firing his program director, Steve Torre. Torre was later rehired and it’s unknown if this rant was legitimate or a radio skit. Either way, it’s another example of the sick inner-workings of sports radio’s Rush Limbaugh.
There’s no place in journalism for twisted leaders and closet hood-rockers disguised as respected media personalities. That game Russo is kicking is washed up and played out.
Posted: May 03, 2014 at 07:31 AM | 44 comment(s)
Saturday, February 08, 2014
“Oh, this is a terrible thing for the Padres.”
The San Diego Padres have relieved radio play-by-play commentator Andy Masur of his duties after six years with the club and eight with the Chicago Cubs. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, though Masur was clearly emotional about his departure from the team.. Changes happen every day in the broadcasting world.
But digging a little deeper, things get a little more interesting… and slimy.
The Padres CEO is a man named Mike Dee, who took on the new role in July of 2013. Dee’s former job was as CEO of the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins, Dee was unable to coerce local and state governments into giving the team between $350 and $400 million to upgrade Sun Life Stadium, likely because of the complete disaster that is Marlins Park. Ironically, Dee was replaced as Dolphins CEO by Tom Garfinkel, who formerly served as Padres CEO and famously blamed Zack Greinke for inciting a Dodgers-Padres brawl last April.
Anyway, the man chosen to replace Masur on Padres broadcasts is Jesse Agler. Who is Agler? Well, he’s a former host and commentator for… the Miami Dolphins. Padres CMO Wayne Partello is spinning Agler’s hire as one that will be a multi-faceted role, encompassing television, radio, and social media roles.
Padres fans are, well, not pleased
Posted: February 08, 2014 at 08:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
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