Michelle Beisner is joining ESPN as an NFL features reporter. Beginning in September, she will contribute player profiles and other stories for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show.
Since 2006, Beisner has worked as a studio host and field reporter for NFL Network. She has appeared on a variety of programs and specials includingSuper Bowl Week, Pro Bowl, and NFL Draft coverage.
Her many years of field reporting have landed her interviews with players and coaches such as Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Pete Carroll, Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, John Elway, Robert Griffin III, and Adrian Peterson. In 2013, Beisner’s features included the 49ers offensive line, 49ers linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, and the exclusive sit-down interview with Denver Broncos head coach JohnFOX upon his return from successful aortic valve replacement surgery.
Beisner previously appeared on ESPN as the co-host of “The Russo and Steele Automotive Auctions” and as a pit reporter for the Champ Car World Series. She has also worked in various reporting capacities and hosting roles forFOX Sports, CBS, NBC, SPEED Channel, and other networks.
“Michelle has shown a knack for getting big interviews and doing memorable storytelling,” said Seth Markman, senior coordinating producer for ESPN’s NFL studio shows. “She will be a great addition to Sunday NFL Countdown and we look forward to the features she will contribute to the show.”
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected].
Joe Giglio: Bonta Hill, Joe Shasky Need to Stop Trashing 94WIP Listeners
“We gotta stop the ‘lowlife’, ‘scumbag’, thing about Philadelphia fans. We haven’t crushed your fans once.”
In one of the biggest games of the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to host the San Francisco 49ers. A war of words has ensued between 95.7 The Game and 94WIP hosts, but Joe Giglio believes there is one area and trope that needs to end.
On Friday, 95.7 The Game’s morning show — hosted by Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky — joined 94WIP’s midday show hosted by Joe Giglio and Hugh Douglas.
The two shows traded barbs with one another before Giglio called out Hill and Shasky for their comments about Philadelphia locals and 94WIP listeners. Last season, the pair ventured to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship Game, and have repeatedly spoken poorly about the city and the Eagles’ fanbase.
After Shasky mentioned the show’s parody song “Cry Eagles Cry” — a play on the franchise’s famous song and chant “Fly Eagles Fly” — Joe Giglio shared his displeasure with the pair.
“That song was one of the dopiest things I’ve ever heard on the radio,” Giglio said. “It was so dopey, the Cry Eagles Cry thing.”
“It was one of our highest-rated shows ever, I’m not gonna lie,” Hill responded. “So, thank you, Philadelphia.”
“That’s good. You take that and run with it. But guys? We gotta stop the ‘lowlife’, ‘scumbag’, thing about Philadelphia fans. We haven’t crushed your fans once. You guys were crushed. And maybe one of your dummy callers that called into us, but you gotta stop. The way you’ve painted everyone for the past year, it’s just wrong. Whatever your experience was, that’s not everyone here, guys.”
Earlier this week, Hill and Shasky described Eagles fans with the words Giglio described. 94WIP host Jon Marks didn’t take kindly to the remarks, either, which led 95.7 The Game to publish videos of the treatment the morning duo received when they visited Philadelphia as proof that the pair received harsh treatment.
Steak Shapiro: SEC Nation Has Same Feel as Great Morning Radio Show
“It’s the closest thing to a great morning radio show. It’s great chemistry. It’s the chemistry.”
SEC Nation has built a cult-like following of southern football fans. You can add 92.9 The Game midday host Steak Shapiro to the list of those who admire the program.
While speaking with SEC Nation host Laura Rutledge Friday, Shapiro likened the Saturday morning pregame show to a morning radio show.
“The thing about SEC Nation — and having been on radio and programming stations for years — it’s the closest thing to a great morning radio show. It’s great chemistry. It’s the chemistry,” said Steak Shapiro. “Maybe ESPN, they won’t let you be quite as loose as how you built that thing, but like there’s an element of morning radio, like just a team that’s out there having fun every day.”
Rutledge shared her appreciation for the remarks from Shapiro. She admitted the SEC Network program brings some levity to her work, and she enjoys the cast of the program, which includes Paul Fimebaum, Jordan Rodgers, Roman Harper, Tim Tebow, and Marty Smith, among others.
“It’s so much fun to cover the SEC…that’s really where my career kind of started at ESPN and it’s something that you know means a lot to me,” Rutledge said. “It’s always going to feel like home to me. It’s always going to be my family, my SEC family. They’re a hoot and a half.
“The SEC Nation crew is hilarious. We have so much fun. And I was actually talking to Marty Smith about this last night. You know, one of the things that we’re really thankful for is we all kind of go our separate ways during the week, and we all have different roles and different jobs and different things going on in life. But then we come together on the weekend, and it’s just a blast, and we enjoy each other. I think that comes through on air, but it’s so authentic and it truly is kind of how we feel.”
Merrill Reese: I Treat Every Broadcast Like Its Biggest of My Career
“As a radio broadcaster, you call almost every step and every yard line.”
Merrill Reese has been calling games for the Philadelphia Eagles since 1977, and he is in the midst of chronicling what could end up becoming a storybook season for the team. The Eagles are off to a 10-1 start, and many experts around the league surmise that the team could be a favorite to qualify, and ultimately win, Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.
He recently participated in an interview with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, during which the venerated radio play-by-play voice was asked if he feels he can still improve as a broadcaster.
Within his answer, he described a book he read about former New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio, which divulged that “The Yankee Clipper” would feel as nervous before every game as he did during his rookie season in 1936. He can relate to the mindset approaching every game as he prepares to take the air. In fact, he views the weekly matchup as the most important game he has ever done in his career.
“I feel that way about a preseason game or a Super Bowl,” Reese said. “During the summer, I will go through three or four games and jot down notes how I used this word too often or I didn’t pick something up the way I wanted to. I don’t think my voice has changed. My eyesight is very good. I feel great. I’m doing what I’d rather do than anything else in the world.”
Although he had several opportunities to take his talents to the national level, Merrill Reese conveyed that he feels he has been fairly compensated enough not to leave the locale. At the same time, he also understands the unique facets of a radio broadcast that render it compatible with and enjoyable to the listeners.
“I love the fact that radio broadcasting is painting a picture,” Merrill Reese said. “I think the television guys do a great job, but it’s a little bit of a different job where you are captioning the picture. As a radio broadcaster, you call almost every step and every yard line.”