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Highlighting The Best of Los Angeles Sports Radio

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The No. 1 column that I wanted to do but never got around to was ranking the local and national sports-talk radio shows. I’ll keep it local here and keep it brief: My co-favorites are “The Petros & Money Show” on KLAC/570 and “Mason and Ireland” on KSPN/710.

Although different in content and style, both feature longtime co-hosts who have excellent chemistry and a strong sense of what their specific audiences care about. “PMS,” featuring Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith, isn’t for everyone; it can be very tangential. But, similar to Bill Walton’s all-over-the-map basketball announcing, it’s one of the reasons I like it. The show is different. Amid the current glut of sports programming, it’s hard to stand out. “PMS” does.

“Mason and Ireland” tends to be more topical and also features my favorite single segment on any show: “Fast Track,” a 15-or-so-minute exchange in which Steve Mason and John Ireland debate various subjects (not all of them sports-related) in rapid-fire fashion. The two come at life from different viewpoints, but they’ve known each other forever and are comfortable disagreeing on the air, often diffusing disputes with humor. That’s what makes the show work.

Three more quick thoughts on L.A. radio personalities:

1. Fred Roggin, who’s on The Beast 980 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., remains a veteran, trusted voice of reason in the market; no one has spent more time intelligently discussing the NFL-to-L.A. story than Roggin.

2. “Max & Marcellus” on 710 has grown on me. Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley are smart guys who often dig beneath the surface of topical issues. There’s value in that.

3. Mike Trudell, co-host of “Thompson & Trudell” on 710, is a rising star in the business. He’s opinionated, versatile, always well prepared and capable of multitasking like no other during Lakers broadcasts.

Read more at the Orange County Register where this article was originally published

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WEEI Producer Begins Campaign To Get Greg Hill into Radio Hall of Fame

“He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

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Greg Hill already has a Marconi, but that honor isn’t enough according to one of his producers.

Jackson, who hosts The Greg Hill Show’s after-show podcast, revealed on Monday that he is ready to make the case to the Radio Hall of Fame for the WEEI morning man to be included in next year’s induction ceremony.

He said that Hill treats the Marconi Award he won for Major Market Personality of the Year like it belongs to everyone. Hill credits not just the current cast he works with on WEEI, but partners from his days at active rocker WAAF as well, with helping him take home that award. Jackson wants to see Hill get an honor that is just for him.

“The Radio Hall of Fame would be very much Greg only, and I think he needs that solo recognition. Not for his ego, but for posterity and for his legend because he is legendary,” Jackson said. “He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

This year, the Radio Hall of Fame included a trio of WFAN legends in its induction class with found Jeff Smulyan, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Suzyn Waldman all being honored.

Jackson says he is taking it upon himself to make the case for Greg Hill getting in, but he encouraged listeners to find out what they can do and then do it. While he made it clear that Hill deserves the honor, Jackson acknowledged that the recognition would make him feel pretty good too.

“That would be cool because then I would be working for a Radio Hall-of-Famer and in the circle of trust of a Radio Hall-of-Famer perhaps.”

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Jason Barrett Podcast: Jeff Smulyan, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down

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There would be no sports radio if not for Jeff Smulyan. He takes JB through the triumphs and disappointments of his career and explains why he is sharing so many stories in a new book, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down. To pick up your copy, click here.

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Zolak & Bertrand: Kirk Herbstreit’s Comments A Wake Up Call For Patriots Fans

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough.”

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Zolak and Bertrand

Things appeared to come to a head for the New England Patriots and their fans last week as the team fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-10.

Many fans of the Patriots with the loss seem to have accepted the fact that the glory days of the franchise are officially over. Thursday Night Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even noted that it was off-putting that fans near his broadcast vantage point were fine with the Pats coming out on the losing end.

“I just felt the sense of acceptance of where they are,” Herbstreit said during a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “It really shocked me. I’m just so used to the Patriots’ 20 years of excellence, and not just the NFL in all of professional sports. And to see their fan base just like, we suck, whatever, game’s over, like early they were like that.”

On Zolak & Bertrand Monday, co-host Scott Zolak disagreed with Herbstreit’s take.

“I don’t know what you want from a fan base to do after that when the game’s over, and the place starts to dump out,” he said. “The game was well in hand.”

Zolak’s cohort Marc Bertrand felt differently, praising Herbstreit for offering that sort of perspective.

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough,” Bertrand said. “They let ’em off the hook.”

Bertrand felt like Patriots fans had every right to be pissed off with the product the team put on the field last week and have done so far this season. Especially when people are paying top dollar for admission to games.

“That product doesn’t match those prices last Thursday night,” he said, continuing to agree with what Herbstreit said. “You don’t hear that a lot around here. So I thought it was a nice change up.”

Zolak and Bertrand both seemed to determine that perhaps it was a case of fans being too nice and being willing to accept failure from head coach Bill Belichick and his staff.

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