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The Cromwell Group Launches Victory 103.9
The Cromwell Group has launched a brand new sports talk radio station. Victory 103.9 has launched in Mattoon, Illinois. The brand will be anchored by NBC Sports Radio, and feature “Pro Football Talk Live” with Mike Florio as its morning show.
The radio station will also feature Charleston High School football. Rob Calhoun and Jack Ashmore will call the action.
“Victory 103.9 will allow us the opportunity to put more high school students on the radio, with play by play action for volleyball, junior high basketball and other local sporting events that you typically don’t find on the radio,” says General Manager Luci Englum.
You can find Victory 103.9 on Facebook, Twitter and at the website, www.myradiolink.com.
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 JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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John Sterling: George Steinbrenner Wanted to Fire Everyone Other Than His Announcers
“I walked past him and he said ‘Don’t worry. There’ll be changes. Not you and Michael (Kay). You guys are great.'”
Former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was widely known for his quick trigger in regard to the employment of anyone involved with his beloved ball club. Nearly everyone involved with the club feared losing their job at one point or another. Nearly everyone, outside of radio voice John Sterling.
During an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s The Morning Roast with Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky, Sterling was asked if he ever caught the ire of legendary owner George Steinbrenner.
Sterling called Steinbrenner “mercurial”, but pointed to a story from the early stages of his tenure as the radio play-by-play announcer of the Yankees, as proof that he was never fearful of losing his job.
“Fifth game of the Seattle playoff series in ’95. Great series. The Yankees lost. I finished my postgame, and came down the stairs,” Sterling reminisced. “The only way to get to the bus was to go through the dugout. Standing on the field, kind of in front of the dugout, was George. And the proverbial steam was coming from his ears. I walked past him and he said ‘Don’t worry. There’ll be changes. Not you and Michael (Kay). You guys are great.’
“That was George, in the moment, telling me how great I was. That was the kind of relationship I had with George.”
The 84-year-old Sterling was asked by the San Francisco hosts about his schedule for the upcoming season. He said he’ll call somewhere in the neighborhood of 130-132 games while joking that the schedule for announcers like Bob Uecker — who won’t be traveling to road games in 2023 — was “a dream”.
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RJ Choppy: ‘We Don’t Care About Bally, We Just Watch The Games’
“I hate that people can’t watch these games.”
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day took place yesterday, with every team in action in the opener for the first time since the 1960s. As fans across the country tuned into their favorite teams, Texas Rangers fans experienced an issue with Bally Sports Southwest. That caught the ire of 105.3 The Fan host RJ Choppy.
Shan & RJ read message after message from listeners saying they were unable to watch the Rangers season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“We need to get to the bottom of this Bally thing,” co-host Shan Shariff said. “This blew up on my social media.”
“My understanding that there’s a streaming problem Bally is having right now?” Choppy said.
“Yesterday, people were unable to watch the game on the app, even if they were connected on their home wifi,” explained co-host Bobby Belt. “Bally was saying — and I assume this has to do with the Diamond Sports collapse — that they don’t have the licensing to stream their games. I think people just expected it to be there because they had the rights with basketball, but they don’t with baseball. So people just showed up expecting to see it, so whenever you try to watch it through the app, you can’t get it.”
Shariff then read several messages from listeners claiming the followed the steps from the Texas Rangers website verbatim to ensure they were properly subscribed to the broadcasts, and that still didn’t solve their issues.
“Baseball has always had odd blackout restrictions,” Choppy added. “Maybe not odd, but they get in the way. I get the MLB Extra Innings package. It’s $120. My son uses it. He’ll go to the app. I went to the app this morning. It’s got a lot of things you can do on it…I can’t watch a Ranger game on it. I have to watch it on my TV at home or the DirecTV Stream on my phone. That worked, but I hate that people can’t watch these games. We don’t care about your problems, Bally. We just wanna watch the games. It’s a mess.”
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Bryant Gumbel: League Networks Make Good Sports Journalism ‘Hard to Come By’
“I think any time anybody gets in trouble, they can go to that network and expect a softer landing than they would if they had to face either you or me on a neutral site.”
Bryant Gumbel did not mince words when asked about the state of sports journalism in 2023. He told Dan Patrick that it is “hard to come by.”
Appearing on Patrick’s FOX Sports Radio show on Friday, the HBO Real Sports host said there are too many options for players, coaches, and others in the sports world to tell their version of a story. They can avoid hard questions entirely if they want to.
“Every team now has a television arm,” Gumbel said. “You have the NBA network. You have the MLB network. So, as a result, I think any time anybody gets in trouble, they can go to that network and expect a softer landing than they would if they had to face either you or me on a neutral site.”
Bryant Gumbel is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Sports Emmys next month. He told Patrick that between his work in sports and on The Today Show, he has lost count of how many Sports Emmys he’s won.
But Gumbel’s job is getting harder. It isn’t just league networks. He said that social media and outlets like The Players Tribune have made it easy for players to communicate directly with fans.
“It makes it more difficult for those of us who who work in this business to try to elicit honest answers in an honest forum,” he said.