As we gear up for Thanksgiving, here are a few sports media items that have trickled in and you may have missed. If you have future news to share you can send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.
Cumulus Dallas has found their successor to Tyler Cox, who is retiring after 40+ years in the industry, including the past ten as program director of Dallas News Talk stations WBAP and KLIF. Veteran sports radio programmer Kevin Graham, who last managed WEEI in Boston, and who’s served as PD for KFNZ in Salt Lake City, KTAR and KMVP in Phoenix, WXYT in Detroit, and WEPN in New York City, will succeed Cox. Graham says he’s long admired Dan Bennett and Jeff Catlin of Cumulus Dallas, and considers it a great honor to follow in Cox’s footsteps to assist in the continued growth of two of the country’s most successful News/Talk brands, WBAP and KLIF.
A special crew will be in place for tonight’s Monday Night football game on Westwood One, live from Mexico City, and featuring the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans. CBS Sports’ Spanish-language broadcast team of Armando Quintero, Benny Ricardo, and Brady Poppinga will call the action. The network’s regular broadcast team of Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason have the night off.
Rob Parker is heading west to Los Angeles to take on a larger role as a debate analyst at FOX Sports 1. Parker had made appearances on FS1 since the network launched but was still living and working in Detroit. No word yet on which shows he’ll contribute to regularly. The former opinionist previously worked for ESPN, and was a regular contributor to First Take before the show was altered to revolve around Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.
In San Francisco, KPIX 5 Sports Anchor Dennis O’Donnell profiled former big leaguer turned KNBR 1050 morning host Kevin Frandsen. To check out the clip and learn more about Frandsen’s transition into the sports media industry click here.
Zach McCrite is doing some fill-in work this week in St. Louis for his former employer 101 ESPN. McCrite, who now resides in Louisville and last worked full time for 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City, is stepping in for Anthony Stalter and Chris Duncan on The Turn.
Also in St. Louis, KSDK-5 has promoted sports anchor Frank Cusumano to Sports Director. Cusumano has been a sportscaster at KSDK since 1993, winning an Edward R. Murrow Award and 17 Emmys. He added “Some kids want to be doctors, others want to be lawyers, all I have ever wanted to do is to talk about sports on television and radio in St. Louis. I am honored to be able to tell the stories of these incredible athletes in our town.”
Longtime Toronto Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth is undergoing a cancer operation this week to remove a small tumor. Howarth said a biopsy failed to find any prostate cancer, but the growth was later detected during an MRI scan.
Jacksonville University has a new public address announcer. Joshua Jackson has agreed to be the PA voice for Men’s basketball games. He made his debut last week.
A new website (TheRaidersWire.com) is being launched by the USA Today Sports Media Group, and the company has hired Will Reeve Jr. to serve as the site’s managing editor.
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.
Matt Moscona Named PD of 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge
“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary.”
104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge host Matt Moscona has been named Program Director of the Guaranty Media station.
Moscona hosts After Further Review, which is simulcast on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge as well as as 100.3 ESPN New Orleans. He also hosts the Rosters to Riches podcast, which discusses the largest stories in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.
“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary,” Moscona said. “I’m honored to have been chosen to help continue our growth in this new role.”
Moscona joined Guaranty Media in 2010 after a stint at iHeartMedia in Baton Rouge.
“Matt Moscona is the perfect person to help grow ESPN Baton Rouge as we continue to increase the amount of content we produce and the number of platforms we are distributing that content to daily,” Guaranty Media GM Gordy Rush said.
“Matt’s dedication to the growth of the brand from day one and how that impacts the listeners and the businesses we serve makes him the perfect person to bring 1045 ESPN to the next level,” added Guaranty Media COO TJ Solis.
Maggie Gray: Kids Don’t Belong at Postgame Press Conferences
“I’m not saying kids shouldn’t be part of this, but to be up there in the press conference after a game? No.”
A video of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni’s daughter went viral after she mimicked him during the NFC Championship Game postgame press conference. And while she believes it’s cute, CBS Sports Radio host Maggie Gray believes kids don’t need to be there.
During Maggie and Perloff Monday, Gray contended that the press conference is when people are working, and simply isn’t a place children need to be.
“All professional athletes: your kids are cute. They’re all cute,” Gray said. “We both have kids, they’re cute. Kids are naturally cute. We can see your kids down on the field with confetti, I’m not saying kids shouldn’t be part of this, but to be up there in the press conference after a game? No. These are reporters trying to do their job, number one. And two, we have plenty of time to see your kids. They shouldn’t be up there.”
Gray was joined by Eliot Shorr-Parks, the Philadelphia Eagles reporter for 94WIP. He slightly disagreed while co-host Andrew Perloff remained mostly quiet on the subject.
Some critics have argued athletes and coaches have utilized their children as a quasi-shield from tough, difficult, or uncomfortable questions. While Gray doesn’t posit that here, she does make the case that the press conference is an area where reporters are trying to work, and the distraction of children isn’t conducive to that environment.
Gregg Giannotti: Kay Adams Grabbed My Man Boob
“I’m not upset at her. I’m more upset with me for possessing these man boobs.”
Many of sports media’s biggest personalities are assembled in Arizona for Radio Row at the Super Bowl. WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti was introduced to FanDuel TV’s Kay Adams yesterday, and he will remember the interaction for years to come.
During Boomer & Gio Tuesday morning, Giannotti explained the interaction came to be after he was going to 93.7 The Fan’s area to record an interview with Andrew Fillipponi when the pair bumped into Adams, who Fillipponi works with on the sports betting cable channel.
“The first thing she does is the classic ‘Where’s Boomer? Why isn’t he here? He doesn’t want to see me? Where did he go?’ So I go ‘You smell that rubber, Kay? That’s Boomer’,” explained Giannotti. “So then, I look over and she’s got a display of a tequila competitor that’s in front of her set, that’s not Casamigos. So then she sees me wearing the Casamigos sweatshirt that you have on, so playfully — she’s not angered by this, but playfully — she says ‘Oh no, no, no. You can’t wear that around here.’
“She puts her hand right here on my left man boob, and covers up the logo, and gives me two squeezes on the left man boob. Now, I am — at this point — completely floored. Because never once in my life — man, female — has anyone grabbed my man boob and gave it a honk-honk. And that’s what happened.”
“Was it titillating?” Boomer Esiason laughingly asked. Giannotti responded with a resounding no.
“It felt weird. It wasn’t titillating. It’s emasculating. It wasn’t like she was rubbing the back of my head saying ‘Oh, I love Boomer & Gio‘, she’s grabbing the most self-conscious part of my body and honking it.”
“She honked your boob,” Esiason said. “Did you honk her boob back?”
“Of course not!” shouted Giannotti. “I wouldn’t be sitting here right now!”
When asked by Esiason if he had PTSD or was upset about the situation, Giannotti said he was more upset with himself.
“I’m not upset at her. I’m more upset with me for possessing these man boobs and allowing something like this to happen. It’s more of a self-deprecation thing with me. Whatever she said after that, I don’t remember. It’s just black,” Giannotti joked.
“The whole time I’m just thinking ‘honk-honk, Kay Adams, the thing in the NFL right now, honk-honk, Kay Adams, oh look there’s Kay Adams, what’s Kay Adams wearing, Oh my god Kay Adams is here’ and the first time I meet her she’s going ‘honk-honk’ on my man boob.”