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BSM Podcast Episode 14: Freddie Coleman – ESPN Radio

Jason Barrett

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LaVar Ball’s interview on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” created mixed reactions across the sports media industry. Some rose to the defense of the controversial father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball, but most felt his behavior was out of bounds, and grounds for not being given a future opportunity to appear on FS1’s airwaves. Jason though believes a follow up appearance from Ball on Cowherd’s show needs to happen, and it’s the focus of his Starting Point.

For this week’s sports media conversation, Jason reconnects with a longtime friend and former colleague, ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman. During the course of their 45-minute discussion, Jason and Freddie discuss paying dues in small markets, the way ESPN has changed over the past 13 years, the reason why First Take is successful and what people misunderstand about the show, how to handle volatile guests like LaVar Ball, and the keys to thriving and surviving on a national stage for more than 13 years.

SUBJECTS EXPLORED WITH FREDDIE COLEMAN

  • The challenge of doing what’s best for business vs. what you personally like
  • What hosts must do to maintain control when talking to bombastic guests
  • Qualities and habits he picked up while working in smaller markets
  • Why it’s beneficial for broadcasters to pay dues before catching a break
  • His introduction to hosting a sports talk show 5-days per week in Albany, NY
  • Landing on ESPN Radio’s radar and the details of his on-air audition
  • How working on ESPN Radio’s GameNight, a 6-hour show, helped him grow
  • The ways ESPN Radio has changed for the better and the worse during his time
  • How he’s managed to survive and thrive at ESPN Radio over the past 13 years
  • His previous frustrations of not earning a daytime shot & how he changed his mindset
  • What makes his show on the network with Ian Fitzsimmons fun and unique
  • Why he believes people are more critical and rooting for the worldwide leader to fail
  • SportsCenter’s challenges and why he feels the show isn’t as powerful as it once was
  • Why First Take succeeds and what the number one misconception is about the show
  • Quick Hits – Jets/Knicks, Best advice, Most influential host, ex-ESPN colleague

FROM THE GUEST

Freddie’s Twitter handle: @ColemanESPN

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BSM Podcast – Season 5 – Episode 3 – Chris Oliviero, Entercom New York

“Entercom New York Market Manager Chris Oliviero explains why he returned to the business, how he feels about the state of WFAN and a reunion with Craig Carton, and more!”

Jason Barrett

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After building a career as one of the sharpest programming executives in the radio industry, and leaving the business in the summer of 2018, many were surprised when Chris Oliviero was announced as the new Market Manager of Entercom New York in May 2020. On this episode, Chris tells Jason Barrett why he decided to return to the business, what he learned while on the outside, how he feels about the present and future of WFAN, where he stands on pursuing a reunion with Craig Carton, in addition to weighing in on a number of industry topics as well.

Additionally, Jason Barrett shares breaking news about a new venture being explored by his company which industry professionals will be interested in learning more about. Further details will be shared after Labor Day but the basics are passed along during the first minutes of the episode.

TOPICS COVERED WITH CHRIS:

  • When the deal to become Market Manager came together
  • What convinced him to return to the radio business
  • What he learned and missed about the industry while away from it
  • If local management is enough to satisfy his professional desires
  • Confidence level in WFAN; what the brand needs to do to enjoy future success
  • Planning for the day when Mark Chernoff rides off into the sunset
  • How interested he is in reuniting Craig Carton and WFAN
  • Why the mistakes of a few can’t take away from social media’s value to talent, brands, and the audience
  • If more radio companies will follow Saga & Townsquare’s lead and move away from Nielsen
  • The future of live and on-demand audio content
  • How sports betting will influence the way sports talk radio is presented in the next 5-10 years

FROM THE GUEST:

Connect with Chris on Linkedin: Chris Oliviero

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BSM Podcast – Season 5 – Episode 2 – Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio

“Mike Greenberg chats with Jason Barrett about his new radio show ‘Greeny’ which debuts on ESPN Radio on Monday August 17th.”

Jason Barrett

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Mike Greenberg returns to ESPN Radio’s airwaves on Monday August 17th, taking over the 12p-2p ET timeslot, a change from his morning routine. Secure with a place in the NAB radio hall of fame, the lead chair on ESPN’s hit television program ‘Get Up‘, and 32,000+ hours of on-air broadcasting under his belt, some in Mike’s position would pass on the chance to increase their work load, and accept a new challenge, but that’s not how Greeny operates. In this conversation, Mike shares what interested him about returning to host a solo midday program, how content will be approached on the show, the method to his madness when it comes to interviewing and teasing, advice he’s passed on to the network’s new morning show, and more.

Additionally, BSM President Jason Barrett spends 5 minutes prior to the conversation sharing a few observations, opinions, and questions about ESPN Radio’s changes.

SUBJECTS COVERED WITH MIKE:

  • When he started thinking about returning to radio
  • Launching new shows and handling negative feedback
  • His vision and content approach for the new midday show
  • How social issues will be covered on the program
  • Winning over listeners who prefer local hosts
  • The way he approaches interviewing and teasing
  • Remembering Detroit sports radio host Jamie Samuelsen
  • The likelihood of football still being played in December

FROM THE GUEST:

Follow Mike on Twitter: @ESPNGreeny

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BSM Podcast – Season 5 – Episode 1 – Sam Savage, Outkick

“Sam explains his vision for Outkick, why he chose to invest in the brand, and shares some news on the company’s upcoming plans.”

Jason Barrett

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Sam Savage may not be the name you’re most familiar with if you follow Outkick, but he’s a huge part of the brand’s expansion in recent weeks. The longtime digital media executive recently invested in the company, joining forces with Clay Travis and Jason Whitlock, and on this episode he sheds some light on why he chose to invest in Outkick during a rough 2020, what his vision is for the brand’s future, why understanding technology is even more important than brand exposure on traditional media, and where he sees the company directing its focus in the near and distant future.

Additionally, the first 10-minutes include an opening commentary from BSM President Jason Barrett on the status of the Managing The Crisis podcast, the BSM Podcast’s seasonal approach, and the importance of hearing and welcoming different points of view, and providing second chances to those who make mistakes.

ISSUES DISCUSSED WITH SAM:

  • His background as a digital media executive
  • Why he chose to invest in Outkick during a rough 2020
  • The reason for shortening the Outkick name
  • Luring Jason Whitlock to Outkick from FS1
  • Whether adding Whitlock could create tension with FOX
  • If Outkick can survive and thrive without traditional media
  • Building systems and strategies to increase Outkick’s revenue
  • Dealing with potential advertiser issues due to activism
  • What separates successful digital media brands
  • Outkick’s future plans in the podcasting space
  • If the goal is to build & sell or be part of Outkick long term
  • Whether Shannon Terry, FOX or iHeart could become future partners
  • Which goals he’s set for Outkick’s next 6 months
  • If the brand plans to add more talent in the near future

FROM THE GUEST:

Sam’s Linkedin profile: Sam Savage 

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