Mark Giannotto and Jeffrey Wright will fill the vacancy in 92.9 ESPN’s lineup left after Eric Hasseltine’s exit. The Entercom station has been the dominant sports voice in Memphis since taking on the format in 2009. The new show, Giannotto and Jeffery will air weekdays from 2-4 pm.
In addition to his new role as sports talk host, Giannotto is also the lead columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He came to town in 2017 from the Washington Post, where he covered the Capitals, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Wright is a well-known voice to 92.9 ESPN listeners. He has served as the executive producer of The Geoff Calkins Show for the last three years, a role he will continue in even after the new show launches.
Connor Dunning will stay on board as the show’s producer.
Hasseltine announced he was leaving the station earlier this month. The play-by-play voice of the Memphis Grizzlies cited fatigue and a desire to spend more time with family as reasons for his exit.
Dan Le Batard: ‘Fox Gave $375 Million To Someone Who’s Not Interesting’
“This is one of the easiest jobs in broadcasting. Sitting next to another professional and just being Tom Brady.”
Reaction continued to pour in on Wednesday to the news that Tom Brady agreed to a massive contract to join the FOX NFL booth.
Dan Le Batard didn’t hold back. He said that $375 million is an absurd amount of money for anyone to make, but he did say that this is all part of a plan for the future Hall of Famer.
“He wants to conquer,” he said. “He’s going to want to conquer the next 20 years. He’s going to do it with a part-time job.”
Domination or not, Le Batard doesn’t think FOX thought much about making a deal with Tom Brady beyond name recognition.
“Tom Brady is not fun or interesting in front of a microphone, Stugotz,” Le Batard said. “They just gave $375 million to somebody who’s never said anything interesting.”
Le Batard added that even though Brady isn’t proven yet on the microphone as an analyst, Brady just being himself is the reason why he commanded so much money.
“This is one of the easiest jobs in broadcasting. Sitting next to another professional and just being Tom Brady,” he said.
Laurence Holmes: Only Shaq & Kenny Smith Get To Clown On Charles Barkley
“People need to start putting some respect back on Charles’s NBA career.”
Charles Barkley accomplished plenty in his storied NBA career, with the only real shortcoming being he never won an NBA title.
The lack of a championship is often a go-to when people, including his Inside the NBA cohorts, want to try and talk smack about the Hall of Fame player. But Laurence Holmes of 670 the Score in Chicago says that there are only a few people who can actually get away with some of that kind of ribbing.
Holmes made that point on Wednesday when talking about a recent interaction Barkley had while he was a guest on the podcast The Pivot.
In the exchange, co-host Fred Taylor was trying to ask Barkley about whether he felt like he wasn’t getting the proper attention while playing on the 1992 Olympic basketball team commonly known as “The Dream Team.” The way Taylor phrased the question, Clark and Crowder jumped in trying to kid Barkley for not being as good as he actually was.
Holmes said it was just ridiculous for a broader swath of people to think Barkley never had much of a career.
“People need to start putting some respect back on Charles’s NBA career. Like, for real for real,” he said. “It’s alright for Shaq to joke about Charles not having rings…It’s not cool for the rest of us to act like Charles Barkley was trash.”
Holmes added that Crowder and Clark in that instance were out of line.
“This is not having context, and you feeling like you’re in on the joke,” he said. “You’re not in on the joke.”
The fact is, and Barkley says this in the clip, that Charles was likely the second-best player on that team behind Michael Jordan. By the time the Barcelona Olympics rolled around, Barkley was coming off an MVP season.
“Charles Barkley was not just some dude. He was THE dude for a while!” he said. “This is a league MVP. This is an 11 All-NBA. Not just the all-star game, All-NBA. And people get really comfortable jumping in on what are a lot of times like inside jokes about guys, and occasionally they have to be checked. I’m glad that Charles checked them.”
Ian Eagle Explains How He Learned About Steve Kerr’s Covid Diagnosis
“That means you’re changing your open. That means your changing your storylines to start the game and Jared’s hit.”
Ian Eagle was a guest on Papa and Lund on KNBR in San Francisco on Wednesday. The TNT broadcaster was asked how he goes about gathering information and understanding what new off-court stories are shaping conversations about the series.
He said that every game day starts with a full crew breakfast at 10 AM where stories and ideas are thrown out. That is just the beginning though because one meeting wouldn’t be nearly enough.
“If you’re doing paint by numbers in these series, if you just go in and say ’Oh, we’ll just report what we see on the court,’ that’s just not enough certainly in this day and age with information flying around the way it is,” Ian Eagle said.
Coaches’ meetings can be a big part of the preparation, as are check-ins with team PR staffs. He said the goal is to have an overflow of information.
He described being minutes away from he and analyst Jim Jackson meeting with Warriors coach Steve Kerr ahead of Game 4 when information about the coach’s Covid diagnosis came out. Instantly, he knew plans would have to change.
“We were supposed to meet with Steve Kerr at 5:30 local time. At 520, Jared Greenberg runs out of our room and we’re looking at each other like ‘what the hell is going on here? That’s the fastest I ever saw that dude move.’ And he clearly got some information and within 2 minutes there’s a tweet and two minutes after that we get a call from Golden State PR.”
Eagle said that in that situation, all you can do is think about how you are going to set the table for the game with the information you have rather than be frustrated with what you had prepared now being irrelevant.
“That means you’re changing your open. That means your changing your storylines to start the game and Jared’s hit. I think it’s just a full team effort to make sure you’ve got the narratives and what the audience needs to know.”