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KNBR’s Mark Willard Offering Broadcasters Path Classes

“A list of guest instructors will be revealed soon.”

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Mark Willard is taking his broadcasting courses online. The KNBR evening host isn’t letting the pandemic get in the way of his Broadcasters Path class program. He is turning it into a two day Zoom course.

Participants in the two-day event will get time set aside to get their work reviewed one-on-one. They will also all be entered to win a one-on-one training session with Willard himself.

A list of guest instructors will be revealed soon. In the meantime, a list of topics for the event has been unveiled. Sessions will cover hosting, interviewing, commentary, writing, play by play, networking and being on camera.

The Broadcasters Path event starts September 26. If you’re interested in attending, click here to purchase tickets.

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Al Dukes: There’s No Point in Listening to NFL Radio Pregame Shows

“The Giants must have nine people doing the pregame show…and all they’re doing is telling what’s sponsored by what.”

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Sports radio broadcasts are known for being sponsor-heavy, and that point was driven home to WFAN’s Al Dukes while listening to NFL radio broadcasts Sunday.

“There’s no point to listen to — on the radio — the football pregame show is a conduit for commercial, commercial, commercial,” Dukes said during Al & Jerry’s Postgame Podcast. “I had the Giants one on the other day, and I know the Giants — we just put it on our air but the Giants pay us and the Giants sell the commercials, sell the sponsorships.”

“It’s the same way we pay the Yankees,” Jerry Recco replied. “It’s why the weather is sponsored, the on-deck circle is sponsored, the microphone is sponsored. We gotta make our money back.”

“The Giants must have nine people doing the pregame show…and all they’re doing is telling what’s sponsored by what. It’s hard,” Dukes added.

Recco then pointed out he hosted the Giants pregame show in 2004, and the hardest part of the job was ensuring he got in all of the sponsorship mentions and reads, noting the content came secondary to the advertisements.

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Dan Patrick: CFP Committee Missed ‘Monster Game’ With Ohio St vs Michigan

“Maybe I’m being a little too snarky with this,” Dan Patrick added, “but it is a TV show that they’re producing.”

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College football voters have long been accused of making decisions based on what is best for television. It has been true ever since there has been a formal national championship game. 2022 is no exception, although according to Dan Patrick, the people making the decisions on the College Football Playoff field should be chided for not considering the TV implications of their matchups.

“It’s a TV show and that’s what I always wonder,” he said Monday on his FOX Sports Radio show. “Ohio State and Michigan, and you had that in the final four? Look, TCU might be a sacrificial lamb, but that’s okay. You would have a monster game with Ohio State and Michigan.”

America has already seen Ohio State play Michigan once this season. It could have been the opinion of the committee that given that the first game was not close, there would not be any excitement for a rematch. However, to Patrick’s point, the first matchup drew 17 million viewers less than two weeks ago.

“Maybe I’m being a little too snarky with this,” Dan Patrick added, “but it is a TV show that they’re producing.”

CBS Sports analyst Rick Neuheisal, who was Patrick’s guest for the segment agreed. He called out the absurdity of CFP Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan saying that the TV implications of potential matchups were never considered when the final poll was put together.

“To say, as Boo Corrigan did to Rece Davis, that that never came up that it would be an Ohio State, Michigan rematch, that no one acknowledged the elephant in the room? That must be a very small room, if no one said it in the room. Because it was said elsewhere, I gaurantee.”

The College Football Playoff saw a re-match just last year when Georgia defeated Alabama in the National Championship Game just over one month after the Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. The perception among many, though, is that the committee tries to avoid rematches in the semi-final round.

Michigan will play TCU in the Fiesta Bowl this year with Ohio State facing Georgia in the Peach Bowl. Both semi-final games will air on ESPN on New Year’s Eve.

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Angelo Cataldi ‘Too Emotional’ For Twitter

“I realized that I am too emotional to be successful offering my in-the-moment thoughts on Twitter.”

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94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi is a radio legend, but don’t expect to see him become a social media star any time soon.

Cataldi, who is slated to retire at the conclusion of the Philadelphia Eagles’ season, told listeners Twitter isn’t a great platform for him, and showcased a tweet from a station analyst as a reason why.

“I had a brief dalliance with Twitter, and then I realized that I am too emotional to be successful offering my in-the-moment thoughts on Twitter,” Cataldi said. Later, he asked both Rhea Hughes and Al Morganti about their Twitter presence. Hughes has departed the platform, while Morganti said he uses Twitter but won’t give his thoughts during games because he’s doesn’t want others influencing his opinion on what he’s seeing.

Cataldi then pointed out that former Eagle Seth Joyner, who works as an Eagles analyst for the station, put his foot in his mouth with a tweet during yesterday’s victory.

“Seth Joyner believes in communicating with the people in the moment, and it is not good,” Cataldi joked.

Joyner’s tweet was in regards to Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon. “He held them to 10 points,” Cataldi argued, saying Joyner “looked like a smacked ass” after his tweet.

“Somebody get some seasoning, because Mr. Joyner has to eat this. He’s gonna have to dine on this crow this morning.”

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