It took a few days, but election week finally closed Saturday morning, just in time for everyone to turn their attention to football. Despite President Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, many in sports radio trusted the election process which saw America vote the Biden/Harris ticket into office.
FOX Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd gets criticized by conservatives for being too liberal and he’s criticized by the left for being too far right. Maintaining that theme, Cowherd kept his acknowledgement of the president-elect relatively bi-partisan.
In New York, former WFAN host and current political pundit for 77 WABC Sid Rosenberg has spent many days talking up President Trump and rooting for reelection. Despite his frequent condemnation of the left, Rosenberg graciously supported the president-elect, representative of a peaceful transfer that the majority are hoping for.
WFAN’s weekday lineup remained quiet, but a couple of producers offered reaction to the election results. Morning show producer Al Dukes was sarcastically hopeful the tense political discussion would continue to dominate social media now that the White House is soon to be occupied by a democrat.
Moose and Maggie producer Brian Monzo was very thankful for everything President Trump did to the country in the last four years.
A vocal Trump advocate, Monzo puts the country first, amiably offering support for the incoming president and vice president of the United States.
On ESPN New York, The Michael Kay Show’s Peter Rosenberg has been outspoken about his disdain for President Trump throughout his tenure in office. The popular radio host shared his excitement over Joe Biden being announced the president-elect.
Chris Canty, a Super Bowl winner and morning co-host on ESPN New York compared the Biden/Harris victory to winning a championship game.
92.9 The Game’s Hugh Douglas checked in from Atlanta, the city that helped turn Georgia blue for the first time since 1992.
97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli has been politically driven on social media in recent months. With his audience mostly located in Philadelphia and the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Missanelli took solace in the election result.
Ken Carman, morning host on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland and a native of Ohio, was on CBS Sports Radio Saturday morning and tasked with presenting the breaking news of Biden being named president-elect to affiliates nationwide.
Former WNBA All Star and current co-host of ESPN Radio’s afternoon show, Chiney Ogwumike was especially proud of Kamala Harris becoming the first Black woman to be elected vice president. Ogwumike also donated her time on Election Day as a poll worker, helping Americans cast their vote which drew appreciation from President Obama.
KNBR’s Brian Murphy Speaks for First Time After Paul McCaffrey Laid Off
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’.”
Earlier this week, KNBR underwent a round of layoffs, affecting a pair of programs on the Bay Area sports station, including the departure of longtime morning host Paul McCaffrey. His longtime partner — Brian Murphy — has taken to X to share his thoughts.
In a thread to X, Murphy shared his admiration for McCaffrey, whom he hosted Murph and Mac with for 18 years.
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’,” wrote Murphy. “So much love.”
He then shared that everything listeners and fans of the program have shared on social media has been read by the duo, and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
Finally, Murphy addressed his future. Fill-in host Dieter Kurtenbach shared on Thursday he did not have a definitive answer about Murphy’s future with the Cumulus-owned station.
However, Brian Murphy has shared he will return to the airwaves on Monday morning.
“I’ll be back Monday morning on KNBR with our guy Markus (Waterboy) Boucher,” Murphy wrote. “Come on. It’s Niners-Eagles. Wouldn’t miss it. As Paulie Mac’s board itself would say: The show goes on.”
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.