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Chris Cote Pulls Off Tongue-In-Cheek Interview With John Skipper

“It was quickly clear this conversation was going to be closer to what you expect from Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns, than an interview conducted by Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio.”

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There are plenty of important topics that need to be discussed when talking to former ESPN president John Skipper, and a lot of those were hit by Dan Le Batard during their recent 4-part interview series on South Beach Sessions.  

But to discuss the more unique topics that should appeal to a better portion of Le Batard’s audience, producer Chris Cote has the listeners covered, and I think we might need to hear more of this.  Skipper recently partnered with Le Batard for their new company Meadowlark Media.

“Remember when you ran ESPN?” The question Cote used to open his interview with Skipper. It was quickly clear this conversation was going to be closer to what you expect from Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns, than an interview conducted by Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio. 

And credit Skipper for playing along. Surely, he gets the show. He didn’t have to open up about peeing in pools and preferring to eat ice cream out of a cup, but that’s the type of responses Cote is capable of getting from his guests and boss. 

“How often while you were at ESPN, would you be watching TV, see someone you didn’t like on TV and just make a call and that person was never on ESPN again?” Cote asked. 

“About once a week,” Skipper answered. I think he was joking.  

Cote sounded at ease in the no holds barred interview with his new boss, even taking credit for their new media venture, citing Le Batard’s last straw with ESPN coming when they fired his producer. The only time Cote wavered came when Skipper asked if he saw “This is Spinal Tap,” and Le Batard’s producer submissively said yes.

But the parody interview fit the sports radio mocking Le Batard’s audience is used to hearing. And even in moments of silence, the conversation was uniquely, comfortably awkward.

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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