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Shams Charania Details Career Journey With Stugotz

“Charania did mention that people used to ask him why wasn’t he doing things that a normal teenager would do, but he wanted to set his mind on accomplishing goals for himself in the industry.”

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In the sports media industry, forming connections and relationships is important for anyone trying to have a future in the business. That statement holds true for Shams Charania, who is the lead NBA writer and analyst for The Athletic and for Stadium. Charania has risen to one of the top basketball reporters at age 26. 

On the latest episode of the STUpodity podcast with Stugotz and Dan Stanczyk, the duo was joined by Charania to talk about how his career has grown to this day. Charania mentioned that he got into writing after his English teacher in high school said he should join the school newspaper.

That eventually led to him writing for RealGM.com and Chicago Now, but he would eventually move into reporting. He told the duo about how people never knew his age and it didn’t stop him from searching for contacts.

“It was relationships, a lot of cold calls, a lot of cold texts. The amount of emails and cold calls I was sending in high school to people I didn’t know or shouldn’t have known me, whatever contacts I could find online, Google, and word of mouth. It just goes to show to me how nice some of the people in the industry are as long as you show yourself to be genuine and professional. I doubt anyone at the time knew I was 17/18 years old, but that’s not the question people usually ask when you have a conversation with them.” 

Charania did mention that people used to ask him why wasn’t he doing things that a normal teenager would do, but he wanted to set his mind on accomplishing goals for himself in the industry. 

“I feel like I’m way older than I am. There was some feedback at the time as to why you are even doing this? Why aren’t you out partying or spending time with friends? That’s not what the perception is of someone who is 17/18. Once I figured out in my mind what I wanted to do, it was just setting accomplishments/goals for myself and trying to eclipse them.”

Back in January 2014, Charania broke his first trade when he reported Luol Deng had been traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He told the guys that breaking that trade came from 2 years of building up a relationship with that source.

“I would probably say my first one when Luol Deng got traded from the Bulls to the Cavaliers in January 2014. The person that gave me that, we had exchanged 500-600 emails in a span of 2 years. It goes to show the importance of relationships and staying connected because it is not just about when you need someone, but having that year long back-and-forth communication shows dividends. It was like a door had opened.”

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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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