Spike Eskin is WFAN’s new vice president of programming, but don’t expect him to bust down the doors and make radical changes. Newsday’s Neil Best discussed the new position with Eskin as he transitions from his program director role at WIP in Philadelphia.
The 44-year-old took over for the legendary Mark Chernoff on July 1 and is ready to make small, meaningful changes that will be more noticeable down the line.
“I would tell listeners nothing that I do, no decision that I make, I don’t think will be big-splash type decisions,” Spike Eskin told Newsday. “The radio station doesn’t demand that right now. When I took over WIP, we were in a really bad place, in a really compromised place. It was a radio station that needed drastic decisions. I don’t think WFAN is in that position.”
Eskin is focused on building strong relationships in the building over the next few months.
“I don’t think that would be showing a ton of respect to the people that are there who are succeeding right now,” he said. “So I would be confident in saying that if you look back in a year or two, you will see a stamp that I have made on the radio station, but it won’t be something that you wake up and say, ‘Wow! That’s different!’”
WFAN has come to define top-notch sports talk radio after introducing the format in the 80s. Now, Eskin is focused on transitioning that success to the digital space.
“Seeing Craig [Carton] and Evan [Roberts] playing wiffle ball in the hallways, that’s something that you can’t do on the air, and even if you describe it, it doesn’t work,” Eskin said. “But as you take a video of it and expose it to people as this extra thing, I think it creates texture and it connects you in a different way at a different time than you are able to do on the air.”
Check out the full interview with Spike Eskin here.
Jerry Jones On Listening To Sports Radio: ‘I Like Pain’
“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying.”
No one can accuse Jerry Jones of being shy. The Dallas Cowboys owner is always welcoming of the chance to be in the public eye. That includes making appearances on sports talk radio. Friday he was a guest on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
Jones has made headlines on the station before. Some of those headlines have been for getting angry with both K&C in the past and morning men Shan & RJ. On Friday, it was his thoughts on the format itself that made the headlines.
“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying. Is that human nature or not?” Jerry Jones answered when asked why he listened.
He admits that plenty of people have wondered why he would continue to listen to sports talk shows when the Cowboys are so polarizing.
“I use to have people ask me, ‘why in the world do you listen to talk radio, because they’re wearing your proverbial butt out?’ (And my response was)’I like pain. I just like to hear it. Just put it in me.'”
While the Cowboys came out of Week 1 with a loss, sports talk in Dallas has largely been kind to the Cowboys. The aforementioned Shan & RJ said that Dak Prescott’s performance should be the story of week 1 considering that the Cowboys’ quarterback missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.
Time will tell if Jerry Jones is in for his beloved pain following the Cowboys’ visit to LA to take on the Chargers on Sunday.
Joy Taylor Creates Scholarship At Barry University
“Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009.”
Barry University is a private, Catholic school in Miami. It also happens to be the alma matter of FOX Sports Radio star Joy Taylor, who announced today that she is giving back to the school and helping some of its current students.
On Friday, Joy Taylor took to Twitter to announce that she had created a scholarship. It will go to students in the school’s department of mass communications.
“It’s my honor to be able to give back to the next generation of journalists and broadcasters,” Taylor wrote. “It’s a personal goal of mine to improve the lack of diversity in my business at every level. Barry gave me that experience. Go Bucs!”
Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009. She began her career in local radio in Miami shortly after.
She isn’t the only famous alumnus of the school. Barry University awarded Shaquille O’Neal a doctorate of education in 2012. The NBA Hall-of-Famer studied Human Resource Development at the school.
Mike Golic, Dave Pasch Reunite On Westwood One Next Week
“The pair has the radio call after being on TV together for the first time last season.”
Mike Golic Sr. and Dave Pasch are reuniting on the Westwood One airwaves. Rudy Martzke reports that Golic and Pasch are calling next week’s Thursday Night Football clash between the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.
The pair has the radio call after being on TV together for the first time last season. Pasch is the voice of the Arizona Cardinals and calls college football and basketball for ESPN. Golic exited ESPN last year after spending 25 years with the network as a radio host and football analyst.
Martzke had some thoughts on the pairing that he shared with Barrett Media.
“Very popular duo last season,” Martzke said. “Ton of games, unfortunately, were cancelled including an ND [Notre Dame] game. Chemistry, mostly remote, was lighting up Twitter how great they were calling the games.”
Golic has shown the broadcasting chops and personality to mesh into almost any broadcast team. He seemingly found a great partner in Pasch, who often pairs with Bill Walton on ESPN college basketball broadcasts. Although, don’t expect to see Golic eating a cupcake, lit candle and all, on the broadcast next Thursday.
Pasch actually worked Golic’s final event as an ESPN employee during the 2021 Playstation Fiesta Bowl. The crew built Golic a sendoff video and even brought in a cake for the analyst to eat on air.
“25 years ago,” Pasch described. “Mike Golic joined ESPN, did everything from NFL studio analyst to Monday Night Football and of course a long partnership with Mike Greenberg. Mike & Mike went 18 years. You get your son, Mike Golic Jr. now is an excellent broadcaster, both radio and calling games. Mike’s in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame, the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame as well.”
On Thursday, it’s back to business for Pasch and Golic as they rekindle their burgeoning chemistry on the Westwood One airwaves.