Gordon Monson was not retained by Bonneville when the company took over operations of 97.5/1280 The Zone earlier this month. On Friday, he used his column in the Salt Lake Tribune to say goodbye to the station he helped launch and give the new bosses a message.
“As it turned out, through all the years, I could save other people’s jobs, but ultimately I could not save my own,” he wrote. “And it was OK. All good. No pity needed for me.”
Monson said that the strength of The Zone was the fearlessness and willingness to let hosts tell the truth about what they saw and felt no matter who it upset. He speculated that past criticism of BYU football and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which he is a member of, may have made some at Bonneville and KSL uncomfortable. He wrote that his unwillingness to endorse products and his affiliation to a competing news organization could have played a role as well.
The message Gordon Monson hopes the people now in charge of The Zone take away from his column is that what might make them uncomfortable is why listeners fell in love with The Zone.
“I sincerely hope they let the voices on air do what great on-air voices do best — say whatever is on their minds, whether those spoken words, in or out of sports, fall in favor of established institutions, teams, schools, clubs and churches, or not. Whether those views are beautiful or blistering, popular or painful, convivial or controversial, easy on the ears or hard to hear.
“Do not muffle them, even if you don’t like what is said. Do not lord over them — with direct orders or by implication.”
Gordon Monson reiterated that he has no ill will towards Bonneville, KSL, or anyone still with 97.5/1280 The Zone. He wrote that he is rooting for them to succeed and he is rooting for Broadway Media’s ESPN 700 as well.
“The more sports talk around here, the better,” he wrote.
Joe Shasky Leaves 95.7 The Game Studio To Pump Up Giants Fans
“On the street, Shasky was followed by cameras and broadcast on a live feed on 95.7 The Game’s Twitch channel.”
The race for the National League West crown came down to the final day of the Major League Baseball season, with the San Francisco Giants punching their ticket to the first round of the postseason following their MLB-best 107th win of the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished with 106 wins, had to play the St. Louis Cardinals in a single-game elimination Wild Card round, with the winner going on to face San Francisco. Following a walk-off, two-run home run by Dodgers’ outfielder Chris Taylor in the bottom of the ninth inning, the fate was sealed: a first-round playoff matchup between baseball’s two best teams, the Dodgers and the Giants.
The Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco has been previewing the series since it became official late Wednesday, but on Friday morning, co-host Joe Shasky had to get out of the studios and on to the street to show his fandom for the Giants, who are set to appear in the postseason for the first time since 2017.
“Shasky just upped and left the studio with his big giant flag,” said co-host Bonta Hill. “The guy couldn’t take it for some reason. I’m saying to myself, ‘We’ve got a four-hour show to do.’ He just took his Giants flag, walked out the studio and… just left me.”
On the street, Joe Shasky was followed by cameras and broadcast on a live feed on 95.7 The Game’s Twitch channel. While walking on the streets of San Francisco, he displayed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series between two California rival baseball clubs, and former neighbors when they played in New York, to meet in the postseason.
“Let’s Go Giants! Let’s Go Giants! Hit the horn! Yeah! I’m walking on the Embarcadero right now. Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.! Honk, let’s go!”
Caller Lizette in Castro Valley, Calif., supported Shasky’s actions and voiced her excitement for the highly-anticipated matchup set to kick off tonight in the Bay Area.
“Oh my goodness — I’m loving butcher boy’s energy,” said the caller, who was viewing the show simulcast live on Twitch. He’s going up and down the Embarcadero saying ‘Beat L.A..’ That’s right — L.A. deserves half-of-a-ring for winning half-of-a-season, and they don’t deserve a parade. Let’s Go Giants, let’s bring this back to the city and show them how it’s done!”
Throughout the segment, viewers on Twitch weighed in on Shasky’s actions, commenting “I love the energy,” and “This is great content.” All and all, Joe Shasky storming out of the studio and taking to the streets to demonstrate his affinity for the National League Division Series is a positive for 95.7 The Game, and an example of how the audio-based medium of radio is spreading into different methods of dissemination, such as the live simulcasting of video outside of the studio.
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers begin their series tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. PST on TBS, and will be broadcast on radio by the San Francisco Giants’ flagship station KNBR, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ flagship station AM 570 LA Sports. The Giants have home field advantage over the Dodgers, and also defeated Los Angeles in the season series 10 wins to nine.
SportsUSA Grabs NHL’s National Radio Rights
“We look forward to building on the success we had during our coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.”
Earlier in 2021, SportsUSA reached an agreement with NBC Sports to gain the rights for NHL games from Westwood One.
It seems to have been a success, as they are doubling down on that decision. SportsUSA has officially inked a new deal through the 2024-25 NHL season to continue to be the exclusive live radio partner of the NHL.
SportsUSA will now continue broadcasts in-house with 2021-22 regular season coverage starting Tuesday, Oct. 12, when the Seattle Kraken play their inaugural game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
“We look forward to building on the success we had during our coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season and are thrilled to expand upon this partnership,” said SportsUSA CEO and Founder Larry Kahn. “The NHL has a loyal and passionate fan base and we couldn’t be more excited about the next four years.”
Other regular season games on SportsUSA of note include the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic on January 1st, as well as the 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series on February 26th.
SportsUSA’s broadcasts will continue through the Stanley Cup Final each year.
In addition to broadcast radio, the live broadcasts will also be available on TuneIn, SiriusXM and other NHL digital partners, including the SportsUSA Media website.
ESPN Radio Doles Out MLB Postseason Assignments
“Shulman, Mendoza and Perez will call the World Series, but ESPN Radio is rolling out shoulder coverage featuring other talents.”
As Major League Baseball moves into its postseason, the sport takes centerstage on ESPN Radio. The network revealed its assignments for postseason action on Thursday.
Each of the four division series will have their own crew calling the action. Kevin Brown and Chris Burke will cover the Astros and White Sox, Dan Shulman and Xavier Scruggs will handle the Red Sox and Rays, Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian are assigned to the Brewers and Braves, and Boog Sciambi and Kyle Peterson will be in California for the Dodgers and Giants.
When the action shifts to the league championship series, Dan Shulman and Eduardo Perez will call the AL action while Boog Sciambi and Jessica Mendozawill be in the NL.
Shulman, Mendoza and Perez will call the World Series, but ESPN Radio is rolling out shoulder coverage featuring other talents. Buster Olney and Chris Singleton will handle the pregame duties.
Postgame coverage will largley be on ESPN television. Baseball Tonight will air each night at midnight.
ESPN Radio has been Major League Baseball’s national broadcast partner since 1997. It took over coverage of the postseason in 1998.