Tuesday is going to be a big one for KJR. The iHeartMedia station will carry the first ever regular season game for the Seattle Kraken. It is also adding a new name to its own roster as Jim Moore joins the midday show after a year on the sports radio sidelines in Seattle.
Moore was part of layoffs at Bonneville in November. He had spent nearly a decade in afternoon drive on ESPN 710 Seattle. Now, he joins Jason Puckett in middays on 950 KJR. Moore announced the move on his Facebook page on Monday.
Puckett made the announcement on his own on Monday with a video featuring himself and Moore at Newcastle Golf Club. The duo promised to deliver “golf, gambling advice, Coors Lights, Coug Talk, and fun”.
Last month, Moore spoke out about more changes at his former station. In a column for the Tacoma News Tribune, he described his relationship with Mike Salk, former program director and recently reinstated morning drive host, as tense.
It will be interesting to see just how much the first show sets the tone for Puckett and Moore’s partnership going forward. Certainly the first day is always its own thing, but a show on the day that the city’s brand new NHL franchise plays its first ever game may also have a unique feel to it.
Adam Schefter: What I Did Is A ‘Common Practice’
“The story blew up on social media with journalists in all kinds of fields refuting the idea anyone should send a completed story to a source for approval.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter found himself at the center of a story this morning surrounding emails he exchanged with former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen.
Schefter was working on a 2011 story highlighting the NFL’s labor dispute and ran a complete story by Allen to make sure the reporter covered all his bases.
“Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked,” Schefter wrote in the email. “Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to file this to espn about 6 am.”
“I’ve learned for a long time in this business not to discuss sources, or the process, or how stories are done,” Schefter said on the show. “But I would just say, it’s a common practice to run information past sources. And in this particular case, during a labor-intensive lockout that was a complicated subject that was new to understand. I took the extra-rare step to run information past one of the people that I was talking to. You know, it was an important story to fans, a host of others, and that’s the situation.”
The story blew up on social media with journalists in all kinds of fields refuting the idea anyone should send a completed story to a source for editing.
Yet, Bob Cooney fell on the other side of the ledger, telling Schefter he used to do the same thing with some of his stories. Cooney is a former 76ers beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News.
“Not something I haven’t done a thousand times myself Adam,” Cooney told Schefter on the show. “I know of what you speak.”
The war for ethical journalism wages on, with each side digging deeper tranches. Check out the full Schefter interview here.
BMitch & Finlay: Leaks Are Probably Coming From NFL Office
“People have to understand those who would make Dan Snyder sell the team are those who are in possession of those 665,000 emails.”
More information was leaked late yesterday regarding an investigation into the workplace culture of the NFL’s Washington Football Team, this time involving ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Schefter sent Washington Football Team President Bruce Allen a draft of a story about the NFL lockout for him to scrutinize before filing it to ESPN, referring to Allen as “Mr. Editor” in the correspondence.
On Wednesday morning, BMitch & Finlay gave their perspective on the news while on the air at 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., saying that Schefter’s actions were a part of common journalistic practice; that is, confirming details with or sending copies of stories to sources prior to publishing.
“Do people think that doesn’t happen often?,” questioned Brian Mitchell, a former NFL running back and return specialist. “You don’t want to say something wrong because the person that is your source is trusting you to do it right. Adam Schefter gets so many stories [that] I have to believe [Allen] is not the only person he’s done that with. As long as this story didn’t have some topless pictures or some other stuff, I don’t see anything that can affect Adam.”
As the Washington Football Team insider at NBC Sports Washington and co-host of BMitch & Finlay, JP Finlay was able to relate to Schefter in terms of the process of reporting and drafting a story. Finlay expressed that he has found himself in similar situations at his job, and looks at the situation as the beginning of what could be a profusion of information being leaked out to the media.
“It feels a little bit like we are at the tip of the iceberg with this Washington Football Team investigation,” said Finlay. “I want all the information. Everybody wants all the information. Now that these emails are leaking out, a lot of folks are clinging to this hope that something will be in there that will force Dan Snyder to sell the team.”
Schefter, who has been with ESPN as an NFL reporter since 2009, appeared for a weekly segment on “The John Kincade Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Pa., and explained his perspective when it comes to communicating with sources in trying to formulate a story.
“I’ve learned for a long time in this business not to discuss sources, or the process, or how stories are done,” Schefter expressed on Wednesday morning. “But I would just say that it’s a common practice to run information past sources. And in this particular case, during a labor-intensive lockout that was a complicated subject that was new to understand, I took the extra rare step to run information past one of the people that I was talking to. It was an important story to fans [, and] a host of others, and that’s the situation.”
On 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., Brian Mitchell and JP Finlay proceeded to speak about the implications releasing all of the information could have on the National Football League, and on the media coverage of the entire story. Jon Gruden, who had been serving as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, resigned from his position Monday after The New York Times reported that he had sent emails while employed by ESPN as an NFL. analyst containing misogynistic, homophobic and racist language.
“People have to understand those who would make Dan Snyder sell the team are those who are in possession of those 665,000 emails,” said Mitchell. “The information that came out from Friday until yesterday is probably being leaked by someone in the NFL office in New York. This is not somebody just, out of the blue, leaking stuff.”
Mitchell cautioned the National Football League in selectively choosing which emails to leak out, and which ones to withhold, saying that it could result in litigation on behalf of affected parties, including the National Football League Players Association, whose executive director, DeMaurice Smith, is a former Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C.
“The NFL is trying to protect [itself] more than [it’s] trying to protect Dan Snyder or anybody else,” said Mitchell. “That man that’s running the NFLPA — he’s a prosecutor. That’s what he’s been doing all his life. He’s a fighter; He knows how to litigate. He has propositioned [sic] the NFL. His next move won’t be asking the question again. His next move will be [obtaining] legal documents coming after you.”
101 ESPN Remains Strong In St. Louis Summer Book
“Five of the top six brands in St. Louis are owned by Hubbard Radio, and they deliver a combined 50.7 share among Men 25-54. Absolutely incredible.”
When analyzing a quarterly report in St. Louis, it usually starts with 105.7 The Point and KSHE 95 grabbing the top two spots and owning a combined thirty share among Men 25-54. After those two brands are eliminated from the discussion, then the real examination begins.
For the market’s top sports station, 101 ESPN, the summer book news was excellent. They finished 3rd overall in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), best among all other local brands with an impressive 8.8 share. The 4th ranked station for the quarter was 106.5 The Arch, and the 6th ranked was country brand WIL. What do they all have in common? They’re all owned by Hubbard Radio. This means five of the top six brands in St. Louis are under one roof, and they deliver a combined 50.7 share among Men 25-54. Absolutely incredible.
Among 101’s local shows, the best performance for the quarter belonged to the midday team of Brandon Kiley and Alex Ferrario. BK and Ferrario produced an outstanding 10.1 share during the hours of 11a-2p, ranking them 3rd during their slot with Men 25-54.
Up next was the morning team of Randy Karraker and Michelle Smallmon. Karraker and Smallmon recorded a strong 9.3 share in AM drive during the hours of 7a-10a to also finish the book in 3rd place.
Following those two programs was the station’s afternoon show, The Fast Lane. Anthony Stalter, Brad Thompson and Jamie Rivers collectively generated an 8.3 share from 2p-6p to snag a 3rd place showing in their slot.
Closing things out was Dan McLaughlin who pulled in a 7.9 share from 10a-11a to finish the book in 4th. The station’s evening hours, which features ESPN Radio programming and the St. Louis Blues during hockey season, ranked 12th with a 4.0 share M-F 7p-12a.
Other highlights from the quarter included an impressive performance by KMOX during M-F 7p-12a. The station finished 1st for the book with an 11.1 share. Most of KMOX’s evening hours during the summer book featured St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
The market’s other sports station, 590 The Fan, did not appear this quarter.
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