The first night of the 2022 NFL Draft featured plenty of surprise picks, valuable selections and trades across the league. The event, which was set up across part of the Las Vegas Strip, was telecast across various major networks, including ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.
One team that has contended for and won a Super Bowl over the last five seasons is the Kansas City Chiefs. Since the team finished with one of the best records in football last season, the Chiefs’ first selection in which they owned was 30th overall. Yet in an effort to improve its defense, the team traded the 29th overall pick, which it received in the trade with the Miami Dolphins that sent Tyreek Hill to South Beach, along with a third and fourth round selection to the New England Patriots in order to draft cornerback Trent McDuffie 21st overall.
While much of the conversation on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City was focused on the Chiefs’ two first round selections, Trent McDuffie of Washington and George Karlaftis of Purdue, Fescoe in the Morning did discuss the broadcast itself. In fact Bob Fescoe believed that it was all perfectly scripted to fit in a given time interval, a perception he has had about the league for several years.
“We talked about [how] they wanted to fit everything into a three-hour window, and that’s essentially what they did last night,” said Fescoe. “I think the NFL has a way of telling people, ‘Alright, you got to make your pick now.’”
This deliberate timing of the draft being presented as a live, television show meant that NFL teams had to be ready to make their pick within 10 minutes of the previous pick. It felt at times though that teams were moving quicker, meaning that some of the feature stories being presented by the networks had to be cut to televise Commissioner Roger Goodell’s announcement of a selection.
“Right around when the Chiefs were making their first pick… Andrew Whitworth was on stage doing his NFL Man of the Year [announcement]; he’s got a serious message to deliver,” said show co-host Josh Klingler. “Then you see ‘Pick is in….’ It seemed like the picks were ready, and the show was holding it up at some points in time. I’m like, ‘Wow, they are really cooking through this thing.’”
Nonetheless, both hosts felt the show was enjoyable to watch as football fans, characterizing it as a “wild” slew of action. Fescoe was watching the NFL Network broadcast of the draft and exalted their broadcast team, which featured Rich Eisen, Ian Rapoport and Kurt Warner. He also spoke about the performance of a specific analyst he believes is overlooked in the sports media world.
“David Shaw is the most underrated analyst out there right now,” Fescoe expressed. “I know he’s still a football coach at Stanford, but he knows everything about every player. I think he is great.”
The second day of the NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. EST, and will once again be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Unlike round one, picks must be made within a seven-minute-window tonight, as the proceedings will conclude at 11:30 p.m. EST. The final day of the NFL Draft is tomorrow where rounds four through seven will be broadcast beginning at 12 p.m. EST.
Derek Futterman is a contributing editor and sports media reporter for Barrett Sports Media. Additionally, he has worked in a broad array of roles in multimedia production – including on live game broadcasts and audiovisual platforms – and in digital content development and management. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks, wrote for the Long Island Herald and served as lead sports producer at NY2C. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run
“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.
“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”
Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.
670 The Score Hosting ‘QB1 Town Hall’ to Debate Future of Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
“We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”
Audacy-owned 670 The Score in Chicago will host a unique discussion to deliberate what the future could hold for the Chicago Bears quarterback position on Wednesday’s edition of the Parkins & Spiegel Show.
Following a 7-10 campaign by the Bears that marked the third consecutive season without a playoff berth for the team, there have been several questions surrounding the future of starting quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft in a class with several accomplished college quarterbacks. Having selected Fields with the 11th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the organization could look to move on from him, although he is coming off a season where he threw for more than 2,500 yards for the first time in his career.
Emanating from the Audacy Chicago Blue Cross Blue Shield Performance Stage, afternoon co-hosts Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel will deliver insightful perspectives and opinions on this quandary that has the football world waiting for a potential resolution. Various football experts will join the program, which will also include a live audience, contributing to the conversation surrounding this pressing topic.
The station ran a contest last week that determined the crowd at Wednesday’s event, known as the “QB1 Town Hall.” Members of the crowd will also be able to express their opinions and ask questions to a panel composed of Audacy personalities and sports industry professionals.
“This decision will determine the entire season’s trajectory and the fans are passionate about their views on it,” Mitch Rosen, vice president of programming at 670 The Score and BetQL Network, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”
Consumers can listen to the “QB1 Town Hall” broadcast of the Parkins & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score, the Audacy mobile app and company website. Additionally, video functionality will be available through the official 670 The Score Twitch and YouTube channels. The program will run from 2 to 6 p.m. CST.
Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio Celebrate Anniversary on 94 WIP
“Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”
94 WIP hosts Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio celebrated their one-year anniversary as the midday show in Philadelphia today. Following Angelo Cataldi’s retirement in 2023 and the subsequent move of DeCamara and Ritchie taking his place in mornings, Douglas and Giglio formed the station’s new midday show.
Giglio started the show, “Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”
Douglas, who had been part of the morning show at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta prior to starting with Giglio on 94 WIP, had mixed emotions. He was excited for the show, but was also reminded that he had been in Philadelphia now for a full year and had yet to find his permanent place to live. Giglio said he believes the reasoning is simply Douglas’ attention to the show and nothing else.
Giglio took a moment to thank those who help with and listen to the show. “We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the show for the last year,” he said. “We are excited for the next year to get started.”
Douglas played in the NFL for ten years, spending time with the Jets, Eagles and Jaguars.