After a video gained traction on the internet in which FOX Sports studio host Charissa Thompson admitted to fabricating sideline reports when she used to work in the role for the network, she received backlash and was castigated by industry professionals and consumers. Following her hosting TNF Tonight on Amazon Prime Video, Thompson posted an apology to Instagram on Friday morning that explained her rationale and claimed she had never lied or done anything unethical as a journalist.
Many professionals within sports media, such as NBC Sports writer Peter King, believe that the apology fails to demonstrate accountability and an understanding of what she did wrong. Joe DeCamara of SportsRadio 94WIP shares a similar sentiment, prompting him to take the time on Monday’s morning show to outline the insufficiencies embedded within the message.
“Her explanation was so positively preposterous, I think she dug herself a fricking bigger hole,” DeCamara said before the show played audio from her podcast appearance on Pardon My Take and read her subsequent apology.
DeCamara surmised that the only acceptable action for Charissa Thompson was to simply apologize and declare that it would never happen again. In his remarks, he viewed the situation as a crisis instance within public relations and an attempt for her to make amends with those in the viewing audience with whom she lost trust.
“You take that sword and you fall directly on that sword, and you basically ask for the American public’s forgiveness,” DeCamara said. “To me, that’s the only play you have because there’s nothing else; in my opinion, there’s nothing else you can do.”
After reading her apology on the air, DeCamara called the statement “a bunch of trash,” which led co-host Jon Ritchie to elucidate on the deception connotated within the verbiage of the message.
“She’s basically saying that what she said is not true,” Ritchie explained. “She told us, ‘I made up reports,’ quote-unquote. Honestly, it might be one of the worst excuses I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Rhea Hughes, co-host of the morning show on SportsRadio 94WIP, highlighted a social media post from Kelly Stafford, wife of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. She stated that colleagues of men will band together when one of them makes a mistake, whereas fake female colleagues attack a woman when they do something wrong with a feminist agenda. Hughes asserted that this incident has nothing to do with that, but rather that Thompson’s apology simply failed to meet the mark.
DeCamara responded by suggesting that Charissa Thompson needed to demonstrate humility in her plea for forgiveness rather than publishing an apology where she vouchsafed her reasoning as to why her actions were acceptable. Thompson has yet to address the issue outside of the statement, nor has her podcast co-host Erin Andrews commented after she revealed taking part in similar actions in the past.
“If she’s on my TV screen, my expectation is I’ll change the channel,” DeCamara said. “I’ll just change the channel. I have no desire to watch her on TV if (1) she makes up reports back in the day and (2) she thinks [it] is acceptable and she didn’t do anything unethical. If that’s the standard that she brings to the sports entertainment world in whatever role she’s in – even if it’s not a sideline reporter; she’s just the host of a TV show – boom, next channel. That’s my standard because I’ve got no time for that nonsense.”
KNBR’s Brian Murphy Speaks for First Time After Paul McCaffrey Laid Off
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’.”
Earlier this week, KNBR underwent a round of layoffs, affecting a pair of programs on the Bay Area sports station, including the departure of longtime morning host Paul McCaffrey. His longtime partner — Brian Murphy — has taken to X to share his thoughts.
In a thread to X, Murphy shared his admiration for McCaffrey, whom he hosted Murph and Mac with for 18 years.
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’,” wrote Murphy. “So much love.”
He then shared that everything listeners and fans of the program have shared on social media has been read by the duo, and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
Finally, Murphy addressed his future. Fill-in host Dieter Kurtenbach shared on Thursday he did not have a definitive answer about Murphy’s future with the Cumulus-owned station.
However, Brian Murphy has shared he will return to the airwaves on Monday morning.
“I’ll be back Monday morning on KNBR with our guy Markus (Waterboy) Boucher,” Murphy wrote. “Come on. It’s Niners-Eagles. Wouldn’t miss it. As Paulie Mac’s board itself would say: The show goes on.”
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.