Episode 13 of Season 2 includes a fifty minute conversation with San Diego sports talk show host Mark Willard. The discussion focuses on Willard’s experiences in sports radio in Southern California, the difference in strategy between FOX Sports Radio and ESPN brands, the reasons behind Los Angeles not being a higher rated sports radio market, the pros and cons of working with a former athlete, how to handle social media, reaction to the Mike Felger commentary on Roy Halladay, whether WFAN and ESPN are still as desirable as they once were, working for PD Brian Long and much more.
Also, Jason runs thru this week’s 5 in 5 by sharing his thoughts on the end of Mike and Mike, the approval of the CBS-Entercom merger, another round of layoffs at ESPN, Mike Felger’s critical remarks of Roy Halladay following his death and Barstool Sports gaining its own channel on SiriusXM.
TOPICS EXPLORED WITH MARK WILLARD:
- Growing up listening to KNBR in the Bay Area
- Getting his first break to be on-air and call a game
- Landing a big opportunity with 690 in San Diego
- Being paired with Tony Bruno and how it helped his career
- How to judge if your approach is working or not on a national show
- The differences in LA radio between FOX Sports and ESPN
- What the benefits and challenges were working at 710 ESPN LA
- Why Los Angeles sports radio doesn’t rate higher
- Adjusting back to San Diego after working in Los Angeles
- How the loss of the Chargers has affected his content strategy
- Working with a former athlete and the pros and cons to it
- Navigating social media as a talent and his advice for handling it
- Reaction to Mike Felger’s commentary last week on Roy Halladay
- If WFAN and ESPN are still highly attractive sports media jobs
- Working for Brian Long and how their relationship has evolved
- Quick Hits: Best SD host, Best radio teacher, SD or LA, Texting baby
FROM THE GUEST
Mark’s Twitter handle: @Mark_T_Willard
Be sure to check out Mark’s new podcast, Ballers and Babies. You can hear the first episode by clicking here.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Media Noise: ESPN Shake Up Adds Local Flavor to New York Sports Radio
Demetri is joined by Derek Futterman and Garrett Searight this week as Media Noise does a deep dive into ESPN Radio’s lineup change, taking both a national and New York-centric view.
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at DemetriTheGreek@gmail.com.
Sports Talkers Podcast: Tim Brando, FOX Sports
Tim Brando is a signature voice of college sports in America. In this episode, he talks to Stephen Strom about changing networks, his family, and why Spencer Tillman is so important to him.
Stephen Strom can be heard hosting ‘The Sports Talkers Podcast’ for Barrett Sports Media. In addition to hosting here, Stephen works as a broadcasting assistant for the Miami Heat and color analyst for Nova Southeastern. Additional career experiences include working for SiriusXM, performing analyst duties for Princeton basketball, and hosting shows for TalkNorth.com. You can find him on Twitter @SStrom_.
Producers Podcast: Anthony Pagnotta, WFNZ
WFNZ listeners better know Anthony Pagnotta as Flounder. He explains how he got the name and why it is good to be the butt of the jokes sometimes.
Brady Farkas is a sports radio professional with 5+ years of experience as a Program Director, On-Air Personality, Assistant Program Director and Producer in Burlington, VT and Albany, NY. He’s well versed in content creation, developing ideas to generate ratings and revenue, working in a team environment, and improving and growing digital content thru the use of social media, audio/video, and station websites. His primary goal is to host a daily sports talk program for a company/station that is dedicated to serving sports fans. You can find him on Twitter @WDEVRadioBrady and reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.