Jay Cutler Explains Why He Chose Podcasting Over Broadcasting
“Cutler said he was excited about going into broadcasting. After one final year of playing though, his thoughts on replacing one job that had him on the road every weekend with a different one changed.”
The latest athlete to enter the world of podcasting is 12-year NFL quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler launched a new podcast for PodCast One called UnCut with Jay Cutler on Wednesday. The first episode he did was with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman from ESPN Radio 1000 AM in Chicago.
Before the first episode officially launched, Cutler was a guest on The Adam Schefter Podcast to talk about the new show. Cutler doesn’t look at himself as a podcaster yet, but says there is a lot he likes about the new gig.
“I did the first one and kind of was hesitant going into it. I did it with Waddle and Silvy out of Chicago. I’ve known them forever. Great guys. We’re in the middle of it and I was like, this is kind of fun, I’m enjoying this. I think after playing football, I was looking for something I would enjoy that you could get a little bit of competition. It’s hard to replace that completely.”
Cutler told Schefter that he hopes fans don’t assume every episode of UnCut will be like the first one. There is a lot he still has to learn and that means the show will continue to evolve and dive into new areas.
“I’m going to probably open up more about myself, I’m going to bring some people on that I’ve known throughout my life that are close to me, some new people I’ve met that are close to me. Just kind of see how it goes. I didn’t really have a plan going into it. This might change 6 months down the road. Football’s coming up, so we’ll hit on football and kind of dive into that a little bit. It’s some uncharted waters for me for sure.”
Back in 2017, Cutler was going to join FOX as a TV analyst with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis (now at CBS). However, he decided to unretire and go play quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. Cutler said he was excited about going into broadcasting. After one final year of playing though, his thoughts on replacing one job that had him on the road every weekend with a different one changed.
“The boys were getting older, we were starting the reality show. It was just one of those situations where I didn’t want to really be gone that same timeframe that I was playing (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). I just wasn’t at a place in my life where I wanted to commit to that same schedule and that travel schedule, so I passed. There’s definitely times where I kind of regret that decision, but it’s worked out for me.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Dan Le Batard: ‘Does Sports Media Care if Interviews Are Done Well?’
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is.”
Mike Greenberg had praise for Jalen Rose this week. He said that no one but his ESPN colleague could have handled the interview with Ja Morant that has been airing on the network. Dan Le Batard has the exact opposite opinion of what he saw.
“What I saw was soft and didn’t seem to serve anybody except ESPN,” Le Batard said on his Thursday show. “This seems to be a lot of people around the economy of basketball and Ja Morant orchestrating an interview so Ja Morant can move onto the next stage of his branding.”
Whereas Greenberg thought the shared experience of an NBA career made Rose more likely to get answers from Morant, Le Batard said it created a problem. He accused Rose of letting Morant get away with using “talking points” in lieu of answering any actual questions about the string of erratic behavior and disturbing incidents the Memphis Grizzlies star has been involved with.
It wasn’t the only interview that Dan Le Batard pointed to. He noted that Pat McAfee’s interview with Aaron Rodgers may have drawn an audience of nearly half a million, but very little substance was offered.
“Does anybody in the audience, in sports fandom, or even, at this point, in sports media companies, care in a real and legitimate way whether the interview is done well or not?”
He added that the standard has changed for these interviews because the goal has changed. They are no longer about journalism as much as they are about branding, particularly in the case of ESPN’s exclusive interview with Ja Morant.
“An exclusive interview with Ja Morant, who hasn’t talked to anybody after his controversy, is going to get eyeballs, so it doesn’t matter how good it actually is,” Le Batard concluded. “All you need, if you’re the media partner, is please get me the famous guy to sit down.”
Jomboy, Aaron Boone Partner For Weekly Podcast Appearance
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following.”
It isn’t unusual for a professional sports team to partner with a local radio station for weekly interviews with team personnel. Even though Jomboy Media is a digital outlet, it didn’t stop the company from inking a deal to have Yankees manager Aaron Boone on one of its signature podcasts.
In a move announced Thursday, Jomboy Media has signed a deal for Boone to appear on its popular Talkin’ Yanks podcast — hosted by founder Jimmy O’Brien and Jake Storiale — once a week throughout the baseball season.
“I thought it was a really interesting opportunity, and a cool idea. These guys have been innovators in this business and they’ve built a massive, young following,” Boone told The New York Post. “I think Jimmy and Jake are both really good guys. And they’re passionate about what they do, and they love the Yankees. And, sometimes they’re a little misguided and it’s my chance to set the record straight every now and then.”
Previously, Boone had a weekly spot on 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, which reportedly paid him six figures.
“It’s going to be really fun and it kind of goes with the changing landscape of media,” O’Brien said. “The fact that two fans can create a show and in five years get to the point where they get to ask questions to the manager of the Yankees and bring whatever insight we can get out of that to our audience — it is pretty wild, a little surreal.”
Sports Media Reacts to Aaron Rodgers Telling Adam Schefter ‘Lose My Number’
“Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday and revealed that if he gets his way, his time with the Green Bay Packers is done. He intends to play for the New York Jets in 2023.
Rodgers told McAfee that the hang-up lies with Green Bay, which is trying to determine the appropriate compensation for trading for a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Rodgers also revealed that he had an interaction with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter, who was obviously digging as much as he could to get the scoop on what was going on with Rodgers’ future, texted Rodgers trying to confirm the information he had.
“I didn’t respond to Dianna Russini I think her name is,” Rodgers said. “But I would say the same thing that I told Schefty. Lose my number. Nice try.”
Upon hearing Rodgers’ account, Schefter followed up with a screenshot of Rodgers responding exactly how he said, and that sent social media into a whirlwind.
Here are some of the best responses from Schefter’s sports media colleagues to the tweet:
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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