Folks in the radio business felt Steve Somers’s influence far and wide over his 34 years at WFAN. CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara penned a tribute piece to “Captain Midnight” and highlighted the banter they shared.
“I worked overnights at the beginning of CBS Sports Radio’s existence in 2013, and moved to evenings two years later,” Amendolara wrote. “We shared a floor and neighboring studios with WFAN. For those four-plus years, I got to stand around and kibitz with Steve before shows. Sure, we could’ve talked sports, but we’d be doing that anyway, as soon as the red light turned on. So, we usually chatted about radio; the headaches, the beauty, and what makes the medium so imperfectly perfect.”
There has never been a voice like Steve Somers, a unique sounding instrument that Amendolara made sure to highlight in his ode to the retired late-night host.
“Better known as ‘The Schmooze,’ Steve’s voice is like New York rain dripping off an awning,” Amendolara described. “When you flipped on the FAN at night, it sounded like a guy chatting at Katz’s over a pile of pastrami on rye. He has that Big Apple hybrid dialect of a thousand ethnic backgrounds — his ‘awls’ and ‘tawk’ and ‘WHAT IS IT ALREADY?’ punctuating every sentence. If Batman was Gotham, he’d be Commissioner Gordon’s sounding board at the Gotham Diner. ‘Oy, the Bane and the Riddler and the noise and the chaos… WHAT IS IT ALREADY?’ There’s Steve, grabbing a pack of Camels and the New York Post from the corner bodega, lamenting over another Mets calamity.”
The CBS Sports Radio host admired Somers’s ability to listen. He zoomed in on the fact that Somers never lost his touch with the audience.
“Steve treated his listeners like gold, as though he couldn’t believe they would even care enough to call. He knew not to take himself too seriously. And he realized this is only sports, so don’t get too worked up over being right. I wish our industry did all of those things better. Thirty-four years on the air in one place is an extraordinary accomplishment unto itself, but also leaving everyone you ever spoke to feeling appreciated? Man, that’s some legacy.”
Check out Amendolara’s full tribute piece to “Captain Midnight” here.
Bob Ramsey Joins KFNS For Mid Day Show
“Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis.”
With Tim McKernan moving his shows to Hubbard’s St. Louis custer of stations, there has been some lineup shuffling going on at 590 AM, where his The Morning After used to occupy morning drive.
The latest move according to Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is the return of Bob Ramsey to sports talk radio in St. Louis. Ramsey will partner with Nate Lucas, who comes to town from Springfield, where he hosted a show on Jock 98.7 FM until he was fired in 2020 for making comments about Kamala Harris that were deemed offensive.
Bob Ramsey is a mainstay of sportscasting in St. Louis. His TV and radio career in the city date back 35 years, when he first took over as the play-by-play voice of the St. Louis University Billikens, a position he still holds today. He was also on the city’s first sports talk station, KGLD, when it launched in 1992.
Ramsey and Lucas will be on the air at KFNS from noon until two on the weekdays.
John Kincade Buys ‘BallsackSports.com’ After Daryl Morey Makes Joke
“I’m imploring people not to get too attached to Ballsack Sports tweets.”
During an appearance on Philadelphia’s The Mike Missanelli Show, 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey made what came off as a throwaway joke about NBA trade rumors.
But Missanelli’s fellow 97.1 The Fanatic host, John Kincade, took the joke and ran with it for a funny, possibly opportunistic purchase.
First, the trade rumor that led to the joke. Missanelli asked Morey about rumors of a deal that would send Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison Barnes, and two first-round picks. Morey dismissed the sources for most of these reports.
“We had a trade debated, it may have even been this one, that was tweeted out by Ballsack Sports,” said Morey, acknowledging that Sixers fans are starved for news. “People were treating that it was a real thing. I think that was yesterday or two days ago. Like, I’m imploring people not to get too attached to Ballsack Sports tweets.”
You can hear the exchange for yourself at the 11:43 mark below:
There is, in fact, a Ballsack Sports Twitter account. But the trade that the account claimed to report involved the Golden State Warriors, not the Sacramento Kings.
(To be fair, Missanelli was using rumors that have been posted elsewhere to get an idea of what Morey might be seeking in a deal.)
Naturally, Ballsack Sports took Morey’s remark and edited it to take credit for reporting accurate trade news.
But more importantly, Ballsack Sports doesn’t have a website. It’s just a Twitter account. That left an opportunity for someone to purchase the “ballsacksports.com” domain. On his show Friday morning, Kincade announced that he did just that.
Those looking for an opportunity in sports media might want to keep an eye on what Kincaid does with that domain. It appears that he’s looking for absurd content, so applicants and pitches should probably start thinking of the most ridiculous trade rumors possible.
Ian Eagle On Buffalo Sub-Zero Temps: ‘Let Me Live to See Another Play’
“You get… PTSD after the fact. I walked out yesterday to grab lunch and I’m like ‘Oh my goodness! I’ll go back in. Let me get another layer.'”
NFL Wild Card weekend had a variety of ups and downs for various teams around the league. Whether it was the Dallas Cowboys’ unexpected loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Cincinnati Bengals’ first playoff win in 31 years, or the Arizona Cardinals’ collapse against the Los Angeles Rams, the weekend was full of unexpected surprises – both good and bad.
Another significant area of fluctuation over the weekend was in the kickoff temperatures which, from a statistical perspective, possessed an immense standard deviation from the mean. The Los Angeles Rams kicked off against Arizona at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California at approximately 63 degrees Fahrenheit, albeit in a partially-enclosed stadium. But for the Buffalo Bills, at the open-air Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, their game versus the New England Patriots began at 7 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there was a wind chill making it feel as if it was negative five.
Barrett Sports Media’s Andy Masur recently wrote an article on broadcasting in the cold, something that Nashville’s JMart and Ramon took notice of and asked their guest, CBS Sports play-by-play Announcer Ian Eagle about at the top of their interview Thursday on 104.5 The Zone.
Jason Martin, co-host of the morning drive program, first reminisced with Eagle about his time calling games in cold temperatures.
“You were wearing the Kurt Warner jiffy-pop jacket on Saturday, and it reminded me of calling a high school game and standing on the roof in an ice storm and my mouth locking up in the second half,” said Martin. “There were words I wanted to say that my mouth would not allow me to utter, so it seems like that’s what you and [Charles Davis] experienced in Buffalo.”
Eagle concurred with Martin’s view of the situation and spoke about how he had to change his announcing style in order to ensure that he would be able to complete the game, which ended in a 47-17 “beatdown” victory for the hometown Bills.
“In the third quarter, I started shivering and I thought to myself, ‘All right. I can handle this.’ But once it made its way to my face, I had no other options,” explained Eagle. “There were a couple of times [where] I just cut my call off quicker and earlier than I normally would because I didn’t think I would get the words out. So instead of giving the tackler on a specific play, I was like: ‘You know what. I’m out. I’m good. He made the catch. That’s all I need to say. Let me live to see another play.'”
Upon returning home to New Jersey following the game, Eagle detailed his continuing struggle with cold temperatures, despite temperatures in “The Garden State” not being nearly as cold as those in upstate New York.
“You get… PTSD after the fact,” said Eagle. “I walked out yesterday to grab lunch and I’m like ‘Oh my goodness! I’ll go back in. Let me get another layer.'”
Eagle and Davis will both be on the call once again for Saturday’s divisional round matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Temperatures will hit a high of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 24 degrees, with kickoff at 4:30 p.m. expected to be at around 34 degrees. Normally, that would be a disappointment for Eagle in traveling to a location partially known for its warmer temperatures. But this time…
“I’m psyched!” exclaimed Eagle. “I am pumped up for Nashville, trust me.”
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