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Draymond Green On What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Interviewing

“The one comparison I came up with is just because you are a good interview doesn’t mean you will be a great interviewer.”

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green recently made news when by signing on as an analyst with Turner Sports while he is still an active player in the NBA. The 10-year veteran is currently rehabbing from a back injury but when he isn’t on the court, he hosts his own podcast, The Draymond Green Show, for The Volume.

Green was recently a guest on The Old Man and the Three with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter podcast. During the conversation, Green mentioned that one of the toughest challenges in hosting a weekly podcast has been scheduling.

“Scheduling I found is the toughest thing because our schedule is strenuous and you become accustomed to the way things work,” said Green. “We have the crazy schedule and everyone works around that to make things work outside of that. Now, you are the one making it work outside of that.”

While Green enjoys doing TV, he feels that podcasting allows him to get his point across much easier because he doesn’t have to worry about condensing his answers into a specific time frame.

“One of the things I have learned in doing TV is it is so different from podcasting,” explaied Green. “Podcasting, you can go on-and-on with your answer and there’s no time limit and it’s fine. On TV, the producer says you got 20 seconds left, you got 10 seconds left. As much as I love and enjoy that side of things, I am very long-winded.”

As both a player and podcast host, Green has learned that as he prepares to interview a guest, he has to look at such conversations from a different perspective. Just because he can be a great interview for the media, it doesn’t necessarily make him a great interviewer:

“I’m a very curious person. I’ll ask you a million questions,” Green said. “You will probably get sick of me, but I’m going to ask the question until I get the answer. One thing that I have done is watch a bunch of different interviews and not watch it from my perspective, which is the guy doing the interview as a player. I have to watch the interview from the perspective of the person who is conducting the interview.

“The one comparison I came up with is just because you are a good interview doesn’t mean you will be a great interviewer. It’s very similar to just because you are a great basketball player doesn’t mean you are going to be a great coach. That right there alone made me dive deeper into it and want to get good at that because I realize I’m not that good at hosting an interview and I’m trying to get good at it.”

Green is one of the most entertaining players in the NBA for his personality and has done great work with Turner Sports whenever he has been a guest analyst. It can’t be easy to balance a playing career with being in the media, as well. However, with his injury rehab, it allows him to work his best while also continuing to improve on what should be a good second career for him when his playing days are over. 

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Suzyn Waldman ‘Still here’ at WFAN after 35 years

I don’t know if I’ve worn down the critics, but I’m still here,” Waldman told Neil Best of Newsday. “I mean, it’s 35 years, and I’m still here and I’ve had a terrific career.”

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Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman is celebrating 35 years on the air. Waldman, the first voice heard on WFAN, is thankful to be where she is.

“I don’t know if I’ve worn down the critics, but I’m still here,” Waldman told Neil Best of Newsday. “I mean, it’s 35 years, and I’m still here and I’ve had a terrific career.”

Waldman looked back on the experience of doing the very first update on the air at WFAN. While doing the first update alongside Jim Lampley, a fill-in for Pete Franklin, she was shocked when listeners did not approve of her updates and tied it to her being female. She thought, “Oh my God, this is not what I thought it was going to be,” she said.

That was not something she was accustomed to in the theater. Waldman had a background in musical theater before getting into radio and eventually joining WFAN as it went on the air in 1987.

“It was a rude awakening,” she said. “But it was at that moment that everything changed.”

Waldman eventually began working the overnight shift alongside Steve Somers. It was there she really honed her craft.

Suzyn has been calling Yankees games alongside John Sterling since 2005. This is her eighth season calling Yankee games on WFAN.

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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