Marc Malusis: WPIX Gig Seemed Like Longshot, But Ready to Be Different
“I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that Marc “Moose” Malusis was going to be the lead sports anchor at WPIX-11. For the man who has become known for his radio work at WFAN over the years, he now will be providing viewers their updates every night on television.
Malusis was a guest on the most recent episode of the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast on The Ringer. Being a TV sports anchor was something Malusis never imagined would happen and he talked about the process of how it ended up happening thanks to someone he did digital work for in the past:
“It was a case of I got a call out of the blue. At that time, I was probably 6-7 weeks out after the show was not coming back at WFAN,” said Malusis. “I got a call from Todd Ehrlich, who is the executive sports director at WPIX. I had done some digital work for Todd a long time ago when he was at CBS.
“He called me and said we have an opening at WPIX. I’d like to throw your hat in the ring. I’m not making any promises that you will get the job, but I’d like to submit and make a pitch for you to get the job. Can you get me a tape and can you get me a resume ASAP? That’s where the ball started getting rolling.”
Giving updates on the news was not something Malusis was used to doing. Even though he was doing fill-in anchor spots at SNY, it is a new format for someone who is used to doing either talk radio or debating the hot sports topics on TV.
“Honestly at the time, I thought it was more of a longshot than anything else because I had more experience doing radio, a lot more experience doing debate-style shows at SNY,” said Malusis. “I had done a lot of different things on SNY, but that was really what we had done. I anchored a couple different shows here and there. When I started doing fill-in anchor shifts at SNY, this hadn’t really taken hold.”
As for what fans should expect when they turn on WPIX-11 to get their sports news, Malusis wants to bring some new things to the table and according to him, the network is embracing that.
“I wasn’t expecting to land with this opportunity. To be able to get this job and land on my feet the way I did, I am really blessed with the opportunity to land at PIX-11,” he said. “They are willing to do a lot of different things. I’m going to be able to interject my personality a lot. I’m going to try to be a little bit different to cut through and they are open to a lot of those ideas.”
So what is Malusis looking forward to doing with this new position? For him, he wants to be at the big games rather than talk about them from home or from a studio. Here is what he told Jastremski about what he is looking forward to the most:
“I think to be out at a big sporting event. Being at a championship parade, being at a big game, being at a practice before a Game 7. I never thought this opportunity would present itself. I am going to take the ball and run with it. I’m not afraid of hard work and sacrifice and time. Being at a big Yankees-Red Sox game in The Bronx, being at a big game at Citi Field with Max Scherzer on the mound. I’m really looking forward to that.”
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:
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