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Alexa Landestoy Has Become A Mainstay At NBC Sports Washington

“I’m coming in with this knowledge and I can take it or follow my analysts wherever they’re going. I have that photographic memory and know where maybe I want to go with my ideas.”

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As the niece of a high school football coach, being present at a sporting event was quite ordinary for Alexa Landestoy. Originally from Valencia, CA, she played competitive soccer in the Elite Clubs National League until she tore both ACLs in a span of 10 months and transitioned to finding a career off the field.

One day while attending a high school football game, one of the coaches recommended to Landestoy’s uncle to let her interview the team’s star quarterback Malik Henry. With one of her parents serving as a cameraperson on an iPad, Landestoy jumped at the opportunity, using that initial interview as a springboard to conduct others at the high school level on Friday nights.

She subsequently disseminated her work on YouTube and across other social media platforms, displaying her precocious talents in broadcasting to viewers worldwide. After a short time had passed, Landestoy discovered that her interviews were being reposted by Sports Recruits on YouTube and was receiving emails from media executives inquiring about her work.

While she was still a student at Valencia High School, Landestoy worked with CollegeAthletes.com on its #D1 Bound digital series where she interviewed athletes at several sporting events, some of which included the Elite 11 Finals, Pac-5 Baseball Championship and Army All-American Bowl.

Aside from interviewing, Landestoy also learned how to edit her own clips and assisted with their distribution on social media. Gaining that industry experience early afforded her the chance to hone her craft prior to college and hasten her professional development.

“It’s getting those reps, you watch the tape, everyone learns [and] you get better,” Landestoy said. “I think having that experience at a young age and being able to build off of that kind of gave me a jump start.”

Once she graduated from high school, Landestoy began attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where she majored in sports broadcasting and minored in journalism. From day one, she immediately prioritized finding chances to continue building the foundation necessary to succeed in sports media.

As a freshman in college, Landestoy contacted the athletic department to try to work with the nationally-ranked TCU Horned Frogs football team and got in touch with head coach Gary Patterson. Some of her ideas were declined early because of deficiencies in resources to execute them, but she took advantage of the chance to interview high school recruits who were on-campus, potentially the next stars of the university.

As she continued to matriculate at the university, Landestoy sought opportunities to continue to broaden her skill set, one of which was by serving as the football team’s in-stadium host. During home games, she would appear on the jumbotron and also host the Big 12 Look-In, taking fans around the rest of the conference to catch up on the day’s action.

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Alexa Landestoy got a jump start in her television career, working with the TCU show Horned Frogs Nation while still attending the university.

In Landestoy’s sophomore year, one of her professors posted media internships for students to review. While the common practice was for juniors and seniors to apply and work as interns, Landestoy wasted no time and applied to Fox Sports Southwest.

Before she applied though, she had co-hosted Horned Frogs Nation, a program on which she would deliver the sports report segment that aired on the network. Following the interview process, she was selected as one of three interns, but was underwhelmed when her tasks centered around logging Texas Rangers baseball games, sometimes working until 2:00 AM.

“I remember my mom just telling me: ‘Alexa, they give you an assignment. Be the best logger you can be; be the best person; go meet as many people as you can,’” Landestoy recalled. “Looking back then, we had interns on their phones or not focused and because my logs were up to date and the editors appreciated that, people started to take notice.”

Making the most of the situation, Landestoy kept in touch with executives and producers at Fox Sports Southwest, occasionally sharing work she was doing on the side. When the network decided to experiment with a new system centered around the use of a cellular device to transmit a feed back to the studio, she received a call asking if she could contribute high school football reports. As a college junior, Landestoy was working as a sideline reporter for the regional sports network, continuing her professional development and exposure in the industry.

“It turned out I was working the entire football season,” Landestoy said. “They were flying me across the state of Texas doing full reports and the Friday football coverage. Not saying no to any opportunity is just kind of how it all started and then [took] off for more and more.”

Although she had never followed the WNBA, Landestoy made a commitment to management at the Dallas Wings that she would take the time to learn about the team and the league, helping land her the job as the courtside reporter. Remaining in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the summer, she continued to work her way upwards and eventually was given the opportunity to report at both the Cheez-It Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

She affirms that she never felt intimidated starting at a young age and knew that embracing feeling uncomfortable and cultivating professional relationships was fundamental to experiencing sustained success and progression.

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In addition to her work at TCU, Landestoy worked as a reporter at FOX Sports Southwest before making the jump to NBC Sports Washington.

“I think I was blessed to have the best people around me who were so supportive and wanted the best in me,” Landestoy said. “I always say, ‘I want the job because I’m the hardest worker and I will do the best,’ but I will say people took a chance on me too. I think they saw the potential; they loved the go-getter spirit; the age that I was; the initiative; and seeing that high school tape that I made.”

In part because of her previous experience producing content for digital platforms, Landestoy recognized the need for the TCU football program to promote itself in places where millennials were consuming multimedia content. Through persistence and motivation, she worked to create two social media-based shows – called Rookie Roll Call and The 817, respectively – in which she essentially acted as her own production team to broadcast them en masse.

“I just kind of would run through [ideas] in my dorm room [and] write down pitches for ideas of shows and also where it could be targeted, [along with] who would watch this type of content,” Landestoy said. “….You fast-forward a year or two later and [in] every athletic department now, social media is the biggest deal and the biggest way to recruit guys.”

Working freelance gigs in Texas, Landestoy figured she would remain in the area for the time being; that is, until she saw a job opening at NBC Sports Washington. Traveling to “The Nation’s Capital” for her first professional audition, Landestoy endured what she called a “grueling” two days filled with networking and on-camera work.

In the end, she was offered the job and relocated to Washington, D.C. as the host of the nightly sports talk show DC Sports Live, along with analysts Wes Hall and Nick Ashooh. Covering all of the sports teams in the city, including the Washington Nationals during the organization’s championship season, allowed her to become familiar with the passion of the fanbase and the multiplatform sports coverage they expected.

“This is a fanbase that loves winning [and] loves supporting their teams, but it also is a very transplant type of city,” Landestoy described. “People are from everywhere; [there are] a lot of government workers; a lot of diplomats [and] different people coming from different places. You just want to have a variety of content.”

Once the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world, sports took a pause and innovation lent itself to shifts in consumption habits, coercing networks to reevaluate their content strategies. Upon the resumption of hockey outside of a bubble format, Landestoy was named the new host of Washington Capitals pregame and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington.

She came into the role with previous hockey knowledge from growing up as a fan of the Los Angeles Kings and says the role is “the best thing” for her. The show prioritizes producing and airing content that can be easily consumed on both linear television and digital platforms, and figures to have more access with the recent purchase of the regional sports network by Monumental Sports and Entertainment.

“It’s important to engage the casual fan but also the diehard fan – especially with our panelists,” Landestoy said. “They’re diving in the film room, trying to bring the fans in and understand the game more in a way that they would and make them feel super knowledgeable.”

Working as a host, Landestoy knows that a primary aspect of her job is to set up the analysts so they can proffer their esoteric knowledge of the game and translate it in a vernacular easily discernible to all types of fans. She is able to express her opinion throughout the show as well and conducts interviews with players and executives to further enhance the broadcast – all centered around the trait of authenticity – just as she learned from her mentors in the industry.

“I always pride myself on being the same person on- and off-camera,” Landestoy said. “If you see me on the street, I’m acting the same way I am on camera. I always want to be inviting and I also always want to be the voice of the fan. Anything they’re thinking, I’m the one who’s facilitating that conversation to make sure my answers are heard.”

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Alexa Landestoy has become a mainstay on NBC Sports Washington8217s coverage of the Washington Capitals

The typical preparation for a Capitals live game broadcast entails having a production meeting the day before to share ideas for segments and what to discuss on the show, but of course this can change with the dynamic sports news cycle.

On game days, she accesses the show rundown and adds her thoughts and ideas of what she may say, writing down what she intends to deliver on camera. Something Landestoy possesses over other studio hosts is a photographic memory, a reason why she is able to effectively host without the use of a teleprompter.

“I pride myself on covering this team for the three years that I have,” she said. “I’m coming in with this knowledge and I can take it or follow my analysts wherever they’re going. I have that photographic memory and know where maybe I want to go with my ideas, but I’m always open and you’ve got to think on your feet to wherever the conversation is going to and don’t try to force the story if it’s not there.”

Landestoy and the Capitals’ studio analysts, including Alan May, Al Koken and Bruce Boudreau, aim to prepare viewers for each game and analyze it upon its conclusion. Having a local connection to Capitals fans gives NBC Sports Washington the insight it needs to focus its content on areas that will impact the experience of the live game broadcast.

For example, Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin recently scored his 787th career goal, marking the most goals scored with one franchise in league history.

“I’ve really loved being a host and being able to have more to say and have my opinion be heard but also to use my skills to weave the conversation in and out to wherever they’re going,” Landestoy said. “I definitely think there’s a joy and also the fans really appreciate that, ‘Hey, we are your Capitals crew. We have you covered for the ins and outs of what this team is doing. We’re your home for Capitals hockey,’ and we really try to encompass that.”

Staying informed about everything going on not just with the Capitals, but in the world of sports at large requires Landestoy to be aware of the sports news cycle. When the Capitals are not on the ice, Landestoy contributes in other areas at NBC Sports Washington and sometimes works in other hosting jobs both inside and outside of the network.

One of those hosting jobs involved working out of NBC Sports’ headquarters in Stamford, Conn. as the digital desk host for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, compiling the day’s events in concise segments distributed to multiple outlets. The role required Landestoy to work late at night; therefore, she adjusted her routine to sleep during the day to ensure she would be energized and ready to work throughout the 19-day stretch.

“These videos would get millions and millions of viewers because people would want to get a snapshot of the two minutes of what happened that night in the Olympics,” Landestoy said. “It was just a cool experience that, looking back, is definitely a career achievement that I’m definitely very proud of.”

Although she would be content with working as a studio host on Washington Capitals live game broadcasts for the remainder of her career, she recognizes the importance of continuing to improve and working to be the best media personality possible. Having that mindset could premise potential future movement to a national platform but for now, she is thrilled with working at NBC Sports Washington.

“I’ve learned that I love doing a variety of roles,” Landestoy said. “It’s not just sideline reporting, but I love hosting. I love the Good Morning Football-type vibes or NFL Live where you can show personality and bring the sports content. That’s where I think I can shine in those areas so probably a role like that is something that I would love to do.”

Alexa Landestoy had a precipitous rise in sports media because of her work ethic and drive to create opportunities and succeed. She grew up around high school football and the professional teams in southern California, using her knowledge and desire to tell stories to find new opportunities to refine her skills and cultivate new ones as necessary. The key is in getting started and seeing the value in every and any chance to immerse oneself in sports media.

“Just go for it if you have a passion for this,” Landestoy emphasized. “I got my start with my parents filming me on an iPad out on a high school field. It turned out all those high school players are now in college or in the NFL. Yeah, maybe it’s high school, but you’ll grow together.”

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Colorado Hiring Deion Sanders Will Be Constant Gift for College Football Media

“If Coach Prime achieves the same sort of success that he did with the Tigers, he will be far more than a curiosity. Sanders will be a disruptor.”

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Deion Sanders quickly made it clear why the University of Colorado chose him to be its next head football coach.

Coming off a weekend in which the four College Football Playoff teams were announced and all of the other bowl-eligible teams accepted their invitations, Colorado — which went 1-11 this past season — made news for hiring Sanders, the former NFL star who was phenomenally successful at Jackson State.

The media that covers college football and sports as a whole should be thrilled that the Buffaloes program decided to take a big leap for attention and notoriety. Sanders is a bold, risky hire. But he’s also been successful in virtually every venture he’s taken. “Primetime” had a Hall of Fame NFL career and also played Major League Baseball. And he’s a master at drawing attention to himself.

During his first meeting with his new team, Sanders made sure to mention that he has Louis Vuitton luggage to make the point that some of his Jackson State players are coming with him to Boulder — including his son, quarterback Shadeur Sanders. Nick Saban and Kirby Smart probably don’t cite luxury fashion when explaining to their players that they’ll have to compete for starting positions.

Coach Prime will not be boring to cover. (That self-appointed “Coach Prime” title, which was on his name plate at his introductory press conference, is a big clue there.) He never has been. This is a man who said during the 1989 NFL Draft, after being selected No. 5 overall by the Atlanta Falcons, that if the Detroit Lions had selected him at No. 3, he “would’ve asked for so much money, they’d have had to put me on layaway.”

Even if he doesn’t win as much as Colorado hopes, Sanders will pursue top talent — players who want to perform on a larger stage than the FCS-level Jackson State allows — and impact athletes will be attracted to him. He got the No. 1 recruit in the nation, cornerback and wide receiver Travis Hunter, to play for him. (Hunter is following his coach to Boulder.) Now that Sanders is at an FBS school in a Power 5 conference, more stars will surely come.

But if Coach Prime achieves the same sort of success that he did with the Tigers — going 27-5 in three seasons, including a 12-0 campaign in 2022 — he will be far more than a curiosity. Sanders will be a disruptor. And he’ll get the attention that such figures typically draw from media and fans. According to the Denver Post‘s Sean Keeler, at least 400 people attended what felt more like a celebration than a press conference.

Coach Prime wasn’t going to just win the press conference, which is what any school and fanbase want when a new coach is introduced.

If Colorado wanted someone to sit at a podium, and give platitudes like “We want to win the Pac-12 and get to the College Football Playoff,” “We’re going to build a program with young men you’ll be proud of,” or “It’s time to restore Colorado to the football glory we remember,” Sanders isn’t the guy for that.

“Do I look like a man that worries about anything? Did you see the way I walked in here? Did you see the swagger that was with me?” Sanders said during his introductory presser. “Worry? Baby, I am too blessed to be stressed. I have never been one for peer pressure. I put pressure on peers. I never wanted to worry, I make people worry. I don’t get down like that. I am too darn confident. That is my natural odor.”

To no surprise, Sanders announced his presence in Boulder with authority. He had cameras following him as he met with Colorado players for the first time. How many other coaches would have recorded what many would see as a private moment for posterity and post it online?

Sanders caused a stir by putting his players on notice. He warned them he was coming, telling them they’ll be pushed so hard they might quit. He told them to enter the transfer portal and go someplace else if they don’t like what he and his staff are going to do.

That candor, that brutal honesty surprised many fans and media when they saw it Monday morning. For some, that message might have felt too familiar. How many in media — or many other industries — have worried about their job status when a new boss takes over? What may have seemed secure days earlier is now uncertain.

But how do we know other coaches haven’t said something similar when taking over at a new job and addressing their team? We just hadn’t seen it before. But Sanders has been in the media. He knows social media. He understands controlling his own message and telling his story.

Sanders also knows what kind of value he brings to any venture he takes on. How many people would have left an NFL Network gig for Barstool Sports? But Sanders went to where his star would shine, where he was the main show, where he could be Deion Sanders. Maybe he’ll have to turn that down just a bit at Colorado. But athletic director Rick George knows who he hired.

Colorado could have made a safer choice, including previous head coaches Tom Herman, Bronco Mendenhall, or Gary Patterson. A top assistant from one of this year’s Playoff contenders — such as Georgia’s Todd Monken, USC’s Alex Grinch, Alabama’s Bill O’Brien, or Michigan’s Sherrone Moore — could also have been an option.

But what fun would that have been? What kind of tremor would Colorado have created in the college football news cycle? How much attention would a more conventional hire have received? Yes, Sanders has to recruit and win. However, if the objective was to make Colorado football a talking point again, that’s been accomplished.

There could be some friction too. Sanders has already been criticized for being a champion of HBCUs, only to bolt for a mainstream Power 5 program when the opportunity opened. (To be fair, other columnists have defended the move.)

At Jackson State, Sanders tried to control local media when he didn’t like how reporters were addressing him or covering a story. Last year during Southwestern Athletic Conference Media Day, he balked at a Clarion-Ledger reporter addressing him as “Deion,” not “Coach,” insisting that Nick Saban would’ve been shown that respect. Earlier this season, Sanders admonished a school broadcaster (and assistant athletic director) for speaking to him more formally on camera than he did off-camera.

Will that fly among Boulder and Denver media, or the national college football press? It’s difficult to imagine. Maybe Sanders will ease back on his efforts to control reporters within a larger university environment, metropolitan area, and media market. But we’re also talking about Deion Sanders here. He doesn’t bend to outside forces. He makes them bend to him.

Sanders’ stint in Boulder — whether it lasts the five years of his contract and beyond, or less than that — will not be dull. There could be no better gift for the media covering Colorado football. Or college football, a sport already full of bold personalities, eccentric to unhinged fanbases, and outsized expectations. Coach Prime will fit right in.

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The Media Is Finally Strong Enough To Take On The Rose Bowl

“The whole Rose Bowl organization is stuck in a black and white TV world. The future playoff is Marty McFly stepping out of a Delorean and the Rose Bowl is the Enchantment Under the Seas Dance.”

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I am a sucker for packaging. Take me to a grocery store and show me a uniquely packaged sauce or condiment or waffle syrup and I’ll give it a try just based on bottle size or design. The one packaging ploy that has vexed me is the “biggie size” at the local drive through. I’m always interested in the largest drink possible but don’t necessarily want a grain silo full of fries passed through my window. The College Football Playoff is going “biggie sized” in 2024 and I’ll take all of that I can get.

The College Football Playoff Committee made official last week what had long been speculated, that the four-team playoff field would increase to 12 teams starting with the 2024 season. This was an inevitable move for money and access reasons. The power conferences and Notre Dame stand to gain significantly in TV revenue and the “non-power” conferences finally get the consistent access they have long craved.

What may have finally pushed the new playoff over the finish line was the end of an ultimate game of chicken between college football powers and the Rose Bowl.

There is a scene from the movie The Hunt for Red October when the rogue Russian nuclear submarine is trying to avoid a torpedo from another Russian submarine. The American captain, aptly played by Scott Glenn, tells Jack Ryan; “The hard part about playing chicken is knowing when to flinch.”

The Rose Bowl finally flinched.

The only thing that delayed an earlier move to this new world was the insistence of the Rose Bowl Game to cling to the bygone era of the antiquated bowl system. Only in college football could an organization that runs a parade hold such outsized influence but, until recently, the Big Ten and PAC 12 gladly enabled their addiction to a specific television time slot.

Dan Wetzel is a Yahoo! Sports National Columnist, he also wrote the book Death to the BCS which laid out a very early argument for dumping the bowl system for a Playoff.

“The single hardest thing to explain to people is that the Rose Bowl and its obsession of having the sunset in the third quarter of its game was a serious impediment to a billion dollar playoff,” Wetzel wrote. 

Wetzel makes the point that simply moving the game up one hour would’ve helped the playoff TV schedule immensely, “They were adamant that they get to have an exclusive window on New Year’s Day, the best time of all, not only would they not give that up but they wouldn’t even move it an hour earlier (to help Playoff television scheduling) because then the sun would set at halftime.  It was so absurd but for a lot of years they got so much protection.”

We may never know what it was that finally forced the Rose Bowl to play ball with the rest of the college football world. There are many possibilities, not the least of which was the presence of SoFi Stadium just down the road. The College Football Playoff committee could have always taken the bold step of scheduling games at SoFi, in the Los Angeles market, opposite the Rose Bowl TV window to try to squeeze them out.

It is also possible the Rose Bowl scanned the landscape and realized that, if a 12-team playoff already existed, their 2023 game would’ve been Washington (10-2) versus Purdue (8-5). That shock of reality came with the understanding Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Utah and USC would enthusiastically choose a 12 team playoff bid over a Rose Bowl invite. That was the future the Rose Bowl faced with the departure of USC and UCLA to the Big Ten and the 12 team playoff gobbling up the top remaining PAC 12 teams.

I have proposed that theory to many people in the college football world and have received some version of this response from many of them: “They really wouldn’t care who is playing as long as they can still have their parade.”

That is one of the issues at play here; in many ways, the whole Rose Bowl organization is stuck in a black and white TV world. The future playoff is Marty McFly stepping out of a Delorean and the Rose Bowl is the Enchantment Under the Seas Dance.

One other possibility is that the television executives of the major networks, primarily FOX, may have put the pressure on the Big Ten and Pac 12 to have a little less interest in keeping college football stuck in the late 1970’s. It makes sense, FOX has nothing to gain by the Rose Bowl keeping influence. Fox may have everything to gain by getting a media rights cut of the future playoff. Many believe FOX was a driving force behind USC and UCLA bolting to the Big Ten. If that much is true, pressing for less Rose Bowl influence is child’s play.

No matter what was the catalyst to the expanded playoff, it worked and the fans benefited. College football is moving into a brave new world all because the college football powers finally stood up to the old man yelling at the clouds.

Turns out, it was all a game of chicken. And the Rose Bowl flinched.

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Andrew Perloff Learned From The Master of Sports Radio on Television

“I think I’m really lucky because I went from a really fun and supportive place in the Dan Patrick Show and have now transitioned into what I would also call a very fun and supportive place at CBS Sports Radio/Audacy.”

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It’s a fact of life that not everybody loves their job. To have a job that you love and have fun at is pretty special. For Andrew Perloff, life is good.

“I’m just watching so much sports during the week,” said Perloff. “I don’t come up for air watching sports and I love that.  And the fact that we get paid to sit on the couch for 72 hours…oh my God…it really is the best job in the world.”

That job is being the co-host of Maggie & Perloff weekdays from 3pm to 6pm eastern time on CBS Sports Radio and simulcast on CBS Sports Network. Perloff was an on-air personality on The Dan Patrick Show beginning in 2009 before making the switch to CBS Sports Radio for the new show with Maggie Gray that launched this past January.

And so far, the move has worked out.

“I’m really happy,” said Perloff. “I think I’m really lucky because I went from a really fun and supportive place in the Dan Patrick Show and have now transitioned into what I would also call a very fun and supportive place at CBS Sports Radio/Audacy. I miss the DP Show but I love my new co-workers. (Vice President of Programming) Spike Eskin and (New York Market President) Chris Oliviero have been great. We get a lot of support and a lot of help from those guys and they’ve made the transition so much easier.”

When a new radio program begins, chemistry between the hosts is vital to the success of the growth and success of the show. In the case of Maggie & Perloff, they had an existing friendship from their time working together at Sports Illustrated. 

And that relationship is certainly evident to the listeners.

“I’m having a great time with Maggie,” said Perloff who was an editor and contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and SI.com. “We knew each other pretty well at Sports Illustrated. We’ve been friends for a while now. I have gotten to know her a lot better through the show. It took a couple of months to really find our rhythm and get the show to where we wanted to get it.”

There has been a fun and evolving dynamic to the on and off-air chemistry between the hosts.  Perloff is from Philadelphia and a die-hard Eagles fan while Gray is a fan of the Buffalo Bills.  The Eagles have the best record in the NFC at 11-1 while the Bills are among the best teams in the AFC at 9-3.

Perloff has come to understand just how much Gray loves the Bills and there is a chance that their two teams could meet come February 12th in Arizona for Super Bowl LVII.

“She’s a very passionate Buffalo Bills fan,” said Perloff.  “I always knew that, but to actually sit there on a daily basis and see her sweat out every detail about the Buffalo Bills has been a lot of fun.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’re on a collision course for the Super Bowl and we’re already trying to figure out a Super Bowl bet.”

The easy wager to set up would involve food.

If the Bills win, Perloff would have to give Gray some Philly cheesesteaks.

If the Eagles win, Gray would have to furnish Perloff with some Buffalo Wings.

But it appears as if management wants there to be more at stake for the potential bet.

“Our boss wants us to do something more severe,” said Perloff. “The truth is I’m an Eagles fan so I’ve already won my Super Bowl. Maggie, on the other hand, has no idea what that feels like. I almost feel sorry for her because it’s tough being a Bills fan.

“We have a pretty big rivalry with our team because she’s a Mets fan and I’m a Phillies fan. We get along great expect for those areas.”

The Maggie & Perloff chemistry extends throughout the show and that includes producer Michael Samtur who has his own rooting interests.

Samtur is a fan of the New York Jets who are having a better-than-expected season.

“When the Jets win, I don’t want to see Mike on Monday mornings because he’s smiling so much,” said Perloff. “He’s an unbelievably cynical Jets fan…it’s hysterically funny.

“Mike is doing a great job. It’s really an all-hands-on deck show. I think we all sort of kind of wear each other’s hats at certain times.”

An added element to the show is that it is also simulcast on CBS Sports Network. If there’s one thing that Perloff learned from working with Dan Patrick — who also has a simulcast on television — is that the program is a radio show that just happens to have cameras in the studio. At the end of the day, it’s a radio show on television and not a television show on the radio.

“That’s also my philosophy,” said Perloff. “From a logistical standpoint, to do a good radio show you can’t really focus on the TV side of it. For us, the foundation of the base is to really focus on the radio show and the TV and video comes naturally after that.”

Perloff’s resume also includes writing and co-writing an assortment of magazine stories, books, and television shows while also hosting his own weekend show on NBC Sports Radio from 2016 to 2019. But it was working on The Dan Patrick Show where he learned an important aspect of being a talk show host that he continues to live by at CBS Sports Radio.

What he learned was that you just have to be yourself.

“Dan always wanted us to be authentic in the sense that don’t try to be someone you’re not,” said Perloff. “Don’t try to come up with hot takes just for the sake of hot takes. When you listen to Dan Patrick on the radio, you’re really hearing Dan. He’s not a radically different person off air.”

This is a huge time of the year for sports radio. 

The NFL’s regular season is winding down and college football is heading towards bowl season and the College Football Playoff. Throw in the NBA, college basketball, NHL, and the World Cup and there’s so much going on in the sports world to talk about. 

Perloff can’t get enough of it.

“I love it so much,” said Perloff. “College football is just huge right now. When we bring up a college football story, the phone lines just light up which I think is a reflection of the growing interest in that sport. This is the best time of the year. It’s incredible.”

As Maggie & Perloff head towards their first anniversary on the air, there are goals and expectations heading into 2023. The show has grown tremendously over the course of the first year and while that may have occurred faster than expected, the hope is that the trend continues.

“I’ve been a little surprised by how fast the audience has grown and our connection with the audience,” said Perloff. “One of the great things about The Dan Patrick Show was the community feel with the show and all of the listeners. That’s definitely growing with us and I’d like to see that really take off next year. It makes it so much more fun when you’re doing the show and everybody is along for the ride.”

It’s been a great ride so far and it should be interesting to see what happens if that ride includes an Andrew Perloff vs Maggie Gray Super Bowl matchup in February. It’s not even because the breakdown of Eagles vs Bills would be fascinating but the audience wants more.

That Super Bowl bet would certainly be intriguing.   

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