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Bob Costas: Warriors Can’t Be 90s Bulls Because NBA Is ‘Essentially a Cable Product’
“Those games were on NBC. We would show doubleheaders and sometimes tripleheaders on network television when the media landscape was much, much different.”
Where do the Golden State Warriors of the 2010s/early 2020s rank among the NBA dynasties? Former NBA on NBC play-by-play voice Bob Costas says they’re up there as one of the greatest, but not in the same echelon as the 90s Chicago Bulls.
In an appearance on Willard and Dibs on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Friday, Costas was asked about the parallels between the Bulls and Warriors. He said you can’t compare the two without also considering the other dynasties between them with the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers of the 2000s, but Golden State’s run is up there with the Michael Jordan-era Bulls.
“I think the Warriors come close to it,” Costas said. “But I think the Warriors are probably the closest to that Michael Jordan Bulls run. But there are differences which are not the Warriors’ fault.
Costas went on to say that Steph Curry is “one of the most compelling players to watch in the history of the NBA” and that he symbolizes everything Golden State in this era. But he said the reach of Jordan in the 90s to the American public is not the same as the reach that Curry and the Warriors have had some 30 years later.
“The Warriors run takes place during a period of time when the NBA is essentially – I’m not counting local television – a cable product,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with the presentation on cable. The studio show on TNT is the best studio show in the history of sports. Barkley and Shaq and Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson are terrific. And the games are well-called.”
“These games in the 21st century are less present in the general public imagination than they were in the 80s on CBS when it was Byrd and Magic and Dr. J,” Costas added.
Bob also went on to say that network TV at that time was the lifeblood of getting the NBA into the most homes possible.
“Those games were on NBC. We would show doubleheaders and sometimes tripleheaders on network television when the media landscape was much, much different,” he said. “And primetime games not just in the Finals, but in the early rounds of the playoffs on weeknights.”
“The Warriors do not have that platform on a national basis,” Costas continued. “In the Finals, yes, but even in the Finals, much of the country hasn’t followed them all the way through whereas that was the case with Jordan and the Bulls. Not just in any given season, but one season built upon another upon another. It was a decades or more-long epic story of Michael Jordan going back to his game-winning shot in 1982 for North Carolina.”
Bob also hit on the fact that the NBA of today has evolved so much since Michael Jordan won his sixth championship. He said the Warriors dynasty is just different and it’s hard to try to compare two different eras of basketball.
“It’s not fault of the Warriors or the Spurs or the early 2000s Lakers or whatever it might be,” Costas said. “There’s just something about Jordan and the Bulls that cannot be approached.”
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Evan Roberts Says WFAN Found Next Star in Audition This Week
Evan Roberts thinks he has heard the future of WFAN. The co-host of Carton & Roberts said Tuesday afternoon that an overnight audition he heard on the station is going to yield big results.
Roberts said he could not sleep on Monday night, so he turned on the station to hear a new voice on the air and he was impressed.
“Alvin was on the air from midnight to two, and I’m going to make your prediction. He will be full-time here in the next three years,” he said. “Very good. He was tremendous.”
The Alvin in question is Alvin Cintron. He is a listener that Carton & Roberts explained would make videos and send them to program director Spike Eskin with a note asking when he would get his shot on WFAN.
“I listened to about 45 minutes of it,” Roberts said. “First radio show ever! I think the story is Spike literally found the guy on social media and said, ‘You know what? I’ll give you a shot.’”
Cintron posted a video on Facebook of himself listening to the segment. He called it “surreal.”
Craig Carton joked that if Evan Roberts thinks Alvin Cintron is going to be part of WFAN’s full-time staff in the next three years, that means he has someone on the staff getting fired and that Alvin is going to jump ahead of the current WFAN part-timers working towards the same goal.
“I didn’t put anybody down,” Roberts answered. “All I said was I thought he was brilliant last night, and I’m making a prediction. I think within the next three years, he’s full time.”
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Binnie Media Brings VSiN to New Hampshire
“Their programming is best-in-class and the support from the VSiN team goes well beyond the content we air on the station.”
VSiN is going to New England. Content from the sports betting network will be heard on Binnie Media’s 106.3-HD2 in Nashua. The station will be branded VSiN Radio 106.3-FM HD-2.
“We’re thrilled to team up with Binnie Media to deliver the real-time news and insights New Englanders need to inform their wagering decisions,” Brian Musburger, founder and CEO of VSiN, said in a press release. “New Hampshire was one of the first states to embrace legal sports betting and, with Massachusetts recently legalizing, there has never been more interest in the informative and educational sports betting programming VSiN delivers every day. We are excited to bring our team of betting experts to Binnie Media’s passionate sports audience, especially in Massachusetts, the home state of VSiN’s parent company, DraftKings.”
In addition to the long-form content on 106.3-HD2, VSiN will also have a presence on other Binnie Media stations. Brent Musburger’s Action Updates will be heard on eight other stations in the group. They will run twice a day, giving the network a multi-format presence across the state.
Binnie Media is the largest privately owned and locally managed media company in Maine and New Hampshire. It owns fifteen radio stations as well as digital and outdoor marketing brands.
“Sports betting is quickly becoming part of the daily conversation. As we evaluated the options in this space, we landed on VSiN,” added Heath Cole, VP of Programming at Binnie Media. “Their programming is best-in-class and the support from the VSiN team goes well beyond the content we air on the station. From the short-form Action Updates to the digital content the VSiN team creates for our listeners, we think this content is, by far, the best in the space. We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring this programming to our listeners.”
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John Canzano Signs Extension With 750 The Game
“We get the best guests and the in-depth reporting and commentary sets the show apart, but more than anything, it’s three hours of fun.”
John Canzano will remain at Alpha Media Portland on 750 AM The Game, inking an extension with the outlet to continue hosting the syndicated program The Bald Faced Truth. The show currently airs on weekday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m., one of two local programs in the station’s lineup. It’s also aired in Eugene and Klamath Falls.
“We are thrilled to announce our continued partnership with The Bald Faced Truth hosted by John Canzano on 750 The Game,” said market manager Lisa Decker in a statement. “John Canzano is key to 750 The Game’s success and longevity in Portland. He provides timely and in-depth content to our listeners with unparalleled access to key players, managers, and sports directors.”
“I’m thrilled with the momentum we have and love our team,” Canzano added. “We get the best guests and the in-depth reporting and commentary set the show apart, but more than anything, it’s three hours of fun. I love that the show serves as an escape for listeners.”
In addition to hosting his radio show, Canzano continues to write columns on his website and also engages in a subscriber chat to interact directly with fans. A former columnist for various newspapers, including The San Jose Mercury News, The Oregonian, and The Fresno Bee, Canzano was named the National Sports Columnist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010 and 2015. He is one of the authoritative voices on the Pac-12 and sports in the state.
“750 The Game is very fortunate to have John Canzano and The Bald Faced Truth as part of the team!,” said content director Keith Abrams. “He is the voice of truth regarding the Ducks, Beavers, Trail Blazers, the Pac-12, and all things sports!”