A New Sports Radio Network?


Interesting story came across my desk yesterday:

“NBC unit and Dial Global Inc. (DIAL) (DIAL) are creating the NBC Sports Radio Network to broadcast national and regional programming, challenging Walt Disney Co. (DIS) (DIS)’s ESPN Radio.

The radio network, starting in September, will air hourly sports-news updates, daily features and full-length shows, New York-based NBC and Dial Global said today in a statement.”

Of course this won’t have a any impact out of the gate, however it does provide an alternative to ESPN coverage to any station that is looking for syndicated radio to fill some dead time.

Stateside it hasn’t received a whole lot of attention but thats not really surprising given the time of year etc.

It will be interesting to see which NBC personalities take part and what exactly their role will be. Bob Costas radio could be interesting to listen to don’t you think?

Given the NHL partnership, I wonder how much coverage, if any the league will get.

Looking for a good article on the Blue Jays cutting ties with Vladimir Guerrero?

Richard Griffin did a good job in today’s star:

“Vlad should have been grateful for that opportunity. Agent was. Player wasn’t.

Guerrero clearly did not see things the same way as his agent. A lot of us in life think we’re still as good as we once were. We don’t like to hear otherwise. After doing everything the Jays had asked — going to extended spring and playing games against teenagers, playing at Class-A Dunedin in front of 600 fans nightly, then moving up to Triple-A believing he had found his rhythm against pitchers the next level down from the majors — Guerrero decided to gamble and go all-in. The Jays called his bluff.”

You can read Griffin here

Finally a question for you….

I keep hearing that video is the next big thing. I admit, I like the odd youtube video that people email me or post on facebook. However, the minute I see a story from a “news” site, I install bolt. I have no interest in watching news videos. I want to read the story. No offence to the TSN guys, or sportsnet guys, but I’d much rather read it then watch it online. Am i the only one?


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June 13, 2012 12:35 am

I don’t mind if video is there as a supplement to the written article, but I agree, I want to read my news.

June 13, 2012 4:57 am

Costas used to.have a weekly.radio.syndicated in.the late 80s and 90s.

And would nbc make dan patrick’s show their mid day anchor?

Mike S
Mike S
June 13, 2012 3:56 pm

I believe I heard somewhere that Erik Kuselias will have a show on this NBC Sports Radio Network………………..he used to be with ESPN and he recently was co-host of the Morning Drive program on Golf Channel

Jim Todd
Jim Todd
June 13, 2012 5:56 pm

I’m with you. Due to hearing issues, I often cannot hear what is being said in a video or audio stream properly, and very much prefer to read the story. As DSSCPU mentioned, it would be just fine if they put both the video and a text version of the story (or even a transcription of the video) on the same page.

June 14, 2012 7:43 am

Yep just want to post I avoid stories that are posted as videos. In some cases I will Google the key words and find a text version of the story elsewhere. Actually I do the same when someone links to a story on Facebook, to avoid all my friends knowing what articles I am reading.

Darryl M
Darryl M
June 15, 2012 11:03 am

I prefer to read my news and basically everything else. News loses something when done through video. Mostly because the written word often has less artistic licence taken than does video. I can’t back that up thats my feeling. It makes the story feel more plastic, less important if its just thrown into a video and tossed out there.

June 18, 2012 9:19 pm

AP, you will appreciate this link: http://theoatmeal.com/pl/state_web_spring/yahoo

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