A Letter To Bob McCown

An Open Letter to Bob McCown

Dear Bob,

Thank you for an excellent week of radio. The Yunel Escobar story involved a lot of complexities and nuances, and you and Brunt did an exemplary job of unpacking these for the benefit of the audience. It is the coverage of stories like this one that demonstrate why PTS is truly the leader in the marketplace.

The interviews with Beeston and AA were thorough and critical. The interview with Zeigler was frank and intelligent. The Zaun interview provided great insider perspective from an ex-athlete who is close to this team. Thanks for bringing these to the listeners.

More than any of this, I want to thank you and Brunt for your own reflections on this incident and what it means for the team and the city. You were forceful and opinionated without being pedantic or preachy. I don't agree with some of your positions, but that's not really the point. As a listener there is nothing more rewarding that hearing a complicated issue eloquently discussed with precision and care, and that is exactly what PTS provided this week.

I wanted to say all of this to congratulate you, but also to point out how exceptional this week was. You demonstrated a level of passion and interest that has been missing from PTS as of late, at least to my ears. Obviously stories like this are not going to come along all the time, but from this listener's standpoint, there is a palpable difference in the quality of PTS when you're engaged by the issues. This week proved that when you're motivated and paired with a complementary co-host, PTS has no equal. This is not always the case though.

You've just signed what might be your last contract. My question to you is: what do you want out of these next years? Obviously the audience will be there for the most part regardless of what you do. Radio is about inertia and PTS has a huge established base.

My hope is that you'll find ways to maintain the level of quality that we saw this week on PTS. There are so many options for listeners these days and a lot of it is pretty good. However, PTS was in a league of its own covering the Yunel Escobar story. Thanks Bob. Looking forward to listening more in the days ahead.

mike in boston


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    Mike S 9 years ago

    I agree this was an extremely entertaining week of PTS……………..there were many memorable interviews (Daly, Zaun, Anthopoulos, Beeston, Zeigler, Spector, etc)…………….Brunt’s presence definitely made a great week of radio even better…………….we are lucky that it just happened to be one of the weeks that Brunt was there
    A lot of people say that McCown is very soft on many of his guests but I don’t think anyone can say he was soft with Daly or Anthopoulos……………and he wasn’t as hard on Beeston as maybe he should have been but he didin’t let him off the hook either

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    Another Steve 9 years ago

    you forgot to add “kisses and hugs” at the end of this note.

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    Roger 9 years ago

    Yeah Bob, great job
    and to the other holier than thou talking heads for blowing the Escobar prank
    WAY out of proportion. The bullying and the hypocrisy of the political correct
    crowd continues.
    Quite frankly, their reaction way really quite “gay”.

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    Well said, Mike in B. As I mentioned in an earlier post, last week was was vintage Bob. More of that, please. You nailed it, Mike, when you said that PTS is untouchable when Bob is motivated and has the proper co-host. I’m grateful it was Brunt and not some hockey puck blowhard in the co-host chair last week.

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    Mike – nice piece! Couldn’t agree more that it was a great week for PTS.

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    thanks, and i totally agree with you: can you imagine the train wreck it would have been with either Mr. Know-It-All or Mr. Condescending-Contrarian?

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    (Another) Andrew 9 years ago

    there is a palpable difference in the quality of PTS when you’re engaged by the issues

    The Yunel Escobar story had virtually nothing to do with sporting performance – though Zaun did say Escobar would be no great loss to the team if they got rid of him. So given that Bob doesn’t really watch sports it’s probably difficult for him to become engaged by most issues that pop up on a week to week basis.