Bring back the "BSK" and " The Dean," or Terry Brooks.
Fox keeps citing the fact that they do 5 hours, but Bull is never prepared. There are a few "he should know that" moments every show with him. Considering all they do is talk about how much they hate Manziel does it really take that much prep?
Spot on. Its not sports talk - its football talk radio - for a team that isn't very interesting. All of them are barely listenable. Especially Goldhammer and Golden. 15 minutes the other day on Jeri Curls. 92.3 - almost always is listening to them talk to themselves, about themselves and rehashing the few topics (Manziel, Pryor,) over and over and over and over. I don't care what any of them think about - get this - would Manziel start for Ohio State! What?? Would Adam the Bull make a better German Chancellor than Les Levine? I returned to town last year and find I can't leave any of the stations on for more than about 10 minute before I start yelling at the radio. I listen to Mike and Mike- decent sports journalism and they talk about any sport. Locally its dead, been dead - hopeless - pathetic - inane and pointless navel gazing and obscure hypothetical discussions. Would that Terry Pluto had chosen radio for his medium.
Goldhammers father, a well known labor lawyer, bankrolled Karmazin. Karmazin, obtained a huge loan from New York bankers straight out of college. I should convert to Judaism..
Sports radio in Cleveland is fine. I'm not sure what article even is intending. You listen to one station, get tired of it, switch stations. Not a hard concept to grasp
Last good host was Peter Brown. WKNR virtually unlistenable with the constant live spots. Hooley used to be ok until the consultant got a hold of him. Dustin Fox might be the most worthless person on the radio. The next time I hear him say anything of value will be the first time. You can hear the exasperation in the Bull's voice when Dustin is either not paying attention or just adding nothing to the conversation and the Bull is forced to either dumb it down or change topics. Fox is completely worthless. Don't miss Booms at all. His act wears thin just as it has in every other market he's been in. Kiley is horrible. Can't believe he's still hanging around. Ken Carmen only hope for the future. Shows a little knowledge about sports and has a personality. Thank god Roda is finally out to pasture. Can't believe Les Levine doesn't have a show. Only other decent person in the market is Chris Fedor. Definitely deserves a show of his own. So glad to hear someone say that management forces hosts to talk Browns. The best part about the Cavs playoff run is that there was much less Browns talk this spring. More Carmen, Fedor, Levine. Get rid of Fox and Kiley. Maybe I'll switch back from podcasts.
It is possibly a crime that Les Levine doesn't have his own show. This article is right about many things but it doesn't matter. I listen to sports talk, I like it. What I don't like is listening to Rover or that afternoon hack bash cops or anything not completely liberal all day long. The shock jock vitriol is putrid and salacious commentary usually. What's wrong with wanting to listen to something non political that your kid can hear while driving to school? Sports talk will never ever be dead.
I'm glad they didn't mention WTAM. The worse ever.
There are enough quality local podcasts (WFNY, A to Z to name 2) and local sports blogs (WFNY, Fear The Sword to name 2 more) that they have made sports radio completely irrelevant. It is just an endless parade of lowest common denominator content and hot takes designed to generate calls and rile people up. I have completely given up sports radio around midway through the last Cavs season and I haven't looked back since.
HEY TONY JIZZO NEWS FLASH: NOBODY CARES ABOUT UR SUMMER OF BRISKET, FAT NERD CASEY OR HOW INCOMPETENT UR DOUCHE-BRO PUNCHING BAG MATT FONTANA IS. RBS has been dead since LeBron left, don't know how that garbage has stayed on the air this long, all they talk about is stupid BBQ
Rizzo's wannabe Morning Zoo does have one key throwback -- the former NFL player does a great daily imitation of Captain Kenny Clean. There was brief potential for CBS to make a lasting mark in the region, but once the cutbacks started with the solid weekend radio veterans, the station became nothing more than a stupid frat party hosted by a bizarre cast of losers. Overall - though - it gets back to a comment made by organized crime investigative reporter Dan E. Moldea, near the end of an often raucous 1989 national book tour for "Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football" -- those in the sports media are the biggest whores in journalism.
I love the assertion in the middle of the article that all of us twentysomethings around town never discuss whether people are fuckable and don't want to hear such talk on a radio station. Hell, I've had that very same conversation about the Williams sisters more times than I can count going back to my teens. Besides, if I cared about gender equality or social justice - and I don't, but hypothetically speaking - I'd be listening to NPR, not WKNR. Honestly, I've always enjoyed the 'lockerroom talk as time filler' on the local sports stations. It's the logical thing to do on such a station if there's no real team news to report.
Oh, by the way, Donald Trump was getting some pretty raucous applause at the Republican primary debate... where was that taking place again? Maybe Cleveland teams & media should take that cue and be more like him, not less. Lord knows the Indians wish they could get that kind of response from this town, lol
What I would give to hear Sindelar, Needle, and Lewis back on Knr. I've turned to podcasts and satellite radio, and it's still slim pickens. I do love the 5 minutes of Steve French I get at 5:40 every morning on WNIR.
Talk radio died with Howie Chizek. The sports talk hosts are all pretty bad. On 92.3 Mostly all they want to talk about is who is going to be the next Browns quarterback for they're whole show for the entire year. On WTAM, Nick Camino is awful. None of these people are entertaining or intelligent. Trivisonno is the most intelligent and entertaining sports talk host when he talks sports. Post-game is the stupidest of all. Not sure why Les Levine doesn't have a gig, he's more entertaining than any other full-time talk people in the city right now.
So - what was the point of this article... it's all true, but so what?
I like Ken Karman; I like Baskin & Phelps - I guess the main reason they are killing 850 is the lack of annoying personalities. I call in, they let me talk. Is it cheap content... yes - the cheapest, so what?
Among my friends, we've agreed that 850 (and in particular the clueless, Howard-Cosell-wannabe Aaron Goldhammer) are unlistenable. Can Craig Karmazin really think that being a polarizing jerk is a good idea for an on-air personality? Does 'Hammer have some dirt on him? It blows my mind. See what happened to Booms? His manlove for Johnny Football caused him to implode into petulant inanity. Good riddance.
Oh - re-edit your article - someone cut and pasted the beginning to the end. Fitting karmic payback for a hack job. It's all true, but just a sour take...
I hate the fact rizzo is put on a pedestal even when he's a known wife beater.
Cleveland Browns Daily aka Sugar Coated Daily.
Did Adam Gerstenhaber insist you not print his name? Or was that your choice?
Too many ads,sponsored bits and live reads are killing the quality of the shows also (and Browns game broadcasts ).
Carman is the best on air , but now he has to share with jokey who thinks argument /hyperbole radio is great radio.
Listen to 92.3 for 12 hours a day at work(not at home) ... So I guess your point is made, no matter how bad,over sold it is - I am probably listening and tweeting . Some days I just have to listen to pandora or 104 for a break
podcasts are the future
I'm glad I read it and now I'm turning 92.3 back up at my desk. Rizzo prepares more for his ads than he does for his own show these days. Goldweasel's voice is almost as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard. Thank God for FM sports talk in NE Ohio. I could go on & on...but to what end? Thx again...
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