Ok, back from the jobsite. I’ll give you as many links as possible today.
Let’s begin with David Scott from Boston Sports Media Watch.com. He has been away for a while so he catches up with a mega-column today featuring stuff about WEEI/WRKO Program Director Jason Wolfe’s troubles, NESN doing its own PTI, Dale Arnold being dropped from NESN and ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons running for President of Red Sox Nation.
Susan Bickelhaupt of the Boston Globe writes about ABC covering the Open Championship this weekend. George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal has a story on ABC’s announcing crew for the Open Championship, Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger. Nick Faldo of CBS and the Golf Channel joins them in the 18th tower.
Michael Hiestand in this morning’s edition of USA Today wonders where Dan Patrick will land on TV.
As we get closer to Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s home run record, we’ll have a new radio call from the San Francisco Giants radio network (could be Jon Miller or Dave Fleming), the opposing team’s radio network, a national TV call (Fox or ESPN) and even the local TV networks. I have heard all three of the calls for Hank Aaron’s home run that broke Babe Ruth’s mark of 714 home run back in 1974. Curt Gowdy called it for NBC on Monday Night Baseball. Vin Scully called it for the Dodgers and it was a very gracious call noting the history of an African American being cheered in the deep south. And calling it for the Atlanta Braves was Hall of Fame announcer Milo Hamilton. Jeremy Cothran of the Newark (NJ) Star Ledger talks to Hamilton and Joe Garagiola who was working with Gowdy on NBC.
Neil Best of Newsday writes about ESPN’s Who’s Now segment which is being killed across the country.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post just can’t stand ESPN’s Joe Morgan.
In the New York Daily News, Bob Raissman says the NFL and its network partners are going to start feeling the pressure about Michael Vick from the Human Society.
In Philadelphia, Laura Nachman of the Bucks County Courier Times says local sports radio station WPEN plans to offer more local programming for fans.
Ray Frager in the Baltimore Sun says there will be plenty of archival highlights of Cal Ripken for Orioles fans to watch before he goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame next week.
Jim Williams of the DC/Baltimore Examiner says it’s too early to judge Michael Vick. And Williams talks with Sirius Satellite Radio’s Giorgio Chinaglia about David Beckham.
In The State of South Carolina, Doug Nye says “The Bronx is Burning” doesn’t do much for him.
Dave Darling of the Orlando Sentinel writes about a bunch of announcements from ESPN.
To the Miami Herald where Barry Jackson discusses the various shows both on TV and radio devoted to the Dolphins this season.
Jason Lieser in the Palm Beach Post talks to some sports bloggers and notes their influence on reporting these days. Lieser didn’t talk to me.
There are three sports radio stations in Houston and soon to be a fourth, but David Barron of the Chronicle says only one registered in the local Arbitron ratings.
Bob Wolfey in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel speaks to ESPN’s Jon Anderson who grew up a Packers fan.
In his weekly Friday media column, Paul Christian of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says many Minnesotans won’t have access to guess what? The Big Ten Network.
In the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune, Judd Zulgad has the University of Minnesota officials fuming mad at local TV station, KSTP for running pictures from the Facebook and MySpace accounts of several school football players.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune says many newspapers aren’t happy with a new NFL policy calling on photographers to wear vests with prominent product logos.
John Maffei in the North County Times says ESPN will show the LA Galaxy-Chelsea match even if David Beckham doesn’t play. Whatever.
I’ve spent two hours looking for links for you. If I have time, I’ll do some more links later.