Time to give you some linkage today. Quite a few good links today.
First, I’ll give you Kristine Leahy’s “The Five” segment from WEEI.com today. I have to admit this is a conflict of interest. Kristine and I have become Twitter buddies and we’ve exchanged Tweets so I’m giving her some love today.
To get the full effect of “The Five” linkage, check out Kristine’s page at WEEI.com.
The great Bruce Allen at Boston Sports Media Watch takes a look at what the new WBZ-FM means for WEEI.
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James Reed and Erin Allsworth of the Boston Globe write about the death of WBCN in favor of keeping Adult Contemporary station Mix98.5 geared towards women and creating an FM sports radio station.
Don Aucoin of the Globe writes about CBS Radio creating FM sports talk to rival the 800 pound gorilla, WEEI.
The lovely Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald has Boston Entercom General Manager Julie “Koo-Koo for Coco Puffs” Kahn boasting that WEEI and co-owned rocker WAAF are true winners in listeners minds. Maybe in Entercom’s minds, but not in listeners’. Crazy woman.
Jessica has an overview of the station format flips.
Jessica also has some rather arrogant statements from WEEI morning co-host Gerry Callahan and afternoon drive blowhard Glen Ordway.
And Jessica says the format switch is emblematic of a talk invasion on the FM dial.
SportsKat Girl asks CBS Radio to hire a woman for the new Sports Hub.
Adam Reilly and Mike Miliard of the Boston Phoenix explain why WBCN is being killed off.
Over to USA Today and Michael Hiestand who writes about ESPN hiring former TV producer Don Ohlmeyer as its new ombudsman.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at Under Armour’s new suit that helps athletes recover from their workouts.
After being gone for two weeks, Newsday’s Neil Best returns from vacation and tries to catch up on what went on.
Ray Frager of the Sports Media Journal has some thoughts on Don Ohlmeyer becoming ESPN’s new ombudsman.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union feels Fox Sports blew its live shot of President Obama’s first pitch at the All-Star Game last night. And at the end of the game, Pete had some more observations.
Friend of Fang’s Bites Ken Schott writes that the ratings for this year’s Home Run Derby were down from last year.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner reports that CBS Radio’s WJFK-FM goes all-sports on Monday.
Tim Lemke of the Washington Times was at the Verizon Center on Tuesday to cover the announcement of FM sports talk arriving in the DC area.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says a long time local sports anchor is leaving in September after his contract was not renewed.
Barry Horn in the Dallas Morning News gets on Fox for its side angle of the Presidential first pitch at the All-Star Game last night.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says the White Sox could not have asked for better advertising with President Obama wearing their jacket last night.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says local ratings for the Home Run Derby set a record on Monday.
Dan Caesar of the Post-Dispatch says Fox recovered nicely after failing to show President Obama’s first pitch from the proper angle.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols gave the Brewers’ Prince Fielder some love during ESPN’s coverage of Monday’s Home Run Derby.
John Ryan from the San Jose Mercury News says organizers of this week’s Lake Tahoe Celebrity golf tournament were caught off guard by the breakup of Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail feels President Obama was the one and true All-Star during last night’s game. And Bruce says the alleged two year agreement between NBC Sports and the National Hockey League is expected to be announced soon. When? Inquiring minds want to know! (UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: The announcement was made today)
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star is surprised to see the Calgary Stampede top the ratings in Canada.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News says DirecTV will offer an iPhone app for its NFL Sunday Ticket package provided subscribers paid for the SuperFan plan.
The lovely Christy Hammond of the Sports PR blog has an explanation on whom should blog and why. Very good post.
Let’s go to the Sports Media Watch for some ratings news. First, TNT’s last NASCAR race of the season fell in the ratings yet again. You get some various news and notes. And you have the weekend ratings.
The great Steve Lepore of Puck The Media says Hall of Fame announcer Mike Emrick will narrate a documentary on the Boston University-Boston College rivalry. I put BU first at the request of alumnus Kristine Leahy.
Maury Brown from the Biz of Baseball offers his thoughts on the All-Star Game telecast.
Ok, I’ll end it there. I should be doing work.