I continue with my mini-series, People You Should Follow On Twitter. You have all types of accounts in sports business and sports media, college basketball and football, MLB, NFL, NHL, Golf, Olympics and Soccer. And you can find the previous installments here, here, here, here, here and here. Through the first six installments, we have 107 accounts for you to follow.
Tonight, I’ll give you Sports TV & Radio. Tomorrow, it will be Sports TV PR and Tennis. Then on Wednesday to close out everything, I’ll provide the Best of the Rest in and out of sports. I’ve got to finish this sometime.
SPORTS RADIO AND TV
dpshow — The official Twitter account of the best national sports talk show in the country, the Dan Patrick Show. This account provides you with the daily guest list, behind-the-scenes pictures, show quotes plus retweets from fans and the other Dan Patrick Show accounts. DP himself does not tweet, but this is as close as you can get to him on Twitter. The Dan Patrick Show account has 69,860 followers, but I feel that should be higher.
paulpabst — A member of the Dan Patrick “Danettes”, Paul Pabst is the Executive Producer of the DP Show. He also contributes on-air thoughts and if you watch the show on DirecTV, he’ll go into “The Box” to provide background insight on the show. Off air, Paul tweets alerts on potential no-hitters, retweet accounts he follows and general show info. Paulie has 17,141 followers.
HiMyNameIsSeton — The Director of Operations for the DP Show (are you sensing a theme yet?), Seton O’Connor runs the board for the show and is the one who interacts with the fans the most through his Twitter account. Seton is very funny and also provides insights on news stories as well. Seton has 18,938 tweeps.
twoadayz –Known just as “Two-A-Days”, Dan Overlock has gone from intern to backup board operator for the Dan Patrick Show. He’s mostly been one of Dan’s whipping boys and been relegated to an off-camera area of Dan’s Mancave. But every once in a while, he’s seen and heard, but mostly to receive Dan’s wrath when something goes wrong. Two-A-Days interacts with listeners and sometimes, one of Dan’s regular guests. This account has 3,091 tweeps.
JTTheBrick — The official account of popular Fox Sports Radio night time host, JT The Brick. JT brings it on his Twitter page reacting to news of the day and also providing some good show insight. He also follows people and a retweet from him can be as good as any endorsement as it can add as many as 20 tweeps to an account. I speak from experience. JT has parlayed winning The Smackoff on the Jim Rome Show to a very successful sports radio career and one of the best radio hosts in the country. JT The Brick has 15,677 followers.
SBRadio — This is for Sports Business Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show focusing on Sports Business. Hosted by Brian Berger, the show has great guests from all over the sports business and sports media lexicon. This account not only talks about its show, but also comments on sports news of the day. It’s a very good account to follow. The show is heard across the nation on stations across the country Saturdays at noon ET/9 a.m. PT and there’s a local version heard on Sundays in Portland, OR. The show’s site also provides archived podcasts. SBRadio has 3,817 followers.
TheDAShow — This is for Damon Amendolara, the nighttime host of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. This account interacts with fans plus DA tweets quite often. One of the better local hosts, he keeps up with blogs, mainstream reporters and other radio personalities. A good account to follow. It has 7,097 followers as of this post.
GreshandZo — Of course, if I mention The DA Show, then I have to put The Sports Hub’s midday show, Gresh & Zo here or I’ll never hear the end of it. Hosted by former Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio host Andy Gresh and former Patriots backup quarterback Scott Zolak, this account is mostly maintained by Gresh as Zo has his own account. This account has show details and some random tweets from Greshie. It has 7,487 followers.
ldrabick — This is for the lovely Liz Drabick, sports update anchor extraordinaire of 106.7 The Fan in Washington, DC. Liz reacts to sports news on her account as well as interacts with her tweeps. She’s really a delight to tweet with and very funny as well. I’m a fan as you can tell. Liz has 1,479 tweeps, but do your part to increase that, ok?
TomCaron — Tom is the studio host of Red Sox baseball on NESN. A native of Maine, Tom does a great job hosting on NESN. He also engages with followers on his Twitter account during the game, and sometimes in between breaks during the postgame show. During the game, Tom will provide statistical updates to those following along. A very good person to follow, Tom has 6,402 tweeps to date.
HeidiWatney — This is the account of Heidi Watney, the on-field reporter for Red Sox baseball on NESN. You may not know that Heidi’s cousin is PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney. I admit, I’m a fanboy. I like Heidi’s work, but there are times like when she was sampling food at ballparks made you cringe. One thing I do like is when Heidi gets feisty with someone criticizing her work. She’s not afraid to mix it up. Heidi tweets during games and uses Twitter quite often. She’s using the medium very well. She has 21,653 followers.
NaokoFunayama — Naoko is the on-ice reporter for Boston Bruins broadcasts on NESN and like Heidi, provides updates throughout the season on the team she follows. And she will also tweet during games. Another person who interacts with her followers, Naoko is another delightful person with whom to exchange tweets. Naoko gained notoriety during Daisuke Matsuzaka’s introductory press conference with the Boston Red Sox and she translated his Japanese better than the official translator hired by the team. Naoko has 5,472 followers. That should be higher.
AndrewCatalon — Andrew is the sports anchor for WNYT-TV in Albany, NY. You may be familiar with his work nationally as he has freelanced for NBC for the Olympics in both 2008 and 2010, and also worked for CBS on the U.S. Open and The Masters secondary broadcasts. And he tweets as he’s watching events or giving alerts of when he’s about to hit air. Andrew has 673 followers, but you can make that go up.
BillVoth — Sports anchor for WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, Bill Voth is a definite power Tweeter having accepted the medium to talk with fans and also branch out to other reporters and even yours truly. Bill has 2,673 loyal followers.
ThatSportsGirl — This is the account of sports anchor Gina Miller of KTVT/KTXA in Dallas-Fort Worth. Gina has done yeoman’s work in the Metroplex, hosting both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks on the CBS duopoly. And in addition, she’s expecting her first child. One of the first TV sports reporters to follow your humble blogger, she’ll react to games she’s watching, previews her postgame shows and also interacts with viewers. And Gina maintains her own blog. A very good tweeter, she has a following of 9,935.
karlravechespn — A recent addition to Twitter, Karl Ravech, the host of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, has embraced the medium by giving updates of MLB action before he goes on the air. He also interacts with fans making them feel closer to the games and program. One of the best studio hosts, Karl does a very good job in updating the tweets on nights he’s working. He has 16,119 tweeps.
AndrewSiciliano –The host of the original NFL Red Zone Channel on DirecTV, Andrew Siciliano is a definite Power Tweeter. I’ve seen him tweet during his shifts in between updates on DirecTV. He also provides non-sports tweets and links to news stories. A guy who knows every NFL player on the screen, he’s also America’s radio guest host as he has subbed for Dan Patrick and Tony Kornheiser. Follow Andrew if you haven’t already. He’s at 16,397 followers.
LindaCohn — The extremely lovely Linda Cohn of ESPN is a social media maven. Not only did she have her own social media network before the infamous ESPN Twitter crackdown two years ago, but she was an early member of Twitter. She answers questions from followers. She also tweets about her beloved Mets and NHL. Linda is a great follow. She has a solid following of 43,839 tweeps.
KennyAlbert — The MSG/Versus/Fox Sports announcer is one of the busiest men in sports, rivaling his dad, Marv in his prime. Kenny is a person who will tweet pictures of his location whether it be for Fox Saturday Baseball or his MSG assignments. Kenny tweeted his excitement when the NFL lockout ended on Monday. Follow Kenny and become one of the almost 3,200 people in his group.
LenBermanSports — The former sports anchor at WNBC-TV in New York has found a second career online through his site, That Sports and on Twitter. Len tweets his sports observations and is very accessible to followers. He responds to anyone talking to him online and that’s what makes his account a very good follow. And Len is back on TV doing guest spots on the Today Show doing his “Spanning The World” feature and assuring us that no one got hurt. Len has 2,874 followers.
CharissaT — If you’ve followed this blog dating back to 2007, then you know Fang’s Bites was one of the first sites to tout Charissa Thompson, the former Big Ten Network, Fox Sports and Versus sideline reporter and Yahoo host. She’s now heading to ESPN2 where she’ll co-host a new show, Numbers Don’t Lie, with Michael Smith this fall. Charissa is good at interacting with tweeps, but I’m not impressed with the color scheme on her Twitter page. Anyway, she has 9,013 followers. You can be one too.
So with an additional 21 accounts here, you have a total of 128 Twitter accounts you should follow. We’re not done. We have two more installments. You should have over 150 to follow when all is said and done.