The Mid-Week Linkage

On this Wednesday, Southern New England is much cooler and less humid than the last few days so I’m not sweating as much.

Going over the linkage for you, let’s start with Michael Hiestand of USA Today. He writes that Jim McKay did not regret leaving TV.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has highlights from yesterday’s funeral service for McKay.

Mike Klingaman of the Baltimore Sun says those who attended the funeral was a who’s who from the broadcasting industry.

Dave Carey of the Baltimore Examiner says the memories of Jim McKay will live on.

Ben Nuckols from the Associated Press writes that Jim McKay was remembered as a family man and a great broadcaster.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel wonders if a Jim McKay would be successful in today’s broadcasting world.

Tim Cronin of the Southtown (IL) Star says McKay will be missed.

Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post writes that Jim Nantz is proof that nice guys can finish first.

Daryn Kagan, formerly of CNN, profiles Jim Nantz on her website.

The Sox & Dawgs blog has a clip of the extremely silly Sox Appeal reality show that neither Don Orsillo or Jerry Remy seemed to understand. I just don’t understand Sox Appeal period.

A few things from last night’s NBA Finals Game 3 on ABC. First, Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun notes that ESPN aired an expletive live from Kobe Bryant’s postgame press conference.

One of the silliest things ABC showed last night was the robot “Wall-E” as it tried to tie in the new Disney movie with the NBA Finals. Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has a separated at birth feature.

And courtesy of Newsday’s Neil Best, the Big Lead has NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy mixing up his Hollywood celebrities during last night’s game.

Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes in his blog that he’s back at work after being sick over the weekend.

Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune tells us that Bill Walton will be back behind the mic for the NBA Finals after a bad back left him motionless since February.

Steve Serby of the New York Post talks with CBS’ Phil Simms who feels Michael Strahan would be a natural for TV.

Jon Friedman of Marketwatch.com is worried that Rick Reilly may lose his charm working for ESPN.

John Scheibe from the Los Angeles Times talks about the U.S. Open TV coverage.

David Teel of the Newport News (VA) Daily Press says Curtis Strange will be back in the broadcast booth for both ESPN and NBC during the U.S. Open.

William Houston from the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that NBC will focus on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson this week.

Steve McClellan of Adweek states that the US Golf Association is launching a new ad campaign aimed at softening the game’s image.

Molly Willow of the Columbus Dispatch reviews tonight’s HBO documentary on the 1960 U.S. Open.

Gina Keating of Reuters says ESPN President George Bodenheimer is enthusiastic on the network’s ad growth over the next few years.

Mike Donaghue of the Burlington (VT) Free Press reports that former Vermont basketball coach Tom Brennan is ending his morning drive radio show. Brennan will remain with ESPN as a studio analyst.

Jay Jenkins of the Charlottesville (VA) Daily Progress writes that the University of Virginia is still looking for a radio play-by-play voice for its football program.

Alex Woodson of the Hollywood Reporter says FSN is going to pick up the Rock Paper Scissors Championship marking the third media outlet to carry the program in as many years. James Hibberd of the Reporter reports that the NBA and NHL Finals are doing well for their respective networks.

That’s it for now.

Ken Fang

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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