The Locked On Podcast Network has hired Jay Soderberg as its first ever executive producer. The former leader of ESPN’s digital programming will over see the 120 shows that make up the Locked On Network.
“The exponential growth of the network demands a highly respected executive like Jay to help guide our roster of over 100 daily podcast shows,” Locked On CEO David Locke said in a press release. “Our network has come a long way from its humble beginning, with one solo NBA podcast, to now being able to attract top industry talent like Jay. We are thrilled to be working with him to expand our network’s reach in innovative and exciting ways.”
Soderberg is not the network’s only hire. Doug Branson, founder of Pod About It, joins Locked On as the network’s producer of sound and production quality. Sean Woodley has been hired as a producer of content development.
Locked On is expected to expand again in the fall. In a press release, the company said it expects to be producing 525 episodes per week by the end of 2019.
Dave Portnoy: Howard Stern Has Become A Hypocrite
“As Portnoy sees it, the King of All Media is no longer the dangerous outsider he used to be.”
Dave Portnoy doesn’t want to hear from Howard Stern anymore. The Barstool Sports founder stuck up for podcast pioneer and powerhouse Joe Rogan recently after Stern mocked Rogan for taking Invermectin instead of just getting the Covid vaccine.
As Portnoy sees it, the King of All Media is no longer the dangerous outsider he used to be. Now, he has become more of a moralist and nag.
“From a side, he seems like he’s sort of become hypocritical,” Portnoy said on the latest episode of the Barstool podcast The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co. “He seems like somebody who slung it and would do anything and he’s quick now to wag his finger at you. He almost seems like he’d be wagging his finger at his younger self.”
Howard Stern took delight in roasting anti-vax talk radio hosts that ended up dying from Covid last month saying “F*** them, f*** their freedom”.
While the language has gotten more raw since Stern moved to satellite radio in 2006, it is clear that many of the bits that many of his long time fans remember and were recreated for the movie Private Parts are a thing of the past. Maybe that makes Stern a hypocrite. Maybe it just means he realizes at 67, he can’t do the same show he did at 47.
Eddie Farrar, Portnoy’s co-host, laments that Howard Stern is not as politically incorrect as he was in the 90s and early 2000s.
“He went that route and I think people were very upset because he could have been the one leading the charge against the whole PC bullsh*t,” he said.
Whether or not advocating for people to take the Covid vaccine is politically correct can be debated. Cheering the deaths of people who didn’t certainly is not.
Field Of 68 After Dark Coming To YouTube Every Night
“The show is airing across all of the Field of 68 social media channels, on YouTube, and as a podcast.”
The Field of 68 Media Network just announced a giant addition to their college basketball content schedule. Field of 68 After Dark will air nightly from 11-12 p.m. ET with all of the latest analysis on college basketball from a rotating cast of over 15 analysts, reporters, and coaches.
The show is airing across all of the Field of 68 social media channels, on YouTube, and as a podcast.
“There’s a major void right now in this space with regard to college basketball,” Dauster said in a press release. “This will give diehard college basketball fans somewhere to go each night from the start of the season through the national title game to not only be informed but also entertained.”
Consistent voices tabbed to be on Field of 68 After Dark regularly are Dauster, John Fanta, and ex-college players Josh Langford, Terrence Oglesby, Ant Wright, and Ashton Gibbs.
“We’ll break down the top games and storylines each night,” Dauster added. “And we’ll also have conversations with many of the top names in the sport immediately after their games. I promise you will not get access like this anywhere else.”
Other rolling cast members on the late-night program include Stadium insider Jeff Goodman, former college stars Adam Morrison, Robbie Hummel, Shelvin Mack, and Randolph Childress, veteran coaches Archie Miller and Steve Prohm, and FOX’s Doug Gottlieb.
Field of 68 was founded by Dauster and Goodman last Fall. They launched the podcast network with three shows and a bevy of other program-focused shows that zoomed in on teams like Gonzaga and North Carolina.
Dauster and Goodman launched the project after years of experience in the college basketball reporting scene. Dauster has written for Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports since he started covering the sport in 2008. While, Goodman is now Stadium’s college basketball insider after stints with ESPN, CBS Sports, and Fox Sports.
Katie Nolan Announces She Is No Longer With ESPN
“The news comes less than a year after Nolan re-signed with ESPN, only to have them lay off her podcast co-host and producer, Ashley Braband, who had been with the company for 13 years.”
Katie Nolan announced she is no longer working at ESPN. The podcast and TV host broke the news on Twitter. She had been with the company since leaving Fox Sports in 2017.
“I’ve thought about sending this tweet for weeks,” Nolan wrote on Twitter. “I still have no clue how to make it not make you all roll your eyes. Alas: the obvious thing has happened. I no longer work at ESPN. I’m really grateful for my time here. I made incredible friendships and valuable mistakes.”
Nolan came over to ESPN four years ago following a four-year run at Fox Sports. During her ESPN tenure, she hosted the ESPN+ series Always Late with Katie Nolan and her podcast Sports? with Katie Nolan, and frequently appeared on other now-defunct programs, such as Highly Questionable and The Dan Le Batard Show.
The news comes less than a year after Nolan re-signed with ESPN, only to have them lay off her podcast co-host and producer, Ashley Braband, who had been with the company for 13 years.
“We didn’t know this was happening,” Nolan said during a podcast episode recorded at the time. “Some of us didn’t know this was happening to the point where they recently signed a contract. And so we are now in a situation where this is the only thing I have to do, and now I have to do it alone, I think.”
That decision, along with an undefined role for Nolan amidst a rapidly changing pandemic media environment, seemingly pushed the host out ESPN.
“Ashley’s reached a situation where she’s worked at this company for [13 years] now, and found out that she is done working here on her birthday, which is cool,” Nolan said sarcastically.
Braband did land on her feet, as she is now the head of development for Omaha Productions, Peyton Manning’s production company. Nolan on the other hand now has the sports media world as her oyster.
She’ll soon have an opportunity to look at a variety of situations and determine where she fits best. Independent media voices have been flourishing all over the place lately, with Ariel Helwani, Dan Le Batard and others providing a template for Nolan to emulate if she wishes to do so.