It’s no secret that female program directors are rare in the sports radio industry. Fortunately, ESPN LA 710 is more interested in changing history rather than repeating it.
General Manager Scott McCarthy informed his staff today that the station will turn to 17-year veteran Amanda Brown to lead the brand forward as its new Program Director. She takes over for Dan Zampillo who left the station in November to join Spotify.
Prior to earning her PD stripes, Brown spent the past four years as 710’s Assistant Program Director. During that time she spearheaded the station’s play-by-play programming and managed local team relationships.
Her career experience also includes serving as a producer of many notable and successful shows. In Los Angeles, Brown has worked with Mason and Ireland, and Max and Marcellus. In Bristol, CT at the ESPN Radio network, she produced Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt, and The Sports Bash with Erik Kuselias. She also spent three years earlier in her career in Dallas at ESPN 103.3 working with a variety of hosts and shows.
With Brown moving up to the PD position, 710 is promoting Greg Bergman to Assistant Program Director. Bergman will work closely with Brown on 710’s day to day programming matters. He’s spent 18 years in the business, beginning his journey into the format in 2002 with Fox Sports Radio. Since then, Bergman has gone on to work for Sporting News Radio, NBC Sports Radio, and Salem. He joined ESPN LA 710 in 2016 and has served as the lead producer for Mason & Ireland since, helping to make the show the #1 sports talk show in Southern California.
Rounding out 710’s internal promotions is the news of Adam Braunstein being elevated to Producer of Play-by-Play. Adam has been with the station since 2007, starting in the marketing/promotions department before making the leap into the programming circle two years later as a board operator. He’s since moved up the ladder, earning roles as a weekend producer, midday producer (Mark Willard & Mychael Thompson), and became the station’s first-ever local morning show producer working with Travis Rodgers and Kelvin Washington. Following stints on the station’s talk shows, Braunstein moved into play by play producing and has been heavily involved in 710’s presentation of the Lakers and Rams.
Due to the internal promotions, 710 will be looking for a new producer for Mason & Ireland’s show.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments
“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”
The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.
Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.
“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”
The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.
“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”
“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.
“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”
Frank Frangie Prepared 20 Minutes of “Blowout Material” For Ohio State/Maryland Broadcast
“We almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”
1010XL afternoon host Frank Frangie had the opportunity to work as the play-by-play announcer for the Ohio State/Maryland game for Touchdown Radio Productions over the weekend, and discussed his preparation for the game on his show Monday.
Frangie serves as the radio voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the franchise had its bye week last Sunday, and was available to work for Touchdown Radio.
“I had the Ohio State/Maryland game, and I was so worried about a blowout and K.C. Jones — the former center from Miami who did the game with me and was on a couple of those Broncos Super Bowl teams — we had about 20 minutes of blowout material prepared,” Frangie said. “So much so that we almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”
Luckily for Frangie, and listeners/viewers of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair that saw Ohio State secure a late touchdown to extend a lead to 43-30.
“It was a hell of a game,” Frangie concluded.
Merloni, Fauria, & Mego: NBA Needs Flex Scheduling
“The NBA needs Lebron, but they should put in some more Sacramento Kings games.”
Charles Barkley recently joked on Inside The NBA that the network should remove the remaining games on its schedule featuring the Los Angeles Lakers. On WEEI‘s Merloni, Fauria, & Mego Monday, the crew wondered if the NBA actually had flex scheduling, and if not, they needed to implement it.
“Charles Barkley doesn’t wanna watch the Lakers anymore,” Lou Merloni said. “He wants them off primetime.”
“He’s got a point!,” Christian Fauria said. “It’s too late now. Can they flex NBA games?”
“No, they can’t flex NBA games,” Merloni rebutted.
“They need to,” Fauria joked. “Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, you’ve got the Lakers and whoever.”
“The NBA needs Lebron, but they should put in some more Sacramento Kings games,” Merloni joked, piggybacking off Barkley’s comments.