ESPN Syracuse announced they’ve eliminated local weekday programming from 10am – 3pm. The station touts Covid-19’s impact on sports as the reason for canceling several shows.
Centers of Attention aired from 10am – noon, with two different sets of daily hosts. The first hour was hosted by Seth Everett and former Syracuse center Danny Schayes. Everett, a veteran sportscaster, MLB Insider and Syracuse graduate joined the station’s weekday lineup last August. His long list of radio gigs includes hosting stops at Seattle’s KJR, ESPN New York, WFAN, Fox Sports and Westwood One.
Centers of Attention’s 11am hour was hosted by longtime station operations manager Paulie Scibilia, who was joined by former Syracuse centers Etan Thomas and Roosevelt Bouie.
The station’s noon – 2pm show Orange Nation, previously hosted by Steve Infanti and Seth Goldberg has also been canceled. Rounding out the changes is Voice of the Orange, hosted by Matt Park and Brian Higgins, which will no longer air in the 2pm hour.
But from 3 – 6pm, ESPN Syracuse will still be live and local with two shows. The Utica based SportsZila Show continues in the three o’clock hour, followed by On the Block with host Brent Axe from 4 – 6pm.
“So many people are having to stay home from work or school or college, and they still want to be entertained and take their minds off this,” Axe told Mike Waters of Syracuse.com. “While still keeping them updated on all this, I can serve as a distraction.’’
Axe said on Twitter that he hopes to utilize the station’s list of former weekday hosts from time to time. Whether or not there is a path for some of the shows to return in the future remains to be seen.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”