Covid-19 has claimed another victim in the sports media world. Due to restructuring at home station WBUR, NPR’s only sports show is coming to an end. The last episode of Only A Game will air in September.
Ian Casselberry of Awful Announcing called Only a Game “one of radio’s most in-depth, thought-provoking, and sincere sports programs.” The show was heard on 260 NPR affiliates across the country. It was also available as a podcast.
Only a Game was launched by Bill Littlefield in 1993. He retired in 2018. Since then, the show has not had a designated host. Producers Karen Given, Martin Kessler, and Gary Waleik, and technical director Marquis Neal took turns in the role. When the show began, it offered typical sports news and analysis before involving into something more like HBO’s RealSports with long-form interviews and essays about games, athletes, and stories. Esquire‘s Charlie Pierce, the Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Gay, and FOX Sports’s Charlotte Wilder had all contributed to the show in the past.
While public radio stations weren’t in a rush to drop Only a Game, it could sometimes be a tough sell to new affiliates. Sports is not usually a subject listeners turn to NPR for and sports radio listeners don’t typically turn to NPR. Karen Given noted in an official statement from WBUR that it was clear two years ago when the station didn’t invest more in the show’s future after Littlefield’s retirement that it was going to be a rocky road forward.
For now, a full archive of shows are available as podcasts. They can be found on NPR’s site or on the platform of your choice.
Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats
“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.
Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.
The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.
Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.
The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.
ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.
Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career
“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”
Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.
It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.
Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.
“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”
McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.
Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.
“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”
T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints
“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”
There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.
Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.
“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”
Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.
“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”