Over the last couple of weeks on the I’m Interested podcast, the listener continues to learn more about the early years of Mike Greenberg’s career. On this week’s episode, he spoke with Yankees radio analyst Suzyn Waldman.
Before the interview, Greenberg went back to his days working at WSCR Radio in Chicago and how he wanted to cover major sporting events at night. In order to convince the station to get him that opportunity, he took inspiration from what Waldman was doing at WFAN covering the New York Yankees.
“Being from New York, I knew that Suzyn Waldman covered the New York Yankees as an electronic beat reporter for WFAN,” Greenberg told his listeners. “I went in and put together a whole presentation for the management on how they should let me do that with the Bulls. For reasons only known to the people I work for, they gave me the job at the age of 24.”
Waldman would gave some insight on how she made the position a reality. It started with being moved to overnights. While listening to the station during the day, Waldman said she noticed that the newspaper beat reporters the station was using to give updates on the local teams were not offering much value to the listeners.
“I went to the program director and they said this isn’t good for us. Why don’t you give me a tape recorder? I’ll take my car and I will go to the Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, or Yankees games and I got sound, so I can come on the air at 2 a.m. and break stories.”
One powerful question that Greenberg asked Waldman was how she sees the industry now and Waldman was very candid saying she will be happy when it is not a big deal that a woman gets hired for a major position.
“I believe that I am tolerated and not accepted and still to this day, they would rather have a guy in the Yankees radio booth. I don’t think it has changed fast enough. When we get to the point where someone can be hired and it is not a big deal because it is a woman, then I will be satisfied.”
When asked about her role in opening the world of baseball broadcasting up to women, Waldman joked about what it means to be called a “pioneer” before heaping praise on those following in her footsteps.
“I guess it means that I am old because no one is a pioneer at 20. I think it means a lot now because now I see the results of what I have done because there are sleuths of young women in their 20’s who are now doing minor league baseball play-by-play and they are very good.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@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.”