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The Talent Vote: National Sports Talk Shows

Everyday a new Top 20 is released, I will turn to talents in those same categories with a simple question: If you had a vote, who would be #1 on your ballot?

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The BSM Top 20s are generators. They generate clicks, comments, and conversation in our industry. Every year, JB reaches out to dozens of PDs and executives to generate those lists.

I thought it might be fun this year to add a new twist and let talent get in on the conversation. Everyday a new Top 20 is released, I will turn to a few talents in those same categories with a simple question: If you had a vote, who would be #1 on your ballot?

We dive into the exercise by looking at the national circuit. Our executive panel once again named Colin Cowherd the best nationally syndicated show on sports talk radio. I asked a few national hosts who appeared on this year’s list who they view as the best national host. Here’s what they told me.

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ADAM SCHEIN – SIRIUSXM’S MAD DOG SPORTS RADIO

“Christopher Mad Dog Russo is the greatest sports talk show host ever. He’s both Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. He’s Michael and LeBron.

“Dog already carved out his Hall of Fame career and is still bringing the heat like nobody else in the business. Nobody is a better entertainer. Nobody does better interviews. Nobody makes you laugh harder and has more fun. Dog makes chicken salad out of you know what while owning the top story when it breaks. It’s a gift.”

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Chris Russo was 9 in this year8217s BSM Top 20

FREDDIE COLEMAN – ESPN RADIO

“In my opinion, the best National sports talk radio host is Dan Patrick.  Unafraid to challenge people, always has a conversation NOT talking at the audience.  I learn something new every time I hear him and he’s still a terrific listen.”

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Dan Patrick was 2 in this year8217s BSM Top 20

DAMON AMENDOLARA – CBS SPORTS RADIO

“Clear. Focused. Sharp. The best national sports talk host in the business is still the legend, Jim Rome.

“The Pimp in the Box pioneered much of what passes for modern sports talk culture. Strong opinions, a quick-moving hit list of headline topics, and viral-worthy clips from newsmaker guests. But beyond those benchmarks is the part of Jim’s arsenal that no one can match: His verbal and mental discipline. Even the most talented national hosts still fumble through an occasional phrase, lean on verbal crutches, lose their train of thought, or meander their way through a question to a guest. This never happens to Jim, and it hasn’t in twenty-five years. He is the Tom Brady of the industry. 

“His economy of sentences, acute focus, and the discipline of word choice is still amazing even after all these decades. If you appreciate the art of the spoken word, Jim is simply the master. There are no other equals. It takes a remarkable amount of focus to solo host a show and stay on topic for 3-4 hours. To be constantly aware of making a salient point, while simultaneously thinking ahead to set up the next topic is a skill. To remain locked into every word that comes out of your mouth, while mentally juggling the entire show takes enormous effort. Now try that with strong opinions and a biting, satirical sense of humor.

The Jungle is “the cleanest show” on radio. No umms, no uhhhs, no long-winded questions. Jim’s mind must work like a supercomputer. Like Brady quickly discerning coverages and every throw having a purpose, there’s never a wasted segment. He’s the best ever to do it.”

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Jim Rome was 5 on this year8217s BSM Top 20

As the week rolls on, we will dive into every single list that JB puts out. That means next up is morning shows. Stay tuned!

By the way, just because I didn’t reach out to you to contribute doesn’t mean you can’t have a say. Who do you think the best nationally syndicated host on sports talk radio is? Feel free to add your comment below.

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BSM’s Black Friday SALE on BSM Summit Tickets is Underway!

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Each year I’m asked if there are ways to save money on tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit. I always answer yes but not everyone takes advantage of it. For those interested in doing so, here’s your shot.

For TODAY ONLY, individual tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit are reduced by $50.00. Two ticket and four ticket packages are also lowered at $50 per ticket. To secure your seat at a discounted price, just log on to BSMSummit.com. This sale ends tonight at 11:59pm ET.

If you’re flying to Los Angeles for the event, be sure to reserve your hotel room. Our hotel partner this year is the USC Hotel. It’s walking distance of our venue. Full details on hotel rooms can also be found via the conference website.

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Media Noise: What Does The Return of Bob Iger Mean to ESPN?

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Demetri Ravanos has questions about Disney going back to the future with Bob Iger. This entire episode of Media Noise is all about what the change at the top of the Walt Disney Company indicates about the future of ESPN.

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Media Noise: What Is Realistic For FOX at the World Cup?

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On this special holiday edition of Media Noise, Demetri Ravanos dives into the controversy and criticism surrounding FOX’s coverage of the World Cup in Qatar.

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