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Mike Francesa To Present ‘Felger & Mazz’ With The Newly Created ‘Mike & The Mad Dog Award’ at the 2022 BSM Summit

“Mike Francesa will be on hand at the 2022 BSM Summit to accept the honor, discuss the history of ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’, and present the award to this year’s recipients, Fel;ger & Mazz.”

Jason Barrett




When the idea of creating an awards ceremony first entered my mind years ago, I knew that if we were going to do it, we’d have to recognize the best of the best. There are thousands who have played an important part in the evolution of this format, but when you review the various people who were at the forefront of the format’s rise, that list obviously shrinks.

I was thrilled to create an award for the founder of the format Jeff Smulyan. Not only did Jeff have the courage to leap first into the all-sports format, but he stuck with it even when losses were mounting and many were losing confidence. Though I never worked directly for Jeff, I’ve long admired how he gave birth to the format we love and listen to today. I’ve since had a chance to get to know Jeff over the past few years, and he’s been nothing short of spectacular. Having world class broadcasters such as Dan Mason, Kraig Kitchin, and now Traug Keller, carry an award with his name on it, shows that we’ve put the right people in place for our executive award.

Then two years ago, we introduced a new award to honor the format’s top program director. When I considered recognizing PD’s at the show on an annual basis, I knew the name that had to be on it was Mark Chernoff. As the architect of WFAN, and an accomplished executive for CBS Radio/Entercom/Audacy, Mark was integral in guiding the largest market’s top sports radio brand to decades of success. He was also involved in helping other company sports stations become fixtures in their cities. The first recipient of the award was Chicago sports radio programmer Mitch Rosen, who’s accomplishments in the format span decades as well. This year, we pass the baton to a new programmer, Rick Radzik, a man who has led 98.5 The Sports Hub to record ratings, while becoming the format’s top revenue generating brand.

We also introduced The Champion’s Award in 2020 to recognize professionals who’ve gone above and beyond to make a difference for others across the industry, and we had a good run with the Tony Bruno Award, recognizing both Pat McAfee, and Clay Travis in prior years.

But the one piece that has been missing is acknowledging the best local sports radio shows in the country. If we were going to introduce an award for that category, it had to be the right talent and right show, and their impact on the industry had to be undeniable.

Well, when you consider the ratings and revenue generated by these two gentlemen for nearly nineteen years, and the way they influenced thousands in the business today, myself included, while setting the standard for what sports radio success looks like, this was an easy call to make. Heck, this duo sold out Radio City Music Hall, and had a 30 for 30 created on their show.

It is my honor to announce the introduction of the brand new Mike & The Mad Dog Award, which will be given out annually to the format’s top local sports radio show.

With this being the first year of the award, I am pleased to share that Mike Francesa will be on hand at the 2022 BSM Summit to accept the honor, discuss the history of ‘Mike and the Mad Dog‘, and present the award to this year’s recipients. Mike was fantastic at the 2020 BSM Summit, and it is always an honor when one of the true heavyweights of our industry is on hand to speak at the Summit.

Sports radio became appointment listening thanks to Mike and Chris. Their sound, style, passion, knowledge, and larger than life personas turned sports radio in New York into big business. To be able to highlight their impact at the industry’s signature conference is a real thrill. I’m looking forward to having Mike back in the building, and recognizing the format’s best shows that continue to operate at a ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ level.

Which brings me to the next part, the award winners. The show that has been selected as our inaugural recipients of the Mike & The Mad Dog Award is 98.5 The Sports Hub’s afternoon show, Felger & Mazz featuring Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti.

Felger and Massarotti have been a dominant force in Boston for well over a decade, operating on the industry’s top performing sports radio station, 98.5 The Sports Hub. Their 25.0 share performance in the fall book, coupled with shares in the high teens throughout 2021 showed just how powerful of a program they’ve created, and it only continues to get better. These guys have become the go to place for Boston sports fans seeking daily insight, entertainment, and opinion. They were also recognized in February as BSM’s top afternoon show of 2021, voted on by industry executives and program directors. It is my pleasure to acknowledge their work. They have become to Boston what Mike and Chris were for New York sports radio fans.

Due to scheduling conflicts, ‘Felger and Mazz’ aren’t able to attend Thursday’s ceremony. Felger will be at the Summit on Wednesday however for a session with yours truly and Fred Toucher, so attendees should make it a point to extend their congratulations when seeing him at the show. The popular duo has produced a special video message accepting the award, and that will be played for all in the room, and watching online.

Now, I know I’m going to be asked one final question. What about Dog? Is Chris Russo coming? Well, if you haven’t noticed, Chris hosts a daily radio show on SiriusXM, and appears weekly on First Take. He also hosts ‘High Heat’ for MLB Network. If the current mess with MLB gets resolved by Thursday, it’s unlikely he’d be able to make it as he’d have to be on the air. Dog and I have stayed in contact, and he’s humbled by the award being introduced, and was especially pleased to learn of Felger and Mazz being named the winners. We’ll just have to see how the MLB situation shakes out. Regardless, we’re going to give all four of these men their due for their contributions to the sports talk format.

The introduction of the Mike and the Mad Dog Award with a special appearance by Mike Francesa will be part of Thursday’s awards ceremony from 11:50am-12:25pm. A big thanks to Premiere Radio Networks and FOX Sports Radio, our proud partner of the BSM Summit Awards ceremony.

Now let’s get ready for a fun and productive time together. It starts tonight at OutKick’s BSM Summit Kickoff at 7pm ET at Hurley’s Saloon on W. 48th Street. Jonathan Hutton and Chad Withrow from OutKick 360 will be there, plus drinks are free courtesy of the OutKick crew.

One final reminder, live tickets are no longer on sale. Virtual tickets can still be purchased, but today is the final day to do so. For details on tickets, speakers, sessions, and our social gatherings, visit

To those who have already bought tickets, keep an eye out today for an email with information on how to access the show online. Make sure to check your spam/junk folder if you don’t see anything in your regular inbox.

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Rachel Nichols and Baron Davis Headline Final Speaker Announcements For the 2023 BSM Summit

“I’m sure Baron and Rachel will have all eyes and ears focused on them when they take the stage together next Tuesday at 2:45pm PT.”

Jason Barrett




The 2023 BSM Summit schedule is set. After months of planning and talking to everyone across the industry, I’m ecstatic to roll out next week’s agenda including making one final announcement involving seven great additions to our conference.

For starters, it is a pleasure to welcome Showtime’s Rachel Nichols to the BSM Summit. I’ve admired her work on television for years, and am thrilled to have her guiding a session which I think many in the room are going to really enjoy.

Rachel’s guest will be former NBA star Baron Davis. Baron runs his own company, Baron Davis Enterprises, and he has been active in investing in media brands, and exploring ways to evolve the industry. Among his areas of passion, athletes taking more control of their brands, and the media industry needing to improve its track record with diversity. I’m sure Baron and Rachel will have all eyes and ears focused on them when they take the stage together next Tuesday at 2:45pm PT.

Also joining the Summit are a few longtime industry friends. For starters, VSiN’s program director Jon Goulet is someone who I’ve known and worked with, and he understands the sports betting audio space extremely well. Jon and BetQL VP of Programming Mitch Rosen will spend time with another industry friend, Bryan Curtis of The Ringer. Collectively they’ll examine the state of sports betting audio on Tuesday March 21st from 3:35p-4:10p, and what they look for when it comes to sports betting talent, and how they determine what is and isn’t success in the sports gambling content world.

With Mitch taking part in the sports betting panel, Jeff Rickard of WFNZ in Charlotte steps into The Programmer’s Panel alongside Jimmy Powers, John Mamola and Raj Sharan. The session is scheduled for Wednesday March 22nd from 9:10a-9:45a PT. Ironically, all four of these programmers work for different companies, so it’ll be interesting to hear how they differ and where they align while navigating through a few sports radio programming topics.

Next, I’m excited to introduce a social media session with Karlo Sy Su of ESPN Los Angeles and Matthew Demeke of AM 570 LA Sports. If you look at the performance of their brands on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook, they’ve each delivered strong audiences and engagement. I’m looking forward to hosting this one and learning about their processes, how they decide which platforms to focus on most, what they consider a social media win when analyzing social statistics, and how they develop their content process. Given our location, we’re calling the session ‘Social Media Goes Hollywood‘. It’s scheduled for Wednesday March 22nd from 3:35-4:10 PT.

I realize you’re not going to remember all of these session speakers and times off the top of your head, so to make it easier, log on to and scroll down past our speakers. That’s where you’ll find our detailed list of sessions/times and activities planned each day. We have eighteen sessions, two awards ceremonies, and two parties. Our kickoff party is presented by the WWE and takes place Monday March 20th from 7p-9p at the 1880 Founders Room. The ESPN Radio After Party takes place Tuesday March 21st from 6p-8p at the Lab Gastropub. Both party locations are in walking distance of the USC Hotel and our conference venue.

As an added bonus, thanks to the generosity of our friends at WWE, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the first night of WrestleMania, and a WWE title at our kickoff party. WrestleMania takes place this year in Los Angeles at Sofi Stadium on March 25-26. You must be present at the kickoff party to win either prize.

We’ll have more to share next week including providing an ongoing blog with session news and notes for our readers. We’ll also have a ton of content available on our social media channels so if you’re not following @BSMStaff on Twitter, @BarrettSportsMedia on Facebook or @BarrettMedia on LinkedIn, what are you waiting for?

The focus now shifts to finishing our creative for next week’s show, sending information to our speakers for their sessions, and finalizing our attendees list. For those who are attending, we’ll be sending out an email on Friday or Saturday with a complete list of names of who’s coming so you can plan meetings in advance.

If you forgot to buy your ticket after seeing months of promotion about the event and meant to do so, you can still do that, but it costs more. Students on the other hand can take advantage of a low rate established for college kids at

Putting this event together isn’t easy, but I’m extremely pleased with how it’s come together. We have a lot of smart, talented, and accomplished people making time to be part of this, and I appreciate each and every one of them for doing so. Now, it’s all about the execution. Hope to see you next week in LA.

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Sports Broadcasting Icon Al Michaels To Be Honored at the 2023 BSM Summit

“This is a man who has spent more than five decades on your television screen calling the biggest games, and producing some of the most iconic moments sports has to offer.”

Jason Barrett




If you work in the sports media industry you’ve likely heard someone along the way utter the phrase “don’t bury the lead“. I’m usually good about following that advice but I didn’t do that at our 2022 BSM Summit.

We introduced the greatest tandem in sports radio history, Mike Francesa and Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo and it was a special half hour. Mike and the Mad Dog were reunited after seven years apart and every individual at the event knew they were witnessing something magical on stage. I created a Mike and the Mad Dog Award for the event, which went to Felger and Mazz, who were the absolute right choice to win it. Even Chris remarked ‘that’s the right call‘.

But I learned quickly that although the intention was right in honoring the industry’s current top performing show, when you have legends in the room and they’re in their element, the last thing you want to do is overcrowd them. The connection Mike and Chris had on the air became the gold standard by which we measure successful sports talk shows, and they didn’t need an award created to deliver a special moment, just two mics and 20-30 minutes of stage time.

As I began thinking about the 2023 BSM Summit, I knew there was an opportunity to build on what we started last year with Mike and Chris, and after talking to a few people who I trust and respect, the decision of who we would recognize became crystal clear. I believe it’s important to honor the greats in our business because those who leave a permanent mark on our industry deserve it. The man we’ve selected has spent more than five decades on your television screen calling the biggest games, and producing some of the most iconic moments sports has to offer. He’s worked with the best of the best inside the booth, has helped elevate the presentation and execution of in-game content for ABC, NBC and Amazon, and his call of the Miracle on Ice, the US Olympic hockey team’s 1980 gold medal win over Russia remains one of the best calls in the history of sports.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored and privileged to share that Al Michaels will join us on Wednesday March 22nd at the 2023 BSM Summit for our awards presentation, where we will present him with BSM’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Michaels is one of America’s most respected sports broadcasting voices, known for his exceptional work on Monday Night Football (1986-2005), Sunday Night Football (2006-2022) and Thursday Night Football (2022-Present). He’s called the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Hagler-Hearns, the Olympics, the Indy 500, Horse Racing’s Triple Crown races, College Football and Basketball games, Golf, and more. He’s even held roles as the voice of the University of Hawaii, the Cincinnati Reds, and the San Francisco Giants, and was in the booth in 1989 when an earthquake rocked the Bay Area during Game 3 of the A’s-Giants world series.

The Brooklyn native turned Los Angeles resident has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and owns a ton of hardware including five sports Emmy’s, three NSMA Sportscaster of the Year honors, the 2013 Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award distributed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award given out by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Though his trophy case may be full, we’re excited to add another to his collection to show our appreciation and respect for the impact he’s made on the sports media business.

A quick reminder, the BSM Summit takes place on Tuesday March 21st and Wednesday March 22nd at the Founders Club at the University of Southern California. Tickets are on-sale at

Be advised, we have started adding sessions and times on the website. As always, the schedule is subject to change. Our final agenda will be posted by the end of next week. In addition, attendees will receive an email by next Friday with details of who will be in attendance. We hope to see you there.

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Rob Parker, Brian Long, Sean Thompson and Matt Fishman Join The BSM Summit Speaker Lineup

“I’m excited to welcome a few folks who have enjoyed success in different parts of the country, and in different areas of the business.”

Jason Barrett




As we gear up for our 5th annual BSM Summit on March 21-22, 2023, I’m starting to get a better feel for how the final puzzle may look. When this process starts I have no idea how it’s going to turn out because so much depends on who says yes and no. Many who’ve attended over the years have complimented our lineups, and I appreciate it because I put a lot of time and effort into featuring a strong mix of professionals from different areas of the industry. Though I’m proud of the work we do and the schedule we deliver, there are so many things pursued leading up to the event that I can’t help but wonder ‘what if this or that had worked out?’

One thing that some folks don’t understand if they haven’t been to the show before is that this is not a talent conference. It’s a sports media business conference. That means we feature radio, TV and digital executives, programmers, researchers, sales professionals, and yes, talent. I believe on-air performers are vital to the industry’s success and I want the best of the best sharing their wisdom with everyone in the room, but we’re also not going to do two full days of on-air conversations. Being successful in sports media requires understanding the on-air side and the business side, and we do our best to offer a blend of both.

For today’s announcement, I’m excited to welcome a few sports media pros who have enjoyed success in different parts of the country, and in different areas of the business.

First, Rob Parker is someone who has made a name for himself as a radio host, writer, TV commentator, and teacher. He’s currently heard weeknights on FOX Sports Radio, teaches students at USC Annenberg, writes for Deadspin, and is helping MLBBro gain awareness and a bigger mainstream media presence covering Major League Baseball. He’s experienced, smart, and never short on opinion. I’m looking forward to having him join Mitch Rosen of 670 The Score/BetQL, and Scott Shapiro of FOX Sports Radio for a session titled “Aircheck On Campus“. They’ll take the stage together on Wednesday March 22nd from 2:10-2:45.

My next three speakers, all come from the sports radio programming department.

Matt Fishman is the Director of Content for ESPN 850 Cleveland. Fishman has been with the brand since January 2020 following stints at SiriusXM, 610 Sports in Kansas City, and 670 The Score in Chicago. He even wrote for BSM for a few years.

Sean Thompson is responsible for programming decisions at Arizona Sports and ESPN 620 AM. He joined the well respected Phoenix brand after more than a decade in Atlanta at 92.9 The Game. Sean has also worked in affiliate relations for Westwood One, and on the air and as a programmer in music radio for Good Karma Brands in Madison, WI.

Brian Long is the program director of both San Diego Sports 760 and KOGO 600 in San Diego. In addition to guiding two of the top talk brands in his market, he has also managed Seattle Sports 710, and served as the Assistant Program Director for ESPN LA 710.

Matt, Sean, and Brian will be part of one of our final sessions on day two of the Summit. The Last Call which yours truly is hosting, will explore unique revenue opportunities created by local brands, and examine a few new ideas and missed opportunities that brands and managers may want to take advantage of in the future.

As of today, the Summit has more than forty accomplished professionals taking the stage at the Founders Club at USC’s Galen Center on March 21-22, 2023. I’ve got a few others still to announce as well, including a few cool giveaways planned for the WWE’s Kickoff party.

If you haven’t bought a ticket and wish to be in the room, visit The last day for ticket sales will be Monday March 13th. I’m hoping to release our final schedule of sessions on Tuesday March 14th. Hopefully I’ll see you in the city of angels.

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