Over the last decade, teams around the National Basketball Association have adopted the practice of “load management,” which essentially means they intentionally hold a player out of game action to preserve their health, often for a playoff run. The term has become synonymous with all-stars such as L.A. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden.
Well, the same applies in sports media, which is why the sound of afternoon drive has been a bit unusual as of late on KFAN FM 100.3 in Minneapolis, Minn. On-air host Dan Barreiro has been experiencing vocal fatigue, and did not host Wednesday’s edition of Bumper-to-Bumper with Dan Barreiro to make sure his voice is adequate to host in the long run. After show producer Justin Gaard filled in for Barreiro Wednesday, Barreiro returned to host the show on Thursday, and spoke about his plan going forward to protect his voice.
“I am, I think, improved, but I vowed Gaardie that I’m not going to do the leader open until I’m convinced that I’m about 98% back,” Barreiro said to open Thursday’s show. “I probably have to get more assertive and louder at the open than at any other time in the show except for when I’m yelling, and then it has a deleterious impact [on] the rest of the show.”
As a result, Dan Barreiro announced that his traditional show open, in which he shouts, “Leader FAN Radio Network and KFAN.com” to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 hit “What’s Going On,” will be altered to conserve his voice in order to be able to host for four hours a day.
“On days where I’m still not sure the voice is all back… we’re just going to do a cold open,” Barreiro said. “It’s okay to do that; it probably isn’t a bad idea to mix it up once in a while.”
While it may have seemed like a disappointment that the show’s open would be altered, Gaard expressed his enthusiasm for the unpredictability and spontaneity it will bring to listeners each day.
“Now we’ve got anticipation for the open every single day,” expressed Gaard. “People are going to have to tune in every day.”
Dan Barreiro, 67, knows that as he grows older, his show needs to become more modern to appeal to newer audience members in today’s crowded media marketplace. He is willing to come up with new, entertaining bits and get “more with it” to make sure that he not only preserves his voice, but also his entertainment value while on-air.
“I like to think that our listeners could not possibly be hoodwinked [into pretending] to be 25 years old…. But maybe that’s what the kids want – I don’t know,” said Barreiro. “That’s what a couple of people have suggested because we’re all aging on the FAN.”
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”