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Mike Golic Jr. on Broadcasting Start: ‘I’m Just Looking to Get My Foot in the Door’

“You want trial-by-fire where you learn if you want to do this or not? Go interview a bunch of fifth graders who have no idea.”

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While Mike Golic Jr. was trying to pursue a career in the NFL, he was also preparing for what life would be like after football as a film and television major at Notre Dame. It ended up leading to a good 6.5 years at ESPN.

Golic Jr. was a guest on the Inside The Garage podcast on The Volume and talked about the experience he received at Notre Dame and an interesting internship that he took part in.

My last year, I did an internship with Notre Dame camps where I was doing content for all of their YouTube pages for the different camps around campus basically for the parents that were sending their kids there,” Golic explained. “You want trial-by-fire where you learn if you want to do this or not? Go interview a bunch of fifth graders who have no idea.”

As Golic Jr.’s professional career continued, he took any opportunities whenever he could, including some spots at ESPN Radio in New York while playing minor league football.

“Along the way, I had kind of been doing stuff as I went because of my dad and how long the morning show had been going, it meant I already knew people that were in some other places,” said Golic. “I’m in Staten Island playing minor league football and I’m going into ESPN Radio’s affiliate on the weekends there because my dad’s old producer is the programming director now and he’s like, let’s get you some reps on-air here. Come and do two hours with one of our hosts out there.” 

After his football career was over, Golic Jr. went to ESPN looking for any opportunity to get his foot in the door. That opportunity ended up being something unfamiliar to him, a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET fantasy football show on Sundays.

“I went to my dad, went to the people I knew at ESPN and was like, do you guys have anything that I can do here? I don’t care what it is. I’m just looking to get my foot in the door,” said Golic.

“For me, it ended up being a Sunday morning fantasy football radio show, The Fantasy Focus. They asked me if I was into fantasy football. I lied and told them yes. I had not played fantasy football a day in my life. I’ll get every magazine, I’ll learn as I go along, and I’ll figure it out on the fly. I got lucky because my connection happened to be a blood relative, but it was taking that first opportunity and making sure I did well enough with it to try and beget other opportunities. Stuff just started to snowball from there.” 

While at Notre Dame, Golic Jr. had the opportunity to talk to other Notre Dame people in sports media and he tries now to provide the same opportunities to students, even if they are not football players.

“One of the best things I can say about Coach Kelly and his tenure is Notre Dame football has come leaps and bounds in putting current players in front of alumni to do some of those things. We didn’t do as much of that when I was in college,” Golic said.

“I knew Notre Dame guys who were in sports media, but I was fortunate. I think now it’s in a place where I know for me even if it’s not football players, I’ve had Notre Dame students reach out to me that I’ve been able to put in touch with certain people to try and help them out to be someone who will watch a reel and give them feedback.”

Golic mentioned that he has his next gig lined up, but isn’t ready to announce it yet.

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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