Over on 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, Joe Giglio and Joe Ovies were talking about what a lot of people were on Monday. The afternoon duo discussed Elon Musk’s $44 billion take over of Twitter.
They agreed with a point made earlier in the day by Zolak and Bertrand on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. If you are in the sports media, you cannot leave the platform. Ovies though looked at it from a different perspective and wondered why Musk felt like he had to pay so much for the company.
“Twitter is not worth $44 billion, but Elon Musk so badly wants to tweet out whatever the hell he wants to tweet out that he just dropped $44 billion on it,” Ovies said. “And we’re like ‘why could he not just start up one of his own?’ Well, because there would be a graveyard of competitors that have come and gone.”
Joe Ovies pointed out that the media’s reliance on Twitter is what makes it valuable. He said that the reason President Donald Trump was so upset about being banned from the platform after the insurrection attempt on January 6 is that he knew all he had to do was tweet something and he could change the conversation on news networks.
The reality though is that while Twitter may be a good platform for exchanging information and making news, it isn’t a very healthy business.
“Twitter’s been trying to make money for fifteen years and they can’t keep up with Google or Facebook,” said Ovies. “They also have a user base problem. They’re not growing. I think in 2019, Twitter stopped reporting its monthly average because people just aren’t using the platform. They aren’t getting as many new people to use the platform.”
Ovies and Giglio did not have much in the way of suggestions for what Elon Musk should or shouldn’t do with Twitter. Ovies even admitted that his point may be valid, but Musk exists in a different world than he does. It may be a waste of time trying to make sense of the Tesla founder’s decision or motivation.
“I guess that’s what happens when you’re one of the richest guys in the world and you don’t agree with the terms of service. See Giglio, you and I, when we don’t agree with the terms of service on something we click the little box anyway and go ‘Fine! Sell all my information!’”
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.