Undeniably, sports television is seeing a shift from strictly linear television to being a valuable asset for streaming platforms. Also, undeniably, for a portion of sports fans, the decision to move games onto streaming platforms is unpopular. But WFAN morning show host Gregg Giannotti asked Wednesday morning during Boomer & Gio just when will it be normal to go to a streaming platform to find the game you’re looking for.
“When do you think we’re gonna get to the point where the streaming stuff is no longer a problem for people? Is that gonna happen in the next year? Two years? Because every time that a game shows up not on cable we’re still getting more complaints than anything else,” Gregg Giannotti said.
“I try to think back to when I first started getting into Netflix. I wanna say it was 2015 or ’16, I’d say. And I really got into all that stuff. Now it’s an easy thing,” co-host Boomer Esiason said. “You just go onto Netflix, you pick what you want, you watch it and I’m very used to it. I just think, for the sports fan, we’re not used to going to find it yet there. Whether it be Amazon or Apple(TV)+ or wherever it may be. We’re just not used to doing that yet.”
“Yeah, but we watch all this other stuff,”Giannoti countered. “Like a Netflix show, like Stranger Things that everybody seems to be watching or everybody’s talking about. Everybody can find it, but why is it when a Yankee game or a Mets game is on a streaming service and people are freaking out? Is it because we’re not used to it or is it because the fan is older?”
“Or because they don’t have the TV that has the function on their TV. You may not have a smart TV. You may not have AppleTV,” said Esiason. “You may not have Roku. You may not have hacked a Fire Stick. You may not have that stuff. You may just have your basic cable package that includes your YES (Network) and your SNY. And you may not have the ability to Chromecast it or project it off your iPad. Maybe you don’t have an iPad. Maybe you don’t have an iPhone.”
Esiason then went on to say that fans just may not want to pay for extra streaming services in the midst of a recession and inflation.
The conversation comes after the New York Yankees played the New York Mets Tuesday night on Amazon Prime Video. Thursday Night Football will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video this fall. Peacock and AppleTV+ both have exclusive MLB broadcasts, and more and more college football finds its way to ESPN+ every year, leading to consternation from sports fans about the future of linear television.
Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM
An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.
WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.
The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.
Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.
Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.
Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.
In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.
Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.
WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.
Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5
Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.
Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.
Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.
She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”
Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.
“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5. “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable. He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”
Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio? That it’s interactive. Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent. And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”
Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video
“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”
The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.
“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.
“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.
During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.
Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.
Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.