Talk Show Host Contest Is A Bad Sign For Future Of Sports MediaBREAKING NEWS, Culture, News Thursday, June 30th, 2011
In a strong union city such as Philadelphia, it is astonishing that there isn’t an inflatable rat toy outside the 97.5 FM the fanatic studios in Bala Cynwyd. Any broadcasting job is a trained skill, it requires 2-4 years of expensive schooling, and the “Fanatic” is holding a contest to “give” away an on air job as if it were Phillies Dollar Dog Night tickets.
The contest calls for every day fans to submit a rant via YouTube, the top 10 rants will then be selected by a panel of “experts” and put to a vote, (or a contest to see who can the most Facebook friends to vote).
So far the station is complaining that the entries are terrible. Ya think? THE PEOPLE ARE UN TRAINED, UN SKILLED WORKERS.
What kind of message does a contest such as this send out to the employees of 97.5 FM? Imagine a kid just out of college who gets a producing job at the station, he then has to answer to the host who is some fan that was playing Xbox while he (the producer) was taking his broadcasting performance final in college?
Is this the route the sports media in this city is going? A fan with no qualifications beyond posting a YouTube video can get a press credential? Twenty years ago Hall of Fame and award winning sports writers such as Ray Didinger and Bill Lyon were the ones with press credentials. If contests become the way media outlets pick host 20 years from now we will have Timmy from Woodbury, NJ Madden expert and fantasy football champion covering and commenting on the Eagles.
This contest should worry fans, not just broadcasting hopefuls. For example, Ed Rendell is just a “fan” giving a “fan’s” point of view on CSN’s Eagles Post Game Live. He is terrible, that’s not my opinion that is a fact. After a big win, or a big trade fans love to hear what the “experts” are saying not other fans. When the Phillies traded for Cliff Lee fans wanted to hear what Jayson Stark had to say, not Bernie from Broomall. When the Eagles made Michael Vick the starting QB, the fans wanted Sal Paolantonio’s reaction before they wanted to hear from Shawn from the dirty 30.
“Jerry you are the pot calling the kettle black you are a BLOGGER!”
Blogging and Radio is apples and oranges, fans want more credibility from a radio station in a major American media market, if fans want to hear from other fans equally as qualified as they are they will go to message boards, not radio stations.
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