ESPN stands for “Entertainment & Sports Programming Network.” I would like to modify that moniker to ISPN, aka “Indecisive Sports Programming Network.”

From 1999 until a couple weeks ago, Dan Patrick hosted the 1:00-4:00 pm (Eastern) slot on ESPN Radio. On July 9, Dan announced he was leaving the show. With a full five weeks’ notice, you might think ESPN would have a permanent replacement lined up. They’ve only got a boatload of potential talent walking around the Bristol, CT, campus!

Since Patrick’s departure, the “no-name slot” has been filled by a cast of rotating hosts that includes Mike Tirico, Bob Valvano, and Linda Cohn. All of them are decent, but you don’t get ratings with “Host du Jour.” They should have been able to figure out Patrick’s replacement and get that person in place pronto. Sports talk is a personality-driven format. That’s just Radio Programming 101. I think that Eric Kuselias would be great. He used to host the 4:00-7:00 pm “Sports Bash” on the network so he is already comfortable with the operation.

Hey, ESPN: Just get somebody in there permanently!

Labor Day is upon us, so it’s a day off. I am a dyed-in-the-wool “yoon-yun” guy, thanks in part to my maternal grandmother, Josephine Mannino. Our family can’t verify it, but my mom is pretty certain that my grandmother was the first female shop steward in New York City’s Garment District. She knows for sure that Josephine was seriously involved in union activity. “Jo” was on the front lines in the days of the sweatshops. I’ve been told that company goons locked her out of the factory and crooked cops tried to trump up charges and haul her into jail. Through all this BS, she stuck to her guns and helped unionize her factory. Honestly, my chest swells with pride when I think about her. So make sure you take a moment to hoist one for Josephine and all the other brave folks who put their lives on the line and helped make the workplace a better place to be. I know I will.

Tuesday, September 4: Internet Killed the Radio Ad


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