We're close to the one year anniversary of Chicago Sports Media Watch. The inaugural post went live on April 20th, 2012 (yeah, 4-20 man! for all you stoners out there) To celebrate, I'm posting links to the top ten media interviews I conducted for this website. All media interviews are exclusives, because exclusive is how I roll.
Ok, not really. I actually enjoy eating spray cheese and my all-time favorite movie Team America: World Police
is filled with extremely low-brow humor. But the fact still holds, these media interviews were one-on-one Q&A.
The interview subjects of the past year who didn't retweet me, after I nicely asked them to do so, were automatically eliminated from top ten consideration. But "Hey, thanks for coming!!!!"
Stay tuned to CSMW this week as I will have exclusives with University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas and WFLD FOX Reporter Dionne Miller posted in the next couple days.
The order below is totally random; these media interviews are not ranked by importance or page views or social media response. They are just the ten I enjoyed the most. (side note: here's my top ten media criticisms of the past year
Before the wreck
occurred at yesterday’s NASCAR
Nationwide series race, all the talk at the Daytona 500
was about Danica Patrick
and her winning of pole position.
Of course, ESPN SportsCenter mentioned Danica Patrick before they got to reporting on the crash (misplaced priorities).
Anyways, the Daytona 500 is the NASCAR Super Bowl so this is the biggest week of auto racing. Danica Patrick, like Janet Guthrie before her, is making huge strides in a male dominated field and inspiring little girls everywhere. Another overwhelmingly male dominated arena is sports reporting, especially in auto racing. Here are five female NASCAR TV reporters who are making their mark to inspire future female auto reporters. Of course, half of them are bikini models and beauty pageant winners, so it helps to have that going for you in this business...
As the Daytona 500
approaches, and Danica Patrick
mania has engulfed the sports media
in recent days, we’re reminded that the NASCAR
season is almost here. Therfore, it’s timely that Chicagoland Speedway and ESPN Chicago (WMVP-AM 1000) announce today their partnership for the 2013 season. The deal includes weekly reporting by the WWL during the NASCAR
season, driver interviews and even broadcasting some 2013 NASCAR
Sprint Cup races.
ESPN 1000 personality John “Jurko” Jurkovic will provide updates on the latest NASCAR news throughout the season. He’ll be your “auto racing guy.” Reporter Ray Flores will also provide weekly NASCAR reports to listeners. Live remote broadcasts will also be held from Chicagoland Speedway and NASCAR personalities and drivers will make regular appearances on various shows, including Waddle and Silvy and Carmen, Jurko and Harry.
As the Great American Race approaches, we’re experiencing Danica Patrick
Daytona domination! In all of Speedweek's media
coverage. Rightfully so, as Danica Patrick
, a Beloit, Illinois native (sometimes her hometown is listed as Roscoe, Illinois), won the pole for the Daytona 500
. She is the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race and the first rookie since Jimmie Johnson
in 2002 to win the Daytona 500
This is why she is making the front pages of newspapers and websites alike, and is the lead on ESPN's auto racing shows. However, Sunday isn’t the first time she’s made history. She was first woman to ever lead in an IndyCar race, the first woman to win an IndyCar race and has the highest finish by a woman (4th) in a Nationwide, Cup or Truck series, breaking her own record of 9th.
Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.
And the day before Patrick recorded the fastest lap of everyone on qualifying Saturday...
-The Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr. relationship that went public a few weeks ago was the talk of NASCAR media day. And it yielded some good sound bites, even a Shakespearean reference. And we also might have confirmed the rumors we’ve heard about the real reason for her divorce. Read the paragraph below in between... Read more »
Danica Patrick announced her divorce from husband Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page today. She said the two have amicably decided to end their marriage. (if there truly is such a thing?) Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and... Read more »
It wasn’t quite planned this way, but it was close. Danica Patrick will finally make a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start during the day – unless Mother Nature once again decides to change things, of course. Patrick has made five Sprint Cup starts – all under the bright lights – as her races in February... Read more »
Atlanta Motor Speedway is considered one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, and for good reason. Geoff Bodine set the track record in November 1997 when he qualified in the top spot at 197.478 mph. And, in March 2010, Dale Earnhardt Jr., hit 192.761 mph en route to winning the... Read more »
has 17 starts on the NASCAR
season with one top ten finish, an average start of 13.6 and average finish of 19.9. She’s currently ninth in the NASCAR
Nationwide Series points standings. Patrick’s position makes her the all-time highest ranked female in NNS competition this late into the season.
This weekend, the Roscoe, Illinois (90 miles northwest of Chicago) native is having her homecoming, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. At this track, she’s raced twice: finishing 10th once, and 24th on the other occasion. The track was the site of Patrick’s third-career pole in IndyCar competition, where she holds six starts with an average finish of 10.8...
appeared with fellow NASCAR
Nationwide Series drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier at Chicago’s Oak Street Beach a couple days ago.
The Roscoe, Illinois native left open wheel racing
for stock car racing
this year, and talked about some of the differences between the two, and the adjustment in general.
“Leaving IndyCar and the difference between being part time and full time, it just helps every weekend, I’m able to work on things more diligently, and then see improvements instead of having to wait a month to try something new,” Patrick said.
“I’ve always said that the tracks are so much different from IndyCar perspective to a NASCAR
perspective. In IndyCar we’re able to run right along the bottom, and in NASCAR
you have to more a traditional line, it’s not flat out like it was in those IndyCar days.”...