Twitter is a wonderful and strange place. Public figures make very public statements. Some are meant prima facie, some are not. WLS radio host (and part-time practicing attorney, hence my usage of a legal term in the opening graph) Bruce Wolf seemingly took a social media
shot at former Comcast SportsNet employee Susannah Collins
this past weekend. If you take the tweet at stand-alone and face value, it looks like an attack on the relevance of another media
And ill-timed as it's published exactly one month to the day she was fired too...
You won't see Kendall Gill
back on Comcast SportsNet Chicago any time soon. Most likely, you'll never see him again on CSN. We don't have an official statement yet from Comcast VP Phil Bedella, or anyone else at the station of similar rank, but the handwriting is certainly on the wall.
The talk among media circles is that Gill has lost that job; exactly like we thought he would.
However, you can still see his work
on a national stage via NBA TV.
did an exclusive with ESPN 1000′s Waddle and Silvy
a week ago. (He comes on around the 1:30ish mark here
). This was the first time Kendall Gill
talked publicly since he punched Tim Doyle in the face in mid March.
Kendall didn't say much about the Tim Doyle incident.
For obvious reasons...
“I don’t disagree with you at all regarding the role of sideline reporters. Most of the time, I find those interviews to be fairly useless,” a nationally relevant sideline reporter
once told me years ago.
The opinion I expressed and she agreed with was “sideline interviews serve no purpose.” In our off-the-record chat, I stated further, “We never needed these practices to begin with.”
And we have the testimony of NFL
Network and Notre Dame
reporter Alex Flanagan.
This exchange between Flanagan and The Sherman Report
says it all.
Sherman: “You know what the critics say about the value of sideline reporters. CBS doesn’t even use them. What’s your response?”
Flanagan: “I’m often asked to defend the job of the sideline reporter
. I think of myself as an accessory. I don’t know if you can appreciate this, but I tell my female friends, ‘When you get dressed up in that great outfit, the one thing that can top it off is a great accessory. Like a necklace or ear rings.’
Are we a necessity for a telecast?
No. But I can see a lot of things that happen on the field that (the announcers) can’t see from up high.”...
James Chairman or Jimmy Chairman is currently the New York Bureau Producer for E! News. He's also the creator of Sports Nutz, which Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz found controversial.
The Sports Nutz videos
were deemed grounds for dismissal of Comcast Sports Net reporter Susannah Collins
. Today, you'll find a few videos
that have been watched 60-90,000 times.The YouTube Channel,
featuring 18 videos in total, has now been viewed close to half a million times! So let's meet the visionary behind the video series.
And discuss the past, present and potential future of Sports Nutz...
When Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz
decided the Sports Nutz videos
were "controversial" enough to justify firing Comcast Sports Net reporter Susannah Collins,
it brought a lot of attention to the Sports Nutz series
. Most SN videos had previously only been viewed on YouTube 4-5,000 times. Today, you'll find a few videos that have been watched 60-90,000 times. The YouTube Channel,
featuring 18 videos in total, has now been viewed close to half a million times!
The extensive media coverage of the so-called "racy" sketch comedy videos led to a much bigger interest in them. However, we didn't hear much about "the other" woman in them: Samantha Raddock.
Did you know she made a guest appearance on the Fox hit comedy That 70s Show?
So let's meet Samantha Raddock, and see if a Sports Nutz reunion is in the works...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
You and I love our hockey
We’re excited about the Chicago Blackhawks playoff series.
However, one must separate the product on the ice from the corporate suits micro-managing it in a dictatorial way. The team is great; they’re kicking butt. The front office?
Well, I’ve said enough about that lately. Here’s where I pass the microphone to you guys.
The fact that they just raised ticket prices for the fourth time in six years
isn't making them any friends.
And Chicago has spoken, I’ve received a lot of great emails, tweets, texts, post comments etc. Here are some of the best.
Finally, if you want a review of the best Sports Nutz videos, and a place to view them, see my Chicago Now teammate. The Mayor Daily
does good work. Hopefully, one day as a society we can progress to a point where we no longer use a "z" to pluralize nouns. We’ll reach that mountain top!
On to the mailbag:
WLS TV’s Mark Giangreco
was the Ring Lardner
Award recipient for Excellence in Sports Journalism at the Union League Club of Chicago
. The Lardner awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco
has been with ABC 7 since 1994. From 1982-94, he was with NBC
5 WMAQ. Giangreco
has won three Emmys, two Lisagor Awards, two AP awards and also Father of the Year from the Chicago Father’s Day Council.
’s speech was the best of the night. It was snappy, funny, concise, witty and very educational about the state of media
“I want to thank you so much for elevating my tv puppet show for one night,” Giangreco
said in self-effacing humor.
“I’m very serious about not taking sports seriously; and I work really hard in trying to make it easy, look easy. And in today’s day and age you cannot compete with the internet, social media
, so we have to make people come into the tent and tune in to see what we’re going to do with a video everyone has already seen, or how we’re going to handle a story everyone has already read,” he said.
“That’s a serious challenge now, and I think with leagues and teams controlling their product to a point where they have their own television studios, their own cameras, their own reporters, their own websites, pumping out video, a lot of it is propaganda. I think it’s our duty to take a few shots across the bow just to keep ‘em honest.”
“And I’ve added a good time doing it,” he added...
Update: Susannah lands a new gig
It was likely pressure from the Chicago Blackhawks
organization itself and not CSN that led to Susannah Collins
being dismissed from Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Obviously, this is a severe over-reaction
by the team in response to her simple “flub” Tuesday.
As you obviously know, Susannah Collins
made pretty much every homepage you can think of between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon: AOL, Yahoo!, Yardbarker (twice actually, the second time was for her interview
of Danica Patrick
during Shoot-the-Puck) and every online news agency: E! News, Huffington Post, NESN, well, whatever you get the idea.
Collins inadvertently said that the Blackhawks
had a “tremendous amount of sex
during the regular season.” She meant to say “success.” She made a mistake, she corrected herself right away. And she moved on. She took it, and all the publicity that came later, like a champ.
Her Twitter stream that night
conveyed that she’s a professional, and that she has a sense of humor about herself. (Obviously, she's been silent there since May 1)...
Whenever I consume a Chicago White Sox
broadcast it’s radio only. Hawk Harrelson
is the reason why. Steve Stone is a MLB
genius, but Harrelson is not even remotely close to being tolerable. I elaborate on this point in further detail here.
WSCR 670 The Score midday co-hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein are perhaps the most polarizing figures in Chicago sports media
. Lots of people love ‘em, lots of people dislike them. It seems we have a war of words going on: Boers and Bernstein
vs. Hawk Harrelson
When it comes to Pat Foley catch-phrases there's: “we hope you enjoyed the broadcast, I KNOW YOU enjoyed the outcome” as a sign-off following Blackhawks
wins. For Hawks losses, Foley concludes with: “we hope you enjoyed the broadcast, in spite of the outcome.”
That’s his bit; like “STEAKS AND CAKES”
and “DON’T CARE!”
is for me. But my media
career is just a drop of water compared to the ocean of media
experience that is Pat Foley...