Some national exposure for Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton’s show. And some morning programming for CBS Sports Network.
The official rundown.
CBS announced today that beginning January 2014 CBS Sports Network will simulcast “Boomer & Carton,” the popular morning show broadcast on CBS RADIO’s WFAN-AM/FM. Combining these two powerful assets within CBS will result in national exposure for the local radio program and premier weekday content for the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports. The four-hour morning show is hosted by NFL ON CBS studio analyst Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton live Monday-Friday from 6:00-10:00 AM, ET.
“Boomer & Carton” debuted on Sept. 4, 2007, and features local sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, league personnel, and a variety of national celebrities from the entertainment and music industries. The show originates from CBS … Continue Reading
It loomed as a memorable day for Verne Lundquist when he went to work at an Austin, Tex. TV station on Nov. 22, 1963. He was looking forward to seeing President John F. Kennedy speak later that day in town.
Fifty years later, Lundquist remembers vividly how his day and the nation’s suddenly changed.
“I was on an earlier shift, working the board,” Lundquist said. “I had been invited by a good friend of mine to hear Kennedy speak. Her dad was the general manager of the station, and he gave me permission to not do the show that night so I could take her to hear the president’s speech.
“I was on the phone with her 12:25 p.m. (going over the details), when the news anchor broke into the control room and said, ‘Give me the microphone. The President … Continue Reading
Tornadoes already had hit in Central Illinois, and with the threat of severe weather looming at Soldier Field and elsewhere in the area, Ch. 2 had to inform the public of a potentially dangerous situation. As a result, we missed of NFL Today for weather coverage.
However, shortly after noon, Ch. 2 switched to the game. Bears fans wanted to hear from Jim Nantz, not weatherman Ed Curran. You can’t pre-empt a Bears game here. Ch. 2′s switchboard would have exploded.
From the story:
“Certainly, a Bears game is a big event for Chicago. It’s a big event for WBBM,” said Jeff Kiernan, station vice president and news director. “But you have to make tough decisions. Public safety and information is our No. 1 priority. There’s
If not for a gracious move by CBS, most of the country wouldn’t have seen Denver-Kansas City Sunday.
Under the flex scheduling provisions, both CBS and Fox can protect five games from their inventory. The set-up prevents the NFL from moving those attractive games to Sunday night for NBC.
Note: Technically, it is the NFL, not NBC, that elects to flex games, although you can be sure the Peacocks make their feelings known.
CBS reportedly protected both of the Denver-Kansas City games, including Sunday’s contest in Denver. However, the network doesn’t have the doubleheader window this week. Fox does with San Francisco-New Orleans.
As a result, if CBS kept this week’s big game, which was scheduled for the late window, it would have aired in a limited number of markets beyond Denver and Kansas City. Most of the country wouldn’t … Continue Reading
Nick Saban and Alabama get the treatment from 60 Minutes tonight. Here’s a preview.
The rundown from CBS:
The best investment the University of Alabama ever made was the hiring of a football coach who delivered a team that has won three of the last four national championships. So says Dr. Robert Witt, chancellor of the University of Alabama about Nick Saban, who created a football dynasty in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in just a handful of years under a contract that pays him more than $5.5 million a year. Armen Keteyian gets to see up close how Saban managed this feat, as he profiles the famous Crimson Tide coach and takes cameras into his practices and coaches meetings. Saban’s profile will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Nov. 3(7:30PM, ET/7:00PM PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Susannah Collins is back to work. She is scheduled to be a sideline reporter for the Louisiana Tech-UTEP game Saturday night on CBS Sports Network.
If you recall, Collins was fired from her job as the Blackhawks sideline reporter for Comcast Sports Net Chicago in May. An unfortunate slip of the tongue put the spotlight on racy videos she previously did for a sports site. Even though Collins never hid from doing those videos–in fact, they helped launch her career–the Blackhawks objected to her presence on the telecasts. Hence, she was gone.
The fallout was considerable, leaving Collins to rebuild her career. According to a CBS Sports Network spokesman, Saturday’s assignment is a one-time deal for now. However, there could be more, as the network hires free lancers on an as-needed basis depending on the number of games they air.… Continue Reading
Say what you want about the kid, he sure is fun to watch.
And watch people did. CBS pulled in its largest overnight rating since Lou Holtz was trading wits with Dennis Erickson for Notre Dame-Miami.
CBS Sports kicked off its 2013 SEC ON CBS college football schedule with No. 1-Alabama vs.No. 6-Texas A&M on Saturday, Sept. 14, earning an overnight household rating/share of 9.0/21, up 200% from last year’s 3.0/7 for its season opening broadcast (Alabama-Arkansas).
The 9.0/21 is the Network’s highest-rated afternoon regular-season college football game in 23 years (excluding the SEC Championship game) in the metered markets (10.1; Miami-Notre Dame; 10/20/1990).
The Alabama-Texas A&M game rating/share peaked at 10.2/22 from 7:00-7:15 PM, ET.… Continue Reading
Last week, Tracy Wolfson worked as a sideline reporter for CBS’ coverage of the New England-Buffalo game. This week, after reporting from the sidelines for the Alabama-Texas A&M game, Wolfson will hop on a plane to work Sunday’s Denver-New York Giants game.
Is this a change in approach for CBS? The network hasn’t used sideline reporters for regular-season NFL games in recent years.
“It’ll be week to week,” Wolfson said. “If it’s a big NFL game, and there’s a reason for me to be there, we’ll make the effort to make that happen. I can get to Atlanta easily (from a Saturday SEC game). If there’s a Saints game and I’m at LSU, I can get there. If the schedule works, I think you’ll see us utilize me in that role if it is possible.
My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center site at Indiana University is on the endless feast that the networks will be serving NFL fans this season.
When Fox Sports swooped in with the NFL in 1994, it dared to be revolutionary by launching a 60-minute pregame show. Previously, the versions aired by CBS and NBC were 30 minutes.
An hour? Such lunacy. Who would want to watch a pregame show almost as long as the first half of a game?
The answer: Everyone.
Less than 20 years later, an hour of an NFL pregame show almost counts as clearing your throat. This year, the various networks are pushing the notion of too much football on Sundays and beyond to the extreme.
Besides the regular Sunday pregame coverage on Fox Sports, CBS, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network, … Continue Reading