Midweek Sports Media Columns

Here’s a few columns from around the country from the last few days:

Richard Sandomir reports on Nick Faldo replacing Lanny Wadkins as lead analyst on CBS’ golf coverage. Neil Best looks at a hazard of postseason baseball…your local broadcasters being replaced with national guys who haven’t been around the team all season. He also looks at efforts by local radio stations to sync up their play-by-play with the TV broadcasts for fans who don’t want to hear the national broadcasters. Bob Raissman chats with Mets radio voice Tom McCarthy, who started out in baseball as the play-by-play man and assistant GM of the Trenton Thunder when they were a Red Sox affiliate. McCarthy had to make a choice of either working a baseball front office, or as a broadcaster. He chose the latter and is now in his first season as the Mets voice on WFAN. He also lost 137 lbs this season.

Michael Hiestand looks at the Yankees and Mets predictably being chosen as the TV darlings of the postseason, as well as some NFL broadcast notes from the weekend. Aaron Bracy has extensive notes on the Eagles/Packers Monday Night Football broadcast. Jim Williams reports on the Baseball Tonight crew speculating on who will be the next Nationals manager. Chris Zelkovich has a look at former NHL enforcer Tie Domi making his debut in the television world with TSN’s NHL Preview.

Barry Horn reports that 76-year-old Pat Summerall is likely to come out of retirement and call the Cotton Bowl for FOX as part of its BCS coverage. Jeffrey Flanagan reports on the Chiefs trouncing NASCAR in the KC ratings on Sunday, despite the race being held at Kansas Speedway. David Barron kept a running tab on a big Sunday in Houston sports, with the Astros trying to stay alive in the NL Central and the Texans looking to topple the Dolphins for their first win of the season. Dan Caesar chronicles the strange season of a Cardinals announcer, who will get to do some postseason work for ESPN radio covering the Cards.

Announcements

1) I’m currently looking for someone to step in and organize the posting of the BSMW Power Play Bruins blog. We have contributors lined up, but due to other commitments, the person who posted the articles and put together the blog postings has to scale back his work on the site. The blog has a high ranking in search engines and is a good opportunity for a knowledgeable hockey fan to get noticed. If you’re interested in taking on this role, send me an email with the subject “Power Play Blog.”

2) Work is beginning on organizing the 2006 BSMW Fall Fund drive. We scaled down to one drive this year, skipping the May Mini-drive. I’m looking for people or business willing to donate prizes to be handed out to contributors to this year’s drive. If you’re interested in donating a prize, (and receiving acknowledgement on the site) please send me an email with the subject “Fund Drive.”

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