The first hour of today’s Big Show on WEEI was pretty interesting, as they discussed the transition of sports media into the internet age. The comparison was made to when radio and TV were getting into everyday sports coverage and resistance they encountered from the newspaper writers.
The topic came up when it was revealed that WEEI.com editor and Red Sox writer Rob Bradford, a co-host on the show today, is not currently a member of the BBWAA, (Baseball Writers Association of America) mostly because he does not write for a print publication, but instead for an internet site only. Bradford had been a member when he wrote for newspapers (Herald, E-T, Lowell Sun) in the past. Glenn Ordway even joked that Bradford appears on polls about Who is the best Red Sox Writer? – so why isn’t he considered a writer by the BBWAA?
Ordway discussed coming up the media ranks in the 1970’s as a radio/TV guy (lugging around a giant reel-to-reel tape recorder) and the resistance he met from the old school newspaper writers. (Interestingly the name Clif Keane came up.)
It’s a pretty interesting discussion, we’ll see if they talk more about it as the afternoon goes on.