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Does 105.1 Need A Sports Team To Be Successful?

todayslogoAbsolutely not and anyone who suggests that is does has no clue about Sports Radio.

The only thing a sports station needs to win is talented on-air personalities, that is where it begins and that is where it ends.  Sports Radio is built on larger than life personalities, guys who are passionate and emotional about the teams they cover for a living.  That is precisely why the flash point for this sports radio battle will be in Afternoon Drive.  It will pit the two best Air Personalities against one another….Drew Lane vs. Mike Valenti.

Before we discuss that battle, let’s address the play-by-play question.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, play-by-play for the most part is a money losing proposition.  Many of the stations around the country ONLY sign teams as an ego trip.  Some play-by-play can get you ratings, but you rarely get both….most station do not make a dime on play-by-play.

In Detroit, 97.1 could do without the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons and be just fine.  The teams that move the needle in Detroit are the Lions, Tigers and Michigan Football.  WXYT just got a 2 share point bump from Tiger baseball, but they were still at a very healthy 4.5 without baseball.

105.1 won’t have a team, at least not in the beginning stages, but they will have TALENT in PM Drive to compete against Valenti, Drew Lane is the X-factor in all this, NOT play-by-play.

If Drew does what Drew has always done, he will make an impact.  I’m not sure he will beat Mike Valenti, but he will take a sizable chunk of the ratings in PM Drive.  For all the complaints about Mike, he has tremendous sports knowledge and is entertaining, even if it’s angry sounding.  There will be a distinct difference in the two shows.  Drew’s will be way more light-hearted and entertaining, while Valenti’s will be more sports and more anger.

Valenti wins on sports knowledge, but Drew can always fill that void with guests and “experts,” this hurts Valenti because he can’t have guests on his show.  Mike’s handicapped by calls from Bob in Roseville.  I think the “caller driven,” format will get some tweaking as soon as the competition announces its intentions to flip to sports.

I personally think this PM Drive battle will be a riot to watch, will Detroit choose the angry young man or the cool laid back dude?


Not Showing The Gruesome Kevin Ware Injury is Malpractice

As I write this, I am still stunned that CBS, ESPN and most major sports media outlets made the decision not to air the injury to Louisville’s Kevin Ware on Sunday.  Yep, as a grown man with a wife, two kids a mortgage, etc., they decided that a compound leg fracture was far too much for my sensitive eyes.

The decision to withhold this news story from the public is simply childish.  I’ve watched wars live on TV  I watched Nick Berg’s assassination by terrorists and I’ve see people jumping out of the twin towers to their deaths, but I can’t watch a basketball play break his leg.  I feel like I am living with my mother.


CBS and ESPN have tossed any and all credibility they had left with me following this decision, to censor the news is simply not acceptable.

Not showing the video is a desperate and soft reaction the shrieks of “non” sports fans watching, yes, I am talking about women who worry about little Joey seeing a broken leg.  The networks are attempting to appeal to these soccer moms by softening sports at every turn.  Look at the myriad of changes we’ve seen in sports already, the lame and far too subjective “helmet to helmet” rule, the running back ruling that was just approved by the NFL and the crackdown on fighting in the NHL.  I’m afraid to ask what is next, no lunging to block a shot in a basketball game for fear of gruesomely breaking your leg?  I don’t see where it ends.

Playing sports is hard, if it weren’t, everybody would play. The answer isn’t softening it to avoid unfortunate injuries.  The athletes understand the risks of sports and for the most part they can deal with and recover from injuries.

The absolute social media mania that went on after Ware’s injury is pathetic and sad, unfortunately all the social has a tendency to dictate policy.  People need to get a grip and look at the big picture, sometime stuff happens, dealing with it in an adult manner should be the reaction, not “thoughts and prayers” for a kid who was walking 24 hours after the injury happened.


It’s OK to be sensitive and thoughtful, but over sensitivity and panic seem to be the first reaction too anything that shocks us.

Get a grip!


(Video) Doug Gottlieb’s TV Joke Is A Non-Issue!

DOUDI sorry, I don’t get it, CBS’s Doug Gottlieb makes a joke that isn’t knee slapping hilarious and now he should be fired?  You can’t be serious Mark May!

Gottlieb made his CBS NCAA Tournament debut Thursday night and said “I’m just here to bring diversity to the set, give kinda the white man’s perspective.”  Uh, so.  I don’t see the issue here, he made a joke, that was actually FUNNY to most white guys.  I laughed and every white dude I know laughed.  What is the point?  How did he offend anybody?  If simply using the term “white man’s perspective” is racially offensive, then off with his head.  Yes, this is where we are in 2013, everybody is a pro when it comes to outrage.  Apparently, it means little that the guy sitting a couple of seats down is one of the most offensive and funny human beings on earth, Charles Barkley.

The fact that Mark May from ESPN express his outrage and called for Gottlieb to be fired immediately is an embarrassment to May, what a thin-skinned, spineless wimp.  May was so afraid that the precious under 12 year old crowd would here it that he tweeted this little nugget “Nice job Gottlieb, I hope all the kids 12 and under didn’t hear it.”  Well, guess what Mark, both of mine saw it and didn’t even notice he said anything offensive.  A joke like that would go over any 12 year old’s head.  Spare us the phony “it’s about the kids” routine.  I’m guessing this has more to do with professional jealousy than the actual comment.

We’ve come to the point where there is simply too much sanctimony and outrage in our media and social media.  Everybody’s looking for that “gotcha” moment and it has gone too far.

The subject of race is touchy, but it isn’t taboo?  Most of America laughed at Gottlieb’s joke, even in mixed company, it wasn’t meant to be sinister, it was meant to be funny and ironic.  Instead of lauding the facts that we are at the point where there are four black men hosting a pre-game show (there was a point in my life when that would NEVER have happened) we get caught up in a white guy pointing out the irony!

So please, if you are “outraged” over Gottlieb’s joke, chill out and allow yourself a little laugh instead of pound out venom on your social media account.  It was a joke!

See the video below!