Episode 28: Tas Melas, NBA TV’s “The Starters”

October 17, 2017

With the NBA season kicking off tonight, it was fun to chat with Tas Melas (he’s @TasMelas on Twitter) who’s one of the hosts for Turner Sports & NBA TV’s “The Starters” Topics discussed include: — ‘The Starters’ Origin story — Having fun and doing stuff like “Wedgies” (Video link: https://twitter.com/thestarters/status/862484543546249216?lang=en) — Moving from Toronto, Ontario in Canada to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA — Typical process for producing a show…

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Episode 27: Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, ESPN Audio

October 6, 2017

It was great to talk to Traug Keller and learn more about ESPN’s audio business. Topics discussed include: — The 30 for 30 audio podcasts — ESPN Radio — The mix between radio and podcasting/audio on demand — Challenges of getting more Android users listening to podcasts — Radio ratings — Podcast stats — will newly added video on demand versions of studio shows cannibalize podcasts? — 30 for 30…

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Episode 26: Anthony Crupi (@CrupiCrupiCrupi) Ad Age

October 3, 2017

Anthony Crupi’s third visit to the podcast was a pretty free-flowing discussion ranging from NFL ratings, advertising spot costs, and Yankees/Twins to out of home viewing and Amazon Prime streaming of NFL games. Crupi on Twitter Crupi on Advertising Age Jeanine Poggi’s 30-second spot cost list on Ad Age   https://media.blubrry.com/stvr/p/sportstvratings.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Anthony-Crupi-October-3-2017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | RSS

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Podcast transparency

October 3, 2017

From the high desert in far east west Texas I have gotten to talk to some of the smartest, interesting, talented and entertaining people in the sports media world. For me this is some serious “What a world!? How great is THAT!?” kind of stuff that puts joy in my heart.  So far it has been exactly the sort of fun I hoped it would be. I’m four months and…

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How much bigger is ESPN than FS1? – October 2017 Cable Coverage Estimates

October 2, 2017

**DO THESE NUMBERS INCLUDE STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SlingTV, Vue and DirecTV Now?** In the past that was a simple question to answer. The answer was “no.” Some people didn’t like it but it was simple! December was the last month that was the case though. Starting with the January estimates the answer changed to “Yes….kind of.” I applaud Nielsen for  plowing ahead though I don’t know that I’d have gone…

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