Thursday, March 18, 2021

Media Notes


The Super Bowl was more than a month ago, and sports talk radio is still dominated by the NFL.  I will never cease to be amazed by the power of the league.

Tribune Publishing, owner of some big city newspapers, has been on shaky ground for years.    It appears to be more unstable than ever.  A group known for cost cutting is trying to take over.  A hotel chain owner might step in for a rescue.  This one will be fascinating.

A scary prediction from the NY Post this week-- the U.S. is heading toward a future of a very small number of newspapers of record.

ESPN has grabbed a share of the new NHL contract.  Leagues broadcast by ESPN get more SportsCenter time, so it's a good deal for the NHL.

The insurance commercial with the moon buggy and the Smokey Robinson song "Cruisin'" has become one of my favorites.

It's time to retire the insurance selling emu.  It was cute for about ten seconds.

Several big city radio stations have hired local hosts to replace the departed Rush Limbaugh.  It will be interesting to see (and hear) the choice of the national syndicator.  I'm reminded of what happened when Paul Harvey passed away.  Irreplaceable.   UPDATE:  It's Dan Bongino going into slot from a competing company.  Still no announcement from the company that syndicated Rush.  Big shoes to fill.

Record low ratings for the Grammys.  Let's face it.  Virtual awards shows just aren't interesting.

This is one of the worst weeks of the year for sports talk radio.  I don't care about your brackets.

Jay Leno hosts "You Bet Your Life" in the fall.  That's the old Groucho Marx show.  Buddy Hackett, Bill Cosby and Richard Dawson all tried revivals, and all failed.  I think Leno can do it, but I'm not betting the farm.