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Proof of how hard it is to 'solo' sports talk radio...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by exmediahack, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Van Pelt is without Risillo today on ESPN Radio. Listening right now.

    My gosh... he is strugg-uh-ling.

    I guess I am more surprised than anything else. The WWL should have everything at its disposal to bail the guy out. Can't they put one of their ten anchors sitting around doing nothing on to help out Van Pelt.


    I know a lot of you can't stand Cowherd but he is one of the few, the very few, who can solo a show and make it interesting or, at the very least, listenable.
  2. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Cowherd can.

    Siciliano can.

    List ends there.

    LA's Steve Mason is notorious for not being able to go 1 minute on air w/o a sidekick. Not 1 minute. He totally freaks out.
  3. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Seems like the guys who survive solo rely heavily on the pregnant pause.
  4. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Jim Rome's been shitting octuplets every show since 1996.
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Funny. Was listening to Gottlieb just yesterday and thought he could really use someone to bounce off of. And since ESPN doesn't use a lot of phone callers (do any of their shows use them?) - it makes not having a second voice more obvious.
    Though I've listened to some shows on FSR where they pile three or more people on with diminishing returns.
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Epic ... ... ... ... rack ... him ... ... ... ... good take ... ... ... ... ... ... that take did not suck ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... octuplets ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... awesome.
  7. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    You can solo if you're interacting with callers and have a TON of interviews, but if you're not, it's next to impossible unless there's a lot of stuff to lead-in and lead-out of.

    Even most of the local solo guys around here bounce stuff off the sidekick.
  8. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I'd add the overnight guy, Jason Smith, to that mix.
  9. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    And I'll add Smith's predecessor -- Todd Wright -- to that list as well.

    Dude got me home in one piece on many a late night.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    It's not easy, but if you're a pro you can get by solo with help from phone calls, e-mails, tweets. At least you should be able to do a passable job.

    I've got "1-888-SAY-ESPN" memorized from hearing it so often, yet I've only heard callers on the Brian Kenny show. And he's not bad.
  11. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Sure a sidekick helps, but a lot of times the producers bail out a host's ass. Have a good producer and that's 80 percent of the battle.
  12. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Member

    Rob Weingarten used to do an overnight show in DC as "The Nocturnal Warrior". He was excellent in that role each and every night.

    Currently in Philly, "Big Daddy"Graham does a very good "solo job" in the overnight slot on WIP radio.
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