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Seattle Times bans their sports reporters from local TV and radio

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Kolchak, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Kolchak

    Kolchak Active Member

    This is a tweet from a KJR 950 A.M. radio host:


    SeattleSportsNet.com is the first to report on it here.

    It sounds like Frank Blethen has a glass jaw and can't handle any criticism from the other media outlets, so starting Sept. 5, no more Times reporters on the local TV and radio stations.

    I suppose if there's enough backlash, they still have time to change their mind and act like it never happened.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
  2. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    You know what? It looks bad, but it's smart. I mean, it's not smart, how they did it - and, let's be clear here, there is no glass jaw like a radio host scorned - but it can help in the long run.

    Writers have been giving away some of their best material on the radio for free for years. It has never made sense.
    tapintoamerica likes this.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    It isn't like the radio hosts can't just open the paper and steal the material anyway. I don't buy the exposure thing. Radio needs sportswriters for content more than newspapers need people to realize "Hey - there is a newspaper in town?" And when the radio people rip off the newspaper content anyway (hopefully by crediting them) it would have the same effect as if the reporter appeared on the show.
    Is it ALL TV and radio? Even out of town places?
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Wait. Is this a ban from all TV and radio? Or just from this radio station?

    ETA: OK the tweet in the OP didn't make that clear but now I clicked through and read the story.

    If it's really because Blethen can't handle criticism, that's weak. But this ...

    Citing “competing forms of media” as the reason behind the embargo, the Times seems willing to sacrifice much-needed exposure for… ego, perhaps?

    is flaming bullshit that has been served for decades now. Somebody show me how a media company has ever made one cent from having its reporters go on other media outlets.

    I don't have much problem with this decision. My only quibble would be if these gigs were paid and the Times has now in effect reduced its reporters' income.

    Also, talk radio hosts are the biggest fucking meatheads in the world, and any discussion with them is likely to make the reporter sound worse.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
  5. Kolchak

    Kolchak Active Member

    There's been no official statement. It sounds like all the local radio and TV stations, but I can't change the title.
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    This will stop the radio station from criticizing them.
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  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    This might be a dumb question, but does radio still pay some guests to come on? I remember when a guest would receive a gift certificate to a local clothier or auto shop. I know Brady makes some nice pocket change for his weekly appearances during Westwood one broadcasts and some others get paid by the sponsor of a segment, but shoot if I was going to do a weekly hit on a radio show - yeah, I'd want some walking around money.

    PS - An I Heart Radio station has no business giving a newspaper crud about its financial situation.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2017
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Yes, you can edit the thread title in the first few days. Look for the tiny drop-down menu in the upper right of the OP.
  9. Kolchak

    Kolchak Active Member

    Found it. Thanks! Was only looking through the regular thread edit option.
  10. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    In Boston if a writer shows up in studio for an hour or two, he gets a few hundred bucks. I don't think they get shit for an interview during a segment.

    Glenn Ordway used to do an afternoon show with rotating guest hosts. They got paid and we're introduced to listeners who hadn't heard of them (ProJo types) or gained more prominence in the market.

    I don't think the writers doing just interviews are undermining their original product. They usually come on to talk about something they already wrote. They either flesh it out or, if it's more an opinion piece, they defend it. It's still promotion for the writers. If I hear a guy on the radio, I might look for his future work on that topic.
    SnarkShark likes this.
  11. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Only moronic reporters are giving up their material for free. You rehash what you've written, you don't give them fresh material. Anyone who doesn't recognize the value of exposure -- not to mention learning to speak in a public forum, where brevity and thinking on your feet is key -- is making a mistake IMHO.
  12. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    I'll cry as many tears for I Hate Radio's demise as I did for Blockbuster Video's. Ruthless bastards that have destroyed community/local radio stations for a long time. Now maybe it's their turn.
    HanSenSE likes this.
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