Thursday, October 15, 2009

On the air and in print

*Norman Chad long has been one of the funniest guys in print. If you've never caught up to his work, check out this column from the Washington Post, which ought to tickle New Yorkers, even those who, unlike Chad, root for the Yankees.

*There's the bad ESPN (Chris Berman, Around the Horn, endless self-promotion, glorification of showboat athletes, failure to credit other sources of breaking news) and the good ESPN (Bob Ley, Outside the Lines, Sports Century, PTI). Add to the good ESPN a documentary series called 30 for 30. It's 30 hour-long films produced by high-powered filmmakers. Aired so far: Peter Berg on the Wayne Gretzky trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles, and Barry Levinson on the Baltimore Colts Marching Band (and how it was instrumental in getting pro football back in Baltimore after the Colts left town). See your DVRs.

*Speaking of PTI, co-host Tony Kornheiser, who made his bones at Newsday, The New York Times and the Washington Post , is particularly strong as a radio talk show host in Washington. He took a break from a prior radio program when he picked up the Monday Night Football TV gig. But now that he's free of that, he's back on the air on ESPN 980 in D.C. If you want witty, incisive commentary on sports and, better yet, movies, TV, politics and the like, you can load up his podcast daily on ITunes. As a fellow baby boomer with similar tastes, Kornheiser's "old guy radio" has personal appeal for me.
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