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SBD/Issue 204/Sports Media
People & Personalities: WFAN's Russo, Francesa Quiet On Future
Published July 14, 2008
|Francesa (l), Russo Quiet On Future During
First Broadcast Together Since Spat
INCOMPLETE PASS: SI.com's Peter King writes CBS "made a major mistake in not including Dan Marino in the cast" of "Inside the NFL," which will air on Showtime this season. King: "As someone who worked with Marino for six years on the HBO 'Inside the NFL' show, I saw the magnetism he brought to the show every week." CBS' Phil Simms will be one of the show's panelists, and King writes, "I do understand the reticence to have the two-white-quarterbacks-on-the-set thing, but Marino is synonymous with the show, and I think the public will miss him greatly on Showtime" (SI.com, 7/14).
REPORT CARD: In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich reviewed the CBC's baseball crew of Jim Hughson, Jesse Barfield and Rance Mulliniks during this weekend's Yankees-Blue Jays series and writes there was "much that was to be lauded and much that was to be condemned." The trio "often raise the level of the broadcast," and Barfield and Mulliniks "are at their best when discussing the finer points of the game and telling stories." Mulliniks also "isn't afraid to question players," but his "continuing abuse of the English language" was an issue. Zelkovich: "Grammatical sins are only part of the problem. Then there are the inanities produced by the perceived need to fill airtime" (TORONTO STAR, 7/14).
NOTES: A source said former ESPN Radio 1250 Pittsburgh host Mark Madden later this year will join WXDX-FM at either 3:00-6:00pm ET or 3:00-7:00pm. Madden was fired by the ESPN affil in May after insensitive remarks about U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/14)....Univ. of Alabama radio announcer Ken Stabler will take a leave of absence from the booth "in the wake of his arrest last month on drunken driving charges." UA radio announcer Tom Roberts will handle color commentary in Stabler's absence (TUSCALOOSA NEWS, 7/11)....Nuggets F and U.S. men's basketball national team member Carmelo Anthony will be contributing a basketball diary and photographs for the N.Y. Times' Olympics blog during the Beijing Games (NYTIMES.com, 7/14).