SBD/Issue 60/Sports Media

Media Notes

Michael Wilbon Writes Final Sports
Column For Washington Post

The WASHINGTON POST today published Michael Wilbon's final column for the newspaper. Wilbon is taking a full-time role with ESPN, and he notes today's column comes "20-some years after my first one and 31 1/2 years after I walked in the door as a summer intern." Wilbon: "This is the first column I ever dreaded writing, the only time I can recall experiencing that thing known as writer's block." Wilbon added, "Everything I have now professionally I owe to The Washington Post, specifically to George Solomon, my sports editor of a quarter century, for taking a chance on a 20-year-old kid" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/7).

NEW LOOK: In N.Y., Richard Huff notes MSG Network's "two new studios have been in use for a couple of months, and the producers are still expanding." Viewers of Knicks and Rangers postgame shows "in the coming weeks should expect changes," as the hosts "will be in different parts of MSG's new studios, and there will be different looks, all part of its new space at 11 Penn Plaza" across from MSG arena (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/7).

FANS' CHOICE: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' R. Thomas Umstead reports NBA TV is averaging 450,000 viewers for its Tuesday night weekly "Fan Night" live-game franchise. An average of 90,000 fans "vote each week via NBA.com from Tuesday night to midnight Thursday, determining which game the network will air the following Tuesday." NBA Digital VP/Content Scooter Vertino said that the 90,000 votes is a "60% increase over last season's activity" (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 12/6 issue).

BACK IN N.Y.: On Long Island, Neil Best cited a source as saying that WQAM and former WFAN-AM host Sid Rosenberg "soon will join" N.Y.'s WINS-AM "as a morning sports update man." Rosenberg "will work from south Florida, where he hosts his afternoon talk show" (NEWSDAY.com, 12/3).

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