SBD/December 13, 2012/Media

Without Question: Format Changed For Wake Forest Basketball Coach's Radio Show

Bzdelik's show will stop taking questions after a "contentious" show last week
The days of asking Wake Forest men's basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik "a live question on his weekly Jeff Bzdelik Show are past," according to Dan Collins of the WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL. Starting tonight, for "the first time in the 17 years Stan Cotten has served as host of the Deacons’ radio show for coaches, questions must be recorded or submitted through electronic messaging." The format of taking direct questions was changed "after a particularly contentious show last Thursday, when several callers were especially pointed in their criticism or long-winded, or both." Cotten said that the decision "was made by he and others at IMG College, which produces the show." Wake Forest AD Ron Wellman said that he "agreed with the decision." Wellman: "More and more schools have eliminated the call-in, because callers tend to get on and, rather than asking a question, they preach. And this is our show." Cotten said that the "specific intent is not to deflect criticism." Cotten: "It can’t be all rose petals. And we know that. We just wanted to decide how to best use our hour on the air" (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 12/13).
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