Episode 95 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN play by play broadcaster Sean McDonough, who has called major sports for three decades including national championships in college football and basketball; Monday Night Football, and the World Series McDonough was scheduled to return this year as one of the voices of Boston Red Sox, whose games he also called from 1988-2004. In this podcast McDonough discusses what he is doing now amid COVID-19; his time at Monday Night Football and why it did not work with Jon Gruden; the cancelation of his spring broadcasting schedule; how he feels about the prospect of calling games without crowds; working in college football with two great broadcasting teams over the past two decades; the Syracuse University play by play pipeline; and much more.
McDonough is followed by Kalyn Kahler, most recently of Sports Illustrated and The MMQB and Joan Niesen, a writer for The Guardian, podcaster for Religion of Sport and a former Sports Illustrated writer. Kahler and Niesen discuss being laid off by SI/The Maven and how that process went down; how Kahler was informed last week of her layoff; the prospect of finding work in this market; what it has been like to work at SI the past two years; what both expect from Sports Illustrated heading forward; Niesen on living in New Orleans; how to contact both for work, and much more.