107 minutes | Oct 29th 2020

ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Jordan Cornette and Shae Peppler Cornette of ESPN Radio and author and sports writer Harvey Araton

Episode 118 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features three guests. First up is ESPN’s Chris Fowler, the lead college football and tennis voice for ESPN. He is followed by Jordan Cornette and Shae Peppler Cornette, who co-host ESPN Radio’s GameDay each Sunday during football season from 1-5 p.m. ET. It is the first time a married couple has co-hosted an ESPN Radio show. The final guest is the longtime New York Times sportswriter Harvey Araton. He is the author of “Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship,” which chronicles his bond with Michelle Musler, a longtime season-ticket holder for the Knicks.

In this podcast, Fowler discusses his new podcast, “Fowler, who you got?”; why he likes long-form interviews; trying to book guests away from ESPN; doing a non-sports podcast; the adjustments he has made regarding calling college football this year; the lack of a crowd; calling an NFL game this year with Kirk Herbstreit; his interests in doing the NFL long-term; his approach to social justice and politics publicly and much more. Cornette andPeppler discuss co-hosting ESPN Radio’s GameDay each Sunday; what it means to them to be the first married couple to co-host an ESPN Radio show; how they describe their on-air chemistry and show; how their professional partnership come together; moving from successful jobs in Chicago and navigating the ESPN ecosystem; how they decides who leads each show; how much sports is a part of their day to day relationship; whether they hope to continue to work together, and much more. 

Araton discusses the role of the general sports columnist in 2020 and whether the position is endangered; opinion writing versus reporting; why he wrote his book and the impact personally of his relationship with Musler; how COVID might change the dynamic of the courtside fan; selling a book during a pandemic, and much more.

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