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Watch the Media with John Shrader
45 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
GRANT WAHL, Soccer Journalist
GRANT WAHL, who spent 25 years at Sports Illustrated, is now publishing his world-class soccer journalism at Substack. So, from one of the storied brands in American journalism to the new world. He shares his story with us on Watch the Media, including an inside look at the process of getting his work published at GrantWahl.com. He says soccer is 'cool' for young people and provides some advice to young people who might be interested in the business.
48 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
MIKE'L SEVERE, Omaha radio and TV sports
At the end of 2021, MIKE’L SEVERE left his job as co-host of the morning drive show on 1620 the Zone in Omaha. Severe has been on the media scene in Omaha for about 25 years, much of that time doing sports radio. He says it’s time for a new challenge. He talks about why he got out of radio, the media market, and much more.
49 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
Dave Tepper - Altitude Radio, Denver
Dave Tepper is the Program Director and Operations Manager of Altitude Radio Sports in Denver. He is a former PD of 1620 The Zone in Omaha (2015-2018) where he worked with most of the management and talent who are still there. He talks about the business, its process, molding talent and much more in this conversation.
59 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Chris Townsend and Cody Elias of Oakland Athletics "A's Cast"
The Oakland Athletics created a streaming audio network in 2019, and called it A’s Cast. They send all their programming, including live PxP to the stream while some of it still airs terrestrially. Chris Townsend is the founder, host and producer of the enterprise. Cody Elias is multimedia producer and editor. They both joined us in Fall 2021 to talk about the innovations they use to create a new audio delivery system.
38 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Danny Burke VSiN, The Sports Betting Radio Network
Danny Burke is the host of Rush Hour on VSiN, The Sports Betting Radio Network (5-6 p.m. CT) live from the Bet Rivers Sports Book at the Rivers Casino in suburban Chicago. He also does the Chicago CityCast podcast daily, as well as other media appearances in and around Chicago and nationally
62 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
Kevin Kugler, Fox Sports BTN Westwood One
Kevin Kugler, who broadcasts for Fox Sports, Big Ten Network and Westswood One Radio, talks with the students in the Sports Broadcasting class at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He offer career advice, broadcasting tips and some anecdotes.
59 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
JULIAN RODRIGUEZ University of Texas at Arlington
Julian Rodriguez is a graduate of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Ten years ago, he founded the Hispanic Media Initiative at UTA. He has one of the most prominent programs in the country dedicated to teaching students broadcast journalism in both Spanish and English, for both the Spanish- and English-language markets. He talks about the current state of multilingual journalism and about the trends for and conditions of Spanish language communities in the U.S.
24 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Jay Neuhaus COO, FC Diez
Jay is a native Nebraskan who has worked in soccer for more than two decades. He has worked for UEFA, FIFA and now is the COO of FC Diez, the IMG owned company that produces two major soccer competitions in South America.
41 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
What is Sport's Place in American Culture?
SPORTS MEDIA on Sport in American Culture. Observations from members of the sports media – columnists, reporters, broadcasters, academics – about how sports fits into American culture in 2021; within the context of the pandemic. Guests commenting on Sport in American Culture, in order: Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World Herald Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star Andrew Billings, University of Alabama JB Long, LA Rams and Pac-13 Networks Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle Mike’l Severe, 1620 The Zone Omaha Mitch Sherman, The Athletic Tim Keown, ESPN Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area Chris Schmidt, Hail Varsity Radio and KFOR Chris Heady, formerly Omaha World Herald Welch Suggs, University of Georgia Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports Ted Robinson, Pac-12 Networks Evan Bland, Omaha World Herald Tony White, KING TV Seattle Sean Callahan, Husker Online Dan Brown, The Athletic Erin Sorensen, Hail Varsity
35 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
Dear Members of the Sports Media: How has your view of sports changed in the last year?
Members of the sports media from around the country – reporters, columnists, broadcasters and scholars - talk about their personal view of sports. Answering the simple: How has your personal view of sports change in the last year? There is by no means a consensus. Here are the contributors and where they appear: Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World Herald 1:09 JB Long, Radio voice of LA Rams 1:47 Tim Keown, Senior Writer ESPN 3:07 Mitch Sherman, The Athletic 6:41 Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle 7:27 Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area 9:48 Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times 11:13 Chris Schmidt, KFOR and Hail Varsity Radio 13:40 Evan Bland, Omaha World Herald 14:45 Dan Brown, The Athletic 17:32 Erin Sorensen, Hail Varsity 19:22 Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star 21:20 Chris Heady, formerly Omaha World Herald 22:12 Tony White, KING TV Seattle 24:11 Sean Callahan, Husker Online 25:07 Jake Sorensen, 937 The Ticket Lincoln 26:55 Andrew Billings, U of Alabama 28:42 Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports 30:09 Mark Willard, KNBR Radio San Francisco 30:47 Mike’l Severe, 1620 The Zone Omaha 32:39
38 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Football in a Pandemic, As Seen by Members of the Sports Media
In this episode I assembled comments from more than two dozen people - among them reporters, columnists, broadcasters and media professors. They provide their observations on the 2020 football season - both college and professional; a season played in the throes of a pandemic, long before a vaccine was available. Their comments are personal and illuminative, a kind of oral history of the season. Among the contributors are Tim Keown of ESPN, Sam Farmer of the LA Times, national broadcaster Ted Robinson, CBS Sports football reporter Dennis Dodd, SF Chronicle columnist Ann Killion, Dan Brown of The Athletic, media scholar and author Andrew Billings, and a number of local Nebraska reporters and broadcasters.
60 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
JA Adande & Malcolm Moran and Sports Journalism in the wake of Osaka Withdrawal
Watch the Media June 6, 2021 Sports Journalism after Osaka Withdraws from French Open Athletes and Sources: Access and Relationships with the Media J.A. Adande Professor Northwestern University, former ESPN, LA Times, Washington Post Malcolm Moran Professor IUPUI, Indianapolis, former New York Times, USA Today Tim Keown Senior Writer, ESPN [Tim has comments about empathy in reporting and writing and the value of sports journalism] Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open this week, after citing her anxiety of doing post-match press conferences. She was fined $15,000 after skipping the presser following her first match after which she withdrew. She said it was for her own mental health. She apologized to the fans and to the reporters who cover tennis. Adande and Moran are both long-time, award-winning sports journalists who now run sports journalism programs at their respective schools. We talk about Osaka, mental health, sourcing, access regarding athletes/sources and journalists. It is deep and timely.
60 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
MAYA SAENZ, KMTV Channel 3, Omaha
Maya Saenz has been with KMTV News for five years, coming to Omaha from Colorado. She is one of the few Latino or Latina news anchors and/or reporters in Nebraska. She shares her personal story; a young, multilingual, multicultural journalist from a mixed-documented family. She joined John and the students in a spring class titled Media Representation and Presentation in the Latinx Community.
40 minutes | May 17, 2021
PABLO URQUIZA Executive Producer FC Diez Media (IMG)
PABLO URQUIZA Head of Production / Executive Producer at FC Diez Media (IMG) for Conmebol Libertadores & Conmebol Sudamericana Pablo is a native of Buenos Aires, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He talks about the process of producing television and the value of students looking toward a career in international sports.
49 minutes | May 8, 2021
JOSE SOTO Depaul University Professor and Television Writer / Producer
Professor, Screenwriter, Producer, Show Runner JOSE SOTO Is a professor of television at Depaul University and a writer, producer and showrunner for television in the United States and Mexico. He has produced Big Brother for U.S. television, and numerous other programs in both the U.S. and Mexico. He talks about the differences and similarities in producing American television for Spanish language audiences, American television for English language, and television in Mexico.
50 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Victor Rojas, Pres and GM Frisco Roughriders
VICTOR ROJAS left his job as the lead TV announcer for the LA Angels of Anaheim to become President and General Manager of the Frisco Roughriders of the Double-A Central League. He’s the son of former big leaguer Cookie Rojas. He and his wife own an apparel company Big Fly, which was named after his signature home run call. Rojas says he’s been preparing all his professional life to run a baseball team. (Don't miss near the end when he talks about his parents and his Cuban heritage.)
31 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Jeff Motz, KFOR Radio
JEFF MOTZ Sports Director of KFOR Radio in Lincoln. He does morning sports reports, news reports and high school play by play. He is the 2020 Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year, an honor bestowed by the National Sports Media Association. A Lincoln native, he talks about working in his home town, reaching out to the listeners and the value of understanding the audience.
60 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated and ESPN
Marc J Spears is Senior NBA Writer for The Undefeated and ESPN. He says this is the most important work he’s done in his career, writing at the intersection of sports, race and culture. Spears has been covering the NBA since 1999, and now works at a place he calls the “Jackie Robinson of sports journalism.” He says they’re bringing light to things that need it.
46 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Brian Windhorst has covered the NBA and USA Basketball for ESPN since 2010. He started his career at the Akron Beacon Journal, then went to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He covered LeBron James when LeBron was a high school student in Akron, about whom Windhorst has authored or co-authored four books. He gives us some insights into the multi-platform media giant for whom he works; he has good advice for aspiring journalists; talks about working the pandemic; and the value of being happy.
59 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Danny Burke, Host, Rush Hour, VSiN The Sports Betting Network
Danny Burke, a 2018 graduate of UNL’s CoJMC, is the host of Rush Hour, 6-7 pm Central Time on VSiN, the sports betting network. Burke is now based in his hometown of Chicago after spending more than a year in Las Vegas. He worked his way up from social media director, to producer to host. He also does some television work in Chicago on the local Fox affiliate. He says he’s found what he loves and wants to build his brand as well as he can.
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