MTAF’s Josh Flagner talks about women in sports media – WFNY Podcast – 2014-07-21

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WFNY Podcast LogoCleveland Kate set the topic for this one and Josh Flagner of More Than a Fan was happy to oblige. We took our seats as men in the independent sports media environment to discuss… women in sports media.

We talked about Erin Andrews, Suzyn Waldman and a host of other females in the game. We talked about the opportunities or lack thereof. We also discussed the fact that we can’t remember a single female sports talker in the history of Cleveland sports radio.

Lastly, I played the Kirk Minihane audio for Josh and we discussed the way he talked about Erin Andrews and her reporting.

Of course there was a lot of talk about the local sports media and local sports talk radio as well, including the 92.3 the Fan’s Fan Phenom competition.

Check out this episode!

  • Schmoker

    Speaking of local media, next time you have Raab on, I’d love to get his opinion on this specific piece.

    http://www.cleveland.com/livingston/index.ssf/2014/07/is_cleveland_a_baseball_town_b.html

    It reads like it was written specifically to be something that Raab could rip to pieces. Livingston shows he has his head wedged tightly into Paul Dolan’s lower intestine.

  • boomhauertjs

    Lisa Bercu was a weekend sports anchor on Channel 5 back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. When you guys were talking about the lack of female sports on-air personalities, I remembered her, but couldn’t remember her name. Finally, after about 5 hours, it hit me.

  • Jeff Rich

    I think we see quite a few females in prominent roles on the national scene. Lindsey Czarniak, Linda Cohn, and Hannah Storm are legitimate anchors on the flagship program of ESPN, but the same could not be said for the radio programming, where Cohn fills in occasionally.

    On the local level, it might say something about Cleveland that there isn’t a female voice on air. I only have Phoenix to use as a control, but the paper has one female columnist who gets to fill-in sporadically and one female voice that is part of 2-person light-hearted show. I’d be curious to see how Cleveland measures up with Buffalo, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Chicago with male-to-female ratio in sports talk.

  • Schmoker

    What’s really sad is when a solid reporter like Pam Oliver gets replaced by the blonde of the moment in Erin Andrews. This one has all kinds of smell on it: Oliver is 53 and black, while Andrews is much younger and quite a bit lighter. Also, not as good.