Baseball season is over. The NFL is in its dog days. It’s still too early for the NBA. Instead, we take some time to chat about life in sports radio with someone who certainly has enough experience within it.
Before we get into Episode 91, as a reminder, The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET / 4 PT on Sports Radio America. A rerun is then aired the following hour as well. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and on this website the following day on Thursday. You can listen to the show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app, and find some bonus content, including a weekly gambling segment, when the show comes out in podcast form.
- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of the Tony Romo dig fired at Deion Sanders that resulted in quite the retort from a soured Primetime (2:27).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What is your biggest storyline in the National Football League, and why? Leave a voicemail or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest is Damon Amendolara, the host of The DA show on CBS Sports Radio, weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon (ET). DA has been doing sports radio for more than a decade and has quite an incredible path to landing where he is today — from stations in Florida, Kansas City, Boston and now New York, first in local markets and now at a national level. He also works in the same building as Mike Francesa, who he got to interview while in high school, and who started a small internet feud over a sports update. We’ll chat about how he got started in sports media, working in local radio in major markets and having close knit relationships with the audience, his ties to Mike Francesa and some of what he does outside of his show.
- Follow Damon on Twitter -> @DAonCBS. The interview starts at the 10:46 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
What made him pursue sports broadcasting (11:11), the biggest takeaway that came from studying at Syracuse University (14:21), how important it was to start in local radio before going having a national show (16:52), what he misses most about local radio (22:06), what the lowest point has been (25:31), interviewing Mike and the Mad Dog in high school and that footage getting used in the 30 for 30 (28:29), his brief “feud” with Mike Francesa over a sports update (33:02), his web series NOMAD and its future (40:08) and where WFAN listeners can find his podcast.
- “The Toll Bridge with Donnie RightSide.” Donnie is a professional handicapper who knows a thing or two about the lines of the sports world and joins The Bridge for a weekly segment to help us get on the right side of those lines, based on his years of numbers, strategy and overall knowledge of the market. This week, Donnie offers up some of his best bets to correspond with The Bridge Fade of the Week, where listeners are urged to completely go in the opposite direction of the show. You can find Donnie at DonnieRightSide.com and SportsBookReview.com and follow him on Twitter @RightSideVP. And remember, this segment is for entertainment purposes only (45:03).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Joe Baress, former star of the prestigious John and Joe Sports Show, breaks down “Thor: Ragnarok,” which Rotten Tomatoes describes as: Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger, the Incredible Hulk (49:56). You can follow Joe on Twitter @dukemich and read his movie reviews, previews and ratings at cupof-joe.com.
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