Many sports fans might think that sports talk radio is easy. After all, it can’t be that much different than having a conversation with your buddies at the bar, right? How hard can it be? Well, it’s a lot harder than it looks (or sounds), especially when it’s done well, and harder yet to even break into the industry. However, once you get in, it’s the dream.
Before we get into Episode 58, as a reminder, The Bridge is now broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and this website on Fridays. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.
- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of my “Ode to Mike Francesa” monologue that helped me win the Zaun for Good contest at this year’s FrancesaCon, including audio from the contest itself, which was hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo impressionist, Mike Benevento (2:19).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What will you miss most when Mike Francesa leaves WFAN? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show. (8:59)
- This week’s podcast will run a little bit differently. As you know, last week featured Part 1 of our interview with Patrick Meagher, host of The Rap on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio, Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight ET. Patrick gave an incredible interview for his podcast debut and was so generous with his time that we broke up our chat into two parts (he also interviewed ME on The Rap, which was awesome to say the least). For this week, we’ve combined both parts so that you can hear both parts all in one place. In Part 1, we’ll get into how Patrick got into radio, his first show for COSMO and turning down reality TV, while in Part 2 we’ll discuss how he ended up in Los Angeles with Mad Dog Sports Radio, some of the things he does on The Rap and take some submitted questions.
- Before we get into the interview, Patrick was kind enough to have me on The Rap to promote The Bridge and chat about the show. It was also my first interview on radio, so many thanks to Patrick. You can hear that segment at the 12:35 mark.
- You can follow The Rap on Twitter @TheWrapRadio. “Part One” starts at the 13:00 mark, with “Part Two” at 41:45.
– In the interview, we discuss:
How to say his last name correctly and dropping the “W” from The Rap (13:26), who the most famous person on his phone is (16:15), getting started in sports radio (17:12), odd-end jobs that went along with radio (18:48), the lowest point while trying to break into radio (20:23), getting a job at Sirius (21:53) and Cocktails with Patrick (22:36), the wildest story from Cs with P (25:27), how the show came to an end (27:35), Cocktails with Patrick 2.0 (28:58), having no idea who Topanga was (31:02), not seeing Paul Soter’s most famous movie (Editor’s Note: Patrick has now watched Super Troopers! 33:29), not Googling himself and the crazy lifestyle of dating a reality TV star (34:27), why he turned down reality TV (37:43), the effect his relationship with Stassi will have for the future (39:33).
What the process of starting The (W)rap in Los Angeles was like (41:46), if hosting on Cosmo helped with transitioning into a late night sports show (43:59), what he misses the most from his old time slot (45:33), where his show is now and how he’d like it to improve (46:37), the new emphasis on social media (48:27), why he’s not public on social media (49:54), if his listenership has improved in the new time slot (52:27), how the HOT BOX segment was born (53:48), if this podcast will be the most popular in the history of The Bridge (58:22), if he misses New York (1:00.17), if people mispronouncing his name angers him (1:01:23), his best and worst radio interviews (1:01:42), what was his most epic Halloween costume (submitted by Packers Fan, 1:03:58), MFK (submitted by Brian from North Carolina, 1:04:44), if he would ever want to do a show with Morning Men co-host Mike Babchik and if he hates the Morning Men (submitted by Mike Babchik, 1:07:40), if The Rap is most comparable to the Morning Men (1:10:22), if he’ll be attending FalCon 2 on June 3, 2017 (1:11:06), and gambling advice on the NCAA Tournament (1:12:17).
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