The grind that a professional baseball player faces each season is no picnic, but the same can also be said for many members of the media who cover those players and their teams.
Before we get into Episode 78, as a reminder, The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET and again at 8 ET on Sports Radio America. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and on this website on Friday. You can listen to the show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app, and find some bonus content when the show comes out in podcast form.
- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of how ESPN 8 “The Ocho” became a reality, at least for one day (2:18).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What is your favorite children’s game 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 was Scott Kornberg, the radio voice of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and the Western Illinois University football and men’s basketball teams. Scott and I met through a mutual friend a couple of years back, and I had the pleasure of seeing him in action earlier this summer when he welcomed me into the broadcast booth during a Pelicans game (which actually sparked a five or six run rally in the process, so I’m glad I was able to help!). Scott has been all over the sports media landscape from his work at college, to internships and full-time opportunities, and it was great to talk about all of that in getting him to where he is today. We chatted about how he decided sports broadcasting was something he wanted to do and working through the ranks, some of what goes into broadcasting a baseball game, covering a minor league team and much more.
- You can follow Scott on Twitter @ScottKornberg. The interview starts at the 10:45 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
When he knew he wanted to pursue sports broadcasting (11:25), some inspirations to spark that interest and the joy of Vin Scully (13:07), broadcasting while at the University of Maryland (16:04), interning at WFAN, SiriusXM, NBC Sports, etc. (22:01), his first broadcasting gig and working up to now (23:53), his favorite sport to broadcast (25:56), how he found his voice to broadcast baseball and philosophies of announcing (28:24), interviewing Minor League players (31:25), telling stories to fill the voids during a game (34:30), what preparation for a typical day in Minor League Baseball is like (36:16), his favorite catch phrase (38:49), his favorite interviews and stories (39:30), what keeps him motivated to keep up with the grind (44:35)
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Joe Baress, former star of the John and Joe Sports Show, breaks down “Atomic Blonde,” the tale of an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, and recover a missing list of double agents (47:08). You can follow Joe on Twitter @dukemich and also read his movie reviews, previews and ratings at cupof-joe.com. This week, Joe wrote about The Art of the One-Take Action Sequence.
- “Good Try, Good Effort” recognized the BIG3’s answer when The Answer went missing (53:47) and the Chicago Cubs’ decision to give a World Series ring to a fan in the hopes that it would erase 14 years of hardship (56:25).
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