The NFL is going strong, the MLB playoffs are upon us, the NBA is returning, and that was talking sports. This week, it’s time for another profile of someone in the sports media world ― “a pioneer of sports radio and television,” Amy Lawrence!
Before we get into Episode 86, 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 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” Flashback: Because the Los Angeles Dodgers had the best record in baseball, their most wins in a season since leaving Brooklyn and were pegged favorites to win the World Series, a flashback to last year’s tribute to Vin Scully, who retired after 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers (2:19).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What team is your favorite to win the World Series, 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 Amy Lawrence, the host of After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio Network, weekdays from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern Time. Her career in sports media is a great one to say the least, filled with highs and lows and a constant theme of perseverance, strong work ethic and hard work truly paying off. We’ll chat about how she broke into sports media after college, hosting radio shows while being the only female broadcaster in entire states and on entire networks and how she’s been able to overcome that adversity to get to where she is today before talking about what goes into her current show.
- Follow Amy on Twitter -> @ALawRadio. The interview starts at the 7:54 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
How she knew she wanted to pursue a career in sports media at age 16 (8:23), what kept her motivated to continue pursuing radio early on (9:15), how the early jobs helped prepare for the future (12:11), what the lowest point has been (15:16), being the only female broadcaster in a state (Oklahoma) and for an entire network (ESPN) (18:26), getting to CBS Sports Radio (21:07), developing the confidence needed to do a show (22:08), what a typical day is like for hosting an overnight show (24:24), what you’ll hear on After Hours (27:08), her biggest sports moment (31:08), what she’s most proud of so far (33:45);
Eazy (or) Pass, featuring some quick-hitting questions (35:35)
* Hottest take (36:21)
* Favorite vacation spots (37:14)
* Go-to or would be go-to karaoke song (38:31)
* Best Halloween costume (38:53 )
* Favorite children’s game (39:40)
* Favorite thing in her childhood bedroom (40:35)
- “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. Each week, Donnie will offer 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 (44:02).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Joe Baress, former star of the prestigious John and Joe Sports Show, breaks down “American Made” which Rotten Tomatoes describes as the true story of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot (played by Tom Cruise in yet another movie that involves an airplane), who was recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel, and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House with the Iran Contra scandal (49:32). You can follow Joe on Twitter @dukemich and read his movie reviews, previews and ratings at cupof-joe.com.
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