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I've never understood NHL Network. The channel is awful, and if hockey games are on the channel they are then blacked out on Gamecenter Live. It's almost like they are too cheap to do anything worth while and because of that, I don't see them going to streaming anytime soon. For a league that wants to gain traction because it's number 4 behind the 4 major sports in the US, the NHL does a crappy job marketing itself.
Do non-hockey fans even know the playoffs start this week?
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/why-do-some-networks-stream-247-while-others-dont.html
I haven't seen the show so I'm not going to comment on the show itself. However for a website that takes glee in criticizing various announcers (and I come here because I'm interested in Sports Media news for the most part) this site seems to have a hard on for this show and Nolan. It's almost like she gets a free pass while everyone else is fair game to criticism and I find that kind of interesting. As for Katie Nolan herself, I saw one of her blogs once and she came across as a little ditzy. Again I've not seen the show but how this site has covered this show and her does make me wonder.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
To further think about what I was saying this morning, why not ESPN do a modest version of the megacast and have two of the networks show the baseball game. One just showing the game and announcers and the other having all the details. What are they showing on ESPNNews these days. Probably not the News.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espns-mlb-coverage-will-continue-to-grow-adapt-in-2015.html
I wish there was a way for ESPN to give us an option to turn off all the KZone and other bells and whistles stuff. I get they want to get more detailed in the game, but when I watch a game, I don't want things to be so cluttered and I just want to watch the game. That has always been my issue with the overlaying of KZone. It takes away from the game. To read that it's going to be there more is upsetting.
Wouldn't Greg Amsinger qualify as the franchise tag for MLB network? Everytime I see MLB Tonight (MLB Network's biggest and best show), he's typically the host. Also, I know a lot of people have issues with a lot of the MLB Network personalities, but I love Amsinger, and I still remember that night a few years ago when it felt like we were living the excitement of the final night of the baseball season through him, Plisac and Reynolds.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/franchise-player-sports-network.html
@Pizza Mike I'm glad there is a place to see Sharks commentary. You can't get that on the radio stations and I do read every Sharks post, amongst the other things that are here.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sharks center Tommy Wingels: “We don’t know how to play with a lead.”
That is very sad commentary, coming from Wingels. Last night's game was pretty much a carbon copy of the game Thursday and it's really really frustrating watching this team just be mediocre. Either blow it up or make a splash at the deadline, but right now the team is just meandering. That's probably the most frustrating thing of all.
I noticed Matt Kolsky was hosting a show on KNBR 1050 from 3-7? Is this new and permanent? I would have loved for them to go to DA and CBS Radio from 3-7, but if this means the end of the pointless Tom Tolbert on both stations thing, I'm all for it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 95.7 The Game extends partnership with Oakland A’s through 2018 (plus Feb ratings)
Chris Cuthbert is calling a game for NBC? Wow that's interesting. Or is NBC just taking the TSN feed?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/nhl-announcing-schedule-217-222.html
You want to know why the Super Bowl is highly rated. Because of sports betting and everyone is there and if you want other sports, good luck trying to find it. It's basically whatever is on MLB, NHL, or NBA Networks that week.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espn-predictably-going-wild-super-bowl.html
Can we not get one of the ESPN networks to do an ESPN Voices on the Pro Bowl. Watching 4 analysts talking about the game might actually be more entertaining than the game itself.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espn-will-try-everything-possible-make-pro-bowl-watchable.html
@cjbarresi75 I saw the same thing. This team doesn't move around at all. I know it's hard to compare Hockey to Basketball, but I see the Warriors moving around without the ball and be open to make the plays they need to make. When I watched the Sharks last night, it just seemed like they were playing the game in slow motion and the Devils were skating right by. There is no aggressiveness, no one who is willing to drop the gloves for his teammate and they aren't skating. That second goal was nice, but it seems like the gas is an on/off switch. They were running on Off for most of the evening.
3 months ago on Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: “I’m concerned about our drive right now.”
I really wish they would put Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the Thursday Night games. I guess they want the A Team, but Eagle and Fouts are the best CBS has IMO.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/nfl-cbs-agree-terms-another-year-thursday-night-football.html
So ESPN Voices was best and worst? I'm confused. And it seemed like you liked Berry Melrose being there but didn't like Berry Melrose being there. Which was it? Your write up for this section of the megacast seems to contradict each other.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/best-worst-college-football-playoff-megacast.html
Karlsson is a stud. Turning into one of the best stories of the season, which isn't so hard because there really haven't been many interesting stories this season.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Sharks improved effort isn’t enough to beat red-hot Rangers
Right now I can't stand Sports Talk Radio. John Fienstien is gone, KNBR still simulcasts the Tom Tolbert Show (I want to listen to DA or JT The Brick Dammit) and it's all 49ers all the time. For me there can only be so much on the subject before it get's "Old and Tired" and KNBR and 95.7 are doing a good job running the topics dry. These guys don't know how to talk about Hockey so I lost all hope of them ever doing it, but Fitz talks Warriors all the time. Still, the media is only focused on the negative stories and right now the 49ers fit the bill. It is god awful.
I also listened to a Gianna Franco update and this was the update:
-Recapping the playoffs from the Weekend
-Letting us know the Warriors are playing tonight
-The playoff schedule this weekend.
-The president of officiating saying the officials missed penalties in the lions game
Remember when I made a post wondering why the updates suck now? This is basically both stations. What was the biggest news story that took place today? Did nothing in the sports world happen when I was at work?
Like I said, radio really sucks right now.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why so little Warriors chatter on sports talk radio?
@rareavble Really? Is York trying to destroy the organization? Unbelievable.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Transcript: Brian Murphy gets ‘vaguely hostile’ with Jed York (emphasis on ‘hostile’)
Man 7 minutes into this interview and York is rattled. Well done by Brian Murphy (Who I have liked, I just don't like Paulie Mac or "Murph and Mac") asking these questions, but York didn't say anything worth a damn. Man there's going to be some damage control for the 49ers office this season.
@Otis Byrd III Not sure if you know this, but Brandon Tierney is going to be on KNBR afterall, considering his morning show is moving to the slot that used to go to Fienstien. It's perfect symmetry.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on December ratings: KNBR takes a 49ers-like tumble
@Tom J Those, like all the other commercials KNBR has are just plain crap.
4 months ago on December ratings: KNBR takes a 49ers-like tumble
Has anyone noticed that sports updates right now are useless? I've thought about this for a while, but why is it like during the 3:00 PM sports update does Kolsky act like he is doing a morning sports update. Gee, thanks for letting me know the 49ers lost on Saturday, like I've been sleeping under a rock all that time. I actually started missing John Shrader, because when he did the updates, the drive home updates would be about that days news. Also, the updates are now limited to bay area teams. There was a time when it was also national, giving the big news of the day, local or not. If you're going to waste the sports updates, than don't have them.
Also, the commercial issue on KNBR is still freaking annoying. They should pay the hosts half of what they actually make because they pretty much only talk about half the time they are actually there.
@NinerEd @GregMolumby I forgot about that, but it's still better than domestic assault, yelling bomb at the airport, and all the Charges Smith had to deal with . At least you can wash the car.
4 months ago on Details emerge from Ray McDonald sexual assault case – apparently Aldon Smith is still drinking
God I miss the team I was watching growing up that had players like Young, Rice, Taylor, Hanks, those guys. The 49ers, and the fans, are getting this "punkish" reputation now and I don't like it. Kinda hard to cheer for this team at the moment. Also, this whole year was supposed to bring a lot of good things for the team, but I can't help but think it's been the exact opposite.
That was an exciting end to that hockey game the other night. Burns has a wicked snapshot and the Sharks got a bit lucky on the tying goal. Hope they keep it going against the Ducks tonight.
4 months ago on Sharks give St. Louis the blues in 3-2 OT win
No Joe Staley, you are terrible at your job and the sooner you are off this team the better.
4 months ago on Joe Staley doesn’t seem all that pleased with Jim Harbaugh, or perhaps an official (GIF)
@Otis Byrd III @regulus3333 I was watching some of the games yesterday and quite a few of them were just hard to watch. I didn't find any entertainment value in them, with penalties being called on every play, or just a lot of stoppages in play. It's facinating to me that the NFL is so popular (Fantasy and Gambling) yet it's become as slow as Baseball is. The 49ers having a bad season added to that of course, but just the league as a whole is kinda boring now.
4 months, 1 week ago on 49ers show some heart in season-ending loss to Seahawks
I think all those guys and all those advertisment people should be investigated for Fraud. Every week it's the same thing "GET MY GUARANTEED STONE COLD PICK OF THE YEAR, ABSOLUTELY FREE" (Emphasis on all caps becase they are yelling at you all the time). It's the worst thing about the football season, all these guys who say their picks are free when they have to get something out of it. I wish radio stations would get them off the air but they are all over the place, especially on Weekends, making radio more unlistenable than it already is.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Regular KNBR guest Adam Meyer indicted for fraud, extortion
@Tom J Telling long stories, what does that mean? The guy was a journalist, and I liked his chemistry with Boguish. Also, he was very critical of the NCAA which is what is really needed in radio these days anyway. Still, I appreciated that he would get in some Islanders talk (like yesterday's show there was a call on hockey and it was nice) and other Hockey talk. Now locally, you don't even get a Sharks guy on the radio for an interview like you had in the past. I guess with Ramenda gone, it's kinda hard to do that, but Randy Hahn was always a good interview.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on November ratings: KNBR puts up a crazy number
@alboe @GregMolumby It seems like all the shows are regular shows today with the Auction in the background.
KNBR is doing their annual sports auction today and it sounds like they've cut back. They aren't doing it from AT&T Park and there seems to be more reliance on being a normal show instead of all auction all the time. Anyone know why they cut back so much? It actually sounds a little weird.
Great game last night. A little surprised at the three stars celebration (James Sheppard? Really?) but after the first period the Sharks put on a pretty dominating effort. It looks like Hertl is back and form, Nieto seems to be playing better, and that was a very good win last night. Hopefully they can keep it going this weekend.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Sharks win third straight as three forwards score two goals apiece
I was listening to some of Townsand and Zak yesterday (I guess they were filling in for Damon) and they didn't sound too bad. I was thinking what if they swapped Townsand and Zak and put Damon on at night from 7 to 11? Both sounded pretty good as a drive time show and since they make changes every few weeks, this could happen.
I still hate the fact on radio there are more commercials and breaks than actual show. I mean on KNBR it's almost as if the hosts are only there half the time because the other half is all commercials.
Also, John Fienstein was let go? You mean the only show on ANY radio station that I know I will get some hockey talk has been fired by CBS Radio. Welcome to Radio, where if you don't talk football 24 hours a day 7 days a week you will be gone. F Radio and their narrow mindedness.
I don't remember the last time Radio was good, maybe when Radnich was doing the noon show and Pete Franklin was still alive. It's really been bad for years now.
I heard this is the first time the Sharks have won back to back games since October. That's unreal. It wasn't pretty but glad they got it done. Boston is next and I'm going to the game so looking forward to it. I wish I could see Chara though. Oh well.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Nieto scores game-winner with 11.5 seconds left as Sharks beat Flyers 2-1
I really hope they take that win and play hard against the Flyers tomorrow night. It seems like the Flyers are struggling, which is not good news for the Sharks, unfortunately.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Sharks break losing streak with aggressive 6-4 victory over Ducks
Was anyone listening to the Damon Bruce show? He was going all out on Levi's Stadium pretty much changing the name to The Stadium where Turkey was eaten at MidField" and how the 49ers should have stayed in San Francisco. He made some good points, but it was such a stark contrast to his rah rah attitude about the Stadium before the season started. I guess now that we almost have a full season under Levi's, it's not as cracked up as we hoped it would be. Still, he really bashed the thing today on the show, and spent almost the entire show doing it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on No “apology” from Harbaugh today (plus what might be the scariest post-49ers Harbaugh scenario)
@jwj You know I was listening to the Three Amigo show and I was wondering, why couldn't they be the morning show? They actually sounded pretty good on radio, and if you just change the name a little bit, I think they could work great in the mornings. Of course I think one of the hosts does another radio station so maybe that was why, but it did seem like good morning show fodder, from what little I heard.
5 months ago on 95.7 changes up their morning and evening lineup once again
I'm starting to feel Apathy for this team and that's not good. I mean I watch the games, but now win or lose I'm not feeling anything. Tonight was another game where it looked like they were outworked, and Hertl has had a really disappointing year.
I hope this layoff to Wednesday will be good for the team because they need it. They look dead tired.
5 months ago on Early mistakes sentence Sharks to another shootout loss
Other than the Marleau goal, that was a terrible game. The team still looks slow and I was watching Hertl on the power play and he was awful. I was at the game and there was one point where he came back to the bench and just slapped the stick on it, and this was after giving up two turnovers on the Power Play.
I hope this trade helps because this team really does look worse than last year and I'm still trying to have patience.
5 months ago on Sharks continue to flounder in homecoming against Panthers
Oh great, another show that talks about nothing but Football. I blame KNBR for this too, but this is a big reason why I don't listen to Sports talk radio anymore. It's almost like if you can talk about Football, you're just damn lazy now. No wonder that sport is so popular, amongst all the other reasons.
Wow they fired another guy? Good god they can't ever be stable can they. For being the flagship of the A's, they sure didn't have a long post game show. I remember one night where it was only a half an hour? I know Marty Lurie is obsessed with the Giants, but he goes at least 3 or 4 some nights. An A's postgame should be at least 2 hours long.
5 months, 1 week ago on 95.7 to add “The Three Amigos” to Saturday morning slot
@Otis Byrd III @fabiani12333 @GregMolumby The reason why I thought Kate might have been a decent host is because I enjoy when Gary is off and it's Kruger and Scott only. The show does flow a lot better and they are actually talking about sports rather than have loudmouth Gary take the show off the rails every chance he gets. It's a much more enjoyable show. I also enjoy his work on the 49ers Postgame, even though I find the other guy kind of boring.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 95.7 to add “The Three Amigos” to Saturday morning slot
@Pulgas de Brent Burns @Otis Byrd III I heard that call and he was all saying stay on topic and crap like that. Hey, I thought it was a sports talk radio show, meaning the topic is SPORTS. At least he didn't call in talking about the midterm elections or something like that. The fact that Damon even hung up on the guy was just flat out rude.
Yet another show where the same 5 topics will be discussed ad nausiaum. What's that saying go, you can decorate a pig all you want but it's still a pig? Sports Talk radio is freaking boring, especially on the weekends where it's either those dumb gambling shows where the hosts yell at you for hours, or nothing but football highlights and interviews. This show will probably be no different. If you really wanted to provide diversity, either Gianna Franco or Kate Scott would actually be hosting their own show and the show wouldn't have stupid titles like "The Three Amigos". We need more woman hosts, at least a better option than Amy Lawrence.
Kind of sad I missed this one. Seemed like so much was happening, from the whole Roussell thing to the Sharks actually having a good third period.
Pity they couldn't duplicate it against Chicago. Looking forward to the Florida game.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Sharks’ come from behind victory an ideal way to kick a off road trip
Tommy Wingels has been the Sharks breakout star this year. I'm really hoping Nieto has a good decent game tonight because he's been kind of a bust. Looking forward to seeing the Sharks back in action tonight.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on A few thoughts as the Sharks wrap up a rare four-day breather and prepare to host Vancouver
Time for Roman to go. If you're not going to give the ball to your star running back, you don't belong here.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Greg Roman: “I’ve got to do a better job”
@paperback writer That 49er game pissed me off. It's one thing that they lost, but it was how they lost that made me so irate. The offense was boring crap, Kaepernick is starting to really suck as QB, but the Offensive line wasn't doing him any favors. This whole season has been a disappointment, from the coach rumor mill (I think I'm starting to get into the Harbaugh and Roman must go camp), to the bad play. Yeah I know the 49ers have been banged up, but the offensive line hasn't and I thought the defense had better depth than it does. Now you add in all this other off field drama and there's a part of me that hopes that Bowman doesn't come back, so he can really get healthy and ready for next season.
Also, with the Giants, Sharks and Warriors actually putting in the effort (Sharks and Warriors might lose, but the effort is still there) it's hard to be really excited for the 49ers "playoff chances".
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Harbaugh’s tell, Youngstown and ‘outside flack’
This break is coming at a great time. Sharks need the rest and the practice. I just can't believe after Thursday they are going on the road again. Looking forward to a nice long home stand, whenever that will happen.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on “We’ve made strides.” — Sharks get revenge, beat Islanders 3-1
I never understood the whole Universal Sports thing. Comcast owns NBC, yet they don't have US, and I remember watching that channel sometimes when it was on. For example, like 5 years ago I would actually watch some of the skiing on Universal Sports but now I have to wait 4 years to see these athletes. An All Olympic channel would be great, but why can't they just fix US and rebrand it and make it more visible than it is already.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/year-round-olympics-channel-far.html
I'm not sure if I enjoy the ratings posts as insomuch as I enjoy just posts about what's happening on sports radio and the media in the Bay Area. They are your most commented threads and bring out the most interesting of discussions. I'm still a little confused on the whole Ric Bucher thing. I heard him on the morning show last week so apparently he wasn't leaving to begin with.
I really don't listen to The Game anymore, except for maybe Damon's show but even with that it's not much. I sometimes listen to the Murph and Mac show but man that show is bad and I agree that KNBR has way way too much commercial time. Not commercials, because they play the same ones (Quicken Loans, Kars for Kids, ect) but it's over and over and over again. I mean from like 6:00 in the morning to 6:10, it's sports updates and commercials. I think they've brought it down to a half hour of actual show, to which I'm like "how much are they paying these guys just to sit there for a half hour and then talk for another half hour?"
I'm finding more and more I've been going to national radio, like CBS or NBC, and I do miss Fox Sports Radio in the Bay Area. I still wish (because he has bay area ties with the Raiders) 1050 would stop the simulcast (Which feels so meaningless now) of Tolbert's show and bring back JT The Brick. Unfortunately, there is no relationship with FSR anymore so I doubt that will happen. I could also do without the unnecessary replays of sporting events, be in the Giants, Warriors, or 49ers.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on August sports talk ratings look like July ratings, and June ratings …