Sports talk radio

Am about to go on a sports talk radio show in St. Louis to talk Albert Pujols.

As a general rule, I don’t overwhelmingly enjoy sports talk radio segments. It’s nothing personal or even especially interesting. I just consider time precious—the days pass so rapidly, the hours are an eye’s blink. Do I really want to spend that time debating the merits of something I wrote on my blog? Shouldn’t a writer’s printed words be enough?

That said, I get it. There’s air space to be filled. Time slots to schedule. Also, sports radio is a key component when it comes to whoring books. So you hope they remember you, and call back when there’s a topic you’re genuinely passionate about.

One of my big pet peeves today is writers wanting to become multi-media celebrities. I’m not actually talking about radio. But the guys who have to be seen and heard at all times; who bark and snarl and scream and jump up and down, yelling LOOK! LOOK AT ME! LOOK! LOOK! LOOK! Call it the Bayless-ing of journalism.

It ain’t good.

OK, rant done.

6 thoughts on “Sports talk radio”

  1. Sportswriting Refugee

    I would have more sympathy for DG’s crusade if Jeff didn’t consistently cop to his own moral failings.

  2. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t judge others…and you’re right. I am on a crusade. I have strapped on my helmet and am gunning for a fight. No. But I do just want to point out the amount of time Jeff spends criticizing the moral failings of others. Perhaps that is because he spends a similar amount of time thinking about his own. But there is more to life and especially to writing than pointing out bad things about people.

  3. I don’t mind watching the sportswriters; at least they don’t speak in cliches.

    What I do mind is when they try to make something more complex than it really or build up athletes to be anything more than they are, people who happen to be extraordinarily talented at one thing.

    Why some of them perpetuate the imbicilic myth that a 24-year old who has been coddled since his talent was first discovered would be some type of role model is absurd.

    Hearing the two-headed midget of Lupica/Albom act as if they really know what a player is going through or applying what they might believe a player should be feeling is just dull.

    Was good friends with a former player who made a very nice living in MLB (about $50 Mil) and on the few occasions that we spoke about it, he would say, “It’s just a job. Nothing more complicated than that.”

    That all being said, I too would like to hear what you have to say.

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