posted by Diane Lamb on October 31, 2013 4:01 PM
NBA on ESPN Radio commentators Jon Barry (left) and Kevin Calabro.
(David Alvarez / ESPN Images)
Jon Barry played 14 years in the NBA, so he knows how to adapt.
This season, the eight-year veteran ESPN television analyst brings his expertise to the NBA on ESPN Radio broadcasts for the first time. During Tuesday night’s Chicago at Miami regular-season opener, Barry debuted as radio broadcast partner of Kevin Calabro. He will work more than 40 regular-season and playoff games on ESPN Radio and continue to provide studio and game analysis on ESPN television. Front Row caught up with the longtime broadcaster and son of Basketball Hall Of Famer Rick Barry to talk about his new radio role.
Dr. Jack Ramsay worked NBA games on ESPN Radio for the last 18 years before retiring last season. What’s it like to follow a legend? continue reading…
posted by Kristen Hudak on October 30, 2013 4:53 PM
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight team has been on the road together for the World Series since Game 1 in Boston on Oct. 23. Today, they are back at Fenway Park preparing for pre and post-game coverage of Game 6 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Here are a few of the names and faces behind the scenes whose work is helping ESPN deliver comprehensive, on-site coverage of the World Series to baseball fans every day.
Vic Morren – Senior Production Manager
Morren organizes and executes all staffing and long-range planning for Baseball Tonight’s World Series coverage.
Nick Davis – Coordinating Producer
Davis oversees ESPN’s MLB coverage and execution of all elements for Baseball Tonight. He also works closely with ESPN’s social media team to provide behind-the-scenes access and photos of Baseball Tonight on the road at the World Series.
posted by Hannah Worster on October 17, 2013 8:00 AM
Kristen Balboni on the set of Mike & Mike. (Amanda DeCastro/ESPN)
Last week, Front Row asked readers and “Balbiz” fans to send us your work-related questions for Mike & Mike researcher Kristen Balboni. The moderator of the popular “Next Question” segment of the show has sifted through your queries and supplied some answers:
posted by Dan Quinn on October 10, 2013 4:17 PM
Chris Golic, wife of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike co-host Mike Golic, took her former NFL lineman husband to a football practice Wednesday night.
Last spring, Chris was named to the Advisory Committee of USA Football Heads Up Football, a comprehensive youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to further strengthen youth player safety. Wednesday night, the Golics stopped by a New Britain (Conn.) Hurricanes Youth Football practice, where Mike gave some tips. The organization has adopted the guidelines of Heads Up Football, whose mission is to make the game better and safer for all who play it. continue reading…
posted by David Scott on October 7, 2013 9:38 AM
Some of what you may have missed over the weekend from ESPN:
1. ESPN Radio’s coverage of the MLB Playoffs features more than just insightful analysis from the likes of Chris Singleton, as evidenced by the tweet below. Said Singleton: “It was a thrill making that grab in such a big game! I hadn’t caught one from the booth since 2007. I was tracking it the entire way and stood up at the last moment when I realized it was actually going to enter the booth and I made a clean grab.”
posted by Amanda DeCastro on September 11, 2013 1:16 PM
This past Saturday, Mike & Mike co-host Mike Greenberg added “Honorary Team Captain of the Northwestern Football Team” to his already impressive resume. A proud alum of Northwestern, “Greeny” was asked by Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald to “lead” the team for its home-opener against the Syracuse Orange, a 48-27 win for the 2-0 Cats.
Front Row caught up with Greeny coming off his once-in-a-lifetime gig.
How was your overall experience? continue reading…
posted by Allan Kreda on September 9, 2013 2:00 PM
Reaching new frontiers has always been the mindset at ESPN. Hence, the network is working with NASA to supply an automated feed of content to astronauts living and working at the International Space Station. That effort reached a new level this week when astronaut and former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Cassidy read an introduction of SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” from space.
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans any time, anywhere,’’ said Todd Myers, director Programming & Acquisitions. “Now we have the opportunity to serve sports fans in space – the final frontier if you will. It’s really out of this world that we’re able to do this.” continue reading…
posted by Amanda DeCastro on September 4, 2013 1:00 PM
ESPN’s Colin Cowherd will put his unique take on football and irreverent view of life on full display beginning this Sunday on Colin’s New Football Show (9 a.m. ET, ESPN2).
“Colin’s New Football Show will be entirely from Colin’s perspective,” said Jamie Horowitz, vice president, Original Programming and Production. “It’s a cool and alternative pregame show with Colin, a football outsider on the inside, letting fans know the key stories of the day in his own style.” continue reading…
posted by Dave Nagle on August 27, 2013 11:57 AM
NEW YORK — By morning she is courtside, an analyst on US Open matches for ESPN’s iTV effort with ESPN2’s feed supplemented by action from five courts simultaneously on DirecTV. By mid-afternoon – and well into the evening – she becomes an on-camera host for ESPN.com video segments. Reacting to the news of the day, she files numerous reports, recapping the key matches and reviewing the top news of the day with an ESPN tennis analyst. Other segments preview the next day’s matches and she interviews players for video to accompany ESPN.com stories.
Oh, and she also tweets about it all (@ESPNPrim). These busy and varied days are par for the course at the US Open this week and next in New York for ESPN’s Prim Siripipat. Analyst, reporter, host — no wonder she calls herself the “Swiss army knife” of ESPN’s tennis coverage. Need something done? She can do it. continue reading…
posted by Kim Jarvis on August 19, 2013 1:27 PM
This year, four ESPN feature producers — Tina Cerbone, Lydelle King, Lauren Stowell and Kris Schwartz — worked on five stories for the eighth annual SportsCenter “My Wish” series. The summer series, the result of a partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, shows prominent sports figures working to grant requests of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The “My Wish” series has now been part of 46 granted wishes.
Front Row spoke to Coordinating Producer Valerie Gordon and Cerbone, who personally spearheaded two segments. The 6 p.m. ET Thursday edition of SportsCenter will feature a recap of all five wishes, which features appearances from members of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, as well as NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and tennis star Roger Federer.
Why is this among your favorite assignments? continue reading…