This past weekend, ESPN invaded Northwestern to help cover the Wildcats’ Big Ten clash with Ohio State. Beginning with the Friday, 5 a.m. CT ESPN Radio/ESPN2 simulcast of Mike & Mike from the Evanston, Ill. campus, through College GameDay Built by The Home Depot’s telecast the next morning, ESPN was part of the buildup to the Northwestern homecoming game that aired Saturday night on ABC. A few of the highlights:
1. The crowd at Mike & Mike’s live simulcast from Northwestern’s Deering Meadow.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic from Mike & Mike will add ‘stadium announcers’ to their resume tonight as they call the action over the Citi Field PA system during the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby, providing commentary and player interviews for in-attendance. In the video above Front Row caught up with Greeny and Golic to talk about their prep and what fans can expect from this year’s Derby.
In addition to their in-stadium responsibilities, Mike and Mike as well as The Herd with Colin Cowherd will broadcast live from Legends (6 West 33rd Street in Manhattan) on July 15 and July 16, from 6-10 a.m. and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., respectively. Fans are encouraged to stop by Legends during the show broadcasts. continue reading…
The Pardon the Interruption set with Tony Kornheiser (L) and Michael Wilbon. (Randy Sage/ESPN Images)
Bonnie Berko is not only Pardon the Interruption’s assistant director. She’s also the show’s designated prop manager. Here are some of the favorite pieces she’s bought, collected and curated for the PTI set in Washington, D.C. over the past 12 years.
1. LADY LEG LAMP
One of PTI’s first props, the lamp was purchased as a gift for the show by resident “stat boy” Tony Reali.
2. “PTI GOTHIC”
Berko had this “American Gothic” inspired caricature of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon created.
The KIA NBA Countdown crew (L-R) Michael Wilbon, Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. The group — minus Magic — will be in New Orleans tonight as ESPN presents an NBA doubleheader. (Scott Clarke / ESPN)
ESPN is taking KIA NBA Countdown — its NBA pre-game show – on the road for the first time this season. The destination?
It’s New Orleans — Jackson Square to be specific, where ESPN this week is presenting 120 hours of programming leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.
Analysts Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon will be on site for Countdown at 7:30 p.m. ET, which precedes ESPN’s NBA doubleheader: Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns. The crew will be back throughout the evening for halftime and post-game segments.
Front Row had the chance to catch up with Countdown coordinating producer Amina Hussein — the former CP for Sunday NFL Countdown — who is at the helm of several exciting changes to Countdown this year, the latest of which is a trip to the Super Bowl host city.
Aren’t you supposed to be done with football now?
[Laughs] As a fan I am never done with football. Being from the Bay Area, it’s exciting to have a Bay Area team in the big game, even if it’s not the Raiders.
How did the decision to take KIA NBA Countdown to the Super Bowl happen?continue reading…
Welcome to another edition of the Fan Central Mailbag. Remember, if you have an ESPN-related question, follow us @ESPN_FanCentral and use #FanCentralMB to tweet your questions. You can also e-mail them to FanCentral@ESPN.com.
To start this edition of the mailbag, we want to address a topic several of you have expressed interest in: ESPN’s commitment to women’s sports.
ESPN’s commitment and support of female athletes is stronger than ever. In 2012, there were more than 2,100 hours of women’s sport programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, including the WNBA, NCAA Women’s Basketball, Women’s Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA Women’s Lacrosse, X Games, NCAA Softball and Women’s Professional Softball. Additionally, ESPN was home to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011.
Also, espnW, ESPN’s brand platform with its mission to connect female fans to the sports they love and follow, offers content geared toward female athletes and sports fans. espnW’s digital hub at espnW.com offers commentary and coverage for female sports fans, premier coverage of women’s sports and the voice of the female athlete.
Will Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit be calling the BCS National Championship game? — Mike
Indeed, Brent and Kirk will be calling the big game between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama on Monday (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET). Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi will handle sideline reporting duties. If you have a 3D television, you won’t want to miss ESPN 3D’s coverage of the game where Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore will provide extended coverage of the title game during select commercial breaks of the ESPN telecast.
When will ESPN televise the 2012 World Strongest Man competition finals? — Frank
ESPN and ESPN2 will be televising the entire 2012 World’s Strongest Man throughout the month of January. ESPN will air the first seven episodes from the 11-episode competition tomorrow starting at 7:30 p.m.
You can catch the remaining episodes, which include the finals, on Jan. 12 when ESPN2 reairs the entire competition starting at 6 p.m. You also can watch reairs of episodes Nos. 2-11 on Jan. 13 starting at 2:30 p.m.
Be sure to check out our latest TV listings by visiting our TV page at ESPNTV.com. Please note that programming is subject to change.
The revamped KIA NBA Countdown — ESPN and ABC’s NBA pre-game show — is off to a hot start with new personalities like Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, various new segments and a new philosophy: Focus on big picture NBA topics and storylines.
The coordinating producer behind the transformation? Amina Hussein.
She joined ESPN in 2003 as an ESPN Radio producer. Most recently, she served as coordinating producer for Sunday NFL Countdown.
Prior to the 2011-12 NBA season, Hussein had the opportunity to head west to take the reins of KIA NBA Countdown — along with producer Kim Belton — which emanates from ESPN’s LAPC. It’s a great fit for the Oakland, Calif. native.
Front Row had the opportunity to catch up with Hussein to talk about her ESPN career and the new-look Countdown.
How did your journey to ESPN begin?
Before working at ESPN, I worked at KNBR 680 AM/1050 AM, which at the time was the No. 1 sports radio station in San Francisco. They had rights to the 49ers, Giants, Warriors and Raiders. After the Raiders lost the Super Bowl back in 2003, as a producer I needed a change. I went straight from Oakland to Bristol — I don’t think MC Hammer or Too Short wrote songs about that!
What do you remember about your first day at ESPN?
I remember feeling like it was growing and had great people and amazing producers that I could learn from. After being here a while I found the time to grow as a person, a radio producer and eventually a TV producer.
Why is KIA NBA Countdown a better fit for you than Sunday NFL Countdown? continue reading…