As some readers may know, there’s a public radio show from New York called On The Media. It broadcasts once a week covering media topics ranging from local and national politics, business and financial, freedom of speech and privacy. Mind you, On the Media aren’t afraid of tackling other controversial issues that may come their way. I sometimes tune in on Saturday afternoon while I’m working in my garage or tinkering in my basement. With the beauty of technology, I can “tune in” later on and catch them through iTunes or Zune.
According to their website, On the Media is “the smartest, wittiest, most incisive media analysis show in the universe.” The weekly, one hour show is produced through public radio WNYC in New York City.
I enjoy the show, they will have several segments reviewing and analyzing different media channels. It’s thought provoking, it may help develop your critical thinking as you watch political debates/speeches, reading online business and news articles, or listening to radio broadcasts or podcasts.
The other day, I wondered about applying this media review model to sports. Why not have a weekly media show on critiquing and analyzing sports journalism and broadcasts? In other words, what occurs on and off the field as well as what occurs in the broadcast booth? Being a sports’ fan and contrarian, I wonder if there’s a demand for a show that might be called ‘On the Sports Media’ or ‘Sports’ Media Reports.’
Indeed, there are many media outlets where controversial sports’ issues are discussed at the professional and college level – you only have to tune in to AM, FM and Satellite sports radio to see some sports’ programs jumping from controversy to controversy. Sometimes, player holdouts and salary negotiations take more bandwidth than the actual performance on the field. Is the topic handled fairly? How well do the hosts facilitate discussion? What sports talk radio model is being used? Do sports radio hosts give callers a fair chance?
This weekly radio or podcast show could apply to professional basketball, football and baseball broadcasts. Why not give these play-by-play announcers and color analysts a grade. How well do they do? Are they accurate in their descriptions? How’s their story telling during a baseball broadcast? Are they good at what they do? Do they use too many clichés? What are some of the “broadcasting tricks” they use during the telecast? Provide some analysis and critical thinking to provide more insight into their profession while they’re evaluated.
The analysis and critique could apply to hard copy and online articles on sports, radio and satellite radio game broadcasts, sports talk radio, sports’ podcasts, and TV coverage of the main professional sports. Because of the potential conflict of interest, many of the main media outlets such as Fox, CBS, Clear Channel Communications, ESPN, NBC and others would be exempt from producing such a show. Perhaps covered by an unbiased provider – similar to On The Media by New York City Public Radio?
Is there a need for some sports’ broadcasts to be critiqued and evaluated? Are viewers or listeners interested in ‘peeling the onion’ regarding some major sports’ broadcasting? On the other hand, do most viewers and listeners care strictly for fantasy or gambling purposes where one would find little demand for further analysis and evaluation?