The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.
Episode 20 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests: The first is ESPN insider Adam Schefter, who is the author (along with SI’s Michael Rosenberg) of a new book, “The Man I Never Met: A Memoir.” The second guest is WNBA All-Star forward Chiney Ogwumike, who works as an ESPN host and commentator away from professional basketball.
In this podcast Schefter discusses his new book, which is about how his life intersected with Joe Maio, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and died on Sept. 11, 2011 at the World Trade Center; why he decided to write a book about his wife’s late husband; how to write something so personal; revealing personal details about his life including the failure of his first marriage; what his wife and children, including Joe’s son who was 27 months old when Joe died; thought about the book; visiting the 9-11 site; how ESPN’s reset of its NFL relationship impacts him; what teams are the most forthcoming or transparent; the most interesting story this year in the NFL; which current players have a career in media ahead of them; working as an NBA sideline reporter and much more.
Ogwumike discusses how she broke into broadcasting while playing; how to navigating being a professional athlete and working in the sports media; the importance of Stanford in pushing her to a career in media; being part of SportsCenter Africa and what that division covers; her first appearances on ESPN linear shows like First Take and The Jump; how working in the media has changed her perception of the media; what WNBA athletes deal with on social media; her long-term broadcast aspirations; whether WNBA players will ever earn enough domestically not to play overseas, and much more.
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