Thu. Jul 19th, 2018

Highlighting The Best of Los Angeles Sports Radio

The No. 1 column that I wanted to do but never got around to was ranking the local and national sports-talk radio shows. I’ll keep it local here and keep it brief: My co-favorites are “The Petros & Money Show” on KLAC/570 and “Mason and Ireland” on KSPN/710.

Although different in content and style, both feature longtime co-hosts who have excellent chemistry and a strong sense of what their specific audiences care about. “PMS,” featuring Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith, isn’t for everyone; it can be very tangential. But, similar to Bill Walton’s all-over-the-map basketball announcing, it’s one of the reasons I like it. The show is different. Amid the current glut of sports programming, it’s hard to stand out. “PMS” does.

“Mason and Ireland” tends to be more topical and also features my favorite single segment on any show: “Fast Track,” a 15-or-so-minute exchange in which Steve Mason and John Ireland debate various subjects (not all of them sports-related) in rapid-fire fashion. The two come at life from different viewpoints, but they’ve known each other forever and are comfortable disagreeing on the air, often diffusing disputes with humor. That’s what makes the show work.

Three more quick thoughts on L.A. radio personalities:

1. Fred Roggin, who’s on The Beast 980 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., remains a veteran, trusted voice of reason in the market; no one has spent more time intelligently discussing the NFL-to-L.A. story than Roggin.

2. “Max & Marcellus” on 710 has grown on me. Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley are smart guys who often dig beneath the surface of topical issues. There’s value in that.

3. Mike Trudell, co-host of “Thompson & Trudell” on 710, is a rising star in the business. He’s opinionated, versatile, always well prepared and capable of multitasking like no other during Lakers broadcasts.

Read more at the Orange County Register where this article was originally published

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