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BSMP2-8-Chris Carlin – Sports Radio 94WIP

Episode 8 of Season 2 includes a 55 minute discussion with Sports Radio WIP afternoon host Chris Carlin. “Continent” as he’s affectionately known in sports radio circles reflects on his start in New York at WFAN, becoming Mike and the Mad Dog’s producer, moving into a challenging situation on Imus’ program, transitioning into Boomer & Carton, reaction on last week’s developments involving the WFAN morning host, being courted for an on-air opportunity in Kansas City, getting a break in TV at SNY, making the move to Philadelphia to host for WIP, learning from Mark Chernoff, Eric Spitz and Spike Eskin and his philosophies on callers, interviews, measuring progress and personality attributes.

Jason also delivers this week’s “5 in 5”. The areas of concentration on this episode are the Craig Carton saga in New York, changes to NFL television programming on Sunday’s, 1310 The Ticket in Dallas earns a Marconi, KFNS hires a host who doesn’t know sports, and the 2-year anniversary of BSM.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED WITH CHRIS CARLIN:

  • A prank gone wrong lands him a college analyst opportunity
  • Getting an internship at WFAN and becoming a PT employee
  • Moving up to join Mike and the Mad Dog as their producer
  • What went into producing Mike Francesa and Chris Russo
  • Who nicknamed him ‘Continent’ and how it came about
  • Trying to produce a show with two hosts not communicating
  • His most proud moments while working with Mike and Chris
  • Being courted to host in Kansas City but turning down the offer
  • Switching shifts and becoming the sports anchor of Imus’ show
  • Handling the mental challenge of working on a different show
  • Witnessing a firestorm when Imus’ comments cost him his job
  • Working on Boomer & Carton’s show during its early days
  • Reaction to last week’s developments involving Craig Carton
  • What makes Mark Chernoff good at handling chaotic situations
  • The transition from radio to TV and overcoming those adjustments
  • How the opportunity at WIP came up and why it appealed to him
  • Winning over a tough market as an outsider and how he approached it
  • Hosting with former NFL player Ike Reese and what makes him good
  • Battling for ratings, measuring progress and the thrill of competition
  • His confidence in WIP becoming the final stop of his broadcasting career
  • What he believes is important when generating phone calls in a talk show
  • How he feels about interviews and what he looks for out of them
  • The difference in Mark Chernoff, Eric Spitz and Spike Eskin’s styles
  • Personality attributes that are found in every successful talk show host
  • Quick Hits: NY-Philly fans, Francesa at WFAN, Most Influential, Best NYC host

FROM THE GUEST

Chris’ Twitter handle: @ChrisCarlin

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