Thu. May 23rd, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Sports Radio Draft

Each year sports media fans visit this website to see who industry executives have picked as sports radio’s best in the annual BSM Top 20. It’s a subjective series which involves a lot of suits, and it generates a lot of chatter throughout the format.

Since the annual Top 20 features the collective views of radio executives, I thought it’d be fun to do something involving talent. When I first rolled out the Sports Radio Draft in 2015 and 2016 I included PD’s but I changed that in 2017 because I felt executives already had a voice with the Top 20 and it’d be interesting to see if talent saw things similarly or different than their bosses.

In 2018 I took a break from the Draft project because I thought it might have run its course. When I started though to flirt with the idea of doing it again this year, I found the responses to participate were very favorable. As a result I dove back in and here we are today.

Before we get into this year’s results, let me share a few key things. First, every voter was told they can’t vote for themselves and any person they chose had to be currently hosting a sports talk show. They could also vote for someone from their own station if they saw fit.

I also wanted the Sports Radio Draft order to mirror this year’s NFL Draft. So for example, you’ll find a host in Phoenix picking first because the Arizona Cardinals have the 1st selection. You’ll see multiple hosts from New York involved because the Giants have multiple picks and the Jets have the 3rd choice. I even involved hosts from both San Francisco sports stations and one from Las Vegas since the Raiders have three picks and the 49ers have the 2nd overall choice. My one goal was to involve talent who were either located in the market where each NFL team played or hosts who were passionate fans of the franchise associated with their pick.

As you go thru the selections remember that this is extremely subjective, meant to be fun, and the hosts who get picked (or not picked) and the order where they’re chosen has everything to do with who’s involved in the draft process and where they pick. I also encourage you to scroll past the picks for some additional comments provided by some of our draftees. With that said, here are the results of the 2019 Sports Radio Draft.

DRAFTEECITY/STATIONSELECTION
1. DOUG FRANZPHOENIX – ARIZONA SPORTS 98.7 FMBROCK HUARD
2. LARRY KRUEGERSAN FRANCISCO – KNBR 680ANDY GRESH
3. MICHAEL KAYNEW YORK – ESPN 98.7FMCHRIS RUSSO
4. DARYLE ‘GURU’ JOHNSONSAN FRANCISCO – 95.7 THE GAMESTEPHEN A. SMITH
5. JEFF PANTRIDGETAMPA – (PRIOR) WDAE 620/98.7 THE FANDAN LE BATARD
6. GREGG GIANNOTTINEW YORK – WFANJIM ROME
7. LAUREN REWJACKSONVILLE – 1010XLSARAH SPAIN
8. JAMIE SAMUELSENDETROIT – 97.1 THE TICKETTONY BRUNO
9. MAGGIE GRAYNEW YORK – WFANSTEVE SOMERS
10. VIC LOMBARDIDENVER – ALTITUDE SPORTS RADIO 92.5COLIN COWHERD
11. MO EGGERCINCINNATI – ESPN 1530DAN PATRICK
12. STEVE ‘HOMER’ TRUEMILWAUKEE – ESPN 94.5/540TONY KORNHEISER
13. MARC HOCHMANMIAMI – WQAMMARC ‘SILVY’ SILVERMAN
14. CARL DUKESATLANTA – 92.9 THE GAMEMIKE VALENTI
15. STEVE CZABANWASHINGTON DC – TEAM 980JON’ STUGOTZ’ WEINER
16. KYLE BAILEYCHARLOTTE – WFNZPAUL FINEBAUM
17. ADAM SCHEINNEW YORK – MAD DOG SPORTS RADIODANNY PARKINS
18. MATTHEW COLLERMINNEAPOLIS – SKOR NORTHMIKE GOLIC JR.
19. PAUL KUHARSKYNASHVILLE – 104.5 THE ZONECLAY TRAVIS
20. CHRIS MUELLERPITTSBURGH – 93.7 THE FANGREGG GIANNOTTI
21. BOB STELTONSEATTLE – 710 ESPNFREDDIE COLEMAN
22. JEREMY CONNBALTIMORE – 105.7 THE FANSCOTT FERRALL
23. LANCE ZIERLEINHOUSTON – ESPN 97.5 RICH EISEN
24. JOHN LUNDSAN FRANCISCO – KNBRTOM TOLBERT
25. EYTAN SHANDERATLANTIC CITY – 97.3 ESPNANGELO CATALDI
26. DEREK SCHULTZINDIANAPOLIS – 97.5 FOX SPORTS RADIODAN BERNSTEIN
27. STEVE COFIELDLAS VEGAS – ESPN 1100/100.9MIKE FRANCESA
28. PETROS PAPADAKISLOS ANGELES – AM 570 LA SPORTSDAVE ‘SOFTY’ MAHLER
29. ‘SOFTY’ MAHLERSEATTLE – SPORTS RADIO 950 KJRPETROS PAPADAKIS
30. CHUCK FREIMUNDMILWAUKEE – 105.7 THE FANDAN DAKICH
31. JOHN IRELANDLOS ANGELES – ESPN LA 710STEVE MASON
32. MARC JAMESBOSTON – WEEI/NESNCHRIS CARLIN

HEARD IN THE DRAFT ROOM:

I hate writing his name because every national poll ranks Brock and Salk ahead of Doug & Wolf but with Huard I get the ESPN connection, the extra national exposure, plus he’s a funny, tapped in dude. You’re likely wondering why I didn’t take Wolf….I just can’t get over the West Virginia thing. – Doug Franz

That’s unbelievable value at the 27th pick landing Mike Francesa. Gary Parrish didn’t get taken either? He was the #1 mid-market afternoon host in the country. WTF! – Steve Cofield

Gregg Giannotti is a steal at 20. It was a tough call between him and my co-host Andrew Filliponi. Gregg though is the most purely talented guy I’ve come across in the business. – Chris Mueller

If he’s there I’m shaking up the draft and taking Scott Ferrall. – Jeremy Conn

Somers is a franchise cornerstone. No one can do what he does. It’s very unique. – Maggie Gray

I’m going with someone with a high ceiling. That’s Mike Golic Jr.. – Matthew Coller

When a legend like Jim Rome is still on the board I think you gotta take him. – Gregg Giannotti

I hate the politics part of him, and hate that he’s immovable once he forms an opinion no matter how smart a counter argument is. But Clay Travis is a very compelling listen who’s consistently very smart and interesting. – Paul Kuharsky