Verne Lundquist, John Ourand and Neil Best
Episode 3 of the Sports Media podcast with Richard Deitsch features an extended conversation with Verne Lundquist, the iconic sports broadcaster for CBS and ABC and the voice of some of the most memorable calls in the history of sports broadcasting. After Lundquist, Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand and Newsday sports media writer Neil Best come on to discuss various topics including the television schedules for the NFL TV networks and Mike Francesa’s return to WFAN. In the podcast, Lundquist discusses calling the Masters again this year including Jordan Spieth’s memorable birdie at No. 16 in the final round; watching SEC Football on CBS from his home, getting nostalgic about missing the SEC, stepping away from the NCAA basketball tournament this year, his current health; filling in for Pat Summerall when Summerall was in rehab; Lundquist’s frustration with always being the No. 2 broadcaster at a network before he was named the lead voice of the SEC on CBS; why the SEC was the greatest assignment he ever received, the art of laying out (being quiet after a great play); why the “Kick Six” Game on Nov. 30, 2013 (Alabama-Auburn) is his greatest CFB broadcast; being influenced as a broadcaster by Ray Scott; calling the Christian Laettner game (Duke-Kenucky, 1992) and talking to Laettner about it 20 years later; the broadcasters he likes today and why; why he loves to listen to Ian Eagle; the memorable story of how Verne met his wife, Nancy, which includes a stop at disco and getting Nancy’s number while she was on a date, and much more. Ourand discusses ESPN’s Monday Night Football schedule and its relationship with the NFL; the potential for Thursday Night Football on FS1, and how ESPN is likely to approach the low viewership for “Get Up!” Best discusses his reporting on radio host Mike Francesa, who is returning to WFAN to once again host a radio show after leaving the station in December. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
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About The Show
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.