It's kind of amazing it's taken this long for a competitor to get into the sports-talk radio game in this town. Craig Karmazin's ESPN 850 and 1540 ruled the airwaves alone until late August when CBS Radio jumped into the game, converting Radio 92.3 to Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan. Here's how the stations' on-air talent stacks up head to head.
Former NFL player Kevin Kiley and brash comedian Chuck Booms bring a history and jock/shock vibe with Kiley & Booms. (6-10 a.m.)
Talking Heads hosts Jeff Phelps and Andy Baskin are crammed with knowledge and really listen to callers. A great cerebral workout for the hardcore fan. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Gravely voiced New Yorker Adam "The Bull" Gerstenhaber and fresh-faced Buckeye football alum Dustin Fox show off their winning chemistry on Bull & Fox. (2-7 p.m.)
Fiery, evening host Ken Carman comes off as a mad as hell Cleveland sports fan who's not going to take it anymore. (7 p.m.-midnight)
Mike & Mike in the Morning'sMike Golic and Mike Greenberg are syndicated from Connecticut but deliver ESPN's signature depth. (6-9 a.m.)
Cleveland sports homer Tony Rizzo speaks (or screams) what we feel
on The Really Big Show. His Denver-born producer Aaron Goldhammer is the blunt, contrarian foil. (9 a.m-1 p.m.)
Both experienced radio veterans, Afternoon R&R'sMichael Reghi and Kenny Roda are the sports-talk equivalent of classic rock: A familiar, fun listen on the drive home. (3-6 p.m.)
Xs and Os with the Pros' LeCharles Bentley and Je'Rod Cherry break down football with humor and insight. The former NFL players tackle other sports but shine with their own. (7-9 p.m.)
Mike & Mike in the Morning's good-natured, brotherly banter has
The Really Big Show is loud and obnoxious. But like that drunk heckler at the game, it's hard to turn away from it.
Bull & Fox is fresh and exciting, plus Fox did help the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2002.
Even. Bentley and Cherry own football talk, but Carman's sour discourse tastes like something this town will eat up.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:01:24 AM by Anonymous
I'll take anything over the boredom of Mike and Mike, Talking Heads over the grating Goldhammer and Fedor, Bull & Fox in a runaway, and Carman over the race-baiting Bentley. There's really no contest here at all.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:14:58 AM by Anonymous
Gotta be honest with you, John. You must be the only person in town to be vocal about supporting the Really Big Show. While Talking Heads is a bit dry, it's prepared, stays on topic, and doesn't feature the entitled kids Goldhammer and Fedor vomiting at the mouth over themselves, callers, guests, the hosts... you name it.
Many sports talk radio listeners in Cleveland have been clamoring to run away from that show. If the foil Goldhammer only "occasionally" piped in, than people MIGHT consider coming back. But as of right now, the two kids run the show, and Uncle Rizzy is along for the ride.