It looks as if the complete daily lineup for the CBS Sports Radio Network has been set – give or take a contract issue on the West Coast.
Back in late October, I reported about how plans for a new wakeup show co-hosted by former New York Giants running back (and epic NBC flameout) Tiki Barber and former New York sports radio host Brandon Tierney fell apart, as the latter’s current employer, Entercom Communications, which just recently signed him to a contract extension to continue hosting afternoon drive on KGMZ/”95.7 The Game,” was adamant in having Tierney honor his contract, and that was the end of that. Though Barber was “still a viable candidate” to be part of the CBSSR morning mix.
Toward the end of my post on October 28, I wrote: “With nine weeks to go until CBS Sports Radio Network signs on January 2, you’d think they’d want all of the regular dayparts in place by Thanksgiving at the latest. I would expect an announcement on their new morning show by then.”
Well, here we are, a couple of days before Thanksgiving, and while it isn’t an official announcement from the network, it’s at least a clue as to what the plan will be in morning drive.
SportsByBrooks tweeted that they’ve learned Dana Jacobson, who had departed ESPN earlier this year, would be co-hosting the morning show on CBS Sports Radio, along with Tiki Barber and, yes, Brandon Tierney.
There was no word of Tierney making any reference to returning to his native New York on his Twitter page (as this post was written, the 49ers were playing on “Monday Night Football”). But if you ask anyone in the Bay Area, the vibe there is that they probably wouldn’t miss him at all if he left “The Game” (he likely would still be heard, albeit at 3 AM local time, on one of the two AM stations that is slated to carry CBS Sports Radio programming when the network officially launches next year).
Meanwhile, the addition of Jacobson to the CBSSR roster is a breath of fresh estrogen amongst a medium that has long been dominated by male personalities (case in point: in the inaugural Talkers Magazine “Sports Talk Heavy Hundred” list, only one woman made the list, and even she was part of a four-person ensemble show; I’m referring to Sandra Golden from the “Rude Awakening” show). The only infamous moments in her career were at a celebrity roast for ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic – whom she will now be competing with in morning drive. We last heard from Jacobson via a CNN interview in which she revealed being molested by a babysitter at age 6; she was persuaded to come forward with her story following the verdict of infamous Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.
As for Tiki Barber? Infamous is his middle name. You get the feeling he’ll be infamously removed from CBSSR’s morning show by summer.
So assuming that “BTD” (how’s that for a snazzy nickname for their possible morning show?) is a done deal, the daily lineup on CBS Sports Radio will look like this once it launches fulltime on January 2:
6 AM ET: Dana Jacobson, Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney
9 AM ET: John Feinstein
12 Noon ET: Jim Rome
3 PM ET: Doug Gottlieb
6 PM ET: Chris Moore and Brian Jones (confirmed 12.6.12)
10 PM ET: Scott Ferrall
2 AM ET: Damon Amendolara
Amendolara, by the way, was officially tapped by the network late last week to hold down overnights; he comes to CBSSR via Boston’s WBZ-FM/”98.5 The Sports Hub”, one of CBS Radio’s many large-market FM sports talkers. My dark horse for that slot would have been “The Fabulous Sports Babe,” who had been hosting in that shift since the launch of “98.7 The Fan” in Tampa; she previously enjoyed success on ESPN Radio.
We shall hear from CBS Sports Radio soon – perhaps this week, as initially speculated - to confirm their morning show crew. The question mark is Brandon Tierney, but Dana Jacobson and Tiki Barber are all but confirmed.
If CBS knows what’s good for them, they will not simulcast the CBS Sports Radio morning show on television via the CBS Sports Network. They’ve learned from “The Today Show,” haven’t they?
UPDATE, 11.26.12: Exactly one week after I wrote about it, it’s official. Here’s how the press release reads:
CBS Sports Radio today announced it will launch on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 with an exciting triumvirate of media veterans as hosts of morning drive. Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson will anchor the program live from the brand new radio network’s New York City studio in Tribeca. The program will be broadcast weekdays from 6:00-9:00AM.
“CBS Sports Radio has been able to attract some of the most renowned names in the business, and Tiki, Brandon and Dana are just the latest example of the network’s star-power,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “We’ve assembled an impressive group of professional athletes and accomplished broadcasters to bring fans unrivaled sports commentary, and the most entertaining lineup in all of sports radio.
“The launch of CBS Sports Radio provides an additional way for us to use our content, debuting original programs to millions of listeners across the country on day one. The network’s reach in the major markets is unsurpassed, and the marketplace has taken notice of our depth and broad range of offerings.”
Tiki Barber is a 1997 graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce (Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society), with a concentration in management information systems. At UVA, Barber excelled both academically and athletically – football and track and field. He left the Cavaliers as their all-time leading rusher and began a 10-year NFL career with the New York Giants.
Barber joined Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen as the only players in NFL history with at least 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving in a career. He retired ranking third all-time in yards per carry (4.7) and 10th all-time in yards from scrimmage (15,632; rushing and receiving). Additionally, Barber holds almost every NY Giants rushing record – total yards, rushing yards, rushing attempts and is second in rushing touchdowns. In January 2011, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in Portsmouth, Va.
In 1998, Barber began his broadcasting career working for Sports Radio WFAN in New York, which led to stints at WCBS-TV, Sirius Satellite Radio, the YES Network and Fox News Channel. Upon retiring from the NFL, he signed a contract to work as a correspondent for NBC News and Sports, primarily for The Today Show and Football Night in America, but also covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing for MSNBC.
Active in the community, Barber is a board member of the Fresh Air Fund, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, the Advisory Board for the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Leadership Council for the Robin Hood Foundation.
Brooklyn native Brandon Tierney makes a return to his hometown in joining CBS Sports Radio. He currently hosts The Drive with Tierney and Bucher, broadcast weekdays in San Francisco on 95.7 The Game. Prior to moving west, Tierney was a popular staple at 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City for nearly nine years.
In addition to his hosting duties at ESPN Radio, Tierney also anchored New York Knicks pre-game, half-time and post-game shows for three seasons and occasionally served as play-by-play announcer for the station’s Knicks broadcasts. His game experience also includes serving as lead analyst for St. John’s basketball for six seasons.
His broadcast career also includes experience in radio and television including the syndicated Sports Fan Radio Network, Sports Radio 1130 The Fan in Detroit, SportsNet New York’s (SNY) The WheelHouse, and Red Storm Report with St. John’s head coaches Steve Lavin and Norm Roberts. In addition, he was a frequent contributor to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
Tierney is a New York Emmy award-winner and was named to the first annual Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk by the editors of Talkers Magazine. He was graduated from Marist College with a degree in journalism while also lettering in baseball.
Dana Jacobson is an award-winning anchor and reporter. In addition to her role at CBS Sports Radio, Jacobson will contribute to studio programming for CBS Sports Network, the cable home of CBS Sports, debuting in January. She is best known for the versatile roles she filled during nearly a decade of work at ESPN. Jacobson began her ESPN career as an anchor on SportsCenter, and later went on to anchor and host ESPN First Take (originally known as Cold Pizza), Outside the Lines, and College Football Live.
Jacobson also has served as sideline reporter for ESPN’s Sunday Night NBA showcase game and became a well-known part of ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, hosting the event’s nightly wrap up show: XCenter. Additionally, Jacobson has written for ESPN.com and filled in as a radio host on both The Dan Patrick Show and Mike and Mike.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jacobson took her first job in television broadcasting as an assignment editor at the CBS station in her hometown of Detroit. She also worked in Traverse City, Mich. and Sacramento, Calif. where she was honored with National Headliner and Regional Edward R Murrow Awards for sports reporting. It was in Northern California that she also first gave sports radio a try, co-hosting an NBA show on the Sacramento Kings flagship station, CBS RADIO’s KHTK 1140.
Okay, so it isn’t Boomer and Carton. But at least I was right about the announcement being made around Thanksgiving.