It only makes sense that the host that topped Talkers Magazine’s first-ever “heavy hundred” list devoted exclusively to sports, appears at the publication’s popular annual convention.
Talkers has confirmed that Mike Francesa, afternoon drive host on WFAN/New York (whose show is also simulcast on YES Network), is scheduled to give a keynote speech titled, “The Sports Talk Radio Phenomenon,” at their event this summer. Note that I wrote “a keynote speech”; there will likely be a popular personality from the general talk radio genre that will be giving an address at the same event.
But because sports talk radio has become a phenomenon – two new sports radio networks launching last fall, need I say more? – it’s apropos that Talkers reaches out to a sports talk radio phenomenon himself in Mike Francesa.
“The addition of Mike Francesa as the sports talk radio keynote speaker at this year’s conference puts it over the moon,” says Talkers publisher Michael Harrison. “One of the big buzzes of the business is the relentless growth of this exciting branch of the talk radio universe… We are delighted.”
In past years, WFAN talent like morning co-host Boomer Esiason, who just last year received an award presented by Talkers for outstanding community service, as well as Craig Carton and Richard Neer have made appearances at the magazine’s event, which in recent years had been dubbed the “New Media Seminar.”
But it’s true that in its sixteenth year of existence – a year in which the event will simply be called “Talkers New York 2013″ – they’ve booked the current most sophisticated sports radio host to date. Why, in just the last few months, he single-handedly canceled the running of the New York City marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while on the other side of the coin, wasn’t all that concerned about the recent winter storm known as Nemo that rolled through the Northeast. (Of course, that wouldn’t be the first time he would be asleep at the wheel.)
If you wish to attend this year’s festivities, which will take place Thursday, June 6 at the Concierge Conference Center, it costs just $199 per registration per person.
And if the cost, which to some is quite reasonable, isn’t appealing, consider this: Talkers is only allowing “members of the working media” to attend the convention, which was originally a two-day weekend affair in New York open to everyone; as of last year, the event has branched out into both coasts, with an annual convention based in Los Angeles in the fall. Harrison himself told me that the event has “grown consistently over the years,” and the implementation of two annual events in the top two radio markets is proof.
Anyone with interest in the sports radio genre that has broadcasting connections should take advantage and make their reservations for this event. Speaking as someone who experienced the 2008 seminar, it’s a lot of fun if you’re into radio – talk radio, especially.
And if you don’t? Maybe you can win your way in by playing some Super Bowl trivia.