Seeking Transistor Radio for Skins Coverage
So this is a fun tale of media intrigue, media carping and the effort to deliver raw, unfiltered content without the interference of "a 26-year old reporter that really doesn't know necessarily what's really going on." If you find media covering media about media coverage insufferably boring, move right along, stat.
So let's back up for one second. After every Redskins game, the official radio team of Larry, Sonny and Sam conducts exclusive live interviews inside the locker room, interviews that other media members typically eavesdrop on to mine for possible quotes. Anyone listening to the post-game coverage of the Cardinals game might remember a bit of hubbub during the live Chris Samuels interview. Samuels was talking about how he had been spit upon. A print journalist, my co-worker Jason Reid, attempted to ask Samuels a question, and was shouted down; at least one member of the off-air radio entourage put his hands on Jason. A transcript:
Larry Michael: "We're live right now, please, we're live right now, this is not for you to be in."
Jason: "Don't put your hands on me, don't put your hands on me."
Samuels: "Y'all chill out man, y'all chill out man. Y'all cool out man."
Jason: "Don't put your hands on me."
Samuels: "Y'all cool out man. Can we get the camera on this?"
Larry: "Chris, a 'W' is a 'W'....[commotion in background]
Samuels: "Y'all cool out man."
Jason: "Don't put your...."
Larry: "That's one of the most violent things we've seen all day, isn't it?"
Samuels: "That's like the most controversy...."
Jason: "What are you gonna do?"
Larry: "Hey Chris, congratulations on the 'W' and way to keep your cool. I don't know how I deal with that."
Now, the reason I could recreate that transcript is because the next day, Larry and Bram Weinstein spent approximately 11 minutes dealing with the media excitement on "Redskins Radio," their hour-long program that's simulcast on Comcast SportsyNet. For the record, Bram is a tremendous karaoke singer and Larry has been very nice to me in recent weeks, but their playful savaging of an anonymous print reporter for 11 minutes over a misunderstanding seemed odd, at best. Only bloggers are allowed to obsess over media sniping like that. And Jason is on my team, so I have to take his side. Some nuggets:
Bram: "Here's the thing, this is now the second or third media fight that has occurred in the Redskins' locker room that I have not been witness to."
Larry: "I don't know what's happened? Has someone been spiking the water of the media? I don't know."
Bram: "It's been sort of chippy this year, I don't know particularly why, it's been a little chippy this year."....
Bram: "This is live on our air, and we don't employ you as an interviewer, so do not go on our air and ask questions."
Larry: "It's a common sense thing."
Bram: "Yes, common sense."
Larry: "If you've been in the media long enough, you should have the common sense to know how to do your job."
Ouch. Now hang on just a minute boys. Jason happens to have been in the media for 18 years, having spent much of that time in NBA and MLB locker rooms and clubhouses; he's new to the NFL and new to the Redskins and didn't know that you guys were live on the air and had this exclusive bringing-power-straight-to-the-people-via-folksy-interviews mission. Had he known, do you really think he would have interrupted live radio? He later said he was too shocked to find himself being handled inside a locker room to really comprehend what was happening. The simulcast continued:
Larry: "A guy came up, and you heard me say 'Please, sir.' Did you hear me say the word please?"
Bram: "I know. You actually handled that extremely well, I have to give you credit, because it's a live scenario and you could have easily turned to him and said, 'Hey, get your....' "
Larry: "I could have lost it: 'Get the blank out of my face, get the blank out of our interviews.' Well, you know what, hopefully that person learned a lesson, and I hope we all learned a lesson. I don't want to use this forum necessarily to say what I really think, because if I do there are some people that are going to get upset. I mean, really."
Bram: "What happens at the point where Chris Samuels had to intervene and get people to stop doing whatever they were doing?"
Larry: "Well, people overreacted. I thought this individual overreacted just a little bit."
Bram: "Was there a fight?"
Larry: "No blows were thrown. You would have heard it. You heard what happened, there was a little bit of yelling going on, a little bit of back and forth, but really, you know, I think common sense should be applied here."
Bram: "Of course."
Larry: "If you see someone doing an exclusive interview, what do you expect's gonna happen if you try to bust in?"
Etc. etc. Like I said, 11 minutes worth. Hopefully by Week 17, when the Redskins are getting ready to put the finishing touches on their 13-3 campaign, all the various media members and paid employees of the Redskins will be able to hang out in a bar together and laugh over a chippy season and toast all the irresponsible 26-year-old reporters and bloggers in the world, plus B-Lloyd.
In the meantime, the Redskins sent out the a press release a few days later carrying a reminder about how Redskins Radio has exclusive rights to these post-game interviews, but that other media members are welcome to listen in, silently.
And so we get, finally, to Monday's postgame at the Jets, where Shaun Suisham was on air talking about how he treats every kick the same, and Sam Huff was talking about "Cool Hand Luke" in an effort to make sure the broadcast skewed AARP, and meanwhile a team employee was gruffly encouraging me to head back to Suisham's locker and wait for the interview to end. So I made the old "zipping mouth shut with fingers" motion, and he said again, rather audibly, that I ought to head back to Suisham's locker and wait him out, and that we "don't need to go through this again," or something to that effect.
And so my new plan is this: I'll get a transistor radio, whatever that is, and I'll bring it into the Redskins postgame locker room and tune into Redskins Radio, assuming I can find the signal, and then play it in a separate corner of the locker room for all the media schlubs who might wander too close to the circle of exclusivity, and that way we can get our quotes and the radio station's ratings will go up and everyone can be happy and those halcyon days referenced above can more quickly come to pass. The end.
Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | November 7, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Delasoulos | November 7, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: DBKAlum | November 7, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: DC Centurion's Shield | November 7, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: www.truthaboutit.net | November 7, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Skin Patrol | November 7, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: hardhitter | November 7, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Lester Burnham | November 7, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Joe Stalin | November 7, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: SeanTizzy2DaHizzy | November 7, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 7, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: littles | November 7, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Larry Michael | November 7, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Chimpanzee Rage | November 7, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Cindy | November 7, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: JayRockers! | November 7, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: odessasteps | November 7, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Bram Weinstein | November 7, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: worstSeat | November 7, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Brian | November 8, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | November 8, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Travis Rechenbach | November 8, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: SonnyandSam | November 8, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Aireskoi | November 9, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.