Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Triple X gaining ground on WTEM’s dominance

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Nov 7, 2006 5:00 AM (2 hrs 3 mins ago)
Current rank: # 2 of 7,540 articles

WASHINGTON - For years, WTEM’s “Tailgate Show” leading up to Redskins games has been the standard by which other local pregame shows were measured. Scott Lynn has continued the tradition and with many fine contributors like Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, Steve Czaban, Andy Pollin and Redskins beat reporter Jerry Coleman, they continue to do the best pregame show in the market.

But Triple X ESPN Radio is quickly closing the gap.

“Redskins Game Day” with Kevin Sheehan and co-host Bram Weinstein has exclusive access with player and coach interviews you won’t find anywhere else. They also have an impressive stable of analysts led by John Riggins, Sonny Jurgensen, Sam Huff and Larry Michael. Each adds to a show that in less than one season has almost matched the quality of WTEM.

Basically, it’s two good sports talk radio stations dueling to produce the best content. That is good news for D.C. sports fans.

Picture worthy Terps, Hokies

Several weeks ago, Maryland and Virginia Tech’s football teams would have been happy to secure the all-important sixth win, become bowl eligible and spend some time in the sun come December.

But now the Terps and Hokies are in the hunt for a spot in the ACC Championship game and BCS bowl bid awarded the winner.

That means for the rest of the season, the ESPN family of networks will focus their cameras on Maryland and Virginia Tech’s stretch run.

You can bet that starting Saturday, when Miami comes to College Park, followed by a trip Boston College and home final against Wake Forest, all Terps action is ticketed for TV. The Terps and Miami will be a 3:30 p.m. start this Saturday on ESPN on ABC (Channel 7).

Meanwhile in Blacksburg, Hokies fans will be watching their team face off against Kent State on ESPNU before a trip to Wake Forest and home finale against Virginia. All three games will find their way onto either the ESPN family of networks or Raycom/MY20.

So in this wide-open ACC of 2006, Maryland and Virginia Tech fans will be able to see how it all unfolds without having to leave the comfort of their home.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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