PATRICK SYNDICATOR PAYING STATIONS TO PICKUP SHOW? The two major Chicago print outlets, the TRIBUNE and SUN-TIMES, felt the need to report today on Dan Patrick’s
doomed new radio show.
The Tribune has the news that Patrick’s syndicated show is being picked up by Chicago’s WSCR-AM. The live show airs from 8am-11am CT, but the WSCR will air it at 10pm CT. So the show’s content will be a half-day old and minus all the breaking sports news of the day. How compelling. Well at least we have Dan’s effervescent personality to fall back on.The Sun-Times adds that Patrick’s show, which is mired on mostly second-fiddle sports stations in small markets (and is also tape delayed - Hello Cedar Rapids! - in many cases), will soon count 100 affiliates.
That sounds impressive on the surface, but how many of those stations are in major markets, run the show live and don’t just run the show because Patrick’s radio partner Premiere and/or (more likely) Jimmy De Castro of The Content Factory is PAYING THEM TO PICK UP THE SHOW?
We’ve heard from several industry sources that Patrick’s syndicators are indeed attempting to pay stations to air the show. We haven’t seen the pay stubs and cannot confirm this unequivocally, but it absolutely would not surprise us.
All this news makes us sad. Once upon a time, we really did enjoy Dan on SportsCenter. And we even reveled in the first iteration of his ESPN radio show with Rob Dibble. But if his former ESPN radio affiliates haven’t already clamored to sign up for his services, and the best he can do is paying stations to broadcast his plodding program, it appears this is not going to end well.Two words Dan: GAME. SHOW.