This deal allows Finebaum a national TV and radio stage with a network that will appreciate him. And he won’t be anywhere close to the most obnoxious personality on the network – Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless have him beat by the lengths of about 17 football fields.
Actually, Finebaum never really was the issue with his old Birmingham-based show that drove so many of us crazy. He wasn’t that obnoxious. He gave the stage to callers, who reveled in the certain amount of celebrity they gained as a regular on the radio show.
Those callers always seemed so sincere in what they said and how they said it, they didn’t seem to consider the possibility we were laughing at them instead of with them. They made Finebaum's show unique and such a hit.
Giving away the stage will make Finebaum different from other ESPN radio hosts. Other ESPN radio shows don’t let many callers on the air. Instead, the hosts do the talking, except when they’re interviewing sports personalities – and even then they’re doing most of the talking.
Finebaum told the Wall Street Journal he plans to keep the callers as the focus of his new show. Let’s just hope they aren’t from Alabama. We’ve been embarrassed enough by his show.
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