There was good and sad news on the state sports media scene this week.
On the good side, be happy for Saks native Ryan Brown. The guy who got his start in sports talk radio right here and became an essential fixture on the JOX “Roundtable” in Birmingham just got a time-slot promotion. The Roundtable will move from its midafternoon time slot to morning, a peak slot.
Brown, Jim Dunaway and Lance Taylor will get to bring their fun, classy and knowledgeable kind of sports talk to more potential listeners between 6-10 a.m.
The sad side of the news?
The “Opening Drive” — featuring former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, former Auburn kicker Al Del Greco and every-guy radio personality Tony Kurre — is no more. Cancellation of their show opened the Roundtable’s new time slot.
Both shows have been good listens. They kept it relatable without sinking to low-common-denominator appeals, and it’s good to see that approach rewarded.
It’s also sad to see the airwaves and media climate, in general, will have one less high-road show. At a time when going low for cheap reaction too often passes for industry wisdom, we need to see, hear and read more wisdom and less industry.
To Brown and the Roundtable crew, I look forward to you keeping me company in the old Dodge in the mornings. I know you’ll keep it classy.
To Jay, Al and Tony, respect. It’s been great.