A surprise happened yesterday - November 20th - for sports radio enthusiasts, particularly in the New York Metropolitan area. All the sudden, Alex Rodriguez - the great, and undoubtedly tainted, baseball immortal - showed up in studio on the "Mike's On" Mike Francesa WFAN radio show. Francesa is also simulcast around the country on the YES Network television channel.
This was radio tension at its finest. You can listen to it here. People can criticize Mike for not taking Alex Rodriguez to task in a more forceful manner; however, Rodriguez came to his show - no one else's - and Mike did ask him the hard questions, and Rodriguez emphatically denied each charge, including when asked if he has used performance enhancing drugs in the past few years (Rodriguez previously came clean about not playing clean in the early 2000s). This was 40 minutes of must-listen and must-watch content. I think I listened to or watched the interview in parts or in whole three times. Sure, Francesa may have given a softer landing, but that is why Alex went there. However you think about it, though, this was unprecedented radio. I love podcasts, and this longform discussion had many of the best aspects of a podcast (including ultimately living afterwards on-demand), but this showed the power of live radio in-the-moment.
You can see parts of the interview here in Part 1 and here in Part 2.
With so many ears and eyes on this interview, this was a great showcase of one of the best and most cost-efficient broadcast microphones in the game, the Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid. I know that only a podcaster or radio person would be thinking of this, but it bears mention. These are the mics I utilize in my equipment setup. What a great moment and unintended product placement.
(image from NY Daily News story)