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2022 BSM Summit Adds 6 Participants, Full Schedule Released For Next Week’s Show
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“Our full schedule of sessions, and all of our speakers are updated on BSMSummit.com.”
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We are nine days away from reuniting the sports media industry for the 2022 BSM Summit. This is our first event since February 2020, and though it’s been a long road to get back to this point, I’m really excited about spending two days in New York City with some of the finest men and women in this business. If you haven’t bought a ticket to join us in the building, tickets are still on-sale on BSMsummit.com. However, we will stop selling live tickets to the show on Friday night February 25th, so make sure to secure your seat before time expires.
If you’re unable to join us in New York City for the conference, there is another way to enjoy it. Virtual tickets are available to watch the Summit via the conference website thanks to our friends at Nuvoodoo. If you work in the media business, and want to get smarter, this is a two day event that’s worth your time. Virtual tickets will remain available until Tuesday March 1st.
To help us inform and entertain attendees, we’ve gathered fifty five industry professionals from the biggest and best companies and brands across the country. Our full schedule of sessions, and all of our speakers are updated on BSMSummit.com. This should help everyone with finalizing plans around select sessions. Just scroll down past the speakers section, and you’ll see the itinerary for each day. Be advised that details for the Tuesday night Kickoff Party will be shared in the next few days. Stay tuned.
Included in the fifty five names are five new on-stage participants. I’m pleased to welcome back CBS Sports Radio’s Maggie Gray. Last time we held the Summit in NYC, Maggie was a panelist. This time she’ll lead a conversation on video strategy with ESPN’s Vice President of Digital Production Mike Foss, and WWE’s Vice President of Digital Media Steve Braband. Also added to our schedule is Maxx Sports and Entertainment Group President Mark Lepselter, and McVay Media President Mike McVay. I’m also looking forward to seeing my longtime friend Freddie Coleman, he’ll be one of our special guests at the ESPN After Party. More to come on that front as well, soon.
Next to take care of will be announcing the five winners of our College Contest. I’m hoping to reveal those names tomorrow. Then comes the details about our Kickoff Party, and from there, it’s on to finalizing the attendees list, and putting the finishing touches on this year’s show. Thanks all for your patience and support. Keep an eye out this week for the remaining details.

Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected]
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“As I told Adam, his work in this business is second to none, but as tremendous as he may be as an NFL reporter, this is by far the best job he’s ever done.”
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For most, two days at the BSM Summit represents an opportunity to gain ideas, new information, and develop a few industry connections. But when a member of the sports media business takes the stage to be honored in front of their peers, it becomes a special moment for all. The look on their faces and the sound of their voices, makes it clear just how much it matters to be recognized by those who live and breathe this industry. Those on hand to witness it also enjoy being part of that individual’s special moment.
When we last gathered for this conference in 2020, we introduced two new awards: The Mark Chernoff Award and The Champions Award. I’ll circle back to the Chernoff Award in a minute, but I want to explain the meaning behind The Champion’s award first.
I’m a big believer in recognizing people who make a significant difference for the industry and those involved in it. Sure, we battle for ratings, revenue, guests, access, and breaking stories, but that’s just the work. When you use your influence and platform to do good for others, that speaks volumes about who you are as a person. It also shows how much of a difference you can make if you focus on what’s right, not just what benefits you.
In 2020, Keith Murphy and Andy Fales of KXNO in Des Moines, Iowa won the inaugural Champion’s Award. Those two men saw six of their colleagues lose jobs, their station cut most local shows, and rather than remain grateful to still be employed, they took a stand. They chose not to go back on the air, reached out to their advertisers to explain what was happening, and that decision created a lot of reaction. Their GM Joel McCrea then went to work, and convinced corporate leadership to reinstate the six terminated employees, move KxNo on to the FM dial, and that doesn’t happen without Keith and Andy standing up, the audience speaking out, and local advertisers supporting them. Acts like that define exactly what a Champion in our industry is all about.
Well, this year’s recipient has taken the spirit of the award and elevated it to new heights. I am honored to announce ESPN’s Adam Schefter has been chosen as our 2022 winner of the Champion’s Award.
When ESPN Chicago reporter Jeff Dickerson passed away in December, many in the industry were saddened, stunned, and at a loss for words. Few knew what to do, but all wanted to help. Jeff’s death left his 11-year old son Parker without a father. As devastating as that was, it was made even worse due to Parker losing his mother just two years earlier. Anyone in possession of a heart and soul couldn’t help but feel for the young boy and Jeff’s family.
After the news came out, Jeff’s sister in-law launched a GoFund Me campaign with a goal set at 100K. Many did what they could to help, but the attention and support the Dickerson family received went to a different stratosphere once Adam Schefter got involved. After seeing the story, Schefter called upon everyone to help. Within days, owners, teams, coaches, executives, media members, and businesses began donating to the fund. The 100K mark was shattered quickly, and just a few days later, the total hit 1 million when Schefter placed a five thousand dollar donation to help the fund get over the finish line.
When I saw this unfolding, I was very moved. I couldn’t have felt more proud of the way our industry responded. Some in Schefter’s position might’ve hesitated to use their social media platform fearing it could cost them followers, create issues with their employer and the people they cover, or open door for others to push for similar support. But Schefter never let that stop him from doing what’s right. He promoted Dickerson’s story everywhere and anywhere. As I told Adam, his work in this business is second to none, but as tremendous as he may be as an NFL reporter, this is by far the best job he’s ever done.
Few could’ve united the entire sports and media world’s the way Adam did. Jeff’s image was displayed across the country on stadium screens and inside press boxes, and his story became part of local and national radio and television programming. As painful as it is to lose a son and father, for a few days, the Dickerson family had reason to smile and feel proud. Nobody played a bigger role in making that possible than Adam Schefter. It’s an honor to present him with this year’s Champion’s Award, and though he won’t be able to attend due to NFL Scouting Combine commitments, I’m excited to share his video message to the industry at the 2022 BSM Summit. At the conclusion of that video, BSM will make a one thousand dollar donation to the Parker Fund in Adam’s name as a way of saying thank you on behalf of the sports media industry. If you work in television or radio and are planning to attend the Summit live or virtually, I’d love to see you join me in making a contribution as well.
Our next award winner will join us in New York at the Summit. So too will Traug Keller, who we’ve previously revealed has been chosen as our 2022 recipient of the Jeff Smulyan Award.
When I thought about creating an award to recognize sports radio’s top programmer, I knew it had to be named after Mark Chernoff. No program director had a greater impact on the sports radio format over the past three decades than Mark. It took a little convincing because Mark isn’t one to seek the spotlight, but once we put it into motion, I could tell it meant a lot to him. It also meant a great deal to Mitch Rosen, our first recipient of the Mark Chernoff Award.
This time, the honor of being selected as the 2022 Mark Chernoff Award winner goes to 98.5 The Sports Hub program director Rick Radzik.
Rick has been a vital part of the Hub’s success since the brand launched in August 2009. His Boston radio resume is lengthy, but his move into the program director role didn’t happen until December 2019. As exciting as that was, in less than two months he was instantly tested as the pandemic hit, cancelled sports, and created uncertainty all across the industry. Despite those challenges, the Hub got stronger. Their talent and play by play relationships remained in tact, listeners flocked to the brand, ratings increased, and revenue soon followed.
Then in 2021, the brand reached an even higher level. That was made clear during the BSM Top 20 when the station swept every single major market category. The Hub finished first in every single ratings book, growing from a 13.8 share in the winter to a 20.7 in the fall. They also produced the most revenue among all sports stations for the entire year.
Running a brand successfully requires great talent, a top notch support staff, a strong sales department, a creative digital team, and outstanding leadership. The Hub certainly has those pieces in place, and with Rick at the helm, the station is ascending to record levels. It’s going to be an honor to welcome him to the Summit in two weeks, and have Mark Chernoff present him with the 2022 Mark Chernoff Award.
A reminder, tickets for the 2022 BSM Summit are on-sale until Friday February 25th. After that date, only virtual tickets will be available. We will not be selling tickets at the door, so if you work in the industry and are thinking about joining us, visit BSMSummit.com to secure your seat over the next nine days. I hope to see you there.

Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected]
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“The theater is filling up, and we will stop selling live tickets to the show on Friday February 25th.”
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We are two weeks away from putting on a long overdue sports media conference for industry professionals. If you haven’t bought your ticket to attend in person, hurry up and do so before it’s too late. The theater is filling up, and we will stop selling live tickets to the show on Friday February 25th. To make sure you have a seat, visit BSMSummit.com.
For those looking for details on the various sessions planned for our 2022 show, head on over to the Summit website. Everything has been updated except one session which we’ll announce in the coming days, and our two award winners for this year’s Champion’s Award and Mark Chernoff Award. Those award winners will be revealed tomorrow.
What I’m thrilled to share with you today are the additions of six new speakers to our 2022 Summit schedule. Each of these folks have built successful careers, and I’m glad they were able to make time to share their knowledge with our in-person and online attendees.
I’ll start by welcoming ESPN SVP of Studio Production, ESPN Audio, and the NBA, David Roberts to the Summit. David will be part of an important panel I’ll be hosting on the importance of workplace diversity, and finding diverse leaders and influencers. Joining him on stage will be Good Karma Brands Vice President Debbie Brown, and ESPN host Pablo Torre.
Staying inside the ESPN family, I’m pleased to have 98.7 ESPN New York program director Ryan Hurley joining us for a session titled ‘The Big 12’. Ryan will present three ideas to help stations drive ratings and/or revenue, as will Sports Radio WIP’s Rod Lakin, Sports Radio WHB’s Sandy Cohen, and 104.3 The Fan’s Raj Sharan.
Next up is Bonneville’s Executive Vice President, Scott Sutherland. The longtime leader of Bonneville Phoenix, now charged with overseeing all markets for the company, will lead the ‘Inside The Corner Office’ conversation with market managers Chris Oliviero, Mike Thomas, and Joe Bell.
The fourth addition to the Summit stage is someone who’s spoken at our show before, and is right in the middle of the sports betting talent frenzy sweeping the nation. We’re excited to welcome back FanDuel’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Raffensperger. Mike will join our ‘Betting On Sports Media’ session involving DraftKing Chief Media Officer Brian Angiolet, and Fanatics Chief Commercial Officer Ari Borod, hosted by ESPN’s Joe Fortenbaugh.
Last but certainly not least, we’re looking forward to presenting our very first Agents panel. To help us bring it to life we’ve called upon Kevin Belbey of CAA Sports, and Heather Cohen of The Weiss Agency. This will be an interesting conversation with a ton of value for for both talent and industry decision makers.
That’s the latest on the Summit. We’ll share the news tomorrow of our two award winners, and hope to reveal soon a few guests who are scheduled for the ESPN After Party following the first day of sessions. Once again, if you haven’t bought a ticket and have been thinking of attending either in person or online, do so asap by visiting BSMSummit.com. Now back to planning!

Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected]
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“A total of 72 podcasts were presented for voting consideration in the Original Sports Podcasts category. Executives also had the opportunity (if they wished) to add other titles to the list. By the end of the process, 87 shows appeared on at least one ballot.”
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The final day of the BSM Top 20 of 2021 has arrived. We close out our annual series by recognizing the Top 20 Original Sports Podcasts of 2021. For this year, we’ve also produced a BSM Top 20 Specialty Selections column. It features 20 additional categories we haven’t showcased before, and who the BSM staff selected as the winner in each. Check it out by clicking here.
Before you jump ahead to the lists, first give it up for Point to Point Marketing for serving as this year’s Top 20 sponsor. Tim Bronsil and his staff do a great job serving the media industry, and if you’re not familiar with their work, make time to learn more. You can do that here.
Also, I’d like to thank Stephanie EadsDylan Barrett and Demetri Ravanos for helping me with the Top 20 process. Months are spent putting together documents for all to vote, and then tracking down each individual, adding up their votes, and then producing the creative images you see to showcase the sports media business in a positive way. It takes a team to pull it off, and I hope you guys appreciate all that goes into it from our crew because I know I do.
As you look over the list, please remember that the lists represent the collective opinions of 46 industry executives. Yours truly does not vote. I simply collect the feedback and present the results. A few key things to be aware of regarding our process.
#1 – These results are based solely on taste. It’s simply about talent, content, brand, relevance, success, and originality. That tends to favor personalities and brands with a larger following. This category could literally include tens of thousands titles, but we give our voters a specific list of mainstream sports shows to vote on. The two things that matter most, the show must be produced consistently and well received. I realize there are TONS of podcasts out there, many of them being quality shows with audience and revenue, but this category is for the biggest performers in the digital audio space. That isn’t to take away from others who do kick ass work. It just explains how this category is designed for consideration.
#2 – Our executive panel consists of program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Beasley, Hubbard, Good Karma Brands, ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, SiriusXM, Spotify, and independently owned and operated radio stations. We involve a large number of people to keep the feedback spread out across the country, and to avoid the results heavily favoring one company.
#3 – A total of 72 podcasts were presented for voting consideration in the Original Sports Podcasts category. Executives also had the opportunity (if they wished) to add other titles to the list. By the end of the process, 87 shows appeared on at least one ballot.
Which brings us to the rankings for this year’s Original Sports Podcasts of 2021. We have a new winner! For the first time, the category award goes to Meadowlark Media’s ‘The Dan Le Batard Show‘. The Le Batard crew knocked off Barstool’s Pardon My Take by twenty eight (28) points to earn this year’s top honor. PMT picked up the most 1st place votes with eleven (11), but Le Batard outscored Big Cat and PFT 28-20 among Top 5 votes which went a long way towards finishing ahead. BSM congratulates John Skipper, Dan Le Batard, Jon ‘Stugotz’ Weiner and the entire team on being recognized as this year’s category winner.
Now, here are the full results of “BSM’s Top 20 Original Sports Podcasts of 2021!”
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected]
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