Sports Talk Radio: Sandra Golden top female in the nation

BIRDLAND – Since my man Rodney Ho — (Love that cool hat!) – is out on vacation, I’ll take a stab at

Sandra Golden is the top ranked female in the Sports Talk radio game. (Credit: CSS Sports)

Sandra Golden is the top ranked female in the Sports Talk radio game. (Credit: CSS Sports)

 this Sports Talk Radio blog stuff.

The editors over at TALKERS magazine, with input from “industry” leaders, have compiled their first annual “Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk” and there are four groups from Atlanta represented on the list.

They call it the “100 Most Important Sports Talk Radio Host in America.” Growing up, my favorite radio guy was the great Pete Franklin on WWWE in Cleveland. He kicked ass and took names!!!

The Mike Francesa of WFAN in New York is No. 1. He’s a Franklin clone, but not nearly as good as ol’ “Pigskin Pete.”

The top Atlanta group of David Archer and Mike Bell, from WQXI 790 The Zone, checked it at No. 30.

Christopher Rude, the lovely Sandra Golden, Perry Laurentino and Leo Mazzone of 680 WCNN were ranked 62nd.

Golden is the highest ranking women sports talker on the list. Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken (Fox Sports Network) is only other women on that list and is ranked 93rd.

Dave Archer (left) and Wes Durham, the Falcons announcers, are heavy hitters in Sports Talk radio. (By Jeff Schultz/JSchultz@ajc.com)

Dave Archer (left) and Wes Durham, the Falcons announcers, are heavy hitters in Sports Talk radio. (By Jeff Schultz/JSchultz@ajc.com)

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and Ryan Stewart (The Two Live Stews), Tony Barnhart and Wes Durham of WQXI were grouped together and ranked 81st. Here’s Rodney’s blog on the recent changes over at 790 The Zone.

Steak Shapiro, Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino of WQXI were ranked 97th.

Two clear local omissions were the Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff duo and the Buck Belue and John Kincade show over at WCNN. (Rodney warned me via email that Oliver & Chernoff  would not be too happy with this little list of so-called “Heavy Hitters” in the sports talk game.)

Like most “lists” you’re going to have critics and this one is getting ripped to shreds online.

Folks have pointed out that that there are not very many African-American broadcasters on the list. Most the African-Americans are ex-jocks like Alfred Williams (KKFN, Denver), LaVar Arrington (WJFK, Washington, D.C.), Artrell Hawkins (Fox Sports Network), Blaine Bishop (WGFX, Nashville), Marcellus Wiley (KSPN, Los Angeles), former Falcons linebacker Ike Reese (WIP, Philadelphia) and Joe Morgan (Sports USA Media).

They have my man Stephen A. Smith (WEPN, New York, 57th), ranked too low. Bernie Miklasz (WXOS, St. Louis, 54th) and Randy Galloway (KESN, Dallas, 59th) should also be ranked higher.

There is no mention of rising star Bomani Jones (Clark Atlanta University alum). I’m sure you’ve seen him on ESPN’s Around the Horn and other shows. He’s the one with deep, silky voice.

Also, everyone knows that Roger B. Brown’s show — 18 years and running – on KKDA is Dallas is regularly “Hot Fire!”

I don’t know about you, but there’s a special place in heaven for folks who can do the Sports Talk gig. It’s one of the nicest hustles in all of the Sports Empire. You get to sit down, talk sports and get free food if you decide to attend the games. Some of them even do their homework and support their comments with facts and stats.

Don’t knock the hustle!

Ok, so I’m done being a radio critic! (Drop mic)

Back to the Countdown to Training camp . . . .

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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119 comments Add your comment

Kurt Kitner

July 17th, 2012
1:19 pm

VinnyD

July 17th, 2012
1:22 pm

Chuck and Chernoff were hosed. By far my favorite radio show. I have lived in other states and I sometimes sit in my car and listen after I have reached my destination.

VinnyD

July 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

Colin at 22 is way undervalued. I could take a long cross country trip with colin for a while followed by chuck and chernoff. Huge dawg fan but Buck adds absolutely nothing to me. When kincade is gone, I won’t even listen to the Buck show.

SeenThisB4

July 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

What? No Hebert & Deke on this list?

Nick

July 17th, 2012
1:31 pm

Any list that omits Matt and the Kang is wrong, but congrats to Sandra!

Truth

July 17th, 2012
1:31 pm

Chuck and Chernoff is the only good sports talk show in Atlanta, in my opinion. The morning show on 680 is AWFUL. I don’t know they made the list.

Mike. m

July 17th, 2012
1:31 pm

Agreed Vinny Chuck and Chernoff are by far the most entertaining of whats out there in this state. (even if im not the biggest fan of college football)

Bluto

July 17th, 2012
1:34 pm

Christopher Rude, Sandra Golden, Perry Laurentino and Leo Mazzone ranked 62nd? LOL. That is the worst show in Atlanta. Sandra is the only person that is worth listening to. the rest are a F’in joke.

JK

July 17th, 2012
1:36 pm

Yeah, Chuck and Chernoff is the best show in Atlanta, not really even that close. They definitely got left out.

PMC

July 17th, 2012
1:36 pm

Congrats Sandy Sandy!

George Stein

July 17th, 2012
1:37 pm

Mayhem has the biggest collection of idiots I’ve ever heard. Dimino calls himself a baseball man (what is that, by the way? Is he like Mr. Met? Like a man made out of baseballs) but doesn’t know that RBIs and pitcher wins are the most useless stats in the sport. Everything to Shapiro is the greatest or worst of all time. Cellini is at least a bit humorous, but he knows nothing about sports.

Direct quote from Dimino after the Magic Johnson group bought the Dodgers: “I (meaning Johnson) may not know your game, but I know how to win.”. What does that even mean?!?!

PMC

July 17th, 2012
1:37 pm

These lists are mostly good for somebody’s agent getting somebody paid.

So, in that stead, good luck all you lucky people.

Bluto

July 17th, 2012
1:41 pm

Bitter much George Stein? Did one of them hang up on your call?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

George Stein

July 17th, 2012
1:44 pm

Can’t argue with my content, can you, Bluto?

Carl Farvman

July 17th, 2012
1:55 pm

Chuck and Turnoff are useless. Turnoff sucks down a bunch of Red Bull each day and furiously & rapidly spouts a bunch of stats he’s memorized, peppers in some elementary school-level bit of humor [that only his 7-10 high school buddies think are funny], and then predictably mocks Oliver’s nasal-sounding non-radio voice. His most recent idiotic spouting declared that home field advantage [in this case, baseball] doesn’t matter and “I don’t buy it.” Never mind that 6 of the last 10 WS winners, and the last 3, had home field advantage. I make it a point to listen to part of their first segment of the day, quickly get annoyed by their pompous show and move to 790….where you get a broader discussion of sports, actual humor, and a sense that they don’t believe that the atom is being split by their discussion of sports stuff. Turnoff desperately spouts all of his wisdom as quickly as possible, then both nitwits go back and forth with simple jabs…all the while Turnoff is desperately seeking notoriety and that someday ESPN will call and give him that coveted 7AM-10AM Sunday radio slot. These nitwits are the worst I’ve ever heard in a major market and it is unreal that anyone would openly support them. Really, I’ve actually moved to Clark Howard and his slow moving good old boy schtik to avoid these lame brains. The survey got it right. If you look to sports talk to actually learn something, well, then there’s no hope for you. Rude and Crew are fine. Talk a bit of sports, don’t come off as if they actually are solving world problems, and seem to have fun…same with B & K. Turnoff desperately wants to be taken seriously, but it is a lost cause. He would be laughed out of any real major radio market.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 17th, 2012
1:58 pm

JK — I like ‘em all. The hustle is just amazing too me. Love it! Love it! Love it!

Luk

July 17th, 2012
1:59 pm

Steak Shapiro has a fat face.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 17th, 2012
2:00 pm

SeenThisB4 -- I didn’t look for Deke. He didn’t make it? That’s crazy. Deke is the man!!! My man Lee Hamilton from San Diego made it. I love going on his show.

David Puddy

July 17th, 2012
2:09 pm

Chuck and Turnoff are useless. Turnoff desperately spouts his facts and opinions as if he thinks he’s solving our world problems….to him he offers golden nuggets of info that only he was able to uncover. Their humor is as elementary as it gets and only a handlful of high school buddies could find it even remotely humorous. Turnoff will mock Oliver’s voice about 10 times a show and then Oliver will vaguely recall a bowl game he attended in the early 90s and then will soon proudly recite details that only a nitwit would store within his pointed head.

I can tolerate the 790 crews, B& K, and Rude and Crew. Those shows don’t have obvious signs of desperation to be liked and accepted. They go about their business in a way that doesn’t make you think that they are solving some huge problem in the world……..Why do you think Dickie doesn’t allow Chuck and Turnoff to go the SBs radio row….because he knows they’d make a fool of the station and would probably return only to be fired.

Golden does a good job, doesn’t take herself too seriously and has depth that most of the local guys don’t have. If you don’t recognize this, then you’re a bubba who doesn’t want to see it.

Chris

July 17th, 2012
2:10 pm

Any list with Screamin A Smith isn’t a list worth the time to look at. If Sandra Golden is first in anything that involves talent then the list is also invalidated

David Puddy

July 17th, 2012
2:12 pm

“Chuck and Chernoff were hosed. By far my favorite radio show. I have lived in other states and I sometimes sit in my car and listen after I have reached my destination.”

I suppose you laugh at their complex humor, as well?

steveo

July 17th, 2012
2:22 pm

If Sandra Golden is #1 then her competition must be Nancy Pelosi…what a joke!!!!

Dirty Byrd

July 17th, 2012
2:24 pm

Mike & Mike in the AM, Colin mid day, and C& C on the way home. See you at Applebees!

David Puddy

July 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

“Mike & Mike in the AM, Colin mid day, and C& C on the way home. See you at Applebees!”

So, you go from Colin and then fall off a talent cliff and tune to Chuck and Turnoff. Interesting.

K.C.

July 17th, 2012
2:34 pm

Bluto, Well said. Can not agree with you more. Unfortunately Sandra is being dragged down by those clowns!!! Mayhem is entertaining and they are solid. Matt and King, and B&K also are pretty good. The Rude Experiment is the worst radio since Max and Morgan.

Say It Aint So

July 17th, 2012
2:37 pm

680 morning show, a former Rock Jock, a former collegiate tennis player from USC that flaunts his vocabulary, a Bobby Cox deciple and former pitching cox and a chick. Damn! 790 morning show makes me feel like I live in the NE. Terrible morning shows for the mecca that Atlanta has become.

Keeball

July 17th, 2012
2:38 pm

Mayhem=Idoits

Clydesdale

July 17th, 2012
2:39 pm

Number 1 has to be Dan Patrick. You have to bring humor to be good on the radio. All sports all the time runs its course where I know exactly what is going be said next. Patricks greatness was revealed early when he lived in Atlanta and was a regular on 96 Rock. All the “Jon Contract” and “you can’t stop him you can only hope to slow him down” stuff was awesome and a precursor to his great run at ESPN. Colin Cowherd is really really good also. Not so funny but his analogies of sports and the business world are always spot on. Kornheiser is either loved or hated but I loved it. Again he could entertain on topics others than sports. The “Brick” show has grown on me tons. Again their pop culture humor sets them apart from any local shows. Bill Shanks in Macon is better than anyone in the ATL. He is a ridiculous, Dawgs, Braves, Falcons, and Hawks homer and he knows it. He is making fun of himself when he exposes his biased side. He could use much better side kicks.

Keeball

July 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

Sorry….Idiots

fcoach29

July 17th, 2012
2:43 pm

Chuck and Chernoff are the cream of the crop not only in Atlanta, but nationally! King CFB will not be happy! I don’t see how any of the Atlanta groups are rated higher than Chuck and Chernoff.

Hugo

July 17th, 2012
2:43 pm

Steven A is too arrogant, obnoxious and a sleeze ball.

Triple Lindy

July 17th, 2012
2:44 pm

Wow. No love for the Kang? I bet he lost points for his connection to Conference USA.

Bird Dawg Country

July 17th, 2012
2:49 pm

D-Led….Oh my! You were getting a little risque with the language describing your man in Cleveland.
We didn’t realize you had such emotion. lol.

TPM

July 17th, 2012
2:49 pm

Does anyone really believe that Perry Laurentino went to USC?

The Alpha Male

July 17th, 2012
2:52 pm

How can anybody at 790 the Zone be on the list? Nobody outside the perimeter has ever heard them….

The American Dream

July 17th, 2012
2:54 pm

Congrats Sandra! She should also be ranked as the hottest woman in sports talk radio. I sure do wish she would settle down with me. She is a nice piece of work. I like going to games just to watch the backside action on the play. She gives a lot of great information when on the radio. Her show would be better is Leo would go ahead and retire or stay home for the entire show. He is always talking about Greg Maddux and Steve Avery–who gives a f%$# about either of those guys? I would much rather listen to Sandra read the news and talk for hours about her girl and guy friends than listen to anything that bald headed moron has to say. Sandra is all that keeps that show going. She is super hot too!!!! I wish she would pose for Playboy or maybe take a turn at the Pink Pony one night.

The American Dream

July 17th, 2012
2:56 pm

Where was Leo Mazone ranked? 10,535? He is the worst talk radio personality in the business. Ever wonder why no one in baseball will hire this loser? I mean have you seen some of the doormats that are currently working as pitching coaches in MLB? Surely Leo is more qualified that 90% of those guys, but if you hired him you would have to put up with his boring stories and his horrid humor. Please Leo: retire!!!

Bird Dawg Country

July 17th, 2012
2:56 pm

I disagree with some of the list….But of course lists are made to be argued. And no local will know everyone on the list.
I don’t necessarily care for many of the ex-jocks because many need to take speech classes. Or English 101, at the very least. They make it very hard for the listener.
I tune out many ESPN shows due to this reason.
And Stephen A. Smith has got the most obnoxious accent. And for a reporter, he could use a speech class also. Annoying to listen too. Also, he talks about nothing, on a regular basis, besides basketball.

Hunter Mahan

July 17th, 2012
2:58 pm

stop pronouncing my name Hunter Maaaahhhhaawwwn, Sandy. If you watched and didn’t read about golf you would have known

CrαZy

July 17th, 2012
3:00 pm

Chuck & Chernoff are the best in the ATL!! As soon as I saw Rude at 62nd I knew this list was chiat!!!!

RK

July 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

DON GERONIMO!!!!

Shouldn’t really qualify, because he doesn’t talk sports — he is just on a sports station. But more talented than all of these clowns. And Pierre Cardona.

PureEvil

July 17th, 2012
3:07 pm

“Mike & Mike in the AM, Colin mid day, and C& C on the way home. See you at Applebees!”

Basketball season all you hear about from these guys is the Heat… Baseball its all about the Yanks… CFB it’s all about USC… NFL it’s all about the north East!!! That’s what I call entertainment!!! Screw that and the slop they serve at asholebees!!

bring on football

July 17th, 2012
3:09 pm

1) Tony Barnhart talking college football, 2) Buck Belue doing the same, 3) Chuck “Kang here” Oliver doing the same along with Chernoff talking about anything are the tops here.
4) Dimino is a very intelligent talk guy also. He does his homework and can put up a logical argument with the best of them.
Bell (funny sometimes – but his humor gets old and don’t need to hear about anymore of his conquests or drunk nights), Cellini is funny when blunt, and Kincaid is a crybaby if you have a differing opinion or are passionate about something he is not (i.e. local college teams).

ignition

July 17th, 2012
3:09 pm

Bring back the original 2 Live Stews !!!!!!!!
I Hate Chuck Oliver..

Tech Grad

July 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

Chuck and Chernoff got the Pete Rose. Clearly, the best sports talk show in the South. Head to Applebee’s for the pick n pair combo.

PureEvil

July 17th, 2012
3:11 pm

If you don’t recognize this, then you’re a bubba who doesn’t want to see it.

See you at Applebees!

So you follow up acting better than everyone by saying your going to chiat hole like applebees???

Admitting to eating at applebees, instantly discredits your taste in everything!!

Do us all a favor and go play in traffic loser!!

Big Head

July 17th, 2012
3:14 pm

Dimino is a clown!!

Ron

July 17th, 2012
3:14 pm

I love these blogs. Also, if you make more than one post in a single blog you are even more of a loser than I am.

Ehm-Pure Evil

E Harmony keeps matching me with fat chicks

July 17th, 2012
3:17 pm

Sandra Golden is a fraud. She repeats common knowledge over and over as if she’s said something extremely profound as well as repeating internet rumors as fact.

If she is number one, then the rest must be equal to soiled dish rags.

AM radio and Cousin Brucey!

July 17th, 2012
3:17 pm

And the hits keep coming!