Michelle Tafoya leaving ESPN


Courtesy of Sports Business Daily

Michelle TafoyaMichele Tafoya, a “MNF” sideline reporter since ’04, is leaving ESPN.

Sources say Tafoya likely will move to NBC, which produces “Sunday Night Football.” It is not known what her role at NBC will be.

ESPN and Tafoya had been negotiating a three-year option in her deal, which was signed before the ’08 season, but both sides decided to end the agreement yesterday. Along with Suzy Kolber, Tafoya was taken off the “MNF” sidelines two seasons ago and offered reports every 20 minutes for the network’s five hours worth of pregame shows.

Tafoya joined ESPN in ’00. Tafoya also served as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s NBA telecasts until ’08.

Read more at Sports Business Daily where this story was originally published.

Padres expected to land on Fox


Courtesy of the North County Times

PadresAfter 15 years on Channel 4 San Diego, the Padres are leaving the network.

Where the team will land is up in the air, but sources close to the negotiations say the Padres have a deal in place with Fox. An agreement is so close to being consummated that, according to sources, it has been turned over to the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office for approval.

The dollar figures being thrown around — if they’re anywhere close to accurate — are ridiculous. One report has Fox paying $1.4 billion over 20 years. That’s $70 million a season.

Channel 4 was paying about $15 million a season and offered about $16-18 million on a new deal.

The Padres were asking for something between $25-30 million. So the $70 million figure is hard to comprehend.

However, Fox is reported to have offered the Dodgers $3 billion for 20 years, a figure that would triple what the Dodgers are getting now.

Hey, $70 million a season in TV rights — heck, even $25-30 million — would allow the Padres to become players in the free-agent market. And perhaps the club wouldn’t lose stars like Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell.

While the dollar figure is unknown, there seems to be little doubt that the Padres will land on Fox, which is expected to establish a San Diego network, much like Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles.

That would open the door for televising high school football and basketball, USD and San Diego State and the Sockers, among other things. The focus, however, would be the Padres.

Fox makes a lot of sense for the Padres. Since Channel 4 is a cable outfit, Padres games aren’t available to satellite providers like DirecTV and AT&T Uverse.

The Padres have sought national exposure for years, and the new management group — headed by Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel — very much wants the team’s games available across the country. That goal was a major consideration when Dick Enberg — a nationally known and respected broadcaster — was hired last season to call the team’s games.

Fox, which would have to find a spot on cable providers Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable in San Diego, is bullish on baseball. In addition to a national game of the week, no fewer than eight National League teams — Dodgers, Braves, Astros, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Diamondbacks and Marlins — are on Fox affiliates like the one proposed in San Diego. And no fewer than five AL team — Angels, Tigers, Royals, Rangers and Mariners — are on Fox stations.

The Padres may have had other options. The Giants, A’s and Phillies are on Comcast Sports Net, and that network was at least discussed as a destination for the Padres. KUSI — Channel 51 in San Diego — was mentioned at one time, but clearing air time for 140-150 games was too large a task.

There was talk that the Padres could take the telecasts in-house and establish their own network. But the cost of such a project — with staffing probably 50-60 people, salaries, benefits and equipment — would have been monumental.

On the radio side, the Padres’ contract with XX Sports 1090 will expire at the end of this season. It would make sense, for both parties, for the Padres to stay put. The Padres, however, are believed to be asking for $6 million in rights fees. The station currently pays a little more than $5 million and is having a hard time making a profit now.

Read more at the North County Times where this story was originally published.

Penguins sign record TV deal


Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

PenguinsHockey Nights in Pittsburgh have a TV home for nearly the next two decades.

The Penguins and Root Sports (formerly FSN Pittsburgh) have reworked an exclusive regional rights deal that places TV broadcasts on the local cable network through the 2028-29 NHL season.

Financial terms are not known, but this is a new contract for next season and it is the longest TV rights deal in franchise history.

There were three years remaining on the previous deal.

Regional ratings for Penguins broadcasts have led the NHL among national clubs for four straight seasons — including a record-setting 8.68 this past regular season. Broadcasts of Round 1 of Stanley Cup playoff games the past two weeks have nearly doubled that rating on average, according to Nielsen Media Research.

One rating point equates to 11,500 homes.

Root Sports, owned by DirecTV Sports Networks, will televise a minimum of 70 regular-season Penguins games each year on the new contract, which also provides opportunities for the cable network to broadcast exhibition and playoff games.

All Penguins broadcast will be televised in high definition.

This is the 25th year of a partnership between the Penguins and the region`s dominant sports network. Root Sports reaches 2.4 million cable- and satellite-homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, and it is also the exclusive rights holder for Pirates games.

Read more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review where this story was originally published.

Larry Collmus takes Triple Crown mike


Courtesy of the New York Daily News

Larry CollmusLarry Collmus has been named the new voice of the Triple Crown.

The 44-year-old Collmus was announced Wednesday by NBC Sports as their new track announcer to call the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, replacing longtime announcer Tom Durkin, who was with the network for 27 years before resigning on Tuesday due to health reasons.

The Derby will be run May 7 followed by the May 21 Preakness with the June 11 Belmont Stakes the third jewel in the crown.

“This is something I’ve being doing since I was a little kid and obviously your dream is to call the Triple Crown and here it is,” said Collmus, who is the regular announcer at Monmouth Park and Gulfstream Park. “It’s surreal and exciting as can be. I can’t wait.”

Collmus began his career at the age of 18 when calling his first race at Bowie Park in Maryland. He bounced around the country calling in Alabama and northern California before coming back east to Suffolk Downs in Boston in 1992.

From there, he became the announcer at Monmouth Park in New Jersey in 1994 and worked several winters at Aqueduct in 2005 and 2006 before landing the winter gig at Florida’s Gulfstream in 2007.

“It’s going to be a daunting task,” Collmus said of replacing Durkin. “The most memorable calls in racing are Tom’s. He’s a legend and he’s shown how to do this, how to call the Triple Crown. I have big shoes to fill and a lot of respect for Tom. I’m looking forward to getting my chance.”

* Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel had picked up the mount on Sunland Derby winner Twice the Appeal. Borel, who has won the past two runnings of the ‘Run for the Roses’ with Mine That Bird and Super Saver is one of five riders to win the Derby in consecutive years. No rider has won three in a row.

Read more at the New York Daily News where this story was originally published.

590 up, 1380 down in St. Louis


Courtesy of the St. Louis Post Dispatch

The evolution of St. Louis sports-talk radio has led to three distinct conclusions.

• WXOS, the newest of the stations competing in the format, remains the clear leader in market share among format’s target listeners — the approximately 550,000 men ages 25-54. That’s according to the Arbitron survey for January-March, the “winter book” ratings period.

• KFNS, the longest-established of the combatants, is experiencing a significant listenership growth but is a distant second.

• And KSLG, which was the market leader in listenership before the arrival of WXOS in January 2009, has become a mere afterthought for those listeners.

WXOS (101.1 FM) commanded 7 percent of the desired demographic this winter, making it No. 4 in listenership in St. Louis among all stations regardless of format. Three music stations, headed by a 7.3 share for KIHT, (96.3 FM) led the way.

WXOS was up from 5.2 percent last winter, but down from a 8.4 last summer. However, a top 5 finish was unheard of in St. Louis sports-talk radio before the arrival of WXOS. It has four programs on weekdays between 7 a.m.-6 p.m., when the stations compete most, and those are the top four shows in market share.

“Without sounding cocky, we knocked it out of the park,” WXOS program director Jason Barrett said.

The dynamic on the AM side is interesting. In the last year Grand Slam Sports has bought both outlets — KFNS (590 AM) and KSLG (1380 AM) — and has loaded up 590 at the expense of 1380, which has a weaker signal. Not surprisingly, KFNS’ lineup had a good performance in the numbers, KSLG a poor one.

Grand Slam president Dave Greene lured KSLG’s morning drive program, led by Tim McKernan, to KFNS before the sale of that station was completed.

Then in January, after Greene’s company took control of both stations, he swapped the afternoon drive programs. He moved KSLG’s show, hosted by the no-holds-barred Kevin Slaten, to 590 and sent Jeff Gordon, Jeff Vernetti and Brian McKenna to 1380. And Greene threw Ashlee Feldman, a 24-year-old woman who had been on an MTV reality show, on the air with Slaten.

The results: KFNS’ market share has nearly doubled from last winter (2.4 now, 1.3 then) but KSLG has all-but faded away. It has just 0.1 percent of that 25-54 male audience after being at 1.1 in January-March of 2010.

“We are fortunate that advertisers have figured out that a ratings number means very little,” Greene said.

McKernan and company had a 2.3 share at 1380 last winter but their morning drive replacements, Evan Makovsky and Cory Mitchell, didn’t even register in Arbitron’s figures this time — their market share is zero. Slaten was at 0.7 last winter on 1380 but his replacements (Gordon and company) are at zero. The station’s most-listened to show, the nationally syndicated Jim Rome program, attracts just 0.4 percent of the target audience.

Gordon, Vernetti and McKenna also have been smacked by the 1380 curse. Last summer, when they were in afternoon drive at 590, they had a 0.8 share. Makovsky’s show, meanwhile, has been consistently low — 0.3 last winter and 0.1 last summer.

But Greene is undaunted, saying “1380 is a perfect example” of being able to make money with poor numbers. “The ratings would tell you one story and the revenue would tell you (another). … I have gotten involved in several business ventures in the past five years, and if I could find more 1380s I would be very happy.”

The reverse trend also is strong, as shows that shifted from 1380 to 590 have skyrocketed.

The move of McKernan’s carnival act to KFNS has led to a year-to-year share increase for that program from 2.3 to 4.0. And the return of Slaten to KFNS (from which he was fired in 2008 by a previous regime after his controversial interview with Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan) has led to him more than tripling his piece of the market. He had a 0.7 share last year at 1380 but a 2.3 this winter with Feldman at 590.

“Kevin does his thing and Ashlee helps lighten it up when it’s needed,” Greene said, “which was exactly what we were looking for.”

Read more at the St. Louis Post Dispatch where this story was originally published.

Jack Edwards defends on-air style


Courtesy of the Boston Globe

Jack EdwardsThe moment was one of genuine sports glory. Nathan Horton’s second overtime goal of the series helped the Bruins vanquish their storied rivals and frequent tormentors, the Canadiens, in Wednesday’s Game 7 of their first-round playoff matchup. A feeling of catharsis accompanied the celebration, one that figured to carry over to the next day if not beyond.

Yet a curious thing happened in the aftermath, another clue that perhaps buzz trumps authenticity in the changing media world. It turned out that the morning-after chatter was not so much about the Bruins’ first Game 7 victory since 1994.

Instead, the abstract postgame soliloquy by NESN play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards got more notice on the blogs and airwaves than the game itself.

Speaking directly into the camera while wrapping up NESN’s coverage, Edwards said the following, and with a straight face:

“Those royals sit there on their shiny thrones and primp in their hand mirrors and try to dictate morality according to them, about how you can dive, or how you should play, or how you shouldn’t run a player into the center glass. And the rest of us, those poor filthy masses, are just supposed to take it.

“Well, a couple of hundred years ago, a bunch of rowdy radicals charged out of some Boston bars, went down to the dock, and dumped the king’s tea into the salty sea. And in doing that, it struck a chord that rings true even today, that when confronted with imperious conceit, fighting the good fight is not only the right thing to do, it can be a heck of a lot of fun.’’

Those familiar with his use of the phrase “redcoat retreat’’ know this is not the first time Edwards used a loose connection to history to summarize a hockey series. But this one drew more notoriety, perhaps because his point was cloudy at best.

Was he taking a veiled shot at the royal wedding coverage and accusing Prince William of diving like so many Canadiens forwards? Was he saying pesky Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban carried himself like a king? What was the connection between royalty and hockey?

Yesterday, the media were as puzzled as NESN viewers, albeit with a humorous tone. Barstool Sports offered a free T-shirt to a reader who could decipher Edwards’s postgame rant. The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich’’ program replayed the speech, backed by “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’’ And Deadspin titled its post on the matter: “Jack Edwards’s baffling pro-Boston, anti-royalty rant.’’

When asked yesterday if he was aware of the hubbub or had received much feedback, Edwards said most of it had eluded him.

“Deadspin? That’s just silly,’’ he laughed, before offering a deconstruction of his commentary and an explanation of how it originated.

“We drove from Montreal to Burlington after Game 6 [Tuesday] because we had the back-to-back situation,’’ Edwards said. “So while I was driving through Vermont, New Hampshire, I had a lot of time to think about it, about the whole season series, and the context of all the off-ice stuff, and the posturing and politicking between the two teams, the cultural differences between the two teams.

“So I asked [Brian Zuchello, producer of NESN’s Bruins telecasts] if he would give me a final word, and he said he would.’’

With such freedoms come accusations that Edwards, who grew up in Durham, N.H., is blinded by a Bruins bias.

His supporters — and there are many — swear his enthusiasm is genuine. His broadcast partner, analyst Andy Brickley, insists that working with Edwards is a joy.

“Jack’s passion for the Bruins is real,’’ Brickley said. “I can’t emphasize that to people enough. That’s who he is, and I love it.’’

But he also has been accused of trying to establish himself as a brand, to turn the game into “The Jack Edwards Show,’’ that his passion is really thinly disguised pandering or homerism. After all, he called NHL games for ESPN from 1999-2003, and later HDnet and Versus, without revealing any favoritism toward the Bruins.

“Well, of course I didn’t. Of course I didn’t,’’ Edwards said. “Because here’s how it goes. Here’s the first thing I say every night when we go on the air, with a slight variation in the playoffs: ‘New England hockey night comes your way from fill-in-the-blank arena, fill-in-the-blank city.

“The next words are, ‘NESN presents live coverage of Boston Bruins hockey.’ It’s not, ‘NESN presents live coverage of the National Hockey League.’

“When I was on ESPN, it was coverage of the National Hockey League. Same when I was on Versus. And if you go back and pull those air-checks, you’re going to hear an announcer who sounds like he’s pulling for both teams.

“But on NESN . . . you go back and look at last night, and one out of every five New Englanders who was drawing a breath was watching this game live. [NESN’s 17.7 household rating in the Boston market set a network record for a Bruins telecast.]

“I don’t know the exact numbers, but I’m going to bet you 19 out of every 20 viewers was not only a Bruins fan but a dedicated Bruins fan, someone who considers him or herself to be Black and Gold through and through. Now, if we’re broadcasting to a national audience, a more neutral audience, of course there is going to be a different treatment of the game.’’

Edwards insists the criticism does not bother him, though a hint of defiance pierces his cheery tone.

“People can call me any names they want. That’s fine,’’ he said. “After 32 years in the business, I’ve got a reasonably thick skin.

“But here’s the thing. Compare me to anyone else on another regional telecast. I challenge you to do that. Go ahead. The opponent scores on any other regional telecast, and it sounds like the guy’s puppy just got run over in front of his house.

“I’m fine if anyone wants to call me homer. You can call me a pencil-necked geek. You can call me any name you want. Just make sure you spell my name right and you have a Nielsen meter in your house.’’

He laughs, then offers a slightly briefer wrap-up than Wednesday.

“In all seriousness, I admit I ride pretty close to the edge and sometimes I go past it,’’ he said. “Sometimes I don’t like what I hear on my air-checks.

“But I think, generally, if people listen to what I say over a 2 1/2-hour telecast rather than a 21-second clip on YouTube, the No. 1 conclusion that they’ll come to is that I love hockey.

“At least, I hope that’s the conclusion they come to. Because it’s the truth.’’

Read more at the Boston Globe where this story was originally published.

Holthus offers advice to students


Courtesy of the FHSU Leader

Mitch HolthusTOUCHDOWN KAAAAAAAAN-SAS CITY!

If you listen to a Kansas City Chiefs game, you are likely to hear this phrase. The phrase is said by Smith Center native Mitch Holthus. Holthus is the play-by-play announcer of the Kansas City Chiefs on KFCX in Kansas City.

Holthus visited the Fort Hays State University campus on Wednesday to speak to Dr. Theresa Billiot’s sports marketing class. Holthus centered his address on the “Motivation and Mentality” that is required to survive in professional sports.

Holthus is an eight-time winner of the Kansas Sportscaster of the year award, nine-time winner of the Kansas Broadcasters Association best play-by-play sportscaster award, a member of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters hall of fame and the host of the shows Minute with Mitch and The Chiefs Insider. Holthus graduated from Smith Center High School and earned degrees in journalism and business administration at Kansas State University.

From 1983-1996 Holthus was the radio voice of the Kansas State Wildcats. He received the job of “Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs” in 1994 and has held that position since. Before becoming Voice of the Chiefs, Holthus was a finalist for the same position with the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons.

Holthus described a job in sports as, “It’s tough to get there, tougher to be there and toughest to stay here.” He then went into detail on each example and showed what he meant by the statement. He talked about the sacrifices it takes to hold a job in sports and centered on making sure that you have “core values” that you stick to.

“This is not a job,” Holthus said on a job in sports. “It’s a constant state of passion.” Passion for the position is what Holthus said makes it all worthwhile, worth all the sacrifices you have to make involving family, free time and many other things.

Many people see Holthus’ job as all glimmer and fun. Holthus has had many people who come up to him and say, “Do you get to hang out with Jamaal Charles? That must be awesome.” Holthus said that people don’t see what goes on behind the curtain and everything that it takes to reach that level and fulfill its duties completely.

During the NFL season, Holthus usually works a 70-hour week. That doesn’t leave much time for family or leisure time. Holthus prepares extensively for each game. Each week he prepares a board with information on both the Chiefs and their opponent. He color-codes his board so it’s easier for him to get the information he needs to get within seconds.

During the question and answer session, Holthus was able to answer questions to diehard Chiefs fans. Holthus was not allowed to answer any questions pertaining to the NFL lockout. One audience member asked Holthus what he thinks the Chiefs should address in the NFL Draft that is being held today. First off, he said the Chiefs should address the wide receiver position.

“Looking at film from the playoff game against the Ravens you could see Dwayne Bowe getting two or one and a half guys on him,” Holthus said. The addition of another receiver would open up the field for Bowe.

Another position that Holthus thinks needs to be addressed is the Chiefs front seven. He used the Steelers and the Packers as an example. Both teams are coming off the Super Bowl and got there in part from their dominating front seven.

Holthus also showed some viral videos that he is featured in. He said with videos like those it just adds another part to the job description, and the videos are seen by millions. Holthus once played Jack Donaghy in a parody of the popular TV show “30 Rock.” The video became so popular that it caused tweets from show’s cast members.

Holthus showed students who want to hold positions similar to his that it takes hard work and sacrifices, but if it’s something you want to do, it’s worth it. Holthus was able to portray this message by being successful in what he does and showing that his beliefs do produce a successful outcome.

Read more at the FHSU Leader where this story was originally published.

Dave Crome leaving KDAF Dallas


Courtesy of TV Spy

Dave CromeVeteran sports anchor-reporter Dave Crome is leaving Dallas’s KDAF this week after 10+ years with the Tribune-owned station.

As Dallas media blogger Ed Bark points out, Crome’s departure leaves KDAF without any current sports staffers, as Crome’s onetime colleagues Desmond Purnell and Candice Crawford left the station earlier this year.

KDAF’s empty sports department has led some to speculate that the CW-affiliate will take a page from the playbook of WPIX, Tribune’s New York station, and cut the department altogether. News director David Duitch assures TVSpy that is not the case.

In a phone conversation yesterday, Duitch said that he has lined up two MMJs with Texas roots to cover sports for KDAF. Duitch expects the MMJs to start after the May book.

Read more at TV Spy where this story was originally published.

Durkin steps down as Triple Crown voice


Courtesy of the Daily Racing Form

Three days before last year’s Kentucky Derby, track announcer Tom Durkin found himself on a couch in a Louisville psychiatrist’s office getting hypnotized. Though he had called the world’s most famous horse race 13 previous times – nine for NBC Sports – Durkin was feeling stressed out.

“It’s always been stressful,” said Durkin, who was prescribed Inderal, a beta blocker, to deal with the anxiety.

Looking to alleviate that stress from his life, Durkin will no longer be the voice of the Triple Crown, deciding not to seek a renewal of his contract with NBC Sports, with whom he has been affiliated for 27 years. Durkin, who has called the last 30 Triple Crown races on network television, will continue to work as the announcer at the New York Racing Association’s three tracks – Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. Durkin is under contract with NYRA through the fall of 2015.

NBC has not officially announced a replacement for Durkin, though speculation centers on Larry Collmus, the track announcer at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park. Collmus, 44, drew national attention last summer for his stretch-call in a race featuring Mywifenosevrything beating Thewifedoesntknow at Monmouth Park.

“We will announce a replacement for Tom shortly,” said Adam Freifeld, senior director of communications for NBC Sports, which will broadcast all three Triple Crown races through 2015.

This year’s Kentucky Derby is May 7, followed by the Preakness (May 21) and Belmont Stakes (June 11).

Durkin, who called the first 22 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup for NBC, had called all three legs of the Triple Crown on television – albeit for different networks – since 2001. From 1997-2000, he called the three races on radio. Durkin will still call the Belmont at his home track of Belmont Park, but that call will only be heard by ontrack patrons.

Durkin, 60, said he first thought of walking away from the Triple Crown last year after his anxious feelings prompted him to seek therapy.

“It’s just the stress got to be too much,” Durkin said. “When you’re walking around with a pit in your stomach for three months a year, just a general bad feeling and nervousness. You look up stress in the dictionary or online, and I’m a classic case of it. Sometimes you have to look out for your professional life; more importantly, you have to look out for your personal life. This is a bad professional decision and a good personal one.”

Durkin said he called Ken Schanzer, president of NBC Sports, in January to tell him he no longer wanted to call the Derby.

“I couldn’t sleep for two days and I called him back and said ‘forget what I told you,’ ” Durkin said. “He said ‘good.’ About three weeks ago, when you start turning up the pressure cooker, I just wasn’t up to it.”

Durkin said he instructed his agent to discontinue negotiations with NBC at that time.

“I’m disappointed in myself; it was a battle of nerves that I lost,” Durkin added. “And at the racetrack, you don’t like to lose.”

In a prepared statement, Schanzer said “Tom Durkin is a legend. He is not only one of the great race-callers of all time, but I have been honored to call him my friend for more than a quarter-century. While I regret that he has made the decision not to call the Triple Crown for us, I understand it and wish him nothing but the best.”

Added Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports Group: “It’s rare in this business that you find someone who has such extraordinary talent, who works relentlessly, and never ceases to be the nicest person in any room he’s in. We will truly miss Tom on our Triple Crown broadcasts.”

Between radio and television, Durkin has called seven Triple Crown attempts, the last being Big Brown’s failed bid in 2008. Perhaps his most memorable Triple Crown came in the 1998 Belmont, when Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet’s Triple Crown bid by a nose. After the horses hit the wire, Durkin said, “A picture is worth a thousand words, this photo is worth $5 million . . . history in the waiting.”

While Durkin said he has never truly felt that he has made the perfect call, he does regret spotting Mine That Bird so late after he took the lead in winning the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

“You wish you could get that call back,” Durkin said. “You do your best and you don’t beat yourself up over it. If I didn’t prepare, I could beat myself up. I walk in there ready.”

Durkin said he still enjoys his job at NYRA and is anticipating a much-improved product in New York once revenue from a casino that is scheduled to open this summer at Aqueduct starts to kick in.

“This is going to be the thousand-pound gorilla of horse racing,” Durkin said. “It’s going to be great to be around and great to do.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form where this story was originally published.

ABC 40's Scott Coen widens his world


Courtesy of MassLive.com

Scott CoenVeteran sports broadcaster Scott Coen is widening his world.

Coen, who has been a reporter with abc40 since 1998, will be expanding on how he reports on sports and adding other features beyond the who, what, where and when.

“I asked to try something new,” Coen said. “Luckily, they agreed.”

“I will still do sports features, just with a more human interest twist,” he said. “I go out and do my own stories. I walk around and talk to people.”

“I’ll be talking to interesting people about interesting things,” Coen said.

Coen mentions one of his most memorable human interest stories.

“I read an article that every spring the springs are stocked with salmon. Six million salmon restock the population. I thought it was interesting.”

“When we went down to do the story, there was a fourth-grade elementary school there. They had raised salmon in their class and were releasing them. We tied the story with the kids.”

“Five years ago I was looking down the road,” Coen said of how he came up with the idea. “I thought it would be tough for the high school kids to relate to a more senior guy.”

“I knew I would want to still be anchoring and reporting but I wasn’t sure if the kids would want me doing it.”

“I don’t think I was apprehensive at all. As you grow older, your interests change,” he said.

“Twenty years ago, you see the world differently. When you’re a parent, you see the world through new eyes.”

“It was an easy transfer. I’ll still do the Athlete of the Week,” Coen added.

Coen admits that he has always been interested in working in sports.

“I knew when I was 12 years old that I wanted to be a sportscaster. I was drawn to the announcers. I have always looked at sports from a cerebral standpoint than blood and sweat,” he said.

In addition to reporting for abc40 and Fox 6 WGGB-TV, Coen is a blogger for MassLive.com for the past year and a half.

“We have a lot of interns at the station. I encourage them to start their own blog. I tell them to get out there and learn by doing,” Coen said.

“If you want to survive, adapt. Dinosaurs are extinct because they didn’t want to come in from the cold.”

“It worked out well. I was really happy that my number two guy, Mike Leslie, could step up. I’m grateful to MassLive, I’m grateful to the folks at Channel 40. I hope people will embrace the new things I’m doing.”

Read more at MassLive.com where this story was originally published.