Monthly Archives: March 2011

Project 2: Calling In

For this project, we had to call into a radio station and attempt to get on the air. For me, the result of the project was very disappointing. I was pretty sure going into the project that I would make it on the air for one of the stations that I regularly listen to: 98.5 The Sports Hub. After several tries, I did not succeed like I expected to, and I never made it on the air.

Note: I did not remember to tape the project because there wasn’t a ton of interaction between me and anybody else, just me listening to music for around 45 minutes.   

Here is what happened.

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Assignment: Wikipedia Editing

For this assignment, I edited an entry on Wikipedia regarding the Boston Celtics. I changed the Celtics record for this season, because the original post was a few weeks old. I changed the post to “The Celtics are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 50-19 as of March 22, 2011, despite the extended absences of both O’Neal’s, Rondo, and West.”

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Not Just a Game Review

“It’s Sportscenter on Social Justice Steroids”

By Daniel Lajoie

Whether it be militarism, racism, sexism, commercialism or homophobia, nothing was out of bounds when prominent sports journalist Dave Zirin visited the University of Massachusetts campus on Tuesday to show a private screening of his documentary “Not Just a Game.”

In front of a crowd of 50, Zirin was fittingly introduced by UMass communications professor Sut Jhally, who proclaimed Zirin was the “only critical sports journalist in the country.” Jhally is the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation, the company who produced “Not Just a Game.” The documentary was written by Dave Zirin and was directed by Jeremy Earp.

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Assignment: How does Bogosian portray talk radio callers?

In Talk Radio, I feel that Eric Bogosian portrayed talk radio callers in a negative manner. Every talk radio caller was so opinionated, and often times, they attacked Barry Champlain personally. Bogosian really took thinks to an extreme, like the guy who threatened Barry with a bomb and another caller who was faking that his girlfriend was dying. Maybe it was more like this back when this play/book was written, but I don’t think it’s like that now

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Assignment: David Foster Wallace Quote Reaction

“The fact of the matter is that it is not John Ziegler’s job to be responsible, or nuanced, or to think about whether his on-air comments are productive or dangerous, or cogent, or even defensible. That is not to say that the host would not defend his “we’re better”—strenuously—or that he does not believe it’s true. It is to say that he has exactly one on-air job, and that is to be stimulating.”

This is a quote by author David Foster Wallace written in his article “Host” in Atlantic Magazine in April 2005. This quote is true on so many levels. The job of an on-air radio host is to be entertaining and stimulating, rather than giving the facts and letting the public decide for themselves. People want to hear opinions, outrageous ones at that, and people who listen to the radio just want to be entertained. They don’t want to be read a box score of last night’s game, they want to hear analysis of how each player performed, or didn’t perform, in the game. They don’t want to hear about the trade, they want to hear analysis of how the trade affects both teams and if it makes them better or worse.

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Assignment: Ziegler vs. Other Talk Show Hosts

I draw many similarities between John Ziegler and other radio talk show hosts that I have listened to. Ziegler is extremely opinionated and he is going to speak his mind when there is a topic he feels strongly about. His job is not to be a journalist, it is to be an entertainer, to stimulate conversation and evoke strong feelings from his listeners.

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