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Behind the Broadcast: Mad Dog’s rant was a bad stunt

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo was living up to his nickname on his Sirius XM Radio “Mad Dog Unleashed” program last Friday. He ripped the staff that he hired to fill out the roster of his “Mad Dogs Radio” channel. He called them “untalented” and a bunch of “little bow wows,” and compared them to the Washington Generals, the basketball team that always loses to the Harlem Globetrotters. The day before, Russo fired program director Steve ...

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July 18, 2009
10:01 a.m.

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Good to see that the NHL is staying in NBC, which to me treats the league well. What that means is that they treat it like a big time sporting event. They sent Bob Costas to Buffalo and Chicago for the first two Winter Classics and for the Stanley Cup, they allowed the hockey experts to host the studio shows. ABC used to send Chris Berman to the finals and that used to be Berman's only appearance at NHL games. having Costas at the WCs shows that NBC thinks the WC is a big time sporting event like the Preakness for example, but having him at a serious event like the SC is not as good, although we know that Costas, the former backup announcer for the St. Louis Blues knows a lot about hockey.

I thought NBCs Game 7 coverage in Detroit was well done. They brought their A game and it had a dramatic feel to it. I also thought their post game coverage was more than well done. They showed the cup being paraded and they got key interviews. If you watched the NBA finals (where the announcers juist gush over the players) and the NHL Finals and tell me that the NBA was done better, you'd be wrong.

The one thing I wish the NHL players would go back is skating around the ice with the cup and passing it around like the old days. Now, one player gets it, then gives it to another guy. I like it when the whole team skates around the ice and passes it to the other players.

As for Mad Dog; is he still broadcasting. Talk about out of sight, out of mind. I don't get satellite radio and I am in the majority. I think Russo made a career mistake by going to satellite radio but financially, he is more than okay. It would have been nice to see Russo take over the WFAN Morning Show. I'm not a fan of Craig Carton.

I would not be surprised to see Doggie join WEPN, the ESPN affiliate in New York someday either as the morning person or the 1-6:30 guy. I would like to see Dog and Mike mano y mano.