Behind the Broadcast: Sinkoff embarking on new career, has no regrets
Brian Sinkoff has a new job, and it’s not in the media.
The former ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM) sportstalk show host has taken a job as a real-estate agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.
Sinkoff, who hosted the highly successful “Sound-Off with Sinkoff” from 3-7 p.m., was fired Sept. 16 in what program director Brian Noe called “a business decision.” Bruce Jacobs replaced Sinkoff.
Sinkoff will still keep his hand in the Capital Region media. He hosts “Time Warner Cable Sports Press Box” on TWCS-3, and will work as a sideline reporter on TWCS-3 sports broadcasts.
“I think it was time for a change,” Sinkoff said Wednesday morning. “It’s something that I was actually thinking about for about six months before everything shook down. I talked to some people in the [real estate business], and I’ve always had a love for real estate. It’s just something where I wanted to be more in control of my destiny.
“Real estate is, basically, a business of people, not necessarily of buildings. Being in journalism for almost 20 years, that’s really what I did. I cultivated relationships, and made a lot of contacts. I think I had some good relationships, and that’s what a lot of real estate is. To me, it seemed like a natural fit.”
Sinkoff’s family played into his decision, too.
“My family is my No. 1 priority,” Sinkoff said. “When you have a little one, you think about all of those things that are important to you. Not that I don’t love radio, but the bottom line is when you have a successful show like I did and whether it was No. 1, like it was in the last [ratings] book, or whether it was consistently in the top five, to have you be let go for no rhyme or reason, what part of anyone would want to stay in something like that?”
Time Warner Cable Sports-3 will be busy with college basketball broadcasts over the next week.
It starts today with a double-header from the Times Union Center. At 4 p.m., it’s the Capital Region women’s basketball battle between Siena and the University at Albany. That will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Siena men taking on MAAC-foe Loyola.
On Monday at 7 p.m., it’s the annual men’s game between Siena and UAlbany. This game will also be on the radio. WGDJ-AM (1300) has the Siena perspective, while WOFX-AM (980) is the UAlbany station.
Tuesday night at 7, TWCS-3 has the Marshall-Syracuse contest. On Wednesday, UAlbany hosts Colgate at 7 p.m.
TWCS-1 will televise two games. Tonight at 7, it’s Army at Binghamton. Buffalo visits Niagara at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
High school hoops
Gloversville radio station WENT-AM (1340) will tip off its 28-game regular-season high school schedule Tuesday, when Gloversville hosts Green Tech.
Here is the schedule:
Tuesday — Green Tech at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.
Dec. 12 — Gloversville at Johnstown, 7:25 p.m.
Dec. 15 — Queensbury at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.
Dec. 19 — Johnstown at Broadalbin-Perth, 7:25 p.m.
Dec. 21 — Scotia-Glenville at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.; Hudson Falls at Johnstown, 10 p.m. (same-day tape)
Dec. 27-28 — Gloversville Holiday Tournament, 5:55 p.m. (Fonda-Fultonville, Amsterdam and Hope Charter in field)
Dec. 29 — Johnstown in Canajoharie Christmas Tournament, 5:55 or 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 — Columbia Prep at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 5 — Johnstown at Queensbury, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 9 — Broadalbin-Perth at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 12 — Johnstown at Glens Falls, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 17 — Johnstown at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 20 — Glens Falls at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.; South Glens Falls at Johnstown, 10 p.m. (same-day tape)
Jan. 24 — Cobleskill-Richmondville, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 27 — Gloversville at Queensbury, 7:25 p.m.
Jan. 31 — Broadalbin-Perth at Johnstown, 7:25 p.m.
Feb. 3 — Hudson Falls at Gloversville, 7:25 p.m.; Queensbury at Johnstown, 10 p.m. (same-day tape)
Feb. 7 — Gloversville at Broadalbin-Perth, 7:25 p.m.; Scotia-Glenville at Johnstown, 10 p.m. (same-day tape)
Feb. 10 — Glens Falls at Johnstown, 7:25 p.m.; South Glens Falls at Gloversville, 10 p.m. (same-day tape)
Feb. 14 — Johnstown at South Glens Falls, 7:25 p.m.
Here are the college football games and NFL games that will be televised over the next several days.
The game schedule will also include Internet broadcasts on ESPN3.com. Most ESPN and ESPN2 games will be on ESPN3.com.
Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporters, are in parentheses. Announcing pairings and game broadcasts are subject to change.
CBS6 and CBS6 HD — N.Y. Jets at Washington, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts).
FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Denver at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); Green Bay at N.Y.
Giants, 4:15 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
NBC13 and NBC13 HD — Detroit at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
ESPN and ESPN HD — San Diego at Jacksonville, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski).
NFL Network and NFL HD — Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ABC10 and ABC10 HD — Conference USA championship game: Southern Mississippi at Houston, noon (Mike Patrick/Craig James/Lisa Salters); Texas at Baylor,
3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Matt Millen/Samantha Steele); Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Connecticut at Cincinnati, noon (Dave Pasch/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); ACC championship game: Virginia Tech vs. Clemson, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Syracuse at Pittsburgh, noon (Dave Lamont/Mike Bellotti); Brigham Young at Hawaii, 7:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Brock Huard).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Iowa State at Kansas State, 12:30 p.m (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis).
Versus and Versus HD — UNLV at Texas Christian, 2:30 p.m. (Paul Burmeister/Shaun King/Anthony Herron).
ESPN3.com — NCAA FCS playoffs second round: Old Dominion at Georgia Southern, 1 p.m. (Doug Bell/John Bunting); NCAA FCS playoffs second round: Maine at Appalachian State, 2 p.m. (John Sadak/Rene
Ingoglia); Troy at Arkansas State, 3 p.m. (announcers TBA); NCAA FCS playoffs second round: New Hampshire at Montana State, 3 p.m. (Trey Bender/Jay Taylor); NCAA FCS playoffs second round: Stony Brook at No. 1 Sam Houston State, 3 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Warrick Dunn); Utah State at New Mexico State, 3:30 p.m. (announcers TBA); NCAA FCS playoffs second round: Lehigh at Towson, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/John Gregory); Idaho at Nevada, 4 p.m. (announcers TBA); NCAA FCS playoffs second round: James Madison at North Dakota State, 4 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Jay Walker); NCAA FCS playoffs second round: Wofford at Northern Iowa,
5 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Rob Harley).
CBS6 and CBS6 HD — SEC championship game: Georgia vs. LSU, 4 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Big Ten Conference championship game: Michigan State vs. Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Tim Brewster).
CBS Sports Network and CBSN HD — Fresno State at San Diego State, 8 p.m. (James Bates/Aaron Taylor/Brooke Collins).