Behind the Broadcast: Jacobs' style didn't fit in market
The rock group AC/DC wrote the song “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” 33 years ago for their “Back In Black” album. As a big music fan, I agree with that.
But there can be noise pollution on the radio when it comes to loud, obnoxious sportstalk show hosts.
Bruce Jacobs fits in that category. For two years, his voice polluted the Capital Region on ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM). He was brought in to replace Brian Sinkoff on Sept. 19, 2011, even though Sinkoff’s show was popular with the listeners because he had a nice mix of local and national sports.
Jacobs’ time at WTMM ended Friday. He announced on his Facebook page last month that he was leaving the station. His contract wasn’t renewed.
As I wrote on Jacobs’ first day on the air with his “Game On with Bruce Jacobs” show, he came off as arrogant. That may work in bigger markets like Phoenix, where Jacobs once worked, or on a national stage like his old FOX Sports Radio gig. But Capital Region listeners aren’t going to put up with it.
My comments infuriated Jacobs. He began to take shots at me and my college hockey coverage. I never heard the comments, but people who listened would tell me about it. I would just chuckle. Once in a while, I would tune in to hear if he would say something. Alas, he didn’t say anything.
Maybe Jacobs wanted my attention. Maybe he actually liked me. Or maybe he wanted to draw me into a war of words. But the fact that I ignored him must have upset him very much. Apparently, I got into his head.
The final straw for him was when, on the night of Aug. 2, I tweeted that the station was airing ESPN Radio programming instead of the New York Yankees-San Diego Padres game, which started at 10 p.m. The station was 90 minutes late in getting the game on. Jacobs proceeded to rip me on the station’s Facebook page, and on his show Monday. I was out of town on vacation and didn’t hear the show, but got several messages about his tirade. Of course, if Jacobs bothered to read the tweets, he would have noticed that I never mentioned him.
Jacobs would also take shots at the journalism profession, yet he would write articles for the station’s webpage. Maybe he wanted to be an honest, hard-working journalist.
The problem with Jacobs’ style is that it may work for a few months, but after a while, it becomes stale and pollutes the airwaves. Eventually, people tune out. Maybe that is why Jacobs has bounced around in his career.
I have some advice for Jacobs. It may be time to reassess your career. You need to lay low for a while. Being obnoxious isn’t the way to go.
If you don’t change, then it will be “Game Over” for your career.
Football TV schedule
Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week. New this season are the NFL Sunday Ticket games on DirecTV.
Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses. Announcing teams are subject to change.
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Tampa Bay at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch/Erin Andrews); Green Bay at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf/Tracy Wolfson).
NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (Michaels/Collinsworth/Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Cincinnati at Chicago, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms); Miami at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots); Oakland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon); Kansas City at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes/Steve Tasker); Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts); Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa); Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Ronde Barber/Kris Budden).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Philadelphia at Washington, 6:55 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters); Houston at San Diego, 10:15 p.m. (Chris Berman/Trent Dilfer).
NFL and NFL HD — N.Y. Jets at New England, 8:25 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Florida at Miami, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); South Carolina at Georgia, 4:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Notre Dame at Michigan, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Cincinnati at Illinois, noon (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); Oregon at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Texas at BYU, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor).
SNY and SNY HD — Houston at Temple, noon (Eamon McAnaney/Anthony Becht/Brooke Weisbrod).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — South Florida at Michigan State, noon (Tom Hart & John Congemi); Toledo at Missouri, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer); UAB at LSU, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport).
FS1 and FS1 HD — Oklahoma State at Texas San Antonio, noon (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga); Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State, 6:30 p.m. (Adam Alexa/Chris Simms); Washington State at Southern California, 10:30 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece).
MSG and MSG HD — Western Kentucky at Tennessee, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
BTN and BTN HD — Eastern Michigan at Penn State, noon (Scott Graham/Chuck Long); Syracuse at Northwestern, 6 p.m. (Matt Devlin/Glen Mason/Lisa Byington).
ESPN3 — Eastern Kentucky at Louisville, noon (Dave Weekley/John Gregory/Rotina McCann); Bowling Green at Kent State, noon (Michael Reghi/Doug Graber); Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky, noon; Clark Atlanta at West Alabama, noon; Army at Ball State, 1 p.m. (Trey Bender/Mark Herrmann); Western Carolina at Virginia Tech, 1:30 p.m. (John Sadak/John Bunting/Cat Whitehill); Maine at Massachusetts, 2 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/Brian Kinchen); Tennessee-Chattanooga at Georgia State, 2 p.m. (Dave Popkin/Stan Lewter); Tennessee-Martin at Boise State, 3 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Kevin O’Connell); New Hampshire at Central Michigan, 3 p.m. (Wayne Randazzo/Dustin Fox); Alcorn State at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Morgan/Cole Cubelic/Paul Carcaterra); Duke at Memphis, 4:30 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Al Groh); Ferris State at North Dakota State, 5 p.m.; Richmond at N.C. State, 6 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/KC Keeler/Sarah Stankavidge); James Madison at Akron, 6 p.m. (Frank Giardina/Jerrod Cherry); Furman at Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.; Wofford at Citadel, 6 p.m.; Alabama State at Jackson State, 7 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker) (this game will be on tape-delay on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m.); North Texas at Ohio, 7 p.m. (Keith Morehouse/Peter Vaas); Nicholls State at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Forrest Connoly); Prairie View A&M at Texas State, 7 p.m. (Brock Bowling/Jay Taylor); Savannah State at Troy, 7 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Roland Williams); Grambling State at Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m. (Roy Philpott/Barrett Brooks); Southeast Missouri State at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Richard Cross/Jesse Mitchell/Hannah Chalker); Samford at Arkansas, 7 p.m.; Sam Houston State at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.; South Dakota at Kansas, 7 p.m. (Gary Bender/Rich Baldinger); Monmouth at Liberty, 7 p.m.; Arkansas State at Auburn, 7:30 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Austin Peay at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. (Matt Stewart/Chris Doering/Angela Mallen); Montana State at SMU, 8 p.m. (Tyler Denning/Pete Najarian); Cal Poly at Fresno State, 10 p.m. (Peter Young/Corey Chavous).
MY13 (WNYT) and MY13 HD — Middle Tennessee at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — South Carolina State at Clemson, 12:30 p.m.(Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth); Buffalo at Baylor (joined in progress), 4 p.m. (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger); Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (Brendan Burke/JC Pearson/Lesley McCaslin).
ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — San Diego State at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake).
NBCSN and NBCSN HD — Delaware State at Delaware, 3:30 p.m.
ESPNEWS and ESPNEWS HD — Old Dominion at Maryland, 4 p.m. (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway).
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 and 1803 HD — UAlbany at Colgate, 6 p.m.
Pac-12 and Pac-12 HD — Weber State at Utah, 2 p.m. (Matt McConnell/Jamal Anderson); Portland State at California, 5 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage); Hawaii at Oregon State, 8 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein/Anthony Herron); San Jose State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent).
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — West Virginia at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).
CBSSN and CBSSN HD — Norfolk State at Rutgers, noon (Jason Knapp/Christian Fauria); Utah State at Air Force, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Adam Archuleta/Evan Washington); Colorado State at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (Ben Holden/Tom Bradley/Kristine Leahy); Arizona at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. (Andrew Catalon/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).
FOX College Sports Pacific — South Dakota State at North Dakota, 7 p.m.
FOX College Sports Atlantic — New Mexico at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m. (Dave Barnett/Gary Reasons).
ESPN and ESPN HD — TCU at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Ponder).
FS1 and FS1 HD — Tulane at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Petros Papadakis/Kristina Pink).
CBSSN and CBSSN HD — Chadron State at West Texas A&M, 8 p.m. (Brent Stover/Corey Chavous/Lisa Byington).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Air Force at Boise State, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).