Media column version 09.16.11

UPDATED: 8:45 a.m.

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A link to today’s media column (linked here), which focuses more into Jay Mariotti’s media comeback options now that his personal issues seem to have been resolved (along with a cyberbook tour), the NFL ratings from Week 1 and why Dan Le Batard’s dad could have his own TV show with Petro Papadakis’ father … or something like that.

What it doesn’t include: Why Jason Smith has left ESPN Radio (he announced Thursday night that he’s got a new gig with the Culver City-based NFL Network, starting Sunday, hosting “NFL Fantasy Live” and writing for nfl.com). “All Night With Jason Smith” has been on since he replaced Todd Wright in September, of 2005. He had worked for KSPN-AM (710) before that, and did his ESPN Radio national show out of the ESPN studios in L.A. Live the last couple of years.

Or why Brian Kenney has also left ESPN for the MLB Network. He starts studio work on Monday.

With Smith, Dan Patrick, Tony Bruno and Erik Kuselias gone from ESPN Radio, and Scott Van Pelt and Doug Gottlieb still around, what does the national side still have to offer. If you said Colin Cowherd and Mike & Mike …. sorry.

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