What’s included in this week’s media column (linked here): The voices of the women’s sports media in the wake of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Thanks again to those who answered our call to add context to this — their first-person stories are there in the previous 16 blog entries.
We also took the leap to create our own Top 40 list — those women who raised the bar in the sports media field over the last 40 years. In today’s print editions, we ran the list alphabetically. If we were to run it 1-to-40, this would be our top 10:
10. Phyllis George; 9. Sally Jenkins; 8. Molly Solomon; 7. Ann Meyers Drysdale; 6. Doris Burke; 5. Andrea Kremer; 4. Mary Carillo; 3. Christine Brennan; 2. Lesley Visser; 1. Donna de Varona.
What’s not included in today’s media column:
== Even more interesting reads in the media on the Title IX ramifications from staff writer Bob Keisser (Thursday, on the effects of the rule linked here and today, on the Jackie Robinson effect on it, linked here).
== More with De Varona and the ESPNW project, via ESPN (linked here).
== Recognizing the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Title IX legislation, the ESPN family of networks (including ABC, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPNU) has the following programming planned for Saturday:
= On Channel 7 (KABC): ESPN Sports Saturday (2 to 4 p.m.): A feature is included on the impact of Title IX and college sports.
= On ESPN: WNBA: Chicago at Minnesota, 9:30 a.m.; Sparks at Phoenix, 6 p.m.; USA Softball vs. Canada in Oklahoma City in the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration game, 4 p.m.
= On ESPN2: “Sporting Chance”: A one-hour documentary produced by the NCAA on the passage of Title IX, 9 a.m.; “E:60 Women’s Special,” profiles on Maria Sharapova, Michelle Akers, Christy Martin, Chelsea Baker and Indi Cowie, 10 a.m.; “USA Soccer: Leveling the Field” half-hour special on the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup gold-medal winning team and a roundtable discussion on the impact of Title IX with Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Heather O’Reilly and Donna de Varona, at 2 p.m.
= On ESPNU: The Honda Sports Awards honoring the top female athletes in the NCAA, hosted by Wendi Nix and Samantha Steele from ESPN’s L.A. studios, noon.
= ESPN Classic: The 1973 Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs tennis match, which hasn’t aired on TV since 2003: 6 p.m.
== A CBS Radio network, by Jan. 2, 2013? To compete with a new NBC Radio network? To compete with the existing ESPN Radio network? Radio? Really? (linked here). Where would it land in L.A.? Most likely, the 24/7 all-sports station would be on KFWB-AM (980), the former all-news station that seems to have been off the radar since losing the format. The CBS Sports Radio network would air on Cumulus Media Networks’ 67-owned stations.
“In this era of growing multimedia platforms, the addition of a national radio network to CBS Sports’ broadcast, cable and digital properties allows us to extend the storied CBS Sports brand to radio listeners across the country,” said CBS Sports chair Sean McManus in a statement. “We are pleased CBS Sports Radio will allow fans to consume CBS Sports content on a different platform from some of the most recognizable and respected broadcasters in the industry.”
CBS Sports stations include WFAN-AM in New York, WSCR-AM in Chicago, WIP-FM in Philadelphia, WBZ-FM in Boston, WXYT-FM in Detroit, WJZ-FM in Baltimore and KDKA-AM in PIttsburgh that will pick up some of the programming. Several stations in the list are dropping ESPN Radio programming for this format. CBS is also adding KNBR-AM and KTCT-AM in San Francisco.
== We can’t get over the fact that Saturday’s U.S. Track and Field Olympic qualifying championships from Eugene, Ore., are carried on tape-delay by NBC from 8-to-9 p.m. They are live in the East in that window, which would otherwise be from 5-to-6 p.m., as Allyson Felix is competing in the 100 meter finals. On KNBC-Channel 4, they’re showing the Chris Matthew show and NBC Nightly News — so maybe they’ll report the result?
== Leading into the NBC Sports Net’s coverage of the IRL Iowa 250 on Saturday (5 p.m.) is a new episode of “IndyCar 36” featuring Camarillo’s Charlie Kimball at 4:30 p.m. “IndyCar 36” follows a driver around at a race — here, it tagged along with Kimball at the Milwaukee Mile. Kimball has diabetes and uses a pump on his steering column during a race for insulin.
== Darren Rovell is leaving CNBC and going back to ESPN (linked here).
== Gus Johnson is joined by Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver, with aspiring reporter Jim Gray at ringside, when Showtime does the Victor Ortiz-Josesito Lopez fight card from Staples Center on Saturday. It’ll be delayed at 6 p.m. The prelims are broadcast under the “Showtime Extreme” brand starting at 4 p.m. with Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood. David Dinkins Jr. produces and Bob Dumphy directs the telecasts.
== The NBC Sports Network has the 2012 NHL Draft (Friday, 4 p.m.) for the first two hours, with the last hour going over to CNBC. The NHL Network has the simulcast starting at 6 p.m.
== Fox is actually promoting the fact that it will have Charlie Sheen in the booth with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver during its regional coverage of the Mets-Yankees game from CitiField on Saturday (4:15 p.m.), which goes to 38 percent of the country.It’s because Sheen is promoting his new FX sitcom “Anger Management,” where he plays a therapist who was a stalled minor league baseball prospect whose road to the majors was sidetracked. He makes it to the bigs, but after one season, his anger issues put him on the shelf for good. The series starts June 28.
In L.A., viewers will see the Dodgers-Angels game from Anaheim (Channel 11) with Kenny Albert and Eric Karros.
== Who’s left at Sports Illustrated? (linked here).
== We join everyone in hoping and praying for the very best outcome for Roberto Baly, a passionate Dodger fan and an equally enthusiastic author of the VinScullyIsMyHomeboy.com Dodger fan site, and his great young family (linked here)