Beth Mowins, above, discusses a recent time in her ESPN career when she had an 18-day road trip that involved seven games across five events.
After a week off, we’ll generate some more media-ness for this Sunday. But until then, the notes that are worth noting at this point:
Los Angeles Oakland Raiders’ exhibition opener against the visiting Los Angeles St. Louis Rams (tonight, 7 p.m., Channel 5) comes with the notation that Beth Mowins, most recognizable for her work on college basketball, softball and college football at ESPN, has been given the chance to do play-by-play.
The first, and last, woman to broadcast an NFL game was when NBC had Gayle Sirens did a late-season Seattle-Kansas City game in 1987.
Working with former Raiders Tim Brown and Matt Millen on three of the four exhibition games, Mowins recently told SI.com’s Richard Deitsche that it probably didn’t hurt that she’s a Syracuse graduate — as was former Raiders owner Al Davis, who has been known for giving many females high-profile positions in his organization. Davis’ son, Mark, the current owner, said he did not want to do simply a radio simulcast on the exhibition games. Those games come to the L.A. market on KLAC-AM (570) (along with the Chargers) or KEIB-AM (1150) with Greg Papa and Tom Flores.
“Beth is an accomplished woman and I congratulate her and wish her all the very best,” Amy Trask, a CBS Sports NFL studio analyst and the first female CEO of an NFL team when Davis hired her for the Raiders, told Deitsche. “That said, you asked me how significant I believe her hire to be. The most significant moment will be when we stop referring to the hiring of qualified women (and racial, ethnic and religious minorities) as significant. In other words, when qualified people are hired without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religious or other differentiating characteristics, that will be the most significant, indeed momentous, event of all. My experience with Raiders fans was that my gender was of no concern to the vast majority of them and I believe and hope that will be Beth’s experience as well.”
Mowins said in an Associated Press story this week that “to be able to do it with the Raiders is pretty cool. I’m friends with Gayle Sirens so it’s pretty cool that it has come back full circle and the opportunity is there for me.”
Mowins also told the San Jose Mercury News that growing up, she wanted to be Pat Summerall. She told the San Francisco Chronicles Ann Killion that “you have to have a hard shell and be able to take it and bounce back.”
Now, we’ll see where this leads. We also second Deistche’s suggestion on MMQB.com that ESPN should go so far as to put Mowins instead of Chris Berman on the network’s Vikings-49ers telecast on Sept. 7, the second of a Monday night opening doubleheader.
The Raiders’ exhibition schedule continues at Minnesota (Saturday, Aug. 22) and ends at Seattle (Thursday, Sept. 3) with a game at Oakland against Arizona on Sunday, Aug. 30, that NBC televises nationally with its’ “Sunday Night’ crew.
The Raiders’ replayed games are often found on NFL Network as well.
== Colin Cowherd showed up at a recent USC football practice this week adorned in a Trojans cap and T-shirt?
So …. welcome to L.A.? Officially. Just keep getting free shirts and you may never have to do laundry again.
Fox Sports detailed his arrival at the company this week in his post-ESPN career, which starts with bringing “The Herd” to Fox Sports Radio — including KLAC-AM (570) –on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
He’ll take the 9 a.m. to noon hole right after Dan Patrick.
But according to sources who know that the Dodgers insist there be seven hours of local programming on the station now that the team has made an investment in it, it goes against logic that Jay Mohr will be the odd voice out. His current syndicated noon-to-3 p.m. slot will be commandeered by the two currently fumbling their way through the 9 a.m.-to-noon window — Bill Reiter and Leeann Tweeden — and becoming the Cowherd post-game show won’t help at all as they become buried even further trying to survive against KSPN-AM (710)’s Steve Mason and John Ireland, or even Fred Roggin over on The Beast 980.
Mohr, who has more than a year left on his radio deal after replacing Jim Rome way back when, will still be accessible through the IHeartRadio.com stream, but just no where in the L.A. market on the radio dial. That could drive the well-known comic off the rails.
This new version of “The Herd” — it had been known as “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” when it launched on the West Coast in 2004 — will also go simulcast live on Fox Sports 1. That means the simulcast of the Mike Francessa radio show moves to FS2. Is that still a channel?
The other element of the job for Cowherd is becoming part of the Fox NFL Kickoff show team on Sundays on FS1 from 8-to-9 a.m., leading into the “Fox NFL Sunday” show (on Channel 11). The show has yet to announce its full team.
“Colin is the first person I hired for my first daily studio show at ESPN (‘SportsNation’ in July, ’09), so it’s fitting that he’s the first one I’m hiring at FS1,” said recently installed Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz. “Colin is a unique voice in sports media with a loyal following of fans, and we’re looking forward to building our daytime programming around him.”
Cowherd said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that it wasn’t vital that he have “a presence” on the FS1 NFL pregame show, because “I’m not somebody that demands a presence. I would rather be on a thoughtful [program]. I don’t need to be the star. My radio show obviously is built around my personality. To me, radio is about making you uncomfortable. Television is about making you comfortable: Who do you like? Who do you want to be friends with? So I don’t need to tower over people in television. If I can be a part of a really great project, I’m all in.”