Welcome to the 20th episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work, and interesting people about the sports media.
This week’s guests are FS1 anchor Mike Hill and New York Times best-selling author and former Daily News sports writer Wayne Coffey. In the episode, Hill discusses the differences of working at Fox Sports versus ESPN (where he worked for a decade), how he prepares for FS1’s America’s Pregame (which he hosts), being told by a staffer at ESPN when he first started that his delivery was “too urban” and how that impacted him for years, branching out beyond sports and much more.
Coffey discusses what it was like being laid off by the Daily News after 30 years (he says the newspaper removed his email access a few hours after letting him go), the state of the newspaper business, how he approaches writing books with prominent subjects (he’s written books with R.A. Dickey and Mariano Rivera, he’s currently working on one with Carli Lloyd and he has a book with Urban Meyer coming out in October titled Above The Line: Lessons In Leadership And Life From A Championship Season) and what his future holds for him.