Welcome to episode No. 56 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 podcast features ESPN host Adnan Virk, a versatile player who works on the network’s college football and MLB coverage, as well as ESPN Radio.
On this episode, Virk discusses the ESPN defections of Skip Bayless and Mike Tirico, the impact of being the first Muslim anchor hired by ESPN, his friendship with Curt Schilling and how that was impacted after Schilling was suspended by ESPN (Schilling apologized several times to Virk after his comments about Muslims), whether being a sports generalist is good or bad in his profession, how he got his job at ESPN while working in Canada, the Canadian star power of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, whether he was a legitimate contender to replace Scott Van Pelt after he left his radio show with Ryen Russillo, whether Danny Kannel is a bro or pro, the importance of having a well-known agent while working in the sports TV field, his brother taking photos with Skip Bayless, the potential of a future podcast and much more.
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