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Seeking Transistor Radio for Skins Coverage

Please sir, this is not for you.

So this is a fun tale of media intrigue, media carping and the effort to deliver raw, unfiltered content without the interference of "a 26-year old reporter that really doesn't know necessarily what's really going on." If you find media covering media about media coverage insufferably boring, move right along, stat.

So let's back up for one second. After every Redskins game, the official radio team of Larry, Sonny and Sam conducts exclusive live interviews inside the locker room, interviews that other media members typically eavesdrop on to mine for possible quotes. Anyone listening to the post-game coverage of the Cardinals game might remember a bit of hubbub during the live Chris Samuels interview. Samuels was talking about how he had been spit upon. A print journalist, my co-worker Jason Reid, attempted to ask Samuels a question, and was shouted down; at least one member of the off-air radio entourage put his hands on Jason. A transcript:

Larry Michael: "We're live right now, please, we're live right now, this is not for you to be in."
Jason: "Don't put your hands on me, don't put your hands on me."
Samuels: "Y'all chill out man, y'all chill out man. Y'all cool out man."
Jason: "Don't put your hands on me."
Samuels: "Y'all cool out man. Can we get the camera on this?"


Larry: "Chris, a 'W' is a 'W'....[commotion in background]
Samuels: "Y'all cool out man."
Jason: "Don't put your...."
Larry: "That's one of the most violent things we've seen all day, isn't it?"
Samuels: "That's like the most controversy...."
Jason: "What are you gonna do?"
Larry: "Hey Chris, congratulations on the 'W' and way to keep your cool. I don't know how I deal with that."

Now, the reason I could recreate that transcript is because the next day, Larry and Bram Weinstein spent approximately 11 minutes dealing with the media excitement on "Redskins Radio," their hour-long program that's simulcast on Comcast SportsyNet. For the record, Bram is a tremendous karaoke singer and Larry has been very nice to me in recent weeks, but their playful savaging of an anonymous print reporter for 11 minutes over a misunderstanding seemed odd, at best. Only bloggers are allowed to obsess over media sniping like that. And Jason is on my team, so I have to take his side. Some nuggets:

Bram: "Here's the thing, this is now the second or third media fight that has occurred in the Redskins' locker room that I have not been witness to."

Larry: "I don't know what's happened? Has someone been spiking the water of the media? I don't know."

Bram: "It's been sort of chippy this year, I don't know particularly why, it's been a little chippy this year."....

Bram: "This is live on our air, and we don't employ you as an interviewer, so do not go on our air and ask questions."

Larry: "It's a common sense thing."

Bram: "Yes, common sense."

Larry: "If you've been in the media long enough, you should have the common sense to know how to do your job."

Ouch. Now hang on just a minute boys. Jason happens to have been in the media for 18 years, having spent much of that time in NBA and MLB locker rooms and clubhouses; he's new to the NFL and new to the Redskins and didn't know that you guys were live on the air and had this exclusive bringing-power-straight-to-the-people-via-folksy-interviews mission. Had he known, do you really think he would have interrupted live radio? He later said he was too shocked to find himself being handled inside a locker room to really comprehend what was happening. The simulcast continued:

Larry: "A guy came up, and you heard me say 'Please, sir.' Did you hear me say the word please?"

Bram: "I know. You actually handled that extremely well, I have to give you credit, because it's a live scenario and you could have easily turned to him and said, 'Hey, get your....' "

Larry: "I could have lost it: 'Get the blank out of my face, get the blank out of our interviews.' Well, you know what, hopefully that person learned a lesson, and I hope we all learned a lesson. I don't want to use this forum necessarily to say what I really think, because if I do there are some people that are going to get upset. I mean, really."

Bram: "What happens at the point where Chris Samuels had to intervene and get people to stop doing whatever they were doing?"

Larry: "Well, people overreacted. I thought this individual overreacted just a little bit."

Bram: "Was there a fight?"

Larry: "No blows were thrown. You would have heard it. You heard what happened, there was a little bit of yelling going on, a little bit of back and forth, but really, you know, I think common sense should be applied here."

Bram: "Of course."

Larry: "If you see someone doing an exclusive interview, what do you expect's gonna happen if you try to bust in?"

Etc. etc. Like I said, 11 minutes worth. Hopefully by Week 17, when the Redskins are getting ready to put the finishing touches on their 13-3 campaign, all the various media members and paid employees of the Redskins will be able to hang out in a bar together and laugh over a chippy season and toast all the irresponsible 26-year-old reporters and bloggers in the world, plus B-Lloyd.

In the meantime, the Redskins sent out the a press release a few days later carrying a reminder about how Redskins Radio has exclusive rights to these post-game interviews, but that other media members are welcome to listen in, silently.

And so we get, finally, to Monday's postgame at the Jets, where Shaun Suisham was on air talking about how he treats every kick the same, and Sam Huff was talking about "Cool Hand Luke" in an effort to make sure the broadcast skewed AARP, and meanwhile a team employee was gruffly encouraging me to head back to Suisham's locker and wait for the interview to end. So I made the old "zipping mouth shut with fingers" motion, and he said again, rather audibly, that I ought to head back to Suisham's locker and wait him out, and that we "don't need to go through this again," or something to that effect.

And so my new plan is this: I'll get a transistor radio, whatever that is, and I'll bring it into the Redskins postgame locker room and tune into Redskins Radio, assuming I can find the signal, and then play it in a separate corner of the locker room for all the media schlubs who might wander too close to the circle of exclusivity, and that way we can get our quotes and the radio station's ratings will go up and everyone can be happy and those halcyon days referenced above can more quickly come to pass. The end.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2007; 9:41 AM ET
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Snyder causing fights in the locker room with his exclusive radio rights?

Donnie Simpson would never approve of this.

Posted by: | November 7, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

This is how bad the Redskins receivers have been this year:

After breaking off a piece of my kit kat bar i threw the remaining slightly wrapped kit kat bar stick to my buddy at work.
He caught it.
Then said "I am trying to stay away from chocolate" and procedeed to throw it back to me.
I caught it.
And i said:"Wow now we have more receptions than the redskins have had all year"
And that 2nd kit kat bar stick was therefore not as enjoyable.

Posted by: Delasoulos | November 7, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Les Carpenter wouldn't have put up with that BS.

Posted by: DBKAlum | November 7, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Yet another instance where the Redskins have lost it ...

Can we fire Larry Michaels please? He's awful.

Posted by: DC Centurion's Shield | November 7, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Great story...

And yes, misunderstandings happen, but that doesn't mean that people have to be jerks about it.

Funny, Larry almost acts like he would've been justified if he had "lost it"...Really?

I agreed with the ScottVanPeltStyle...this is all because of Little Danny Snyder AKA Tiny Dancer.

Posted by: | November 7, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

But it makes for great print!

Posted by: Skin Patrol | November 7, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Snyder sucks and his whole FO sucks. Do not stop media, man. He is an a-hole

Posted by: hardhitter | November 7, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for unraveling the mystery of what happened to JReid. Was he allowed back in the locker room after that incident? Good thing, however, that we can get raw, unfiltered and hard hitting insight from that crack team of intrepid Redskins' broadcasters. I love this team, I really do, but I cannot wait for the day when people stop being suckers for seasons tickets with seats that no human should be subjected to and The Danny faces local TV blackouts.


Posted by: Lester Burnham | November 7, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I think these are the only radios that would work in Dan Snyder's locker room:

Posted by: Joe Stalin | November 7, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a blog with some info, you've outdone yourself. It would be funny for someone to bring in a radio and then blast it near them with the reverb and delay though.

You should do it.

Posted by: SeanTizzy2DaHizzy | November 7, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Larry Michael is a d-bag. Then to have the audicity to commend himself for not "Seriously losing it."

I wish he'd drive his Toyota Titan to sportscasters asylum or off a cliff.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 7, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: littles | November 7, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

You don't want to see what happens when larry michael LOSES IT. What a tool bag I am, my broadcast is terrible and I've sold my soul to this midget owner who can't go get a GM to run his team. Can you believe I actually picked the skins to beat new england? Boy I suck, but I only did it for you danny. I predict the skins to win every week cause I dont want to get fired, but when have the skins gone undefeated? Maybe next year, love ya MR SNYDER, thanks for employing me eventhough I suck and everyone hates listening to the games (if you get a signal)

Posted by: Larry Michael | November 7, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Everything about this team makes it more difficult each week to stay a fan.

Posted by: Chimpanzee Rage | November 7, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

What is this "transistor radio" thing you speak of?

Posted by: Cindy | November 7, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Blow the lid off them, Danno. Get the "Redskins Employee's" name and publish it. Along with a copy of the press release that says you are allowed to be there.

Make waves. Stop the misinformation coming out of Redskins Park.

Bram Weinstein should know better. He was batting for WTEM just a couple of years ago and should know the score on that front.



Posted by: JayRockers! | November 7, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that reporters aren't charged by The Danny to even get in the locker room.

Steinz, don't you wish it was college hoops season already?

Posted by: odessasteps | November 7, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Larry ... I've been meaning to get something off my chest and I guess this may be the best opportunity to do it. I really don't enjoy working with you and I hope that in the near future the Redskins hand you your pink slip and I can take over play-by-play duties.


Posted by: Bram Weinstein | November 7, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Now look, I'm not sure how many more good years Sam's got in the booth, but there ain't more than a chimp trainer's fingers' worth of movies better than Cool Hand Luke, and them's debatable. Yes, I'm under 65.

Posted by: worstSeat | November 7, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Your claim taht Jason can claim ignorance is refuted by your own transcript. According to YOUR account of events, the first words out of Larry Michael's mouth was to tell him that they were live. I have no love for Larry Michael who strong-armed his predecessor into retirement, but Jason was 100% in the wrong, and by extension so are you for defending him. Also, according to Weinstein's blog that references this blog, your man never apologized.

Posted by: Brian | November 8, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Brian, the "live" comment came after the initial attempted question by JR. The mistake had already been made.

This event, in my eyes, ceased to be about a media gaffe the moment someone put their hands on JR. The correct way to handle this would have been to make a quick on air joke as an assistant attempted to redirect JR away from the broadcast area and explain his mistake to him. You don't put your hands on someone and expect them to be quiet.

I agree with Bram that JR should apologize, but so should whoever tried to manhandle him. The Redskins Radio people completely mishandled what could have been brushed off with a quick-witted joke.

I wonder what would have happened if this had been after a loss.

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | November 8, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Redskins really know how much they effed up by firing Frank Herzog and hiring Larry Michaels. The guy is a complete joke. I used to listen to the radio broadcast and mute my television, but now I'd rather listen to Kenny Albert and Tony Siragusa talk about how many hot dogs Tony has eaten today. It's awful!

I implore everyone to get a vote going of who they like more. Larry Michaels or Frank Herzog?

I choose Herzog

Posted by: Travis Rechenbach | November 8, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

See....this is the arrogance of the media. What has been a problem with the national media is now corrupting the sports media. There is a sense of entitlement and "I'm a Fxxxing sports reporter and the teams and players I cover are not as important as I am" You know what....if you can do nothing but find negatives about every sports team you cover, then go write about the national news. I want factual and fair coverage....not vendetta coverage....which is what I have scene mostly from the Post over the past several years. (Although JLC is a huge improvement. Shame you lost Bryant, he has future star written all over his work! Big loss.)

Anyway...the reporter in question WAS IN THE WRONG yet apparently has still failed to even apologize for it. And then he wants to make a huge scene because someone is pushing him away from the interview because he is soooo stupid that he cannot figure out that it is an exclusive interview with the Redskins broadcast team. How dare anyone touch a reporter. And how dare a Redskin official attempt to prevent something like that from happening again with you! How dare they!!!!!

The Redskins are a privately owned team and the locker room is THEIR are a guest...try to act like one.....

Even your little shot at Sam Huff in your blog shows your dare a "non-professional" do sports reporting. News reporter arrogance is the root cause why so many Redskins fans, and news readers in general, are avoiding newspapers and the so called "real" media for other sources of information.'s ruining your profession and is the cause of your Washington Post declining sales.

Posted by: SonnyandSam | November 8, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

So this is where everyone who hates the Redskins organization comes to cry?
Oh no, Larry Michael was talking about an ignorant, untrained reporter for 11 minutes! Need a tissue?

Guess some people are pretty jealous of Larry and Bram, too bad, they are great.

Keep covering your emotions by hating the team until they win, and then declaring yourself a believer. That way you don't feel the loses, just enjoy the wins.

Posted by: Aireskoi | November 9, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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