D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Russ Thaler
Perhaps no member of the D.C. Sports Media works as closely with the sports staff of the Washington Post as Russ Thaler, the host of Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live. (The only other candidates that come to mind would be WPL producer Andy Siegel, WPL booker Manda Gross and Sports Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz.)
WPL, if you haven't heard, airs from 5-6 week days on the SportsyNet, with frequent 11 pm replays. And Thaler, if you didn't know, is one of the longest serving employees of CSN, having joined the network for its launch in April of 2001, along with other luminaries like Chick Hernandez and producers Joe Yasharoff and Larry Duvall.
Before the world-altering launch of WPL last March, Thaler anchored SportsNite and SportsRise and went out into the field to report, instead of being forced to share a set with people like Mike Wise and Ivan Carter. And before that, he was an anchor for Fox SportsNet, KLKN in Lincoln, Neb. and WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio.
Thaler grew up in New Jersey, played tennis at Emory, and once beaten future tennis pro Justin Gimelstob in a doubles match. He could be the best tennis player among the D.C. Sports Media Corps. He also frequently offers WPL's Post Script, a brief Sports Reporters-style commentary that closes the show. In the interest of full disclosure, here's what he said as Blog Show ended.
Bearing in mind that you have just two options, here's your chance to judge Russ Thaler. Choose carefully, and offer explanation below.
Previously, in order of approval: Steve Buckhantz, Dave Johnson, Joe Beninati, Sonny Jurgensen, Johnny Holliday, Charlie Slowes, Chick Hernandez, The Junkies, Mike Wise, Tony Kornheiser, Steve Czaban, Dave Feldman, George Michael, Rick "Doc" Walker, Brett Haber, John Riggins, Andy Pollin, Larry Michael.
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