written by R. L. Bynum A look at two experiences covering protests: A sports writer and a photojournalist who frequently shoots sports Across the country, many journalists you’re used to seeing at sports venues have been covering the protests of racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. There were plenty… Read more »
Author: Hayes Permar
Media Musings: Sports Media Pivot to Pandemic
written by R.L. Bynum Pandemic has presented challenges for sports writers, reasons for anxiety It’s a difficult time for many sports journalists. Until NASCAR restarted its season May 17, there were no live sports to cover and plenty of uncertainty to trigger anxiety. Even with robust online traffic at many newspapers, the digital revenue… Read more »
Media Musings: Bob Sutton made Burlington better.
written by R.L. Bynum Gannett laid off one of the best in Bob Sutton It would be natural for some people to let up on the accelerator in their last week after being laid off. But that never would be natural for Bob Sutton, whose work ethic over his nearly 25 years as sports… Read more »
Media Musings: Panthers Bring Balboni Home
written by R.L. Bynum “Balbiz” returns to her home state to cover her home team Growing up in a family of Tar Heels fans, Kristen Balboni remembers riding around Southern Pines in her dad’s Chevy Blazer listening to Woody Durham call North Carolina games. They would also turn the sound down on the television and… Read more »
Media Musings: David Glenn playing golf, weighing options
written by R.L. Bynum Glenn weighs many options but doesn’t miss hosting sports show during a pandemic Around noon last Thursday, David Glenn and Daron Vaught were together just as they were most weekdays at that time the previous nearly five years. Instead of talking into microphones during “The David Glenn Show,” taking listener calls… Read more »
Media Musings: Sports Radio Shake-up
written by R.L. Bynum New sports radio shows launch Monday after some unexpected moves Big sports radio changes in the Triangle and statewide were announced earlier this month, with two new shows to launch Monday. On March 6, there were two stunning moves and a surprising end for two long-standing, popular shows that each lasted… Read more »
Media Musings: Wait, what? We let someone do a feature on Josh Graham?
written by R.L. Bynum Hard work, good advice earned Graham drive-time gig at a young age Countless sports writers have covered big beats by their mid-20s, particularly in recent years. There are fewer broadcasters who become radio sports talk show hosts at such a young age. It’s even rarer to be the sole host for… Read more »
Media Musings: From wrestling to WRAL, meet the Triangle’s newest sports anchor
Lea held a variety of jobs on his way to becoming WRAL’s lead sports anchor It’s an understatement to say that Chris Lea will bring a unique variety of experience to WRAL next month. The most relevant, of course, is his seven years at Triad NBC affiliate WXII, including more than four years in sports,… Read more »