Sports Animal talk show host Jim Traber has been ranked No. 66 on Talkers magazine's first ranking of the top 100 sports talk show hosts. Traber, a former Oklahoma State quarterback and Baltimore Orioles first baseman, is the only Oklahoma radio host on the magazine's “Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk.” Doug Gottlieb of ESPN Radio did not make the list.
The top five: 1. Mike Francesca, WFAN, New York; 2. Jim Rome, Premiere Networks; 3. Dan Patrick, Fox Sports Radio; 4. Boomer Esiason and Craig Canton, WFAN, New York; 5. Mike Valenti and Terry Foster, WXYT-FM, Detroit.
Other notables: 6. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN Radio; 8. Tony Kornheiser, WTEM, Washington, D.C.; 19. Kevin Calabro, KIRO-AM, Seattle; 22. Colin Cowherd, ESPN Radio; 24. Tom Tolbert, KNBR, San Francisco; 27. Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson, KTCK, Dallas; 57. Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco, WEPN-FM, New York; 59. Randy Galloway, KESN, Dallas; 80. Norm Hitzges, KTCK, Dallas.
FSOK to cover Big 12 media days
Fox Sports Oklahoma will have live coverage of Big 12 Football Media Days early sessions from 10-11 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Wendell Barnhouse and Lesley McCaslin will anchor the shows from the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas. FSOK also will televise 30-minute recap shows, hosted by hosted by Ric Renner, at 10:30 p.m. Monday and 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Tuesday's show will follow the season premiere of “Fox Sports Live: Cowboys Training Camp” at 10:30 p.m. Dallas Cowboys radio voice Brad Sham and Cowboys Insider Mickey Spagnola will provide 15-minute update shows that will air after Texas Rangers postgame shows.
— WWLS-FM 98.1 had a strong spring Arbitron ratings book, ranking No. 1 in men ages 25 to 54. ESPN 640, which made its debut March 29, had only a minimal showing, but showed growth throughout the survey.
— MLB Network will have exclusive coverage of the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Twelve-time Cincinnati Reds All-Star Barry Larkin and the late Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo are being inducted. Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will provide live coverage from Cooperstown, N.Y.
— Fox Sports' lead game analyst Tim McCarver will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. McCarver is the only network television baseball analyst to broadcast the last 23 regular and postseasons.
— With McCarver and broadcast partner Joe Buck in Cooperstown, Chris Myers and Mark Gubicza will call the main Fox baseball game, Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels, at 3 p.m. Saturday. Yu Darvish is expected to start for the Rangers.
— Rangers-Angels also will be ESPN's Sunday night game. Dan Shulman will call the 7 p.m. game with analysts Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona and reporter Buster Olney.
— Samantha Steele has been named to replace Erin Andrews on the first hour of ESPN's “College GameDay,” 8-9 a.m. on ESPNU. She also will provide features and updates from 9-11 a.m. on ESPN. Steele, who had been a reporter for the Longhorn Network, also will be a sideline reporter on ESPN's Thursday game. Andrews recently jumped to Fox.
— Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson made his “This is SportsCenter” debut Wednesday. In the new ad, he coaches anchor Scott Van Pelt on posture and delivery from the “SportsCenter” set.