Story By Ken Krayeske • 11:45 PM EST
Marqutte fans know how to needle the man. From Getty Images
Mainstream radio hosts are mostly not your friends. With an exception here or there, many of the most powerful voices on radio dial seem to have no interest in telling two sides of the story.
On the plus side, Chaz and AJ stepped it up this week with their operatta about Jim Calhoun, the loser of the week, and actually gave me 20 minutes of air time this morning on WPLR in New Haven. And on Monday, too. Uninterrupted - a miracle for these guys.
Monday and Tuesday, I appeared on a flurry of sports talk radio shows in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Hartford (with Jason Page), Boston, Miami, San Antonio and nationally on ESPN with Brian Kenny and Chris Russo's satellite station, the B Team with Bruce Murray and Bill Pidto.
And as the week wore on, the media that continued to broadcast my story tended to be liberal, like today Joe Dupnik, on Storrs' own WHUS, gave me almost 45 minutes on his show Festive Intoxications. Tonday Cenk Uygur with the Young Turks and Dave Zirin on the Edge of Sports, both satellite and internet venues, offered me an opportunity to speak.
It seems Calhoun has more friends in radioland, though. For example, Brad Davis has been trouncing me all week. So has Dan Lovallo. Has either bothered to call me for comment? No. I called the Brad Davis show this morning, and the gruff man who answered said I needed to talk to the producer. I left a message, and have yet to hear back. I doubt I will.
Mike and Mike in the Morning, ESPN's nationally syndicated show, has been beating me up all week. Did they bother to call me? No. I contacted their producer today, because I feel like I should have an opportunity for fair comment. He said he would get back to me.
Mike Francesa on WFAN has been pounding on me this week too. Afternoon sports radio fan Mike Francesa gave Calhoun free run of WFAN 50,000 watts Friday afternoon. Francesa didn't call me for comment - yet I'm not a journalist and Francesa is?
According to the Courant, Calhoun had an afternoon media day. He said to Francesa in particular:
"I would have liked to have had maybe a statement come out of our athletic department at a particular point in time," he said. "And I think the earlier the better, simply saying that 'Coach may have been a little too harsh on the individual, yet he's our guy.'