We’ve written a post or twenty about the Bay Area’s sports talk stations and the hosts they pay to talk all day. Based on the comments those posts have generated, it sure seems like a lot of BASG’s readers think they can do a better job behind the mic. 95.7 FM “The Game” is giving you a shot to break into the industry.
The Game announced an upcoming “sports reality competition” called “Lucky Break” that will take place over the next couple of months. I generally don’t post on the public relations announcements the Bay Area’s FM sports station sends to my inbox on a semi-regular basis, but this idea’s appealing for a few reasons.
1. Just as seen in reality shows like American Idol (which I never watch, but I’m pretty sure I get the gist), there are probably going to be a few great contestants who could make some of the current hosts around here a little nervous. There are also bound to be some absolutely horrible wannabe radio yakkers who bring to light just how difficult it is to perform on air every day — even for trained broadcasters.
2. This isn’t exactly a new idea — ESPN and MTV had similar competitions to find SportsCenter anchors and VJs years ago — but it’s an idea that KNBR’s never tried. Almost any way 95.7 can differentiate itself from their competition without resorting to “chimp” commercials is more than welcome.
3. Not much is happening in February and March sports-wise, so the timing is spot-on.
They’re going to hold four open auditions on Wednesdays in February, starting on February 8 at Pete’s Tavern from 7-9 pm. The rest of the audition sites are TBD.
From The Game’s release:
Lucky Break will be hosted by Brodie Brazil, 95.7 The GAME’s Sharks Insider and Host/Reporter from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and contestants will be coached by 95.7 The GAME’s Dan Dibley from The Rise Guys and Brandon Tierney from The Drive. Judges include 95.7 The GAME Program Director Jason Barrett, John Lund (Host of The Wheelhouse), and celebrity athletes from local Bay Area sports teams.
95.7 The GAME will qualify sixteen (16) contestants to compete for the chance to come work for The GAME. The best contestants will be chosen from the four (4) open auditions throughout the Bay Area. During the audition, sports fans will show off their skills by performing sports updates and on-site segments and debates.
Once the 16 semi-finalists are announced, they will compete head-to-head live on the radio, beginning Wednesday, March 8th from 7:00-9:00pm at Pete’s Tavern in San Francisco and continuing every Wednesday through the Lucky Break Finale show on Wednesday, April 4th.
Every week, the judges will put contestants up for elimination and since 95.7 The GAME is the sports station for the fans, Bay Area fans will have the opportunity to save their favorite contestant from elimination each week.
Where it gets fuzzy is what exactly the winner … wins. According to the release they’re “giving Bay Area fans the chance of a lifetime to get paid to talk sports with a contract on the station.” But how long is the contract, how often will the winner work and what exactly will the winner be doing?
Nobody should expect the station to hand some fan off the street his or her own show. I’d imagine the winner will get a chance to do some updates here and there along with the occasional guest spot with Lund or whoever. However, I’d also have to figure that the winner probably won’t be able to drop everything and work full-time for The Game.
Regardless, it’s an idea we haven’t seen around here before, and if nothing else we should be able to get a good laugh from listening to the fans who call into these shows trying to act professional.