Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Is it time for GAMETIME?

This past Sunday our radio program GAMETIME was not heard on ESPN1300. In fact you will not hear GAMETIME again until March at the earliest.

The future of GAMETIME is unclear at this point. We are discussing the program with CBS Radio and our goal is to come up with a more permanent time slot for the program and to take it to the next level. Unfortunately there is a business side to all of this that needs to be addressed so that all parties involved, including our listeners, get what they deserve. Simply put, we are trying to achieve a win-win-win scenario.

Time will tell if in fact we do realize that goal.

We promise to keep you informed of any developments.

Wish us luck!

18 comments :

thundrbandit13 said...

Good Luck in your negotiations Tony. We as listeners can help Tony out by sending an e-mail to dave.labrozzi@infinitybroadcasting.com. This does not need to be a threatening e-mail but rather an e-mail telling 1300 why we enjoy listening to and participating in Tony's shows. Where we are free to call with differing opinions without being berated, belittled or hung up on by the hosts of the shows. Tony may have sipped the Kool Aid but his shows never sound like he is having a Keg O Kool Aid like some of the other Shows on 1300. The more e-mails Mr. Labrozzi gets the more he realizes that a show like Tony's will be a profitable one for his station. Its not like an _mail will cost you anything other than the minute or 2 to type it and hit send.

Anonymous said...

Who do we talk to to get Ken Wineman on and Anita off?

Radio Guru said...

Someone should ask Damon Yaffy what he thinks. Come to think of it, I'm surprised we haven't heard him barking about this. He takes swipes at Lombardi whenever he can. Yaffy always takes shots while hiding behind the disconnect button of the telephone.

Not to get off the topic, Gametime is as good a show as 1300 offers and it would be smart to keep it on. Maybe they can just give them a time slot we can all remember.

How does Anita Marks keep her job yet this show has to fight to stay on? Duh!!!

Any Dogs in the House? said...

WHAT TIME IS IT? Are you kidding me? With all the crap that 1300 has on Saturday you'd think they would keep a show like Gametime.

Surely common sense will prevail right? Right?

Ok, I'm emailing Dave Labrozzi.

Radio Dialer said...

This is so typical of the BS that 1300 dishes out to us. We are dying to listen to 1300...Mark Viviano is a total professional and despite the lack of professionalism from his lap dog, I still listen to the show...

Anita Marks is unlistenable and for them to force feed us her garbage 20 hours per week and take away this 2 hour gem called Game time just proves how out of touch with reality CBS Radio is...

Now I'm not a Bruce Cunningham fan...Aaron Wilson clearly holds that show together...but I have to agree with him when he refers to 1300 as the "Evil Empire."

If they ax this show from 24x7, that would be evil. I'll even take it a step further..if it is axed, I'll stop listening to 1300 altogether and I won't support their sponsors. That will hit CBS where it hurts.

Harryos29 said...

Harry o 29 on ICY Feb 13th 2008
... Looks like ESPN1300 has given GAME TIME the ICY Treatment. I must agree with other writers that the Game Time format is the BEST that ESPN1300 has to offer: Bar none. I am a loyal listener and support their Sponsors. JAMAL JAMAL=Great Pizza !
...I too emailed Infinity and have encouraged other Fans of the show to do the same.
... Tony, keep up the good fight and we will keep an EAR out for you in the near future.

thundrbandit13 said...

I do hope that all who have read this blog so far did not use up all their venom on the blog and saved a little to e-mail Dave Labrozzi at 1300.

Once again his e-mail is
dave.labrozzi@infinitybroadcasting.com

below is a copy of the e-mail I sent to Laaabrozzzzzi

I missed hearing my favorite radio show on 1300 this past weekend and I was wondering where the GameTime show hosted by Tony Lombardi was this weekend. I prefer Tony's Show to all the others because it is a breath of fresh air. While Tony seems to bleed purple he does give some good insights into the Ravens . I have heard more information on his show concerning salary cap issues of the Ravens than on any of your other shows. I appreciate the show "gametime" because they are the one show I have heard that sounds like they may have sipped the kool aid but they have not had a Keg-o-Kool Aid party like the Mark and the Bulldog show or your Saturday Orioles Pep rally show hosted by Tom Davis. GameTIme is a breath of fresh air on the radio for Ravens fans. They do not belittle their callers for having differing opinions as others do, They allow callers to ask questions and state opinions without either cutting the caller off or refusing to discuss topics they disagree with. I do hope that the lack of Gametime this past weekend was just because Tony and his crew were sunning in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl and they did not tell the listeners ahead of time as they usually do to keep us from suffering from vacation envy.
I also appreciate how "Gametime" is active in the community at least giving a voice/airtime for lesser known charities.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes things just baffle me. Here you have a top notch show, full of content with hosts that are constantly porfessional. I have never heard Tony or his cast mates ever be rude to a caller or hang up on them. Their professionalism and classy nature mirrors how good the show itself is. I hope 1300 comes to thier senses and gives these guys a permanent slot where they belong as one of the best shows in town. Good luck Tony

Anonymous said...

"Gametime" provides a niche that is just not there on the other talk shows on 1300. It's nice to hear the goings on and personal dialogue with the players that are provided on the other shows, but give me some dialogue about scouting, drafting, the nuances of practice and the games. That's what "Gametime" delivers and Tony provides a different perspective than what is offered up in the other shows.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Tony. For Ravens fans, Gametime is a must listen. Baltimore needs more programs like yours - not less. Hopefully the powers that be will realize this and return Gametime to the airwaves.

Dawan Song said...

I doubt that 1300 will let this show go. WBAL is in bed with the Ravens and they are expanding their Ravens coverage. 1300 can't afford to lose this underrated program.

Anonymous said...

If Gametime goes, then there will be a huge void of football talk that won't be replaced. It is the most insightful and comprehensive coverage of all Ravens related talk.

Anonymous said...

I'm baffled that a hometown guy like Tony with a very good show has to beg and plead his case, while a person like Anita Marks can have a lame program and still be on the air. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Keep up the good work Tony... feihceht

Mike in Canton said...

Tony does a great job but this isn't just about him. Dave does an excellent job with X's and O's and the fantasy guy Kurt has a knack for making history relevant to the conversation. All of these guys let the listeners have their say and even if they disagree they do so with respect, a rarity on talk radio.

Yackity Yack said...

These guys must be threatening someone. They were booted from WNST for no apparent reason -- prolly had something to do with one massive ego there. And now they might not be on air at 1300. I don't get it but logic obviously isn't in play on sports talk radio. Otherwise Yaffy and Ms. Miami would be unemployed.

Anonymous said...

Honestly I came upon this site as I listened to your show on WNST. I have been listening to sports talk radio for the last 10 years and can honestly say that Gametime is in the top 3. Unfortunately in Baltimore we are treated like idiots and have morons like Drew forrestor and the Bulldog rammed down our throat. I am also very familiar with the egos of Bob Phillips and Nestor so I can empathise with you. I guess it is better to have a stuttering past her prime female on who acts as if she played 10 years in the NFL but in reality knows nothing then intelligent unassuming radio that sports fans who pay attention can appreciate.

Mr. Mojo said...

1300 is all about style over substance. Well maybe not, outside of Mark Viviano where's the style? If 1300 doesn't bring back gametime, it's the equivalent of Billick not bringing back Derek Anderson.

Ravenwoman said...

Here is my note to Mr. Labrozzi. I hope others join me:

Dear Dave,

I am writing this email in support of the Sunday radio program Gametime, hosted by Tony Lombardi. I have been a faithful listener since its inception, a few years back. As a devout Ravens fan, I feel that it is the best radio program of its kind. It is very informative, educational, entertaining and speaks to all levels of football knowledge. I frequently call the program, not only to voice my opinion on the state of the Ravens, but also to answer interesting trivia questions, as well.

Tony Lombardi is the type of radio host that every station should employ. He is polite to his callers, very knowledgeable, has interesting guests and makes every program entertaining. Ravens fans cannot wait to hear his program week after week. His program is the best sports talk program on 1300.

I would ask your consideration in renewing his program as soon as possible. Regardless of the time slot, there will be many faithful listeners, guaranteed.