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11.16.2007

Rolling weekend coverage

APPEARANCE ALERT: I will be doing a WNSP show at 3:25 p.m. You can listen to the show by clicking this link.

Hey everyone. I'm breaking from protocol today, building a single blog that will stay up for the entire weekend. Auburn is off, has been off, and won't be back on the field until Monday. I won't have enough information to offer on a daily basis during this mini hiatus, so I'll just add stuff as necessary.

I will be updating frequently, but I will not be building new individual blogs until Monday.

OK. On with the show.

We don't sumbit to the Mobile Red Elephant Club's wishes here. We just strive to be the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.

My segment on WNSP was pretty short today. Abbreviated, some might say. Sorry about that. I thought about it for a while and, you know, I don't have to do radio. I'm not obligated to do radio. And if I'm going to take the time to do the show, it's going to be somewhere I can talk openly about my opinions. It's clear that WNSP is not that place.

In the same vein, check out this quote from WNSP program director Tim Camp. It appeared in Thursday's editions of the Press-Register: "If the advertisers don't like the show, they are not going to sponsor it. And if we can't get sponsors for a show, it's not going to last very long. I can give you a laundry list of programs that used to be on WNSP that we have dropped because of a lack of advertisers. That is part of the business."

I know many fans loathe newspapers. Many of those reasons are legitimate. Still, we are far less likely, as an industry, to alter our stances based on an advertiser's wishes. We're the most autonomous media entity out there. Them's the facts.

27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most disgusting display of proffesionalism I have ever seen. Utterly repulsive.

We love NEAL!

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To put it into perspective, all you have to do is look up the state to Paul Finebaum. I guess in the eyes of the Bama faithful, he's the exact opposite of Neal M. He "despises" Auburn. Is that really how he feels as he is a graduate of UT? Or, is he really just out there to keep people listening? You decide. My opinion is that he's a snakey little kiss up that needs the attention, or ratings if you will. I always got the opposite read on Neal. And I'll say I did detect a bitter tongue in general toward the Bama followers. They won't shut up!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay Tate, I just heard your comments on Sports Drive, and I just want to say THANK YOU and you ROYALLY KICK @$$. Way to take a stand against the Man.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed it. Had a call with my manager. Ugh!! Yes, I am an Auburn fan. And I have a boss. I don't own my company nor do I live in the beautiful concrete jungle that is Tuscaloosa.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay, I am an AU fan, and just love the segments that you do for the gentlemen at WNSP, I live in the Mobile area, so I get the pleasure of listening to you on a regular basis. On the other hand I am also a fan of class. And what you did to Jed W. this afternoon is completely and totally classless. So I am guessing that is why you are running mates with Mr. McCready, two peas in a pod. As a AU blogger, reporter you should have a little more respect for yourself and represent your school a little better. That stunt was done with no class or integerity!!!! If you keep this up, you will be like Mr, McCready and crying for sympathy because you are unemployed...

3:50 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

OK. Neal isn't unemployed. He was and is an outstanding reporter for the Press-Register. His status there has not changed.

Also, I don't "represent" Auburn. I represent me. For reasons that I outlined on the blog, I elected to abbreviate my weekly Auburn segment. I'm sorry that you considered a logical discussion of my views on diversity of opinion to be classless. I didn't think it was.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous:


Jay is not an Auburn fan or alum. What protocol was he supposed to follow for the good people that listen in? Bottom line, Neal was the show. End of story.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally unprofessional and classless thing to do! Jed Williams' did not deserve that attack.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Jed wasn't attacked. Don't spread false information. I like Jed and I have no personal problems with him. He knows that. Same goes for the board operator, Isaac Vazquez. I told him before I went on the air that I appreciate how cool he's been to me.

The station made a decision that goes against my professional beliefs. Like I said in the blog, fans from all sides should be alarmed by what happened.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard your segment and thought it was very matter of fact, spot on, and to the point. I don't know how much more "senior bowl fill in" I can take...
Sports Radio needs personalities and WNSP ran theirs off. Monotone and boring the last two days in my opinion.

Where can I find a list of "advertisers" ??? I would like to be sure to spend my $$ elsewhere.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, you didn't attack him personally. You did try to make him and his radio station look bad.

What is Jed supposed to do? If he is critical, he might lose his job too. I just think you could have talked to Issac and Jed before you went on, voiced you concerns and they would have let you say what you wanted to say.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wants to role play everybody? We want to make sure we don't throw anybody into any tailspins out there. The world is no place for opinions and ideas.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or if that is the way that you truly felt then why take time out your day to even make or take the call. and aren't these things usually set up in advance, should of been a little more classy and declined to even come on. it sounds like you went out of the way to make a point, and is it possible because you don't have enough of a voice on your blog?

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then why do you post your opinion here? A little contradicting maybe?

4:34 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

If you're still wondering why I'd do this -- after several comments both here and on the main blog -- then I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. It's a philosophical thing.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anon that wanted WNSP's big advertisers that may have had something to do with it: Terry Thompson (Chevy Dealership), Mitch McConnell (Luxury car dealership), and Elliot Maisel (Gulf Distributing, Local distributors of Miller/Coors and various imports and non-alcoholic beverages) are all members of the Red Elephant Club, as are the station's owners.

Jay, while silently registering your displeasure with the situation may have been "classier", it was nice to see someone with some integrity actually take a vocal stand on the matter.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jaym

Next to the WBLX weekend host who quit on air a year or so ago (classic) your radio interview was the best radio that I have heard in a long time.

Great Job. We'll miss hearing you down this way. You and Neal need a show!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does Neal have a blog?

6:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for all the responses -- on both sides of the debate.

I don't think Neal has a blog. Even if he did, it couldn't possibly be this HOT.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,
Just a note to say I admire you for standing up for your friend and unbiased journalism. Thanks!

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Andy in Mobile said...

Having listened to Neal on a regular basis, I would have to say that he did not like his job and would have preferred covering baseball in Chicago or anywhere to covering football in Alabama, I agree he hated all SEC teams equally. I can only imagine how obvious it was to his bosses that he would rather do something else. The day before he was let go, Neal pulled some stunts on the air with callers that were IMO unprofessional. These were probably the "straw" that broke the camels back with his bosses/sponsors. I'm sorry you don't want to do radio anymore either, but it probably would have been alot more considerate to Jed and Isaac to decline doing the show rather than making them look stupid for putting you on. Kudos for sticking it to the man while stepping on your "friends" to do it.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't think I made anyone look stupid. Isaac and Jed know what's going on.

You're making it sound like a cussed and yelled and made unreasonable accusations. Totally untrue. Did you even hear the segment?

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay, the bottom line is that you probably lied to Issac and Jed and said that everything is ok, so that they would put you on so that you could do your classless act. Cause I dont think that they would put you on air to bash their own station. So now you are a liar, and the sad thing is that you are to rationilize your actions. And Im willing to bet that if you spoke with JW or IV they probably would feel the same way. Basically it is chicken sh*t...If I were them I would not even accept your phone call. Or even better I would ask to do a blog on your page and bash you and what you represent. How would like a taste of your own medicine?

11:14 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tim Camp, ladies and gentlemen!

He'll be here all week.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Tim to me,

notice the phrases "probably lied", "I dont think ", "And Im willing to bet" obviously that radio station represents the Mobil Red Elephant Club and all it high dollar contributors.

If you didnt like Neal and wanted to, as Tim said "go a different direction" there are many ways to do that without looking so utterly ridiculous and costing your radio station credibility,listners, guest and hopefully sponsors.

Neal wasnt my favorite sports talk personality but he did offer unbiased opinions. Sometimes those opinions where beat into the ground beyond all measure and everybody got sick of hearing them but he was truly a breath of fresh air at times and will be missed.

Any station that would play Chuck Floyd on fridays yet fire Neal obviously has no clue. WNSP and Tim Camp, you are the epitomy of the Alabama "Nation" and all that we hate in it.

8:49 PM  
Blogger AUBURN FOOTBALL STUFF said...

Alabama just lost to Louisana Monroe ???? If Auburn cant beat Bama this year The entire Coaching staff needs to leave.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You showed your total lack of class on WNSP. You lied to Issac to get on the radio. I find it hard to believe that Neal would call someone as a low class liar as you friend.

3:41 PM  

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