A champion of cutting through the ‘noise’ and recycled material that lacks factual material, has become inconsistently consistent for many news and sports audiences alike, Clay Travis has no qualms with exposing the dangers of promoting this toxic behavior in the media. Travis’s company, OutKick has been built by an individual that believes in his vision so strongly that he chose to go all-in and invest in promoting honest, objectivity, consistency, free speech and political opinions, whether or not they are unpopular at the time.
Travis has proven to be a fierce defender of free speech and insists on setting and honoring logical and practical precedents, and has no intention of abandoning this quest for providing the best possible content space in the broadcast industry.
The reports of a more reductionary broadcast entering the broadcast industry with the blueprint solely described as the “strategic opposite of Clay Travis’ Outkick” targeting specific members of the media for the business venture—individuals who’ve made their political agendas and tolerance for opposing ideologies clear.
“OutKick is straight down the middle. We cover sports and we cover it in an honest way and we give you our opinion on a wide variety of subjects. We seem like we are ‘right-wing’ because the rest of sports media is so far left-wing that there is a perpetual knife fight for the woke audience.” Travis addressed the reports immediately and unapologetically as he welcomed the competition as it would merely make OutKick stronger in the long run. “If anything it’s only going to make us look more reasonable the further left-wing the rest of the sports media community goes.” Signing off, Travis made sure to welcome and wish luck to what seems to be a reductionist amalgamation designed with OutKick at the forefront of the venture, as outlined in the report.
It is very clear that Clay Travis has no fear of competition as it pertains to the sports broadcast industry and there is a refreshing confidence that he brings to audiences that have felt alienated by other media outlets. Those who want a dose of sports news, current events, sharing opinions unapologetically on a wide range of topics from reverse sexism to the presidential election with a star studded guest lineup—look no further, Outkick is the landing space for you.
News talk stations that want to OutKick their own coverage by way of covering a sports/news or sports/politics story by bringing in one of the uniquely entertaining voices currently dominating the broadcast marketplace, try to book an interview with Clay Travis or arrange regular guest hits. The refreshing and thoughtful reasoning Travis has provided the broadcast media world is an appreciating asset that is worth investing in as soon as possible. The opportunity to up your game and promote the content that has been blocked on social media and attacked by other hosts because it doesn’t fit the normalized narrative to which they’ve confirmed—the answer is Clay Travis and OutKick. Here’s to OutKick for the commitment to developing a platform that provides a voice for those who have been silenced and surpassed the goalposts as outlined in the company’s mission: fearless and authentic coverage for an audience that has set the sky as the limit for the growth and expansion potential.
Why? Talking points below:
“Stupid stories seem to trend on a regular basis. Tom Brady’s friendship with Donald Trump became ‘huge controversy’ yesterday on Twitter. I don’t understand how this is remotely possible, and now all the talking heads out there are debating whether or not Tom Brady’s friendship with Donald Trump should be a major issue going forward. Since when did who you were friends with dictate whether you should be judged by whatever opinions they might have? This is all insanity. What’s going on is People are trying to slice and dice identities to such an extent; where you’re only allowed to have friendships with people who are exactly like you. It seems awfully boring to me. My family is half Donald Trump voters and half Joe Biden voters. This idea that you’re not allowed to be friends with a Democrat if you’re a Republican, or friends with a Republican if you’re a Democrat is pure insanity. This is where social media is driving us. This is why I keep circling around and our audience continues to explode. My precedents that I set are logical. I don’t think it’s smart, in football, for statements to be made about politics of any sort, in a uniform, at work. I think that’s bad for the overall interest in the league. It’s been my position ever since Colin Kaepernick took a knee. The same way I don’t think it would be smart for somebody to take a knee because they protest gay marriage. Or because they’re pro or anti-abortion or whatever you want to argue. If Tom Brady took a knee before this Super Bowl to protest Donald Trump losing the 2020 Election, people who have been defending Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Anthem for years would immediately demand that Tom Brady no longer be allowed to be a quarterback in the NFL…”
“This is cancel-culture moving into who you can not be friends with. I think it is fundamentally broken. It is a failure of epic magnitude and I just think it’s shameful that stories like these are allowed to turn into massive controversies with controversies.. in quotations.” Clay Travis on the inability for those with different political opinions and ideologies to be able to coexist peacefully or be respectful enough to be friends with those who disagree with them on January 26.
Travis even managed to have a very candid and thoughtful interview with the President at OutKick, President Trump and Travis had a great conversation about a variety of topics.
Of Tom Brady, President Trump said, “He’s a winner. He knows how to win. He’s been a great quarterback with a great coach in a great organization, with a great owner in Bob Kraft, frankly. I think he’s going to do well in Tampa Bay.”
“You have to stand for the flag and respect your country you’re making millions of dollars a year to be playing a sport that you’d be playing anyway but they’d be playing on the weekends, and they have to respect their country. And if they don’t, frankly, if the NFL didn’t open, I’d be very happy; if they don’t stand for the flag and stand strongly I would be very happy if they didn’t open. And with that being said, I’d love to see them open.” Trump replied to Travis about the NFL and their season opener.
“Some sports I see, I think golf has not been hurt, in fact I think it looks more beautiful if you want to know the truth. UFC works really well, I watched that the other night. And they light up the stage, they light up the cage.” Trump shared with Travis, citing the details of the sports he has followed and supported, hitting all the major team sports, UFC and PGA.
In the final question, Travis asks the President,
“The number one sports fan among sports fans for the last ten years has been who is better as a basketball player—Michael Jordan or Lebron James? Which do you think—”
“Michael Jordan.” Trump replied, quickly.
“No doubt in your mind?” Travis asked.
“Well I’ve seen them both, plus he wasn’t political so people like him better.” Trump finished, both of them sharing a laugh.
Clay remains well informed about the political, economic and sports news cycles.
“One of the challenges of sports has been talking about serious topics and in general, I don’t think sports lends itself to talking about political topics. I think that’s been really exposed In the coronavirus era. One of the reasons why this show has grown so much is because we can talk about sports, but we can talk about the impact of sports particularly as it pertains to the virus. But one of the challenges is talking about difficult topics, in a smart and sophisticated way for large-scale audiences.” Travis identified the issues with sports media falling flat with audiences, especially with certain topics.
Travis tackles divisive issues like defunding the police, supporting Charles Barkley’s sincerity and his willingness to speak out about social issues.
“Maybe I shouldn’t be stunned by how poorly informed people are, but it’s the lawyer in me who always says ‘what matters is the facts, the facts the facts.’ I think sadly what you are coming to realize is that common sense isn’t so common, and that it’s rare.” Travis spoke of the willful ignorance that’s adopted by many issues and the number of those who have become entrenched with an unequivocally false narrative yet continue to advocate the defunding of the police. Largely due to what Clay so aptly identified as “the overwhelming political one-sidedness of the media.”
In his latest mailbag released Tuesday, Travis tackled this issue. “What you have is a broken marketplace of ideas where some people are not comfortable with sharing what they truly believe, for fear that it would cost them their jobs. And I understand that.”
Travis spoke on Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame snub saying, “It’s only left-wing political opinions that the sports media actually wants. If you share anything other than a far left-wing political option, in fact, not only will it be used against you but you won’t be able to make the Hall of Fame.” Travis defended the political discrimination and increasingly hypocritical dynamic that has exposed a serious flawed foundation that is covering the truth of why Schilling has been snubbed as a direct result of his unpopular comments amid his pursuit of a career as an analyst. The sheer implications of using your voice to share political opinions integrity “Why is there not a content neutral application here?” The athletes/analysts who have shared left-leaning political opinions have been rewarded while those with right-leaning views and opinions have been met with condemnation effectively eliminating the opportunity to have the conversations protected by the First Amendment. While Travis is well-aware with the reality of the climate and inability to pursue the challenges for non left-leaning individuals who have been thrust into a survival or self-preservation mode out of fear to retain their jobs and the ability to provide for their families but still want to be represented in the broadcast space will always have OutKick as a resource for the content that they feel is so neglected. Travis’ sincere pledge to the listeners makes him a genuine and long overdue hero to the average news/sports media consumer who’s felt alienated, silenced or forgotten due to fear of retribution or retaliation.
Chrissy Paradis is a BNM columnist and veteran sports radio producer. She’s worked in Las Vegas, Washington DC, Raleigh and Hartford helping personalities such as Rob Dibble, Tim Brando, Steve Cofield, Adam Gold and Joe Ovies. You can contact her on Twitter @ChrissyParadis or by email at [email protected].
Dinesh D’Souza Has a Comeback Plan for America
D’Souza believes the media is one of the major culprits in marshaling the country into its current predicament.
With 2024 in full swing, many media personalities are becoming more vocal, predicting that Americans are poised for a dramatic and well-deserved comeback. Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza agrees.
In many circles, the planning has already begun, to usher the nation back to peace abroad and prosperity at home.
This past weekend, two of the brightest voices in the media discussed the path forward to lead the U.S. back to the greatness it achieved in years past.
“My first thought is that the country, I think we all know, is currently being run by a kind of a junta,” Dinesh D’Souza began, in his fascinating conversation with Dr. Steve Turley. “This is a crazy thing to say in a Constitutional Democracy, but if Biden isn’t steering the canoe, who is? Well, someone is. Or some group of people are. And yet we don’t know their names, so we are in a peculiar situation where you’ve got enormous power, the power of the presidency, and yet it’s power without accountability.”
Dinesh D’Souza, well-known for his blockbuster documentaries chronicling the purposeful disintegration of American culture and tradition, believes the media is one of the major culprits in marshaling the country into its current predicament.
“Because the people doing it are not being held accountable. No one’s even calling them out. Biden is the frontman. And this seems to be kind of an open secret,” D’Souza said. “The White House knows this. Jill Biden knows it. And the media knows it. And there’s been seemingly a gentleman’s agreement, if you want to call it that, like not to bring this up. Or to pretend it is not a real issue.”
Dinesh D’Souza believes the latest orchestration from special counsel Robert Hur is already beginning to backfire tremendously on the Democrat party.
“Because you’ve got this guy, and he’s clearly somebody who’s trying to help Biden get off the hook, but nevertheless he was, I think, a little shocked to realize that he’s dealing with a bit of an imbecile,” D’Souza noted. “And he couldn’t help but blurt that out. And not only did he blurt that out, but I think very significantly he made that the rationale for not charging Biden. This sets up a kind of – I don’t think he intended to – but a sort of a trap. Because if Democrats go, no Biden has got his wits, he’s incredibly sharp, and so on, then it’s like, he deserves to be indicted.”
The special counsel’s report has given an explanation to voters from all sides about why, and how, the country has devolved into such chaos and hardship in such a short few years. But more than just elucidating the current situation, D’Souza and Turley discussed how President Trump may help turn the nation around once again after he is sworn in for the second time next January. In Mr. D’Souza’s mind, there are specific actions that can be taken to help dismantle the pernicious, deep state apparatus, bureaucrat by bureaucrat.
“It’s so intractable. A lot of these problems are close to a century old. The Left has been building this kind of career infrastructure. So I think you need a scorched earth strategy. Which is that you have political measures. You have legal measures. And then one measure that people never think of is just good, old-fashioned demoralization,” D’Souza said. “Ultimately, everyone that goes to work likes to have a sense of self worth. Like, I went to work, I had a good day.”
D’Souza thinks this demoralizing effort would lead to natural attrition, with leftwing activists simply leaving their positions over time, because they can no longer achieve the satisfaction of big government control they’ve always enjoyed.
“I went to work, I’m helping people because I work for the Department of Energy. Now, the reality is that the Department of Energy produces no energy. The Department of Education educates nobody,” Dinesh D’Souza said. “So these departments all exist as if they are the providers of something, but they don’t provide the thing that they are supposed to provide, at all. At all.”
“Neither does Homeland Security, there’s no security there either,” Turley added.
“So what you have to do is you need to…all these therapists that have brought in for diversity, I would remove them. Again, if you can’t cut their funding, replace them with therapists that sit down these bureaucrats every day and demoralize them,” D’Souza said. “You’re worthless. You produce nothing. Your office produces nothing. You know, people are disgusted with the kind of person that you are. You might consider a different line of work. Believe it or not, this strategy works.”
Dinesh D’Souza believes this approach would have a positive effect on the nation. But although he thinks it will start with Trump next year, the effort would need to continue for years to come to have the result Americans are yearning for.
“All you have to do is a systematic policy of making bureaucrats recognize the worthlessness of their own professions, and then over time they’ll take early retirement and they’ll get out of there. Because they’ll realize that it’s become a chilling atmosphere when previously they sort of ran around as if they owned the place,” D’Souza said.
“Maybe we can appoint Jordan Peterson at the head of that project,” Turley added.
“He would motivate them,” D’Souza said.
“He would revel in that,” Turley replied. “Absolutely revel in that. I need you to come to terms with your own worthlessness.”
Rick Schultz is a former Sports Director for WFUV Radio at Fordham University. He has coached and mentored hundreds of Sports Broadcasting students at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Marist College and privately. His media career experiences include working for the Hudson Valley Renegades, Army Sports at West Point, The Norwich Navigators, 1340/1390 ESPN Radio in Poughkeepsie, NY, Time Warner Cable TV, Scorephone NY, Metro Networks, NBC Sports, ABC Sports, Cumulus Media, Pamal Broadcasting and WATR. He has also authored a number of books including “A Renegade Championship Summer” and “Untold Tales From The Bush Leagues”. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @RickSchultzNY.
Saluting Black Broadcasters: Caryn Mathes, KUOW
“I owe it to give other people a leg up because I’m standing on somebody’s shoulders as well.”
With 50 years in the industry, Caryn Mathes, President and General Manager of KUOW, has seen it all but she never thought her career would bring her to radio.
“Electronic media was never my intention,” Mathes told Barrett News Media over a Zoom call. “I always thought I was going to be a print journalist.”
Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, Mathes began her career as a reporter in middle school, “My town had two daily newspapers, and one of them, The Tribune, dedicated a whole section of the Sunday paper to Youth News. So every school in the Vigo County school system could have a reporter if they wanted one.”
She added, “I volunteered for that and so here these pre-teens were being assigned and edited by professional journalists at the local daily paper. I did that from seventh or eighth grade all the way through my senior year of high school.” Born to lead, Caryn Mathes was the Bureau Chief during her senior year of high school. “I came out of high school with this portfolio of clips, with my byline and professionally edited stories.”
Working several jobs in college, Caryn Mathes took her clips to the local papers but no one was hiring. An editor at one local paper suggested she take a look at radio because of her wonderful voice. She applied for a job at WTHI-TV where she received a camera test and got a part-time job as “Wire Copy Rewrite Girl.” She worked her way up through “pester power.”
Mathes said, “We had the only female head of photography and commercial television in the country at that time, Betty Chadwick. She wasn’t a particularly willing mentor, but I pestered her [asking] ‘What time do you have to get the film back for it to develop?’ and ‘Teach me how to edit.’ And I just pester, pester, pester. And so finally they were like, ‘Geez, this woman, she’s just not going to stop.”
Pester power worked and eventually, “They gave me a beat. I did the education beat called Chalk Talk. Very corny. And so I come on on set and do my one little story and then walk off and, I did pretty well. And then eventually I was weeknight co-anchor [of the 11:00 PM news] and I was 19. I was a sophomore in college.”
She left the business briefly to work for Western Electric Defense Corporation, where she had classified clearance. However, the industry kept calling.
“The news director at a commercial radio station in Cincinnati called me and asked me to apply. It was very interesting, the way he asked the question was critical because he said, ‘Can you do radio?’ And he did not say, ‘Have you done radio’? Because I hadn’t. He said, ‘Can you do radio?’ I am sure I could do radio. And so I got the job in Cincinnati working for WCKY,” Mathes said.
She later moved to Detroit to work for WJR. However, a few years later downsizing cost her the job but she didn’t want to move again. “I’d only been in Detroit a couple of years, and so I’m using all my networking and somebody said, ‘I think there’s an opening that hasn’t been posted yet for news director over at the public station.’” She noted, “I knew nothing about public radio, but I thought if I can stay in town, ok. So, got the job at WDET as the news director for two years.”
The General Manager at the time left and appointed Mathes as interim GM. Mathes recalled him telling her “I’m leaving… I think you have a skill for this and if you don’t at least try [the job], you’re the biggest chicken in the world.” She stayed as the GM at WDET for over 20 years. She moved a few more times before landing at her current station KUOW, where Mathes has been for over 10 years.
She noted the importance of giving back saying, “I owe it to give other people a leg up because I’m standing on somebody’s shoulders as well.”
Mathes noted she learned a lot from her Vice President at WDET, Arthur Johnson. “He just had this calm about him. I would get agitated about things and I remember he called me in one time and he said, ‘Caryn, you draw your line in the sand way too soon. It’s no skin off your nose to talk to people,’” Mathes recalled.
Outside of her career Caryn Mathes also feels she is standing on the shoulders of countless other African Americans. “I remember coming home from school and seeing my mother and grandmother, huddled around the TV watching, news film of, the march on Selma and the dogs being sicced on people and the fire and we’re having tough times now in a different way.” She later added, “It is hard for me not to throw hands when people say, ‘Oh, I don’t vote.’ And it’s like, ‘Do you realize how many of my people died and suffered for the right to vote?’”
Through her incredible career, Caryn Mathes has won countless awards including being named a Women of Influence by both DC Business magazine and the Puget Sound Business Journal. She also noted one of her greatest achievements was developing a Diversity Equity and Inclusion team long before other outlets.
“We commissioned a racial equity team back in 2017. So we were working on this long before the George Floyd murder. We’re kind of in the vanguard for media,” Mathes noted, “A lot of stations come to us and say, ‘Tell us how you’re you’re doing that.’ And I tell them ‘It’s not a checklist. It’s a complete transformation of your organization. So strap in and get ready.’”
While she doesn’t have any plans to retire in the near future, Caryn Mathes does have a vision of what she would like to do. “I’m not quite sure when I’m going to retire, but I think one of the things I look forward to in retirement is I can finally be an activist. You know, when you lead a news organization, I don’t sign petitions. I don’t give money to the causes that I believe in, because even though it wouldn’t in any way influence our news coverage the optics of it wouldn’t look good.”
She added, “ If I’m a retired person and I need to get on the streets and protest, I will be able to do that. So that’s one of the things I look forward to.”
Krystina Alarcon Carroll is a columnist and features writer for Barrett News Media.She currently freelances at WPIX in New York, and has previously worked on live, streamed, and syndicated TV programs. Her prior employers have included NY1, Fox News Digital, Law & Crime Network, and Newsmax. You can find Krystina on X (formerly twitter) @KrystinaAlaCarr.
An Ode to the Outdoor Meteorologist
There are still professionals out there willing to face adverse conditions in order to bring us the sights and sounds of the wind and storm.
As a Northeasterner, I am quite accustomed to and certainly fond of snow and almost all that comes along with it. I’m not just referring to the actual precipitation, I mean the transition and ceremony the local newscasts and a meteorologist take on with each weather event.
Snow coverage is indeed its own animal, be it in the northern and Midwest locales or some of those less anticipated areas of the country that are blanketed with the fun. Snow differs from the other types of storm center catalysts in that during the season, it can begin and end the process many times over as opposed to tropical or hurricane-type events.
In any case, I love what local stations generally do and I am very forgiving when it comes to the sometimes overdramatization of what is falling from the sky.
From the first absorption of the prediction from a meteorologist to the obligatory live shots from the DPW salt and sand silos, I find it akin to game day prep, only it’s for weather nerds.
I admittedly am one of those climate geeks so when the storm’s a comin’ I’ve got the TV and the radio with the audio volume going loudest to the most engaging. But make no mistake, both platforms are up and running and the stations change frequently.
Everywhere I’ve lived — ok, maybe not Charleston or Miami — I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of excitement and enthusiasm that progresses as the news outlets build their coverage, taking an attentive audience along for the ride.
Sure, I’m romanticizing it a bit but as I’ve seen what goes into the preparations for a meteorologist, I follow along now with my local stations and the evolving frenzy of whatever and how much actually hits the ground.
As I’ve often indicated, I live in a unique area with its small market local stations encircled by the major market bases so there is no lack of information here. That’s important because when New York, Hartford, and Boston can all be hit by significant amounts of snowfall, places like Springfield might get considerably less or more while Amherst and Brattleboro might see nothing at all.
What’s inspiring is to see and hear these small market stations go toe to toe with their larger counterparts, bringing often far less experienced and equipped journalists up against the very same challenges and demands the better funded and resourced staff encounter.
Oftentimes, they are doing it alone as solo MMJs or as meteorologists without weather producers or as traffic reporters who actually have to go out and drive around to bring you the roadway conditions.
Big market or small, it’s impressive and generally more entertaining than a lot of things to choose from among the audio and visual selections. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what’s going on outside without having to find out for themselves?
There are still professionals out there willing to face adverse conditions in order to bring us the sights and sounds of the wind and storm.
I’m not speaking so much about the masses going out for their milk and bread supplies or the hardware giants selling out on shovels, snowblowers, and salt. That’s usually happening as an affront to the calm before the storm.
It’s worth it next time to take a closer look at and listen to those out there telling you where it is and how bad it is or isn’t. The job is far from simply telling us that it is or isn’t snowing or that no, really, it’s better if you just stay home today. Chances are, if we’re not going to take time to get the information from those who are out in it, we’re probably not ever going to know what’s happening.
It’s the effort of finding those out working in the elements, the treacherous travel and progress or lack thereof in clearing of roads and walkways. That information doesn’t magically appear by itself, the audience wants it and when it’s not happening out their window, they often want to see it somewhere.
There’s a reason The Weather Channel and WeatherNation endure.
Bill Zito has devoted most of his work efforts to broadcast news since 1999. He made the career switch after serving a dozen years as a police officer on both coasts. Splitting time between Radio and TV, he’s worked for ABC, Fox News, News 12 and The Weather Channel in New York. He worked for KIRO and KOMO in Seattle and WCBD in Charleston, SC. Most recently, he anchored and reported for Audacy’s WTIC-AM/FM in Hartford. He lives in New England. You can find him on social media @BillZitoNEWS.