2020 McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society

Join CSCM for the 2020 McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society: The Future of Sports Radio and Podcasting. This year's symposium will be held as a Zoom webinar on October 22 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm CDT. This discussion will feature five professional sports radio hosts in dialogue with Eric Ferguson, longtime morning show host on Chicago's 101.9 The Mix. Panelists include

  • Sarah Spain, host of Spain and Company on ESPN Radio and ESPN's ‘That's What She Said’ podcast
  • David Kaplan, host of Kap and J. Hood on ESPN 1000 in Chicago
  • Raheel Ramzanali, sports contributor to ABC13 in Houston and host of the 'No Layups' podcast
  • Tamryn Spruill, host of ‘The Hard Screen’ podcast
  • Jeff Ward, host of The Jeff Ward Show on the new streaming news radio station statesmannewsnetwork.com

Since the 1987 launch of WFAN in New York as the first all-sports radio station, sports radio has been a vital part of the sports media landscape. In recent years, changes in the industry, the emergence of new technologies, and the expansion audiences have redefined how we think of the synergy between radio and sports. This symposium will assess the future of sports radio through a discussion of station formats, networks and conglomeration, the growth of podcasting, relationships between hosts and audiences, and questions of identity, culture, and representation. 

Dial-In Information

Register in advance for this webinar: https://utexas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zg9SIQkGSqGV6zJ9BIybDQ

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Arts & Humanities, Business & Economy, Sports & Recreation, Science & Tech, Entrepreneurship & Innovation


Moody College of Communication, Center for Sports Communication & Media

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public




No cost but advanced registration required



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