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This is the sporting life on ESPN radio and the ESPN app. Here's Jeremy chef this past week. He sixty kicked off its twelfth season on ESPN the show goes back to two thousand seven for most of its history. It was a monthly show. But for the last two years, it's been a weekly show on Sunday mornings, nine o'clock eastern time who stood by yours truly in that that guy. Bob Lee, who's taken a long vacation. He calls it a sabbatical. It's really a vacation. He says he's coming back in April. I I'm not holding my breath. We welcome to the show. Now. It's always interesting when you get to interview your boss, the executive producer of e sixty a man who's won about forty seven national sports EMMY awards, but who's counting my good friend. Andrew Tennant, Andy. How are you? Hello. Jeremy I'm holding my breath speak into the microphone. Okay. I know. This isn't what you normally do. But why don't why don't we speak into the microphone? That's make this easy for the producers. Okay. I know you're a visual guy. It's a visual medium television e- sixties about production values, but this is audio east sixties back this past week and the season premiere we had a story about parkland about Marjory stoneman Douglas high school in parkland Florida, and it's football team trying to cope in the aftermath of the horrific school shooting took place a year ago this week on February fourteen twenty eighteen that was a story that in many ways is emblematic of what e- sixty is done shorts. A story about sports. But it's also not a story about sports. It's also story that required a full year's worth of reporting and producing from Martin co two Bosch, and in particular, I was the reporter. But most of the work is as is usually the case. And you'd be the first to say that is done by the. Juicer obviously there was an anniversary this week. But why did why did e sixty choose to tell this story about parkland? I think for us. It's about yes. We work for a sports network. Yes. Where a sports show, but you know, our responsibility is to go out there and find stories that are compelling and are just about life where there's a lesson to be learned where there's, you know, something that provides the next chapter to a story. You know, I think at a certain point the coverage of the parkland snowmen Douglas mass shooting ended, and you know, so people moved on cameras went away the store there were still coverage, obviously because many students have been have been politically active since then but on the ground in parkland. The when the cameras go away a lot of coverage goes and know, they weren't in the headlines anymore and no for us. It was about, you know, telling the longer story, you know, what is the next chapter. And you know, what was the sports angle for us. And, you know, here's a football coach, you know, who you know, who gave his life. To try and save children. Here's another football coast who on one day in an instant lost his assistant coach also lost his boss. The director who were both killed in the mass shooting. And you know, we wanted to know we wanted to sort of tell the story of of those relationships, but we also wanted to tell the story of you know, of of strength story of courage story of how do you move on? You know, how do you, you know, take these kids and and push forward in the aftermath of of something as horrific as that. We're speaking with Andy Tennant, the executive producer of e sixty which returned on Sunday to ESPN one at nine o'clock eastern time for its twelfth season. And as I said earlier, the show has evolved from twelve to fifteen shows year, you could find them in prime time. We never knew exactly when they were going to be on when the season was going to take place was it gonna be during football season not during football season. Now, we have. Schedule as we have had for last couple of years. We're on every Sunday morning on ESPN one. When football is not being played. And we're on ESPN two every Sunday morning when football is being played. Now, we're in the heart of it since the Super Bowl two weeks ago. How did the move from prime time to Sunday morning change the way, you think about what the show should be. That's a great question. I mean, I think for us. It was really always about having a consistent time slot. You know, I think when we were in prime time and often following sportscenter. You know, we were we were leading shows with our, you know, our signature profiles of the biggest athletes in sports, you know, bringing our fans up close and personal to these big stars in a way that you know, they they weren't being brought by our traditional studio shows. So, and that's really how we differentiate ourselves from the rest of ESPN. And also, you know from most of the sport shows that are out there when we moved the Sunday mornings. It was like we finally had the answer to the age old question for us is I love the show. I just have no idea when it's on. And so the fact that we're on in some capacity, whether it's ESPN or ESPN2. on a Sunday morning at nine o'clock. You know, it's just for us. It's a great way for people to wake up and to be told a great story that's going to set the tone for the rest of their day or for the rest of their week. And I think we really wanted to focus on you know, who is the audience on a Sunday morning versus who is the audience and a prime time during the week. And you know, what are the metrics telling us what who are the demos out there? And you know, I don't want to dive too deep into that. I it did it did force us to rethink the show a lot about you know, what was going on on Sundays. What's going on that we can set the tone for the week? Also, you know, what just provides great content that complements sportscenter which is on both before us and after us on Sundays speaking with Andy ten the executive producer v sixty and I say, you know, we go back. A long way we worked on pieces as reporter and producer twenty years ago. And if you did I'm not going to get into any specifics that might be barest to you, and you made some bad decisions about a little camera time, you gave me some things never change. But you know, we considered ourselves lucky back, then if we got seven minutes for peace that was long TV germs and somehow counter intuitively, the conventional wisdom being that the attention span of the audience gets smaller and smaller over time and digital distractions. You know, have made it harder to keep people's attention. All that are are stories. Now, we do twenty minutes stories all the time we do half hour shows on single topics all the time hours pretty frequently as well. There was a time. When people said that's too long for TV how did that philosophy evolve? Where there's almost no limit to the time allotted to a story. Listen, I I've said this before I think thirty for thirty was the game changer. In fact, you know, you asked how? You know, it was the most significant change between prime time and Sunday morning. You know, and a lot of it is the length of the pieces. You know, we we just we'd go more in depth. We dive deeper into these stories and into these characters we're on every week because we're on every week. But also, I think look when when the show was, you know, the idea for the show was originally being developed, you know, you know, a lot of executives here were were saying, you know, more story shorter stories, you know, look it within that hour to get like six or seven stories at like six to eight minutes because of the attention span that you were speaking of and, you know, then thirty for thirty figured out. It's really just the executives attention. That's right. But then, you know, thirty for thirty came along, and they were telling stories longer than anybody else at ESPN. And you know, the response was overwhelming. And we started to look at ourselves as storytellers and say, you know, you know, maybe we don't have this. Right. Maybe maybe shorter isn't better maybe longer as better. And so, you know, we really spent a lot of time think rethinking things considering the the success that our colleagues there had, and you know, and I think it's really been a game changer. It's has such such a significant impact not only on how we tell stories, but on how you know, everyone tells stories across the board sports speaking with Andy Tan, executive producer of e sixty which is on of course, every Sunday morning at nine eastern time on ESPN. It's twelfth season just underway last week with stories about Marjory stoneman Douglas high school parkland, Florida about Bob Kostas and his removal from the Super Bowl. Last year fascinating story conversation with Mark Famer, WADA. There's a lack coming up this year. There's lot coming up this season. But but more important than just promoting the show, which is kind of the concede here. I want to ask you, there's some talented people in the show. There's some great reporters or some great producers who's the best reporter on the show ably. Bob doesn't report cold he had to take a sabbatical. You needed to reflect not greatness is not a professor he needed to take months V hosts, he's a very capable our Allah, did, very brilliant. But it's I keep telling him, it's not a sabbatical. If you're not a professor, it's vacation, well, considering he's now giving the commencement speech. At Seton Hall in in may, I mean, you know, I think there is an honorary degree that goes along with says there isn't panoply. He's not shown up if they're not giving him some kind of degree. We should have him on next week to talk about this. But that was very deputy handled press. Andrew Tennant is the executive producer of e sixty back every Sunday morning on ESPN ESPN one at nine east. Eastern time. Any thank you for keeping me on the show. I appreciate it. Thank you. Jeremy was was in any way this better than a Harvard Cornell hockey game, I play obviously, I just watched those game shows laws reaction's going Cornell beats Harvard on the ice. I let's say that we worked for some Harvard guys. Don't like I'm Jeremy shop, and you can listen to new additions of the sporting life every Saturday and Sunday morning on ESPN radio and ESPN app beginning at six AM eastern time. Message and data rates may apply. When did it become ok for men to be Lazier softer fatter? We need to bring the men of this country back to greatness, and it's easier than ever with ageless male max a patent pending formula with an ingredient that helps boost your total testosterone promoting greater increases in muscle size and twice the reduction of body fat percentage that exercise alone. Plus an amazing sixty four percent increase in nitric oxide, which can be handy in the gym and in the bedroom. Take your manhood to the max by trying. Your first thirty day bottle free just pay shipping and handling not ten days not fifteen days, but a full thirty days supply free. When you text the word dash to seventy nine seventy nine seventy nine finally a formula that boosts total testosterone if you'll results with ageless male max or two in tents, please decrease us for your free bottle. Text dash to seventy nine seventy nine seventy nine text D A S H two seventy nine seventy nine seventy nine.

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