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Podcast: Chad Finn on WEEI’s Struggles, NESN, CSNNE, Grantland

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Today on The Rundown with Ryan Hadfield, I spoke with Boston Globe and’s media columnist Chad Finn. We discussed a plethora of topics including — how he got into the beat, EVERYTHING about the radio wars (including an interesting tidbit on the Ryen Russillo/John Dennis feud), the budding rivalry between NESN and CSNNE, and much more.

I broke down the conversation for your convenience. I’ll have more tomorrow about this interview and some other media news. A special thanks to Chad, the planned 20 minutes turned into 40.

Enjoy the show, kids.

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0:00 – 4:00: The origin of the media beat

4:00 – 6:00: Is WEEI too big to fail?

6:00 – 9:10: Is the disparity between the spring ratings book real or just a perfect storm with Bruins’ Stanley Cup run? Plus bringing light to the patronizing ‘B’s hockey talk’ from WEEI.

9:10 – 11:15: The Dale Arnold move.

11:15 – 16:00 : Reasons for WEEI failures. And the curious case of Ryen Russillo.

17:00 – 19:25: Visiting the Toucher & Rich ski lodge. How do the personalities really feel about one another?

19:25 – 24:45: CSN vs NESN, general thoughts about each network.

24:45 – 26:50: What the Celtics buying into CSNNE means to programming?

26:50 – 32:30 : The Big Winners of new media boom (Giardi, Paoletti, etc)

32:30 – End: A look at – The gift and curse of the new website.

About Ryan Hadfield

Ryan Hadfield is the author of the weekly Sports Media Musings column at Sports Of Boston. Hadfield is known as one of the top sports media critics in Boston. He also contributes to Boston Sports Media Watch. In November 2011, Hadfield helped launch the new SoB Point Taken blog featuring his podcasts & musings on sports, media and culture. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

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