PASR 007: The One With Al Dukes

Above is PASR 007: The One With Al Dukes.

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“The biggest misconception to me in the sports radio world is that guests are important. They are not.” – Al Dukes


WFAN producer Al Dukes is my guest. I thought it was about time to get a producer slant on things.  For some of our listeners, the behind-the-scenes work is what they want to know more about.  Al gives great insight into that.

Plus, many of us (me included) got our start producing or at least running a board for someone else before we got “called up.”

Al’s trek to the executive producer’s chair for Boomer & Carton (Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton) is one the involved very little sports along the way, but now there isn’t but one thing he doesn’t like about his job.

Al delves into a little of the formula his show uses to succeed and the relationship he has with his hosts.

Check out more of the show notes below to get a feel for what you will hear in this edition of The PASR.

I hope you enjoy and, as always, leave a comment to get out anything that this podcast had you thinking along the way.

INSIDE THIS EPISODE…

  • Al talks about how he got his start in this business. [3:33]
  • Al explains the Boomer & Carton show and the philosophy behind it. [7:11]
  • Al talks about NFL Mondays perhaps being their worst shows of the week. [8:40]
  • Al lays out his typical day as a morning show producer. [9:46]
  • Al talks about the dynamic between the radio show and the television network that simulcasts it. [15:30]
  • Al brings up the toughest part of his job: sleep. [16:56]
  • Al talks about his favorite part of the show everyday. [18:00]
  • Al talks about the biggest misconception about sports radio. [19:14]
  • Al talks about how Boomer & Craig have evolved over time. [25:01]
  • Al gives his biggest pet peeve of sports radio hosts. [28:25]
  • Al gives an interesting answer to who does his job better than anyone. [30:03]
  • Al talks about who he thinks is the best host in sports radio, not at WFAN. [30:22]

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THANKS FOR LISTENING!

Thanks for joining me again this week. Have something you’d like to share with me or Al? Leave a note in the comment section below!

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