Jul 082014
 
“Now, you wanna hang up on me, PAL? Hang up on me – I don’t care, Paul! Im.. I’m sick of your stinking show. It caused me grief! Total grief! …And to Hell with your show!”“The REAL Jim From Tuscaloosa”
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Dec 022013
 

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Nov 272013
 

It’s that time of year again – “Iron Bowl” week.

Follow the history of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers rivalry through the voices of the announcers who broadcast the games.

Listen to the often requested “Iron Bowl Montage”:

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Sep 132013
 

From Al.com by Carol Robinson.

Paul Finebaum in College Station

Paul Finebaum in College Station

Paul Finebaum also weighed in on Johnny Football. “I think the nation will be pulling for Johnny Manziel. I don’t care what I’ve said, what other people have said,” Finebaum said. “He’s just one of the most enigmatic players I have ever seen.”

“He is the reason why the ratings tomorrow will be a record number,” Finebaum said. “It’s not Nick Saban. He’s been there for a long time. Alabama is part of the texture and tapestry of college football, but Manziel is different. He’s new. We’ve never really seen anyone quite like him and I don’t know if we’ll see anyone quite like him in the future.”

Finebaum said an A&M victory Saturday would further elevate Manziel. “His reputation has certainly taken hits, but if he knocks off Alabama, forget Time Magazine, he’ll be in Times Square.”

Saturday’s faceoff is the biggest game in Saban’s career from a preparation standpoint, Finebaum said. “I really believe that Nick Saban has stayed up a little later every night. I’ve been told he’s brought in ex-coaches, defensive wizards, consultants from the NFL, they’ve broken down every game Johnny Manziel has played, which isn’t that many, and looked at all kinds of analysis and he has a game plan.”

Now what does that mean? “I don’t have any idea,” Finebaum said. “But he has never prepared harder or more diligently for any other football game.”

When Finebaum joined ESPN earlier this year, he declared Alabama would easily beat the Aggies in this game. “I’ve backed away from easily. The more I see of A&M, I think it will be a very competitive game but I think Alabama will win,” he said. “That not a prediction you can make and say I will guarantee my life on it, but I think Alabama has the motivation.”

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Sep 132013
 

From BizJournals.com by Erik Spanberg.

Paul Finebaum In Studio

Paul Finebaum In Studio

The talk-show host, bespectacled and in his late-50s, checks his smartphone for text messages and shifts his gaze to a nearby computer screen. He clicks the mouse, scrolls through a story or two, then turns his attention back to Jim from Tuscaloosa, who is still talking.

 For the third time in 90 minutes, Jim is on the air, complaining about the show. This, of course, breaks all of the unwritten rules of talk radio. Callers rarely are allowed to insult the host or his employers for long, if at all, and they certainly aren’t allowed to claim the airwaves three times in a single broadcast.

 Except, of course, on any show hosted by Paul Finebaum. Trim and wearing a maroon tie and a white button-down shirt, Finebaum, who looks and speaks like the lawyer he once aspired to be, sits in a makeshift studio at a Ballantyne office park on a recent afternoon, sipping coffee and punching buttons to take calls. Meet the one-man band who happens to be the most powerful and notorious voice in college football.

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Sep 132013
 

From Bizjournals.com by Erik Spanberg.

On Saturday, another college football game of the century arrives. This time, it’s Alabama versus Texas A&M.

You will recall that Alabama has won three of the past four national championships, while A&M is a threatening Johnny (Manziel)-come-lately to the Southeastern Conference thanks to its Heisman-winning quarteback. Manziel, the cover boy on last week’s issue of Time, makes the match-up all the more intriguing since what he does off the field is almost as exciting as what he does on it. Since the Aggies beat Bama in Tuscaloosa last season, a side dish of revenge can also be enjoyed in the run-up to kick-off (CBS, 3:30 p.m., in case you forgot).

That the game involves two SEC schools makes it all the better (apologies, ACC fans). A&M’s Kyle Field is the site of the game and, as with almost any SEC match-up, you can expect a roaring full house. Alabama, A&M and the other 12 schools in the conference routinely lead the nation in attendance at college games.

Which explains, in part, why a mild-mannered man in late-middle-age named Paul Finebaum has managed to convert a Birmingham sports-talk show into a national role at ESPN. Last month, Finebaum took up residence in Charlotte, working out of ESPN’s Ballantyne studios on his relaunched radio show and planning for a daily national simulcast on the new SEC cable network in August 2014.

In tomorrow’s print edition of the Charlotte Business Journal, you can read the business story behind Finebaum and ESPN’s SEC Network.

Until then, here are a few thoughts on the Finebaum phenomenon and his move to Charlotte.

For now, Finebaum can be heard online, on select radio stations in the Southeast (his show isn’t carried in Charlotte) and on ESPN podcasts. Already, the ESPN alliance has raised his profile, earning him guest appearances on ESPN’s College GameDay and College Football Live in recent weeks.

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Sep 122013
 

This is the old affiliate list. To find a station near you, click here.

Hear The Paul Finebaum Radio Show from these broadcast radio affiliates on our new Listen page.

The Paul Finebaum Radio Show Broadcast Radio Affiliates
City State Name Station Frequency AM/FM
BIRMINGHAM AL WJOX 94.5 WJOX 94.5 FM
BIRMINGHAM AL JOX 2 100.5 ESPN WAPI 100.5 FM
BRIDGEPORT AL The Fan WVOV 1480 AM
DECATUR/HUNTSVILLE AL 1400 THE TEAM WWTM 1400 AM
DOTHAN AL WOOF 560 AM
FLORENCE AL 93.9 THE SCORE WYTK 93.9 AM
GADSDEN AL News Talk 570 AM WAAX 570 AM
MOBILE AL THE TICKET WNSP 105.5 FM
MONTGOMERY AL WTXK 1210 AM
REPTON AL POWER PIG WPPG 101.1 FM
SCOTTSBORO AL Classic Country WWIC 1050 AM
SELMA AL ALEX-FM WALX 100.9 FM
TALLASSEE AL WTLS 1300 AM
TUSCALOOSA AL Tide 99.1 WDGM 99.1 FM
UNION GROVE-HUNTSVILLE AL 97.7 THE ZONE WZZN 97.7 FM
YORK AL ESPN 104.9 WSLY 104.9 FM
ARKADELPHIA AR RIVER ROCK 100.9 KDEL 100.9
PENSACOLA FL WBSR 1450 AM
ATLANTA GA TheFan2 WFOM 1230 AM
BRUNSWICK GA THE FAN WSFN 790 AM
COLUMBUS GA THE ZONE WIOL 95.7 AM
WAYCROSS GA THE FAN WFNS 1350 AM
SAVANNAH GA 1450 ESPN WSEG 1400 AM
SAVANNAH GA ESPN RADIO FM 104.3 WSEG 104.3 FM
LEXINGTON KY WLXG 1300 AM
LAFAYETTE LA ESPN 1420 KPEL 1420 AM
Tupelo MS Z-98-5 WZLQ 98.5 FM
JACKSON MS ESPN 105.9 THE ZONE WRKS 105.9 FM
CHATTANOOGA TN 105.1 ESPN WALV 105.1 FM
NASHVILLE TN Sports WQZQ WQZQ 830 AM
TEXARKANA TX ESPN KTRG 94.1 FM
Sep 102013
 

From Ajc.com by Andy Johnston.

Nick Saban isn’t going to replace Texas coach Mack Brown.

At least not right now.

But a Sports Illustrated blogger assumed Saban would be interviewing to replace the embattled Brown as early as this week, thanks to a Twitter joke by the all-powerful Paul Finebaum.

Here’s what Finebaum tweeted Saturday.

SI put together a blog and posted it this morning. It has since been removed, but here’s a portion of it:

“Paul Finebaum of ESPN Radio tweeted Sunday that a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week.”

One of the problems is that Finebaum didn’t say anywhere in his tweet that Saban will be meeting with Texas officials. It said only that Saban will be in Texas “as early as this Friday,” which, of course, is when Alabama will fly to that state for its game at Texas A&M on Saturday.

It’s tough to find the funny in Finebaum’s tweet, and to joke about breaking news like that is poor judgment. But SI has enough writers and resources to double check and find alternative sources to breaking news and whether they merit stories.

Sep 022013
 

by Finebaum Fan

Headlines broke out around the country last week declaring that sports radio talk show host Paul Finebaum had co-written a county music song. Although many knew he had signed a major book deal, few, if any, were aware of his musical aspirations.

It came as quite a surprise to fans of the hard-hitting talk show host that he had co-written “Here and My Crazy Dreams,” with accomplished Muscle Shoals songwriter, Walt Aldridge.

The Paul Finebaum Show airs weekdays on regionally-syndicated ESPN Radio and is know far and wide for its cast of somewhat eclectic callers.


What If?

As I sit in my recliner writing this post in a forty-odd hour state of sleep deprivation, I begin to wonder. “What if he hadn’t co-written that song?”, “What if he had written it alone?”, “What if he really could sing?”, and “What if it became a hit?”

My lack of sleep is beginning to overtake my consciousness.  My head is spinning…

Can’t you just see it?

The 2014 Country Music Awards

Paul Finebaum, song writer and lead singer of his own band, is introduced at The 2014 Country Music Awards by master of ceremonies, “The Legend”, in a way that would make MMA announcer Dave Davis envious.

The Beatles Entering Shea Stadium

The Beatles at Shea Stadium

Paul and his entourage enter the arena like the Beatles entering Shea Stadium. Grown men tear up, grown women swoon, teen-aged girls scream and salivate. Young men emulate Paul by wearing khaki pants and University of Alabama coaching staff polos – both about four sizes too large. Hoards of fans known as “Finebammers” flock from as far away as Waterloo, Iowa for the performance.

The arena echoes the chant, “Paaawwwlll”, Paaawwwlll, Paaawwwlll” as Paul takes center stage.

Behind Paul, eager to share the fame, is his band: “I-Man” on lead guitar, “Jeff from Chicago” on base, and “Jim from Crestwood” on keyboards. Seated in the rear, “Ringo style”, is “Darriel from Columbus”… ready to pound the drums instead of his chest.

Singing harmony with Paul is velvet-voiced “Charles” whose vocal chords were delicately honed calling little league games for the radio station back home in Reeltown.

His backup singers are adorned in white polyester pants suits studded with crimson rhinestones. Known simply as the “Finebaumettes”, they are: (right to left) “Tammy”, “Mildred”, and “Phyllis from Mulga”.

Joe Namath – circa1960. Beaver Falls Basketball

His lone groupie, screaming wildly just below center stage, is “Jim from Tuscaloosa”. (He could have written AND performed the song better than Paul if only he had concussed the left side of his brain instead of the right in that pickup basketball game with Joe Namath.)  Jim tosses his boxers onstage.  Paul picks them up, winks, and tells Jim, “You are the best!”

Paul Finebaum and Danny Sheridan

Stage left, standing in deep shadows just beyond a long pine box, is his manager, Danny Sheridan – face freshly painted by his near-sighted makeup artist from central Florida. Danny is spouting odds and taking bets on how long Finebaum’s fame will last.

The houselights lights dim. The crowd grows silent with anticipation.

Suddenly, someone seated high above in a VIP box, lets out a rousing “A’ight!” Who is it? I’m not sure – maybe it’s God. Once again, pandemonium breaks out and the crowd works itself into a frenzy.

Without warning, the spotlight splits the cannabis-smoke-filled air floating above the crowd. It cuts through the cracks of the panama hat (rolled up to resemble that of a cowboy) and beams directly from the top of Paul’s head.  To the delight of the crowd, it creates the illusion of a dancing disco ball.

Then – it happens.

The sweet sounds fill the arena;

 I could stay like they thought I would –

Live the way they all said I should.

But every day, I’d have to live caught in between

Here and my crazy dreams.

Alabama and Texas A&M fans join hands and sway back and forth in time with the music. They are joined by Vols and Tigers and Bears (oh my!) and all manner of mascot-wearing SEC fans.  It’s as if they have all joined around a campfire to sing choruses of “Kumbaya”. Peace, harmony, and tranquility threaten to spread all across the conference.  Animosity – the very fabric that holds the conference together is in danger of being eliminated.

As the last notes flutter into the night, Paul looks up and flashes an omniscient smile.  He senses a particular Bama fan, looking down from above, and acknowledges him under his breath with a simple “RTR”.

Other acts follow – but none can compare.

Surely this performance will be followed by awards and accolades as never before seen in Nashville.

At the end of the evening, Paul’s name is called and he works his way back on stage. Randy Owen and Bocephus himself are waiting to present Paul with his award for “Songwriter/Artist of the Year“.

Tennessee’s favorite son, Paul Finebaum, has come home. And finally… finally… he has made Tennessee proud.


The Legendary Chupacabra

The Legendary Chupacabra

An unearthly shrill launches me out of my recliner and three feet into the air.  Was I being attacked by a chupacabra? As I settle back into my chair and reality, I realize it’s just Tammy screaming something about Robert E. Lee and how he played quarterback for Auburn or some such nonsense.

In the future, I really need to make sure I get more sleep. I don’t think I can handle another episode getting caught in between here and my crazy dreams.

And, oh yeah, there really is a song.

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