Who are Paul Finebaum’s daily must-reads and what does this say about the state of the media?

Paul Finebaum of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network shared his thoughts on today’s media, race in the state of Alabama and within Alabama and Auburn’s football programs, and the state of some of the SEC’s major football programs in a wide-ranging interview with the Capstone Report. This is part of our series on the major voices in college football. Check out our earlier interview with the TCS College Football Insider and Chicago Tribune journalist Teddy Greenstein.

Here is what Finebaum had to say about his daily must-reads. This like so many other things Alabama’s most important media voice said could surprise you:

Q: Who are some of your daily must-reads?
Finebaum: “What is amazing is how few there are. It is such an evolution. When I started, there were people I had to read every day or every week—they were columnists, there were newspapers—and today there are so few people that I pay attention to.

“I look to see what a Dan Wetzel or Bruce Feldman write partly because I respect them and partly because they are friends of mine,” Finebaum said. “I’ll pay attention to what Tim Brando says or Pete Thamel of the New York Times or Cecil Hurt covering Alabama football or people like that.

“Amazingly, I pay very little attention to people like I used to because the medium is so different and the landscape has changed so dramatically. I think I pay more attention today to what callers to the show say than I do to influence makers in the industry.”

Check back later today for what Finebaum has to say about his show as a forum for racial dialogue in Alabama, how race lingers in the state, and the state of race in regards to Alabama football and Auburn football.

Tomorrow (Thursday) we’ll post what Finebaum said about the state of today’s media, the affect of conference-owned networks on journalism, and the role of talk radio and the Internet on the shifting media landscape.

On Friday, we’ll post what Finebaum had to say about the state of some of the major SEC football programs.

On Saturday, we’ll post some of Finebaum’s recollections of his early career in talk radio including how Alabama football coach Ray Perkins got Finebaum fired and a famous “fight” that wasn’t a fight with Birmingham talk show host Tommy Charles, better known as “T.C.” of the T.C. and John Ed Show.


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