By Shane from Centerpoint

Paul Finebaum is not your typical sports radio talk show host. The majority of those who get paid to sit behind the microphone avoid controversy like it’s the plague and the resulting broadcasts are usually a benign mix of stats and information they read from the newspaper. Not Finebaum. He thrives amid dissent and disparagement, especially when providing news and opinionated commentary on the hottest sports topics of the day. He also orchestrates an interesting and unique cast of characters on his mostly caller-driven show, blending aspects from both into an award-winning product known throughout the South.

Now – with the recent announcement by the Paul Finebaum Radio Network that they’ve been picked up by Sirius/XM satellite radio – we’re about to find out how well the show plays to a national audience.

Will college football coverage that’s limited to the SEC draw the interest of a national fan base that has so many other choices? It should help that the SEC holds the perception of being the best college football league in the country.

Most of the people who become “regular” listeners to Finebaum say that it takes awhile for his style to grow on them. Will those who catch his show once return enough to get hooked?

Does anybody believe that normal people will find Charles from Reeltown to be an informative, entertaining caller? Surely, everybody will think he’s an act, because nobody’s going to believe that a person could really be that stupid. Nevertheless, most people love clowns – don’t they?

What about Tammy, Auburn’s version of Elly May Clampett? This woman holds the world record for decibel levels attained during a telephone call. Sports fans who turn on their satellite radio and hear Tammy will probably laugh really hard – after they recover from the culture shock.

One thing’s for certain, it won’t take long for the national audience to completely understand why Alabama fans call Auburn fans red–headed stepchildren. Joe the Whiner from Trussville will show up every day as a living example for all to hear. Warning: Joe has a voice that resembles the high–pitch whine of a dental drill.

With Paul about to present the Sons of Saban (SOS) club to this larger market, the SOS might just grow into an army? I predict that men and women will jump at the chance to apply for membership.

On a serious note, Montgomery, Alabama’s I-man brings his legendary A-game to the airwaves everyday. He is, by far, the most knowledgeable caller to ever grace the F-bomb’s airwaves and should be credited as such. If you don’t believe it just ask him.

One other regular who stands a chance to have the biggest impact of all is only known by one name – Legend. Legend is a true student of the game. His football knowledge rivals that of a coach and his insight is truly something to behold. After all, he is the reigning PFRN “Caller of the Year”.

The truth is that all these callers – and many others too – play Paul’s game. He carefully directs the action and magically combines caller commentary with the show theme. Actually, Finebaum’s ability and wit seem to peak during caller interaction.

Lastly, I know there is one area where Paul excels in which he has no peer. Finebomb’s interviewing skills always exceed expectations and his knack for getting the person being interviewed to open up to the audience and provide a unique insight is uncanny.

Will the Paul Finebaum Radio Network survive the long term on satellite radio and become as popular around the country as it has regionally? I personally believe the show will stick. The only thing that could possibly hold it back is too much Charles from Reeltown.
Shane writes a weekly column for the Call News and the Capstone Report.

12 thoughts on “Shane: F-bomb targets the nation”

  1. What a piece of junk article. That is 3 minutes of my life I will never get back. Paul’s show will not survive a national audience. I do not know how it survives a local one. The callers are a joke. I listen to a sports show to hear people talk about sports, not to listen to callers talk about other callers. I-Man, knowledgeble…Shane, did you write this or the station heads write it for you. Every person in this article is worthless, including you, and including Paul. Interviewing SKILLS, really? Do you ever listen to Paul during an interview? Most of the time he is not even listening to the persons response. This show is a joke, the ‘regular’ callers are a joke, and you shane are one of the biggest jokes of the show. There used to be a day when the smartest and most knowledgeble callers were the ‘regulars’. Paul show is kind of the ANTI regular caller show. The more ignorant you are and the dumber you act the more you get on the radio…But I guess Paul has to do something to sound intelligent… And by the way, all of you ‘regular’ listeners need to realize that Paul IS NOT as informed as you all worship him to be. When is the last time Paul dropped a ‘bomb’? He never drops a bomb, only talks about them when they are public, and then says”I knew it all along but could not say anything”. You pathetic regulars are so desperate for attention that you will do anything…You all need to get out of the house and get a life…you are not stars and you never will be…you are all pathetic…..Dang…4 more minutes I will never get back…


    Shane, did your parents have ANY children that lived..??

  2. Shane, I don’t think the “Shadow” is a very HAPPY CAMPER today!!!

    Did you tell the “Shadow” that Auburn should hire an African-American Basketball Head Coach down there in General Robert E. Lee County (AUBURN) or something?

    That’s the least they could do since they (Auburn/Opelika) folks got the Alabama state legislature to move two predominantly African-American counties (up and down) where (Auburn/Opelika) area could have their predominantly white county named after General Robert E. Lee.

    Shadow, stop all that “HATING”, be a HAPPY CAMPER for a CHANGE!!!





  3. Many questions remain about how the Show will play Nationally. I must warn new XM listeners – the Advertising is going to be tedious. The same Commercials will play incessantly.
    I will agree with Shadow about one thing. There is no screening of the Calls. I am turned off by the Hardcore Ignorance that Charles – Tammy spew daily.
    Used to listen to KMOX and an Notorious Caller known locally in Birmingham as Preacher Bob would call the Station. I absolutely cringed and felt ashamed that this ignorant imbecile – was “Bob from Birmingham” and this imbecile was “Birmingham” on that Radio.
    I now wonder if I’m going to feel the same repulsion when the Imbeciles Call…..

  4. Hmmm….Shane did not inlcude himself in all those callers. I wonder if he thinks he is above them.Truth be told , he has always been one of those “Jerry springer” or better yet, “Howard Stern” callers that he says Paul “directs” In fact, I wonder the same as he put about Charles.Will a national audiance think that Shane is an act.They will think,” Surely someone cannot be THAT dumb and not know it”.

  5. Crimson Bro……man your fixated on race. You should join the rainbow/push shakedown coalition, and call yourself “RainbowBro”.

    And yes, I’m a proud resident of General Robert E. Lee County. Even had a granddaddy named Robert Edward.

    Shane, your writing has greatly improved. Seriously.

  6. YO! First of all, the show HAS a GLOBAL audience. Its on the INTERNET. However, I realize that some people don’t have internet access. Its a good thing that XM/Sirius have picked it up simply because the stage is now larger. Secondly, SHANE…it saddens me that you have to call out I-Man, ole Charles from Reeltown & Tammy. They are Aubies but you can’t help but LAUGH when they call in! Personally, I’d rather listen to THEM than YOU! As for “Joe the Whiner” I REALLY WISH he wouldn’t try to produce the show when he calls in because his ignorance about radio DOES show because he tries to tailor the content to his tastes. Last but certainly not least my HOPE is that this larger stage WILL NOT CAUSE potential listeners to LUMP ALL BAMMERS into YOUR CATEGORY; unrealistic. For sure, WE ARE A PASSIONATE bunch of fans. NO FAN BASE has more than ours but a lot of the time we are looked at as an unrealistic bunch of morons that can’t take it when we lose, be it a game or a 5-star recruit! Yeah, we have our share of fans like that BUT THERE ARE REALISTS in our ranks and I prefer to be regarded as such. RTR FOREVER!

  7. I always thought that Joe from Trussville was in fact the disgruntled ghost of Winnie the Pooh.

    Hey Joe, your condecension and snide comments about Alabama would have more teeth if you would complete puberty. Most men don’t care when the whinning and complaining comes from a unic.

  8. Ive got kentucky and Kansas playing for the title with Kansas winning. Cornell and Baylor are my Cinderella teams.

  9. shane i have some good info on some ky needs a good investigative reporter to bust them.please shoot me a email with a number i can reach you

  10. Shane, just heard you on your daddy’s radio show. You are now able to show the rest of the country how big of an idiot you are just like this website. Nobody cares about bammers except bammers. They’re laughing at you not with you Shane!

  11. Shane
    Your must be related to the congressman from Georgia that thinks Guam is going to tip over. Your ignorance and stupidity are HILARIOUS !!!
    Now ALL of the USA will get a good snicker when you call into Finebaum. It is however embarrassing to the state of Alabama and the University because we all get cast into the same mold as being as STUPID as you. The only reason Finebaum lets you on is he KNOWS people laugh at your stupidity,(and so does he behind your back) and I’ve heard your related to him.
    I am sure it is incomprehensible for you , that most people really enjoy Charles from Reeltowns calls because its a big HOOT ! He doesn’t profess to be an expert or media guru. He just acts out and we all get a big laugh. You on the otherhand call in and profess to actually KNOW something.(Like Todd McShay) After about 5 seconds into your call, anyone with common sense begins to think you have some sort of mental disorder. But after a few more seconds of listening, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that you are just STUPID.
    Not only do you come across as stupid but you LOOK even more STUPID . I bet your wife is a real looker!! And god bless your kids….

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