Aaron Goldhammer of ESPN Cleveland: WFNY Podcast

I reached out to Aaron Goldhammer to come on the WFNY Podcast to talk about his career in Cleveland sports media. Hammer has always been the “young guy,” the “new guy,” the guy who “isn’t from here,” and all of a sudden he’s been here quite a long time. We discuss all of that and how he and ESPN Cleveland have gotten to where they are in the media environment that exists today.

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Here’s what else we discussed.

  • Handling adversity and going viral for the wrong reasons
  • Being around when Good Karma purchased WKNR
  • Deciding to be authentic on the air for good and for bad
  • What’s a typical work week like off the air?
  • What does it take to prepare and do RBS?
  • Radio influences
  • Being in town for the Cavaliers championship and the Indians World Series
  • Much more

I had a bunch of interview questions written down, but as it turned out, the conversation just flowed how it flowed.

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  • Enjoyed this. It’s good to remember that people are, at the end, human beings.

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  • SHSUhomestar

    If I ever have a not-so-positive opinion of somebody or something, 99% of the time, I just keep it to myself, in an effort to not come across as trolling. But I do think those things don’t have to mutually inclusive.

    My issue with Aaron is actually the opposite of Scott’s – he doesn’t come across as genuine, authentic or human. And this is not based on a pre-disposed opinion of him, because I do think he occasionally throws out some funny one-liners. He’s actually at his best when he’s off-the-cuff.

    But I downloaded this episode, hoping to hear from the real person behind the persona… and I didn’t hear that at all. At no fault to Craig, by the way. He came across as pompous and quite frankly, as the risk of sounding troll-y, like a blow hard.

    A blow hard says a lot of words without saying anything. Most of what he said was just a bunch of generic “I’m an important guy” speak. When pressed by Craig to name a specific screw-up earlier in his career – a chance to continue the momentum of humanizing himself after the f-u- story – he just awkwardly/fakely laughs and says “oh… I’ve just got too many to even count lol.”

    I moved to Florida around the same time that Aaron moved to Cleveland. I got my Cleveland fix by streaming WKNR every day at work, and really loved Aaron when the Really Big Show first started. But now, he’s developed a lot of the same habits mentioned above, in addition to essentially copying every Rizzo speech pattern and mannerism, instead of being his own, *authentic* person. He notes that the audience is a lot smarter than they are given credit for, but doesn’t seem to acknowledge that we can see right through the mini-me Rizz persona.

    I don’t envy the task of being on air for 5 hours a day – honestly, I don’t think there’s a person on Earth that can come up with 25 hours a week of relevant and interesting content. And I don’t enjoy killing a guy in a comments section. I just wish he would be himself on air.

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