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The Blitz caught up with Sid Rosenberg

‘Reinvented’ Sid Rosenberg Show has never been better

If you haven’t tuned into the Sid Rosenberg Show on 640 Sports WMEN South Florida -- chances are you’ll be very surprised what you hear when you do...

(L-R) Producer Steve Zemach, Sid, Executive Producer Erik Lengyel

By Kevin Canessa, Jr.

And let’s face it — given the state of morning radio in New York City, with Imus barely giving a shit about his show anymore, or the same-old, same-old tired, stuff from Boomer and Carton — you really should be tuning into Sid’s show on a daily basis, no matter where you live.

But when you do tune into the Sid Rosenberg Show, don’t be surprised — or complain about it — if you don’t hear as much sports as you might be used to. That’s because Rosenberg has reinvented his show, though he’s been doing the non-sports stuff for years already in South Florida.

We need to make something clear here, as well. This certainly doesn’t mean Sid’s not as rabid about sports as he’s always been. In fact, now that he’s solidly entrenched in South Florida life, Rosenberg finds an even greater love for the Mets, Giants, Rangers and Knicks.

“I guess I’m just realizing the influence Imus had on me over the years. Not just his content but the way he handles his cast,” Rosenberg said. “As for the show material, it’s hard to get caught up in a Mets loss when nine innocent people were just gunned down in a church.”

On a given day, in addition to having a guest list of sports-related personalities like no other show can boast, you might also hear Sid chatting with Chuck Todd, the managing editor and moderator of “Meet the Press.” Later, you might hear him mucking it up with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a candidate for President of the United States.

From time to time, you’ll also hear Sid talking movies and Yankees baseball with Chazz Palminteri, the actor of “A Bronx Tale” fame who considers himself as rabid Yankees fan as there is on the planet.

Beyond all this, Sid takes his responsibility to cover the news of the day very seriously. When incidents like what happened in McKinney, Texas, or Charleston, S.C., come to be, you don’t need to tune elsewhere to hear the topics being discussed, because the night before, Sid and his producers are preparing to discuss the topics on his show. And they’re working to bring listeners the best possible guests to augment their own discussions.

“There’s not one sporting event over the next two years that will match the intensity and the true divide that the 2016 Presidential Election offers. Politics is the true blood sport,” Rosenberg said. “And the results are seemingly more important than the Cavs/Warriors. Key word? Seemingly.”

In addition to Graham, who was on with Sid last week, he’s also had former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on the show — and he’s working on U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate, as well. Chances are there will be plenty more candidates, too, before all is said and done with the primaries.

“Growing up listening to Imus and Stern, I just always believed a morning show should prepare people for the day,” Rosenberg said. “I don't want to hear two guys arguing over a position player in sports at 8 a.m. I understand there’s a market for that, but I’d rather get the news and sports. So that’s how I do my show.

“I still think Imus was the key to WFAN’s [initial] success. Same thing with Neil Rogers at WQAM in Miami. People still appreciate smart, funny, and diverse shows. Sports doesn’t really offer that. Most sports guys tend to be very repetitive and not very unique in style and content. I believe you can never truly be a great host working at WFAN because of their strict guidelines. There are guys there who are great talents, but who are somewhat castrated because of the expectations of management. Stagnancy is a shitty thing.”

Bam.

The Sid Rosenberg Show can be heard weekdays 6 to 10 a.m. on 640 AM sports in South Florida [From Miami to the south to Fort Pierce to the north]. Listen live online 640sports.com or sidrosnberg.co. Hear the program on your mobile device or tablet using the TuneIn app, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android.

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