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On Simulcast, Patrick Seeks ‘Voyeur TV’

There's efficiency in simulcasting radio shows on TV: You're not letting much go to waste.

The problem can be that radio on TV, while it might have an interesting soundtrack, might not be all that exciting to watch. But Dan Patrick, whose syndicated radio show will begin simulcasting on DirecTV's 101 Network starting Aug. 3, suggests radio can become made-for-TV:

"The visuals will be different from anybody else because of the way the studio looks. I didn't want it antiseptic, looking like TV. Nothing shiny. I was only willing to do it if it didn't look like the other (simulcast) shows. There's not much movement with just putting radio shows on TV."

ESPN's TV already simulcasts radio shows from hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Colin Cowherd and, next month, will do so with Scott Van Pelt. But their sets don't have working bars, as Patrick says his show will have. His simulcast will come from a set in a retrofitted Connecticut building with couches, beds, a fireplace - "My goal was to make it look like the apartment you have when you got your first job."

If, that is, that first apartment had a sort of working closet. Patrick says the set will have a closet - dubbed "the box" - where staffers will appear to critique shows in progress - "so we can critique ourselves before anybody else can."

Patrick also suggests the show will have a sort of MTV "Real World"-type ambience. DirecTV producers in Los Angeles will decide which shots to use from the various on-set cameras. On-set, says Patrick, "if you want to shower, fine. No makeup artists. It's sort of voyeur TV. There could be some cringe-filled moments." Especially in the shower.

P.S. Having joined NBC's NFL studio, Patrick says he'll do work on NBC's 2010 Olympics and the 2012 London Games. He says NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol told him, " ''Whatever you see as a role, let me know and we'll talk.' "

Spice rack: CBS golf analyst Nick Faldo, in a move announced Saturday, will be made a British knight. Sounding unconcerned how that might affect CBS if Faldo is called away to, say, don armor and defend royal castles, CBS Sports president Sean McManus seems magnanimous: "He now also holds the distinction of being the only employee at CBS Sports who I will occasionally refer to as "sir.' "

Update: Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, in an interview Sunday on ESPN, recalls a night last September when he didn't have his cellphone with him and police and his teammates were concerned he was suicidal - he'd been heavily booed in his previous game. Young, saying he never considered suicide, was at an uncle's house. Young recalled having to wait in a team office until he'd been cleared by a psychiatrist: "It was embarrassing. ... I can't stand when somebody jeopardizes my image."

TV box office: So much for predictions of ratings meltdowns if the small-market Orlando Magic made the NBA Finals - and, thus, the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James didn't. The Finals' Game 4, between Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers, drew 9.4 percent of U.S. households - up 8 percent from Game 4 of last year's Boston Celtics-Lakers Finals. This year's Finals so far are off just 3 percent from 2008. ... NBC's ratings for its NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 wasn't out Sunday. But history suggests big TV box office: In the last three Cup Finals that have gone seven games, ratings for seventh games at least doubled the average of the other six games.

On tap: The NFL Network, says spokesman Dan Masonson, today will announce it will simulcast local TV coverage of the Big 33 High School All-Star Game, which has an Ohio vs. Pennsylvania matchup, Saturday in Hershey, Pa. Every Super Bowl has included at least one player who played in that annual game. ... ESPN/ABC, as expected, formally announced Friday that the Rose Bowl - joining the other Bowl Championship Series games - will air on ESPN starting in January 2011. Of about 114 million U.S. TV households, about 98 million get ESPN via cable or satellite TV - a gap expected to shrink with the recent elimination of analog TV. In an ongoing usatoday.com reader poll, 9 percent say the move matters to them because they don't have satellite or cable. Says ESPN senior vice president Burke Magnus on the gap: "It's no longer an issue. Or, less of an issue every day."

Industry infighting: Race Buddy, the animated mascot of TNT's NASCAR coverage, last week appeared in an online video sealing a manhole cover on the trackside hole of Digger, the animated mascot of Fox's NASCAR coverage. On one level, that might just seem like some fluff to remind viewers NASCAR coverage has moved from Fox to TNT. But, as Fox Sports Chairman David Hill suggests, corporate calculations shouldn't ignore sensitivities: "Digger won't call or take my calls. He's upset that he's being attacked and mocked. He's "terribly" upset." Hill's staffers at Fox know not to disturb him when he's trying to contact Digger.

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