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No-Bowl Consolation #2: Paul Finebaum, the UT alum who's King of the South

No Bowl Consolation #2:

Earlier this month, the New Yorker ran Reeves Wiedeman's interesting feature profile of Paul Finebaum, "The King of the South"--with a very funny photo of the dapper sports journalist looking something like the Mafia's tax accountant in the midst of an uninhibited Crimson Tide crowd. Finebaum, the Birmingham-based radio personality who has earned a reputation as the Authority on Alabama football, is a UT Knoxville alum, and first encountered college-football mania here.

Quoted at length in the article is Finebaum's Daily Beacon colleague, onetime Daily Beacon editor Gene Wojciechowski (his tongue-tied Beacon staffers preferred to call him Wojo) who's now well known as a reporter/columnist for ESPN.

A few folks can recall the days in the late 1970s when Finebaum and Wojo were both regulars at the Maltese Falcon, the pizzeria/taproom then located in the basement of Shelbourne Towers, what was then a privately run apartment building on the western edge of UT's campus.

Also titled "The Voice of College Football," Wiedeman's article describes "The Paul Finebaum Radio Network, which emanates from Birmingham's WJOX.... Finebaum is, by his own admission, an unlikely candidate for the voice of the South: he is fifty-seven, Jewish, and bald, prefers MSNBC to ESPN, and expresses surprise that he has not ended up in a more academic profession (during one show, he made a reference to Sartre's "No Exit" to explain his trouble ending an irritating interview)."

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/12/10/121210fa_fact_wiedeman#ixzz2GNws5rYl

We gather you need to subscribe to read it online, but if you find it at the library, it's the Dec. 10 issue.


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