Recently I had a chance to sit down with my friend, mentor and inspiration John A. Walsh, Executive Editor and Executive Vice President at ESPN. I have made no secret of the impact Walsh had on my professional career, and now I want to share his sage advice with you.
“The reason I have John here today is he’s been a visionary his whole life. He’s a humble man so he won’t like that I said that, but it’s true. The things I want to talk to John about today, which I think is very applicable to my listeners, is talking about why failure is important to success, and if we have time, what the new media means to the old media. ESPN is at the forefront of all the changes taking place. Somehow they always manage to stay ahead of the game. I give a lot of credit to John Walsh, but he would credit a great team and a lot of people that work really hard at ESPN just to keep it really exciting for their users and keep it moving forward. All that being said, I’d like to introduce John today. John, maybe give us a little background, quick overview of where you were. I know you’re a big guy in the print world, and where you were and how you landed at ESPN and what you’re excited about right now that you’re working on that you can talk about.”