Sim­mons dis­cusses D.C. mar­ket

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY CLIN­TON YATES clin­ton.yates@wash­post.com

Bill Sim­mons has been mak­ing the ra­dio rounds re­cently, dis­cussing his new HBO show and gen­er­ally try­ing to set the record straight re­gard­ing what he feels about his old em­ployer ESPN. This me­dia tour of sorts means Sim­mons is now al­lowed to talk to non-ESPN af­fil­i­ates.

He showed up ear­lier this week on a CBS Ra­dio af­fil­i­ate in Bos­ton and won­dered aloud on his pod­cast Fri­day who he should hit up in D.C., where co­host and D.C. na­tive Joe House lives.

“Who’s the guy in Wash­ing­ton? Be­cause it used to be Tony [Korn­heiser] for years and years,” he said. “But now he doesn’t write any­more, and he’s got the lo­cal ra­dio show, but is there a guy, or is it still Korn­heiser and [Michael] Wil­bon?”

He was, of course, ref­er­enc­ing the former Post colum­nists turned “Par­don the In­ter­rup­tion” stars.

“It’s still Tony K,” House re­sponded. “. . . I’ll put it this way: Ev­ery­body my age and older lis­tens to him. Now, ‘The Sports Junkies’ are also wildly pop­u­lar here in D.C. And with good rea­son be­cause the homeys roll it proper. They’ve been at it now, got to be like 15 years, maybe even longer than that — 16, 17 years.”

106.7 The Fan is also a CBS Ra­dio af­fil­i­ate, so Sim­mons is now avail­able if they will have him.

“That’s an­other show I want to go on. I want to go on ‘The Sports Junkies.’ I wasn’t al­lowed to go on that one either,” Sim­mons said.

“You’ve been on the Junkies once. To pro­mote your book. One time,” House re­minds him. “The Junkies bring it home. A bunch of lo­cal don­keys that do it proper.”

MIKE WINDLE/GETTY IMAGES FOR VAN­ITY FAIR

HBO’s Bill Sim­mons is mak­ing the most of be­ing al­lowed to talk on the air to non-ESPN ra­dio af­fil­i­ates.

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