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Smart Talk: Do women's sports get different media coverage? Superior Court candidate Victor Stabile

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 22, 2013 3:06 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, October 23, 2013:

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About 40 million people watched at least part of the U.S. women's World Cup victory over China in 1999.  It was the biggest audience for a women's sporting event ever and is still the most people to watch a soccer game on TV in this country.

Those kind of success stories are rare when it comes to media coverage of women's sports and female athletes. 

Elizabethtown College professor Dr. Kelly Poniatowski says her research indicates women's sports don't attract large audiences but it may be because not many are broadcast or are promoted on TV period.

Dr. Poniatowski appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk program to discuss her findings that include the differences in how women and men's sports are covered.  For example, commentators often focus on the background of female athletes and tell stories about them.  That doesn't happen often during the broadcast of a men's sporting event. 

Media also often pay particular attention to women athletes who are physically attractive.

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Superior Court candidate Victor Stabile

Also, Smart Talk listeners said during Monday's program on merit selection of judges that they didn't know much about the candidates for Pennsylvania Superior Court -- the one statewide race voters will decide November 5.

Republican candidate Victor Stabile answers questions about his candidacy on Wednesday's show.

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Comments: 3

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-23 08:17

    Deborah in Hummelstown emails:

    You introduced today's guest as the Republican candidate for Superior Court judge.

    How much financial backing does the judge receive from the political party to run his or her campaign?

    How much influence do you think knowing a candidate's political party has on voter's choices for judge?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-23 08:38

    Sabina in Mechanicsburg emails:

    Is one example that the Patriot News did at least 3 days and massive coverage-entire pages- to the Inaugural Hockey-Penn State Men’s Hockey but devoted exactly 630 words to the women’s team…

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-10-23 08:51

    Shama In Carlisle emails:

    I think it may be part of the myths we have about entertainment overall. There was a time when women were not even considered for leading roles in movies for example. I know during the last world cup the best matches I watched were the women's national team. On the hockey side, it may just be that most Americans are not interested in hockey.

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