Today marks eight years of the Mac Attack on WFNZ. Regular
readers (thank you for that) know I am all about some WFNZ sports radio out of
Charlotte North Carolina.
It was eight years ago today that Chris McClain started The
Mac Attack at noon on WFNZ. When Gary
Williams left to do golf television. McClain joined co-host Jim Celania and
producers Travis Hancock and Colin Hoggard to do some very good morning sports
Right after Chris McClain went to the morning show I
interviewed him for the Yahoo Contributor Network. I will now post that
interview here so Mac Attack fans can check it out. I just wanted to congratulate
the Mac Attack team for eight great years of sports talk radio! Keep in mind
this interview was done in 2009.
This is an interview with Chris McClain who has the morning
radio show "The Mac Attack with Jim Celania" on WFNZ. I really enjoy
listening to WFNZ out of Charlotte North Carolina and recently wrote an article
about the radio station. In the article I kind of called out Mac for not
replying to interview requests. My humble apologies go out to Mac and that
communication error has been fixed.
Mac did indeed agree
to my interview request and took the time for it while getting ready to go to
Super Bowl 43 in Tampa Florida. Since my previous WFNZ article
there has been a programming change. Chris, Bone and Gump are taking the
"Mac Attack" to the morning slot and will be joined by Jim Celania.
Gary Williams from the Morning Sports Page has moved on to other opportunities
in sports radio.
The Frank and Buck
show will now take over the afternoons before Mark Packer comes on with
"Primetime with the Packman." What I find really interesting is that
for one hour Mac, Celania, Frank and Buck will have one hour as WFNZ's
"Four Horsemen" on a joint effort to bring us excellent sports radio
in Charlotte North Carolina.
I hope you all enjoy
this interview with Mac from "The Mac Attack" on WFNZ and I also
encourage you to give them a listen. And I would like to once again thank Chris
McClain for this interview.
Randy- How cool is
it to actually have a career talking about sports?
Mac- It is a dream
come true to be able to do something you love. Even if it is peanuts and warm
beer, that is a great thing. I would urge everyone to find their passion and
make it a career.
Randy- Did you
pursue a sports radio career or just radio in general and just fell into sports
Mac- I wanted to be
in sports radio all along. I made my first call a show when I was 7 and got
hung up on by the host, after I tried to argue with him. Ever since then I had
Randy- With the new
promotion to the morning slot do you expect to have to shock collar Jim
Mac- I was taught to
respect my elders, so I hope to make my mama proud and not resort to that.
Randy- Who was your
favorite player from any sport that you have gotten to meet in person, while
working in sports radio?
Mac- Good question.
I am a huge Ravens fan and got to hang with those guys when I was covering
their Super Bowl 35 victory. Being in that winning locker room was a highlight
Randy- If you could
pick any living broadcaster to co- host a show with you for a day, which would
Kornheiser, I love his sense of humor. I wouldn't mind sitting in on the Howard
Stern show either.
Randy- Gump and Bone
are moving to the morning slot with the Mac Attack. This tells me that you guys
make a good team. How important are the producers to a radio show?
Mac- They are very
important. Everything from guests to all the production elements are their
responsibility. You are only as strong as your support staff, they are my
Randy- Do you think Charlotte is a better
sports town now than when you moved here?
Mac- Certainly and I
think it's only to get better as the Bobcats continue to improve and when the
NASCAR hall of fame is up and running.
Randy- Do you think Charlotte will have major
league baseball in the next 10 years or so?
Mac- I say at least
15 years and probably 20. I do believe it will happen eventually due to the
insanely quick growth of the Queen
Randy- Do you have a
favorite frequent caller to the Mac Attack on WFNZ?
Mac- I love them
all! The Mac Attack is really like an extended community of guys hanging out
and busting chops. Our resident grandpa, Doug from Lawndale does have a special place in my
Randy- Thanks very
much for your time and congratulations on moving the Mac Attack to the 6 am
slot and on you baby that is on the way.
Mac- Thanks for the
support Randy, we couldn't do it without you guys listening and participating.
I would like to add
a special thanks to Chris McClain, CBS Radio and WFNZ the Franchise. And don't
forget to check out "The Mac Attack with Jim Celania" starting Monday
February 2nd 2009 at 6 am.