Ben Maller

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Ben Maller
Born April 29, 1975
Irvine, CA
Show "The Ben Maller Show"
Station(s) Fox Sports Radio
Time slot Weekend Nights (1am - 6am ET)
Show "Blitz Package" NFL Season & Rest of the time year "The Blitz"
Station(s) Fox Sports Radio
Time slot Sunday's 1pm-7pm ET NFL Season & Sunday's 1pm-6pm ET Rest of the year
Style Sports radio
Country  United States
Previous show(s) The Third Shift
Website http://benmaller.com
The Ben Maller Show
Genre Talk, sports
Running time 1-7 AM (Eastern), 10 PM-4 AM (Pacific), on Fridays and Saturdays
Country United States
Language(s) English
Home station KLAC
Syndicates Fox Sports Radio
Starring Ben Maller
Creator(s) Ben Maller
Producer(s) John "The Beard" Howell, "Raider" Ryan Payne, Bobo on the Radio
Exec. producer(s) Justin Cooper
Air dates since August 2009
Opening theme "It's All About the Benjamins" by P. Diddy feat. Biggie Smalls
Website www.BenMaller.com

Benjamin "Big Ben" Maller (born April 29, 1975)[1] is an American sports radio host, for Fox Sports Radio where he hosts a program on week nights, and previously The Third Shift. Maller is also one of the original sports bloggers, with his popular website BenMaller.com, Ben has been credited with breaking several stories over the years. In addition, Maller joined NBC Sports Network as a regular contributor to NBC SportsTalk in late 2011 until the spring of 2012.

Early life[edit]

Maller grew up in Irvine, California[2] and attended Irvine High School.[3] The young Irvine student began to fall behind in school and consequently was placed in S.E.L.F. (Secondary Education Learning Facility, now known as Creekside High School), the city's alternative education program.[3] Nonetheless the S.E.L.F. enrolled student managed to play high school football for the town's University High School while enrolled at S.E.L.F.[3] Aside from playing football, the S.E.L.F. high school student also had an interest in sports journalism and broadcasting.[3] After finishing high school Maller enrolled in Saddleback College in the nearby city of Mission Viejo.[4] The Saddleback student continued his interest in sports broadcasting doing Gaucho men's basketball and football games on KSBR before landing a job as an AM sports radio journalist.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Ben Maller joined NBC Sports Network in November 2011 as a regular contributor to the daily "NBC SportsTalk" program. Ben traveled from Los Angeles, California to Stamford, Connecticut each month to broadcast from NBC's studios until the Spring of 2012.[5]

Some of his career highlights include being a reporter for XTRA Sports 690am in San Diego in the mid-1990s and co-hosting the Ben & Dave Show on XTRA Sports 1150 in LA (late-1990s) and the host of Dodger Talk in 1996 thru 2000. Maller joined Fox Sports Radio for the launch of the network in August 2001 as an update anchor/ weekend morning co-host.[citation needed]

Ben Maller's Fox Sports Radio Show was named the fifth best nationally syndicated sports talk radio program in Los Angeles (2012), according to the LA Daily News.[6]

Maller was the first local Los Angeles sports radio host to interview Mike Piazza after his trade from the Dodgers on May 15, 1998.[citation needed]

Big Ben read the starting lineup of the visiting Padres at Dodger Stadium before a Dodgers game with San Diego on June 24, 1999, when PA announcer Mike Carlucci was stuck in traffic.[citation needed]

Except for in 2009, Ben has been on the air at FSR during every Super Bowl since 2001.[citation needed]

Worked on the Dodgers pre/postgame shows during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Co-Hosted “Dodger Talk” with Ross Porter.[citation needed]

Maller has appeared in over 30 episodes of the "Sports List" on Fox Sports Net.[citation needed]

Ben is a supporter of Dale Murphy's, and Gorman Thomas' bid for the baseball hall of fame. He also supports Donald Murphy because Donald provided updates about the March 11th 2010 earthquake in Japan. Fox Sports Radio's JT the Brick was begging for calls from Japan about the earthquake. Donald contacted TY Eli to be able to give live updates. JT and Ty Eli chose to ignore the call. The next night, Donald called The Ben Maller Show and thanks to Miranda Moreno, was put on the air right away and Donald was able to provide live updates about the situation in Fukushima.[citation needed]

Ben's radio audience has picked his favorite NFL team since 2007. The record hasn’t been great, but they do better the following year. 2007 Titans (10-6), 2008 Jets (9-7), 2009 Chiefs (4-12) and 2010 Cowboys (6-10).[citation needed]

Maller hosted UCLA Bruins post-game football talk show after they blew a ten point fourth quarter lead against Miami, FL on December 5, 1998 losing 49-45 as Edgerrin James ran for 299 yards and UCLA missed out on the BCS title game.

In 2003, Ben signed a contract to be the "sports gossip guy," for FoxSports.com, providing daily sports rumors and notes. Maller was credited with helping FoxSports.com overtake ESPN.com in unique visitors for the first time in February 2007, according to Nielsen Net Ratings.[7]

In 2006, Maller became the host of The Third Shift on weeknights to replace Jorge Sedano, who left to do a show for WAXY, a local FSR affiliate in Florida.[citation needed]

On Saturday September 22, 2006, Ben, with Julio Flores, moved his Ben vs The Coin segment online, debuting with week 3 of the NFL on his MySpace page. Nearly two weeks later, with help from his brother, he also started offering the segment as a podcast, and on October 5 it became available through iTunes.[citation needed]

Maller has hosted shows with Terry Bradshaw, Jim Lampley, Tony Bruno, Jim Mora, Chris Myers, Dale Brown, James Washington, Tommy Lasorda, Ross Porter, Kevin Kennedy and many other sports stars.[citation needed]

On January 20, 2009, Maller and the rest of the Third Shift staff was fired as part of Clear Channel Communications' layoff of 1850 employees. He was re-hired on August 11, 2009. Maller claims to be the first person to report his firing as it was happening on Twitter.[8]

Maller became the first Southern California broadcaster to host a show on Boston's WEEI, when he filled in for Mike Adams on "Planet Mikey," in June 2009.[9]

On July 13, 2009, Maller announced that he was hired to be the U.S. correspondent for Radio Sport in New Zealand.[citation needed]

On August 11, 2009, Maller announced that he was returning to Fox Sports Radio after six months and 26 days off the air. Ben's show re-debuted on the weekends during the times of 1-6 AM ET on Saturdays and 1-7 AM ET Sundays. Regular show features include Trivia After Dark, Sports Jeopardy, Insta-advice Line, Who Am I?, and Radio Roast.[citation needed]

In May 2010, Ben led a march at Staples Center with fellow Los Angeles Clippers fan Clipper Darrell in an unsuccessful attempt to woo free agent LeBron James to the Clippers, as James took "[his] talents down to South Beach."[citation needed]

In December 2010, Maller announced to his fans that the Brooksider Bar & Grill in Kansas City, MO had named its chicken fingers after him. The "Big Ben Maller Chicken Fingers" are on the menu for $7.49. Then a few weeks later Big Ben reported the debut of the "Malzone," (a philly cheesesteak style Calzone) at Vito's Pizzeria in Syracuse, NY[10][11]

On September 2, 2011, the official Maller Nation Tee shirts were available on E-Bay.[citation needed]

Today, Maller and DeSaegher work together on the show, but DeSaegher is an updater for Fox Sports Radio.

As of January 6, 2014 Ben's show will transition to weeknights, airing from 2AM to 6 AM EST nightly. There is currently no word on who will take over his current weekend time slot.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Births, 1905 - 1995". Familytreelegends.com. 1975-04-29. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  2. ^ Maller, Ben (2002-03-08). "Friday Thoughts, Opinions and Notes". BenMaller.com. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d Dauber, Bill (1993-05-06). "Site offers place to be themselves - EDUCATION: Irvine athletes find S.E.L.F. provides an alternative setting where they can make up credits and set goals". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  4. ^ Maller, Ben. "BenMaller.com: About Ben Maller". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/NBCSportsTalk/statuses/188058020972990467
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "First Mobile, Now the Web... ESPN.com Takes a Tumble | TechnologyTell". E-gear.com. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / benmaller: I just got fired from Fox Sports Radio". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  9. ^ Rohrbach, Ben (2009-06-01). "Big Ben Maller". Audio.weei.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  10. ^ [2][dead link]
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2736891&spid=24698

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