By: Brent Axe
August 17th, 2015
You can say Adam Schein is already living the dream of every kid that once turned down the volume on the TV, grabbed the nearest object that resembled a microphone and pretended to be their favorite sportscaster.
Schein, a Syracuse University graduate, left the airwaves of WHEN in 2002 to talk sports for a living for the legendary WFAN in New York City, just 40 minutes outside his hometown in Rockland County.
He currently hosts a daily sports-talk show, “Schein on Sports,” from 10 a.m-1 p.m. on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog” radio, where he has been since 2004. Schein recently signed a four-year extension to stay at Sirius.
He spent nearly a decade, from 2006 to just last month, in a nightly verbal joust with co-host Chris Carlin on SNY’s “Loudmouths.”
Schein gets fans ready for each NFL Sunday on “That Other Pregame Show” (TOPS) and calls the signals with a group of former NFL quarterbacks, including Rich Gannon, Trent Green and Steve Beuerlein, every Monday on “NFL QB,” on the CBS Sports Network.
For Schein, the dream is just beginning Monday night as “Time to Schein” debuts on the CBS Sports Network.
“People always ask you, ‘What’s your dream job?’ This is my dream job,” Schein said. “It really is a dream opportunity to have your own national, daily sports talk show for an hour.”
What will Schein’s new show, which will air weeknights from 6-7 p.m., be like?
“It’s going to be me,” Schein said. “High-octane. Passion. Opinion. Knowledge. Entertainment. The same philosophy I had in 1999 hosting on WHEN. I’m really excited about it.”
“Time to Schein” will feature an unscripted, “highly-opinionated” monologue touching on the big sports topics of the day. The show will also feature guests and interaction with viewers on Twitter and Instagram.
Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, now a lead NFL analyst on CBS, will be Schein’s first guest on Monday night.
Schein left a strong impression with Simms when he went on Adam’s radio show on Sirius, and the two have built a strong rapport since.
“I just thought that he was different in this world of talk radio today,” Simms told syracuse.com. “He actually knows what he is talking about. He follows it extremely close. The brashness, the volume of his voice, all those things. It catches your attention, but I respect his opinion.”
Simms also recalls fondly the first time he and another NFL quarterback went on “NFL Monday QB” with the energetic Schein.
“I’ll never forget the first show we did,” Simms said. “He comes out at the top of the show, I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, you are so loud!’ All I can remember. When he started the show, you’d flinch. When Boomer Esiason came on the show for the first time, I just sat back and watched Boomer as Adam opened the show and just got the biggest kick out of how he flinched and the look on his face.”
Schein also made a strong first impression on Amy Trask, a former Oakland Raiders executive who appears with Schein on “That Other Pregame Show.”
“When I joined CBS Sports, it was my first experience with television,” Trask said.
“I was terrified, horrified, traumatized. I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it. I was very scared about being on television. Adam was tremendous. He coached me. He encouraged me. He did everything one would hope a teammate would do. I looked at Adam and said ‘Help me. Please help me!’ And he did in every way.”
Trask thinks Adam’s “Time to Schein” will connect with viewers.
“What I observed and realized and learned over this time I have been on television is how tremendous he is at his job,” Trask said. “He’s bright, engaging, enthusiastic, energetic. There are people that will gravitate towards him for his knowledge. There are people that will gravitate towards him because of his passion. And there are people that will gravitate towards him for all those reasons.”
Simms says Schein can be polarizing, but that is what he is counting on in order for his show to be a success.
“There will be a group of people that really dig Adam Schein,” Simms said. “Then there will be the group that says, ‘Who in the hell is this guy with the big mouth?’ He’s got both worlds going there. They will work well on both radio and TV.”
Schein will be trying to make a first impression with a national television audience Monday night on the CBS Sports Network.
But his days on the Syracuse sports-talk airwaves on WHEN, where former Syracuse offensive coordinator George DeLeone once hung up on him, or the “epic exchanges” with Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim, are never far from Schein’s mind.
“It’s such a special time in my life,” Schein said. “First on-air job. The approval and interaction with the people of Syracuse is something that I’ll never forget. Here I am this loudmouth downstater in his early 20’s. I just formed such a great connection with the listeners and the people of Syracuse. I get emotional just talking about it because it shaped my career, it shaped my life.
“It’s why I always say Syracuse is the second-greatest city besides New York in the world. I believe that.”