If you’re like me and you follow YES Network analyst Jack Curry on Twitter, you know that the seasoned reporter is well-versed in more than just baseball. Curry is an avid music fan who tweets about Gaslight Anthem and Mumford and Sons in between updating his 40,000-plus followers on Derek Jeter’s rehab progress.
With his new YES Network web series, “JCTV,” Curry hopes to combine his loves for sports and tunes with his profession of telling great stories and interviewing newsmakers. When I asked the reporter who he’d most like to chat with from the music-sphere, one person he responded with was Jay-Z.
“He was a part owner for the Nets and now he’s one of Robinson Cano’s agents,” said Curry via telephone. “There’s a nice baseball-sports connection there, so I would love to interview somebody like that as well.”
Curry tapped former Yankees catcher and current YES co-worker John Flaherty as his first guest. The 11-minute long episode premiered Wednesday, and the former New York Times writer aims to release a new show weekly. “JCTV” is currently shot in black and white, with two handheld cameras, and in a more casual setting – all variables that Curry doesn’t see changing as the show moves forward.
“We want people to have a destination, we want people to care about it,” Curry explained. “I want to trend on Twitter like you did in New York last night!”
Yes, “#RalphieShow” did trend in to the wee hours of the morning, due to dedicated fans of the groups Emblem 3 and Little Mix. Curry joked that he could call in a favor with Jeter, and that isn’t as far-fetched as it might sound: the reporter and Yankee captain co-wrote a book together in 2000.