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AA Podcast Episode 40 - Jay Bilas
June 26, 2019 04:51 PM PDT
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4:42 - His basketball camp wrapping up and if they've had to change their approach with how basketball has changed
7:40 - When did he first start to play and then grow to love basketball?
9:55 - Did basketball ever come easy to him?
11:20 - Life as a Duke player vs life as a Duke Coach (both under Coach K)
14:00 - What was Jay Bilas outside of basketball like?
16:45 - Did he think he'd be a full-time coach and pursue it as a career once he started in 1990?
18:42 - Was there any anxiety in becoming a basketball analyst? (Two-part answer)
21:28 - If there was a moment where he finally felt comfortable knowing he could be good at this job
24:10 - Understanding how to be a good analyst for television - perception of his role as an analyst/commentator
28:00 - On the realization of "you can't please everybody" and having fun with social media trolls
29:15 - Reminiscing over the 2015 Elite 8 broadcast between Arizona and Illinois
33:30 - When did the Young Jeezy daily lyric tweets start to become really popular?
35:35 - The impact of the California bill that would allow college athletes to be compensated for their own name/image/likeness and the NCAA's fight against it
39:14 - Will there ever be a time where the NCAA stops this fight and hypocrisy against student athletes?
45:24 - Would he like to see the "draft process" go away, since it doesn't allow rookies to decide where they'd like to play?
45:43 - Prouder moment: 94 feet with his son, or his son being featured on "Bad Beats" with SVP?

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 39 - Sarah Spain
May 16, 2019 01:28 PM PDT
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4:34 - Her co-host Jason Fitz's inability to pay up on bets
5:40 - The origin of how she became "The Commish"
9:10 - Has there been a scenario where she hasn't been able to solve someone's dilemma?
11:20 - Her time growing with the Le Batard Show
14:03 - What kind of kid was Sarah Spain?
15:56 - Learning to balance so many things all in one day and how it translates to her current career
18:05 - Was being a star HS/College athlete a part of her career path / what her ultimate goal ended up being
21:30 - Her time in Second City learning comedy and improv
24:38 - Does she feel like she was one of the first sportscasters that had to learn how to do everything to break in?
27:30 - The one fear she still has after all these years as an on-air personality and how to combat it
30:40 - Impact of power through association & improvement of women representation in sports media
33:40 - Early and current influences in the industry
36:12 - How Jemele Hill made a huge difference in her life
38:45 - How do we get the hiring practices to change?
42:44 - First working with Jason Fitz and how to get into rhythm with a show where nobody is in the same place
48:00 - The More Than Mean Video - Balancing the joy of winning a Peabody vs the difficulty of replaying awful things said to them
51:03 - Her charitable work and how it turned into everyone on Twitter sending in awkward teenage pictures of themselves

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode #38 - Kristen Ledlow
April 12, 2019 12:01 PM PDT
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RUNDOWN:
- 3:43: The insanity of Tuesday night (Magic stepping down, Dirk & D-Wade's last home game)
- 4:30 - Her interactions with Wade & Dirk over the last several years
- 6:48: Her first interests in playing basketball and playing it competitively for many years
- 8:20: Did she anticipate trying to play sports professionally? Or was broadcasting always something she was interested in?
- 10:39: Early influences growing up in an era where there were more female sportscasting role models
- 13:00: Why she likes to mentor young women in broadcasting and sportscasting
- 14:50 - Her growth as a broadcaster and when she started to feel comfortable with her own voice and style
- 16:55 - Does she miss being a radio personality at all?
- 17:53 - Getting the call from Turner to revive and host Inside Stuff
- 22:03 - Having rare opportunities to reflect on her accomplishments
- 23:56 - Her friendship with Grant Hill and his influence in helping her make relationships with players/coaches in the NBA
- 27:54 - What it's like to interview Gregg Popovich on the sidelines? Is it as intimidating as it looks?
- 30:33 - Who's the most surprising interview in the NBA?
- 34:00 - Previewing the Eastern Conference Playoff race
- 36:45 - Who would be her pick for the next Space Jam Monstars
- 38:30 - Stories from the NBA on TNT crew going on Family Feud

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 36 - Hank Azaria
April 01, 2019 02:57 PM PDT
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5:00 - Does he have any optimism for this upcoming Mets season?
8:50 - Was Brockmire created as an homage to the older, more personality driven baseball broadcaster?
10:50 - On his show connecting with younger audiences and millennials despite baseball's issues relating to younger fans
12:10 - On Jim Brockmire starting off Season 3 sober
13:50 - On adding Bob Costas, JK Simmons, Tawny Newsome, Richard Kind amongst others to the mix
14:30 - On Costas and Joe Buck and Brent Musburger really showing a ton of personality on the show
16:40 - How much of the show is improvisation vs entirely by script?
18:05 - The complete and total trust he has for Joel Church Cooper (head writer/creator)
19:10 - How long does it take for him to work on a voice to have total control of that voice
20:45 - The impact of 31 years of the Simpsons
21:50 - The origin of Moe from The Simpsons and the connection he has to Al Pacino
22:43 - Has he lever lost a character voice and if so, how would he try to regain it
23:55 - Where the voices come from; are they based off friends, celebrities etc.
25:05 - Has anyone done voices you do in front of you?
26:10 - How he views voice impressions compared to impression comedians
28:00 - Story of how he would call Hollywood restaurants to get tables as Mickey Rourke and Sly Stallone
30:40 - Any other voices we aren't aware of?
32:20 - His work and volunteering with helping Miami Jewish Health Systems

AA Podcast Episode 36 - Ian Eagle
March 27, 2019 10:13 AM PDT
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Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 35 - Clark Kellogg
March 18, 2019 10:10 AM PDT
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4:45 - Why the NCAA Tournament is universal for all sports fans, both casual and hardcore
5:42 - His 25-year run at CBS and what's make it work and last
7:07 - His love of the game and if there was ever a moment that basketball wasn't the route for him
8:35 - His insane high school championship game performance and what it's liked to be locked in on a basketball court
10:28 - His time playing at Ohio State and how he's watched the game evolve working in basketball over the last 35-40 years
14:47 - His perspective on Zion Williamson and if there is a reasonable comparison for him
17:40 - Which games from previous NCAA Tournaments most stand out to him during his time at CBS
20:55 - Are there any teams that could have a Loyola-Chicago type of run in 2019?
23:30 - Would he like to see the Selection Committee put more of an emphasis on high quality mid-major programs over bigger schools?
26:00 - Who are the college broadcasters he gets the most hyped up listening to call a game?

AA Podcast Episode 34 - ESPN's Sports Betting Analyst Doug Kezirian (presented by BetDSI)
March 06, 2019 09:57 AM PST
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4:20 - On getting the show together and the rehearsals taking place this week
5:50 - On the show feeling natural for everyone because sports betting is a passion of theirs
7:50 - When he sensed sports betting was starting to become less taboo
10:20 - Do they discuss how they'll try to market the show to all types and generations of sports fans
14:00 - His time working in Vegas and how it helped shape his worldview of sports wagering
15:20 - Why he feels baseball sets up best for the integration of wagering & live betting
20:00 - What his typical day looks like and what trends is he looking for to wager on a game
24:20 - Any futures bets he likes ahead of the NCAA Tournament, MLB season & The Masters

AA Podcast Episode 33 - FOX Sports' Shannon Spake
February 12, 2019 11:28 AM PST
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4:05 - Her love for the Howard Stern show
7:40 - Was being on the Stern "Wrap Up" show her most exciting moment as an interviewee
8:45 - Growing up with scoliosis and back surgery to now training for Iron Mans and running marathons
13:20 - Connecting with athletes due to their shared experiences
14:45 - When she went "all in" in broadcasting
18:50 - On sacrificing time with family for the job, and her kids being super excited about her role in Cars 3
20:00 - What was the first NASCAR event she ever attended, even before covering it professionally
22:10 - Who were early influences or helpful coworkers in the industry covering NASCAR
24:20 - What does she see as the biggest storylines throughout Daytona 500 week?
26:50 - Their brand new studio and is it difficult to not make the studio the new "star of the show?"
29:03 - Will FOX mention or reference sports wagering or gambling ahead of their coverage
31:00 - Predictions for the race

AA Podcast Episode 32 - Super Bowl Coverage Roundtable
February 05, 2019 10:48 AM PST
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3:38: Ratings aside, should CBS feel good about what was in control of their broadcast?
7:11: On the wild live TV moment of the postgame scrum with Tracy Wolfson & Tom Brady
9:50: Has Jim Nantz changed for the better as a result of working alongside Tony Romo?
11:38 - How CBS should feel about the ratings, both on the TV side and on the digital side
14:22 - Should the digital numbers matter more to networks? Would the discussion be different if it were simply a good game?
16:10 - Did it feel like there wasn't a lot of juice leading up to the Super Bowl?
19:53 - What would have been the most ideal matchup for BOTH the NFL and the fans
20:30 - The Barstool vs NFL feud
24:20 - What should we be looking forward to most in sports media in February?

ESPN Broadcaster Bob Wischusen
January 23, 2019 07:34 AM PST
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3:05 - Life on the road
6:30 - Why calling College Football trains you to be ready for any sportscasting opportunity
10:07 - What he considers the most difficult sport to do play-by-play for, and why you might be surprised by his answer
16:20 - Feeling comfortable as a broadcaster and early influences
21:00 - How he seeks out feedback on his broadcasts
24:25 - Going to Boston College, calling games and doing shows with Joe Tessatore and Boog Sciambi/Wanting to compete against them because of how talented they are
28:15 - Does he ever wish he would've stayed with talk radio and would he like to have his own full-time show down the road?
31:40 - How his gravitation to the talk radio side usually stems from moments when he's watching games
35:20 - Is there different preparation for the different analysts he works with (eg. Dick Vitale vs Fran Fraschilla)
37:40 - How he tanked his audition for the XFL
41:07 - His love for Phish and the first time he ever saw them live

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