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Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 55 - Adam Amin
May 19, 2020 08:18 AM PDT
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5:30 - In Watching "The Last Dance," when did the early memories of being a kid in Chicago watching the Bulls kick in?
7:35 - Did he ever try to emulate any 1990s Bulls when he was hooping it up?
8:42 - How and when did his father, as a Pakistani immigrant, become a huge Chicago sports fans?
10:36 - Their shared love of sports despite never going to a game in-person together
12:53 - The story of a really beautiful connected moment between his dad, him, and Steve Kerr
19:22 - How he views the series through the lens of his family/memories of watching the Bulls as a kid
22:18 - Did the documentary change his perspective at all of the 1990s Bulls?
24:50 - Does he envision more accessibility from teams and players in the future?
29:10 - Did he felt like there was anything left out from "The Last Dance" worth telling?
32:00 - On his competitiveness level and the feeling of having to outwork everyone in his path
37:33 - Is there a way to stay fresh as a broadcaster amidst COVID-19?
40:29 - Any surprise that both the NFL and CFB have operated with a "business as usual" mindset
44:00 - On how he ended up at FOX from ESPN / the relationships he's made at ESPN
48:10 - Nerding out on sports theme music, and now having Roundball Rock (NBA on NBC theme) as a broadcaster on FOX
50:40 - A petition to get the original MLB on FOX music back for FOX baseball

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 54 - Joe Buck
April 22, 2020 08:42 AM PDT
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5:48 - How he admired his dad's ability to remember and connect with everyone he met
7:22 - Have things slowed down for him after starting his career so fast and quickly?
8:41 - Parenting in his late 20s/early 30s vs now at 50 with two young twin boys
10:30 - On his dad being his best friend and how he handled getting the Cardinals gig at age 21
13:21 - Did he feel like he got unfairly singled out early on because of his name?
15:24 - His relationship with him mom/sister and how his mom gave him far more feedback on his broadcasting than his dad
19:10 - Is he still able to get actual legitimate feedback for his broadcasts at FOX
24:15 - Who he envisions as the next Romo & great NFL broadcast analyst
25:56 - When did he feel like he needed to start opening up and feeling like he could be his authentic self
29:04 - On being able to break out of his shell after nearly 20-something years of feeling like he couldn't
30:50 - His newfound relationship with social media and the importance of being your real self on social media
32:52 - His favorite mundane home achievement that he got to broadcast
32:30 - On "Daddy Issues," and the early success of the show
36:00 - On connecting to their podcast audience through their parenting stories and being a dad
38:25 - The star power they've had on the show and gotten them (A-Rod specifically) to be a complete open book
41:15 - What's next for the show
42:30 - On booking on guest just to get another one (great story)
44:45 - If he's had a pot brownie since the infamous night in Cabo
49:00 - Old time crazy broadcaster stories

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 53 - Ernie Johnson
April 16, 2020 11:22 AM PDT
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5:38 - How he and his family are handling/keeping busy during the pandemic
7:30 - On finding a routine / starting EJ's Journalism School
11:35 - Which of the "J-School" lessons has stood out most?
14:35 - His path in broadcasting... was there apprehension about working Braves games with his dad
16:50 - When did he feel like he found his voice in broadcasting?
20:36 - The moment he knew that there was something different and special about "Inside the NBA"
23:45 - On the origin of the "Inside the NBA" games like "Who He Play For?" "How You Say That?" (etc...)
29:25 - Memories/stories of travels and experiences with his NBA on TNT crew
32:21 - His NBA Together show

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 52 - Joe Davis (Fox Sports)
March 25, 2020 02:52 PM PDT
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0:21: Podcast Introduction
5:30: Introduction with Joe Davis
6:35: How he's stayed busy throughout quarantine/stay-at-home in CA
8:47: Favorite spots around the country to find the best smoked meat in America
10:04: First interest in broadcasting and how he started calling his first games
11:05: The first broadcasters he emulated early on
15:13: Getting letters/DMs asking for broadcast advice after he did it when he was a kid
17:00: His college football days - was he good with the media as an athlete?
18:25: His time in Montgomery, taking every broadcast and gig that he possibly could during that time
22:20: What was his first "Welcome to the Big Leagues, kid" type of moment?
23:30: Reflecting on taking over for Vin Scully after getting the Dodgers job
24:41: The unbelievable advice Vin Scully passed along, and who he got that same advice from
26:23: Does he miss play-by-play on radio?
27:24: How he envisions the baseball season going post Corona Virus
30:00: How will the Astros scandal discussion likely unfold once the season begins?
32:57: How he'd like to see baseball improve/connect with younger fans
34:30: If he's had conversations on potentially adapting to betting information/more advanced stats into the broadcast
36:15: RAPID-FIRE!
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AA Episode 51-Dianna Russini
February 07, 2020 07:15 AM PST
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2:45 - Intro
3:50 - Her start at ESPN, struggles on SportsCenter and how it changed her career
7:00 - How management was committed to helping coach her up and improve
8:55 - Her parents and how their tough love was instrumental early on
12:20 - On being an open book and living her life on-air
15:40 - If her producers have been receptive to her looking for more fun in the shows she's a part of
17:19 - On her famous impression of her mother and how she owes Stugotz the credit for it
20:00 - Her transition from DC to ESPN + why ESPN has found so much on-air talent in DC
24:03 - Where her "newshound" instinct came from
26:05 - If there's a lack of representation for women in sports media
29:50 - On the networking side of the business, and develop sources
33:15 - Has she found any insiders or newsbreakers that have found a work/life balance + how she met Woj
35:40 - Does she have a preference between being a host or being the analyst/insider
37:50 - On a type of show she'd love to pitch/be on - The NFL version of "The Jump"
40:25 - What is she most excited about for viewers to learn about the XFL
42:55 - Her recent interview with Olive

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 50 - Chris Fowler
January 10, 2020 12:02 PM PST
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3:00 - Why he loves creating a bunch of new content on Instagram/Why it's more positive than Twitter
4:30 - Finding a good balance between talking sports vs life on social media
6:05 - Was leaving Gameday emotional for you?
8:41 - Does he still watch the show?
10:02 - His first interest in college football living in State College
12:08 - Early influences in the broadcast world
14:29 - His father being a Theater Professor and if there's any influence in getting him started in sportscasting/speaking
17:00 - On finding ways to stand out when newer generations are growing up comfortable in front of a camera
18:58 - Starting at ESPN just a few years out of college
22:02 - Does he ever think of the "what if?" Including a decision for him at ESPN that would've taken him away from the Gameday opportunity
25:30 - On the decision to move from Gameday to more play-by-play coverage, specifically the Saturday night game of the week
27:05 - What stands out the most in the 25+ years of being a part of the show
32:53 - On his time broadcasting tennis and how long it took him to get comfortable doing play-by-play for it
36:58 - Previewing the National Championship / Megacast talk

AA Podcast Episode 49 - Todd Fuhrman of "Lock it In" & "Bet the Board"
December 12, 2019 10:30 AM PST

3:30 - On him being "Most Likely to Be a Bookie" for his high school yearbook superlative/first interest in sports wagering
6:04 - On choosing the career of an oddsmaker and whether he ever wanted to be a professional better
8:40 - First eye opening experience of working in and for a sportsbook
10:38 - What happens when a sportsbook has a bad day
11:57 - Does he remember the first bet he ever placed in Las Vegas?
12:50 - When he wanted to get out of oddsmaking and into content creation & media
15:33 - What were the conversations like surrounding sports betting in media 10 years ago vs now?
17:21 - How he met Payne, started the "Bet the Board" Podcast and what their ultimate goal is
19:53 - How they can appeal to casual betters, new betters and experts
21:38 - His initial reaction to PASPA being overturned and what the snowball effect might look like
23:35 - The day to day notes of "Lock it In" and what the reaction has been thus far
26:36 - What does he think the biggest misconception in sports wagering
28:12 - How does he anticipate the leagues & media companies changing in-game sports wagering coverage (if its legalized across the country)
30:48 - A guide to terminology and rapid fire advice on wading into the sports betting world

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 48 - Colleen Wolfe of NFL Network
November 21, 2019 08:41 AM PST
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On this week's edition of the podcast, host Ben Heisler was joined by NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe.

4:20 - Her love for rescuing animals, despite being allergic to them
6:00 - Her rescue pet story gone wrong
7:56 - Family dynamic as a kid in Philadelphia / were they all sports fans?
10:10 - Her mom is a hot take artist
11:22 - Going from a potential art major to communications
14:56 - Her start in radio at WIP in Philadelphia
18:21 - How radio allowed her to have many opportunities and have fun in sports
20:50 - Why she believes there's not more women in sports radio
24:10 - Tough conversations she had with producers/management
27:05 - Being a "one-person band" in TV and doing everything on the fly
29:30 - How she was super close to quitting TV before the NFL Network gig came along
34:15 - When did she finally feel comfortable in her role at NFL Network?
39:00 - An inside look into the postgame show from the crazy ending to Browns/Steelers (the Myles Garrett incident)
47:15 - Stories from the travels with the Thursday Night crew of Michael Irvin, Steve Smith & Joe Thomas

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 47 - Candace Parker
October 23, 2019 12:35 PM PDT
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2:08 - Her dominant High School championship performance against Ben's HS team
3:05 - Where her love of basketball first began
4:50 - How her and her dad were part of the "positionless basketball movement" early on in her life
6:00 - On all the challenging coaches that impacted her life/career
7:10 - Toughest player/competitor on the court she's ever faced
9:18 - Could the NBA learn or grow from anything the WNBA has been doing (or vice versa)
12:55 - Could she see herself running an organization or coaching after her playing career is over?
14:11 - On how she was approached by Turner to be an analyst
15:29 - Early influences in her media career and who helped her along the way
16:20 - Her new podcast with Kristen Ledlow
17:48 - Does she feel a connection to Zion Williamson as two highly touted prospects coming into college/pros
19:40 - Which team does she always have to tune in to watch?
21:05 - Any potential surprise teams this year?
22:55 - Any chance the Bulls could be a playoff team this year/Zach LaVine primed for a huge year

Awful Announcing Podcast Episode 46 - Greg Amsinger of MLB Network
September 25, 2019 11:30 AM PDT
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2:20 - On his 11 years at MLB Network
3:00 - What changed in his life early on that made him want to pursue this as a career
4:40 - Growing up with seven siblings
6:30 - How acting class were monumental for his career growth
8:10 - Why he needs to be reactive to be successful and how that's different than "not preparing"
12:00 - When he knew he could be more reactionary and not relying on notes/scripts etc
14:30 - On handling Producers not liking that he shares his opinions and not just "tees up analysts"
15:40 - Did he ever want to do radio or be a talk show host?
17:00 - His love for radio
17:50 - On working with Adam Zucker, Michelle Beadle & Kathryn Tappen back in the day at CSTV
19:20 - His relationship with the other analysts at MLB Network, notably Harold Reynolds
21:20 - What would he like to do that he hasn't done at the network yet?
23:00 - Why people continue to fight the changes and adaptations that baseball is looking to make
27:00 - "Dead Brain Heavers"
29:45 - Would MLB consider changing where and how they hold the MLB Draft?
33:00 - Mike Shannon stories
35:00 - How does he avoid/stay off social media with his job?

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