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876 episodes

NBC’s Rebecca Lowe on the Premier League, Breaking Into TV, and Talking Soccer With Americans

Bryan is joined by NBC presenter Rebecca Lowe to discuss her career covering the Premier League. They discuss how Lowe got her start in television at the BBC, talk through the obstacles she experienced as a woman, dive into transitioning to NBC and moving to the States, and weigh in on how to balance fans from America vs. England. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Rebecca Lowe Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

50m
Aug 10
Axios’s Big Sale, Rachel Maddow’s Future, and Brian Phillips's New '22 Goals' Podcast

Bryan and David kick off the podcast discussing Axios’s half a billion dollar sale (7:12), before diving into the Vanity Fair story covering Rachel Maddow’s $30 million deal with NBC (18:05), and later, the revitalization of the Quarterback Show with Josh Allen (33:25)? Then, Bryan and David are joined by The Ringer’s Brian Phillips to discuss his upcoming podcast, '22 Goals', where he dissects 22 of the greatest goals ever scored in men's World Cup history (41:32). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Brian Phillips Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 8m
Aug 08
Remembering Vin Scully With Jason Gay

Bryan is joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay to remember the life and career of Vin Scully, the beloved Dodgers broadcaster who died this week. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jason Gay Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

34m
Aug 03
Rece Davis on His Long Career at ESPN and the Changing Landscape of College Football

Bryan is joined by 'College GameDay' host Rece Davis to talk about his 25-plus-year career at ESPN. He talks about how he got his start at ESPN2, using 'Seinfeld' puns on 'SportsCenter,' and the upcoming college football season. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Rece Davis Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 2m
Aug 03
ESPN's Laura Rutledge on College Football, Covering Recruiting, and 'NFL Live'

Bryan is joined by ESPN’s Laura Rutledge to discuss her career as a sports reporter. They talk through her experience at the University of Florida’s radio station, how sideline reporting influenced her career, being a woman in a male-dominated space, and then talk about her role as host for ‘NFL Live.’ Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Laura Rutledge Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 5m
Jul 28
Charles Barkley to LIV Golf? Plus, a Face-Off at the LA Times

Bryan and David talk through the recent news that Charles Barkley could possibly leave TNT to join LIV Golf. They discuss the impact it could potentially have on the tour, weigh in on this type of conversation being had out loud by media figures, and speculate on whether or not this deal could be made (5:35). Later, they dive into the recent dispute involving former Los Angeles Times reporter Paul Pringle after he published a new book discussing the influence editors had on his work at the Times (25:59). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48m
Jul 25
Boomer Esiason on Callers, Cohosts, and 15 Years at WFAN

Bryan is joined by CBS Sports radio host Boomer Esiason to talk through his career starting as an NFL quarterback transitioning to broadcast and radio host. They revisit Esiason’s first experiences in media, reflect on his time working with Craig Carton tackling stories such as Rex Ryan’s foot fetish, discuss working alongside current cohost Gregg “Gio” Giannotti, and touch on covering different teams and sports. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Boomer Esiason Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 12m
Jul 20
Listener Mail on the NFL Sunday Ticket, Trump 2024, and Movie Newscasts

Bryan and David open up the summer mailbag and answer your questions! They discuss Donald Trump’s run for re-election, NFL Sunday Ticket potentially moving to streaming, media outlets represented in film, and more! Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

38m
Jul 18
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum on College Football Chaos, His Callers, and Three Decades of Sports Radio

Bryan is joined by ESPN’s Paul Finebaum to discuss the latest round of college football realignment, his career starting out as a columnist, the importance of taking callers and listening to the fans, and his experience in radio. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Paul Finebaum Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 33m
Jul 13
What is TV Doing to College Football? Plus, the New Rule of Celebrity Profiles.

Bryan and David are back to talk through the ongoing college football realignment conversation. They discuss the two superconferences, which networks are profiting, how this disrupts the collegiate experience, and what could happen to smaller teams and conferences (5:29). Later, they introduce a new “rule” of journalism where they predict the success of the director’s upcoming film based on their celebrity profile, then touch on Matthew Barry leaving ESPN (34:45). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54m
Jul 12
NBA “New” Media, Beat Writers’ Fandom, and Steph Curry Sounds Off

Bryan and David break down the era of the NBA’s “new” media that include media figures such as JJ Redick and Draymond Green (4:19). Later, they weigh in on beat writers displaying their fandom, Steph Curry "sounding off" for former teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Brian Windhorst’s soliloquy on ‘First Take’ that left us speechless (29:29). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

46m
Jul 05
ESPN's Pablo Torre on Podcasting, the Process, and 'High Noon'

Bryan is joined by ‘ESPN Daily’ host Pablo Torre to talk through his career, starting at Sports Illustrated fact-checking and covering basketball star Jeremy Lin and Linsanity, before then moving to ESPN to become a full-time writer. Later, they touch on his transition to podcasting and discuss working on his former show, 'High Noon,' and his current podcast, 'ESPN Daily.' Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Pablo Torre Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57m
Jun 29
Covering the End of Roe and “I’m Not Reporting This But” Scoop

Bryan and David discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and address the policies within newsrooms that prohibit journalists from speaking out on behalf of the issue (9:11). Later, they weigh in on the comment, “I’m not reporting this but…” where reporters and podcasters express their opinions whilst not being held accountable (29:14). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

51m
Jun 27
Angelo Cataldi on Three Decades of Hosting Sports Radio in Philadelphia

Bryan Curtis is joined by longtime sports radio host Angelo Cataldi to talk through his career in media, which has lasted over three decades. They discuss transitioning from print journalism to radio, how to grow an audience while keeping your fan base, the format and schedule behind each show, the impact WIP has had on Philadelphia, and his upcoming retirement. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Angelo Cataldi Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 8m
Jun 22
NBA Finals Media Takeaways. Plus: Has the Podcast Conquered Music in the Car?

Bryan and David are back to discuss the last of the 2022 NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors took home the championship. They revisit the NBA bumper music and highlight Game 6’s playlist, recap the Steph Curry debate, and touch on the biggest winner of the Finals—Draymond Green (5:36). Later, they weigh in on Jemele Hill’s tweet discussing the transition from music to podcasts and audiobooks in the car (21:26). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

39m
Jun 21
Mike Breen on Coming Back From COVID and Calling the NBA Finals.

Bryan is joined by play-by-play announcer Mike Breen to discuss his career transitioning from radio to television, the differences between calling regular-season and postseason NBA games, working in a three-man booth alongside Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, and the responsibility that comes with calling the Finals. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Mike Breen Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

52m
Jun 15
The 'Washington Post' Social Media Saga, Plus the NBA Finals in Tweets

Bryan and David break down the dispute between 'Washington Post' staffers on social media that resulted in the firing of reporter Felicia Somnez. They discuss the repercussions of the situation, and how this affects the 'Post' and other newsrooms (7:39). Later, they touch on all the tweets following Game 4 of the NBA Finals, from Steph Curry doubters to Draymond Green's podcasting (26:09). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44m
Jun 13
ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg on Covering the LIV Golf Tournament

As drama swirls around the PGA and the new LIV Golf Tournament, ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg joins from London to get Bryan Curtis caught up to speed on all the action. They discuss how the LIV Golf Tournament came to be, why this story matters, why the PGA is facing an “existential threat,” and why LIV Golf is financed by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. Host: Bryan Curtis Producer: Troy Farkas  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

42m
Jun 10
NBA Finals Audio Fun. Plus: Dieter Kurtenbach on Covering the Games.

With the absence of Mike Breen from the past few NBA games, Bryan and David have some audio fun and highlight different broadcast styles (4:16). Then, they are joined by sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach to discuss covering the NBA Finals and reporting on the Golden State Warriors (29:05). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Dieter Kurtenbach Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54m
Jun 06
Celtics Announcer Sean Grande on Calling the NBA Finals, Homerism, and TV vs. Radio

Bryan is joined by Boston Celtics radio play-by-play announcer Sean Grande to discuss his career in broadcasting, covering basketball compared to other sports, the difference between TV and radio, and what it’s like covering the NBA Finals. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Sean Grande Associate Producers: Erika Cervantes and Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 10m
Jun 02
Covering the NBA Finals With Kevin O’Connor

Bryan and David are joined by KOC to discuss covering the NBA, his Boston Celtics fandom, favorite analysts, and the two Finals contenders (11:06). Later, they discuss Chris Russo's statements on the recent mass shootings in the U.S. (35:41). Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Kevin O'Connor Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54m
May 31
Bill Simmons on Podcasting, Writing, Doing TV, and Being a Fan

Bryan is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss his journey in podcasting, his writing career, favorite moments, and what he sees next for media. Hosts: Bryan Curtis Guest: Bill Simmons Associate Producer: Stefan Anderson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 26m
May 27
George R.R. Martin on His College Days, the Media in 2022, and the New York Jets

Bryan is joined by ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series novelist George R.R. Martin to discuss his career as a journalist at Northwestern, his view on the media and the impact of the internet, and takeaways from the 2022 NFL draft and his New York Jets and New York Giants fandom. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: George R.R. Martin Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35m
May 24
Remembering Roger Angell With Jason Gay. Plus, How to Cover a Golf Tournament

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker are joined by the 'Wall Street Journal'’s Jason Gay to remember the great writer Roger Angell. They reflect on his style of writing, longevity, and discuss some of their favorite stories (5:16). Then, Bryan talks about his experience at the PGA Championship in Tulsa (31:46). After that, Jason comes back to join David in trying to guess the Strained Pun Headline of the Week. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Jason Gay Associate Producer: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48m
May 23
Jim Nantz on Tiger, Phil, Rory, John Daly, and Calling the PGA Championship

Reporting from the 2022 PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma Bryan is joined by CBS announcer Jim Nantz. They run through four past championships called by Nantz and discuss the most memorable moments, including John Daly’s remarkable win in 1991, the golf ball that may have been “kicked” during Tiger Woods’s run at the 2000 Championship, Rory McIlroy’s win in 2014, and finally, Phil Mickelson’s comeback in 2021. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Jim Nantz Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 23m
May 18
Adam Lefkoe on the Conference Finals. Plus: Playoff TV Notes, Drew Brees, and Phil Mickelson

Bryan and David are joined by Turner Sports and Bleacher Report host Adam Lefkoe to discuss his career in media, working in funny references, and what he saw coming prior to this season’s conference finals (7:28). Later, they rehash the NBA bumper music, hand out the 'Press Box' Total Pro of the Week award, and touch on the Drew Brees broadcasting narrative and Phil Mickelson sitting out the PGA Championship (35:24). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Adam Lefkoe Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

58m
May 17
Instant Reaction Pod: Tom Brady Is Going to Fox

Bryan and David are back to discuss the news that Fox Sports hired Tom Brady as an NFL analyst after he retires. They discuss the Fox announcement, how this contract compares to others in the industry, and when Brady might make the transition. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

52m
May 10
NBA Buzzer-Beaters, Formula One Grid Walks, and Scooping the Supreme Court

Bryan and David discuss the jam-packed weekend in sports, and highlight Martin Brundle’s F1 grid walk interviews with celebrities such as David Beckham, Serena Williams, and not Patrick Mahomes. Then, they discuss calling NBA buzzer-beaters, ESPN’s choice in bumper music, and Turner Sports deciding on their no. 1 announcing team (6:17). Later, they weigh in on Politico’s Supreme Court scoop that disclosed information about overturning Roe vs. Wade (37:23). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 3m
May 09
Scott Van Pelt on Writing a Tribute to His Dog, Going Solo on 'SportsCenter,' Calling Golf, and Interviewing Tiger Woods.

Bryan is joined by sportscaster Scott Van Pelt to discuss his tribute to his late dog, Otis, his career with the golf channel and eventually 'SportsCenter' on ESPN, his relationship with Tiger Woods, and the skills that go into calling golf ahead of the PGA Championship. Host: Bryan Curtis Guest: Scott Van Pelt Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 10m
May 05
Covering Formula One With Kevin Clark, Plus NFL Draft Audio and the Greeny Conversation

Bryan and David are joined by Kevin Clark to break down Formula One coverage ahead of the first U.S. race, the Miami Grand Prix (4:58). Later, they recap media moments from the 2022 NFL draft from tipping picks to guest announcers (34:57), and then wrap things up with a conversation about ESPN’s Mike Greenberg (50:15). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week, and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker Guest: Kevin Clark Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 10m
May 02