41 episodes

The Culture State Podcast celebrates the people who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map, presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza! In this weekly series, Chris Lea (WRAL-TV) and Dennis Cox (99.9 The Fan) interview famed sports figures, entertainers and pop-culture icons about their love of and contributions to the North Carolina sports culture and the state's large, sometimes over-looked, impact on the national sports scene. Culture State instills pride in natives, residents and fans in what’s produced or influenced by our state, while also generating intriguing continuing fan conversations and water-cooler moment laughs.
Follow us on twitter and Instagram: @CultureStatePod
@ChrisLeaTV (Chris Lea)
@TheFanRookie (Dennis Cox)

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    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

The Culture State Podcast celebrates the people who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map, presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza! In this weekly series, Chris Lea (WRAL-TV) and Dennis Cox (99.9 The Fan) interview famed sports figures, entertainers and pop-culture icons about their love of and contributions to the North Carolina sports culture and the state's large, sometimes over-looked, impact on the national sports scene. Culture State instills pride in natives, residents and fans in what’s produced or influenced by our state, while also generating intriguing continuing fan conversations and water-cooler moment laughs.
Follow us on twitter and Instagram: @CultureStatePod
@ChrisLeaTV (Chris Lea)
@TheFanRookie (Dennis Cox)

    ACC Coaches & Players Talk About the 'Hoops State'

    ACC Coaches & Players Talk About the 'Hoops State'

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map. Presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza!!
    Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan got a chance to speak to several coaches and players at the ACC Tipoff in Charlotte - including Kevin Keatts, Hubert Davis, Wendel Moore Jr., and others - about what makes basketball so special in the state of North Carolina.
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    • 25 min
    Jake Delhomme - Carolina Panthers

    Jake Delhomme - Carolina Panthers

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map. Presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza!!
    Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan are joined by former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme! Jake talks about his journey in the NFL from being a backup in New Orleans, to playing overseas in NFL Europe, before eventually becoming the starter in Carolina and playing in the Super Bowl. Delhomme also discusses his transition to the broadcast booth.
    #CarolinaPanthers #KeepPounding #NFL #Panthers
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    • 45 min
    Dewayne Washington - Former NFL & NC State Defensive Back

    Dewayne Washington - Former NFL & NC State Defensive Back

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map. Presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza!!
    Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan are joined by former NFL & NC State defensive back, and Durham-native Dewayne Washington! Washington discusses his contributions back to NC State from he and his wife, Adama, to the tune of $1 million. He also goes in depth about his NFL career, growing up in North Carolina, and the importance of giving back.
    #NFL #NCState #HereWeGo #Steelers #PittsburghSteelers #Wolfpack #ACC
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    • 32 min
    Ryan Blaney - NASCAR Cup Series Driver

    Ryan Blaney - NASCAR Cup Series Driver

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map.
    Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan are joined by NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney! Ryan talks about growing up around racetracks with his father, and why auto racing is so big in North Carolina. Ryan and Chris also talk about life growing up in High Point, NC.
    #NASCAR #RyanBlaney #NASCARCupSeries
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    • 29 min
    Charlotte Flair - WWE Superstar

    Charlotte Flair - WWE Superstar

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map.
    Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan are joined by WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair! Flair talks about her time playing volleyball at App State, as well as her time at NC State. Flair shares her favorite memories of wrestling in North Carolina, including watching her father, Ric, wrestling in Raleigh, as well as winning the SmackDown Women's Title in Charlotte. Flair also opens up about the evolution of women's professional wrestling, and being at the forefront of that movement.
    #WWE #CharlotteFlair #WWERaw #Raw #RicFlair
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    • 28 min
    Jeff Hardy - WWE Superstar

    Jeff Hardy - WWE Superstar

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map.
    Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan are joined by WWE Superstar Jeff Hardy! Hardy talks about the first ever TLC Match where he teamed with his brother, Matt, against Edge & Christian, and the Dudley Boyz, and what it meant having that match in North Carolina. Hardy also discusses having longevity in his career, what he still wants to do creatively, and what his dream match that he still wants to have.
    #WWE #JeffHardy
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

CWT302 ,

North Carolina is full of amazing stories, and Culture State is telling them.

Hosts Chris Lea and Dennis Cox bring in guests that tell the story of North Carolina from a variety of perspectives. Much as WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler explores the “where” of the state, Culture State examines the “who” of figures in sports, music and more that contribute to the culture of NC. The hosts’ talent, relationship, and interview style is well suited for the podcast format and audience, and this is a must listen for those connected to the state.

Learningandgrowing ,

Dynamic Duo

Chris & Dennis work well together, have a great chemistry and are fun to listen to. Well done!

shellysleslie ,

Finally North Carolina getting the recognition it deserves!

There’s so much more to NC than people know. Love the energy of the hosts, Dennis and Chris, and how they are bringing NC to life for listeners. As a native, I’m loving it. If you’re thinking about moving here, you can learn about our great state.

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