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One of the premier sports blogs on the Internet now has its own podcast. Some of the biggest names and newsmakers in sports media will join us regularly on the Awful Announcing Podcast.

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    • 4.2 • 36 Ratings

One of the premier sports blogs on the Internet now has its own podcast. Some of the biggest names and newsmakers in sports media will join us regularly on the Awful Announcing Podcast.

    Mike Joy on the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, and more

    Mike Joy on the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick, and more

    Host Brandon Contes interviews legendary Fox NASCAR play-by-play commentator Mike Joy. Brandon and Mike discuss a wide range of topics including interviewing being on the call for some of the best, and most tragic, moments in Daytona 500 history, what happens to the Daytona 500 if the Super Bowl is moved to Presidents' Day Weekend, Kevin Harvick joining the Fox booth, and more.Tune in for the 66th running of the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 18 at 2:30 et on Fox.For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.-45: Excitement for Mike’s 45th Daytona 500 compared to his first in 1977-2:02: Getting into racing-4:01: Getting discovered by Ken Squier-5:39: Importance of 1979 Daytona 500-8:26: Memories from broadcasting 1979 race on radio-11:36: Calling Dale Earnhardt winning the 1998 Daytona 500-13:31: Earnhardt’s demeanor at the Daytona 500 before and after winning -15:37: Calling the 2001 Daytona 500-19:08: Balancing the emotions of the 2001 finish-22:21: Kevin Harvick winning at Atlanta three weeks later-24:03: Harvick in the broadcast booth-26:11: Rotating panel of analysts vs having a permanent broadcast team-27:21: How soon will Mike be able to tell who will be great in the booth or not?-28:12: NFL possibly moving Super Bowl to Presidents' Day weekend-30:31: State of NASCAR on TV-33:43: Should NASCAR shorten races?-36:21: Describing the start of the Daytona 500-37:31: The unpredictability of the Daytona 500-39:41: Winner that will bring big storylines-41:06: Picking a winner?

    • 42 min
    Carrington Harrison on Kansas City Chiefs, Travis Kelce/Taylor Swift, Nick Wright, and more

    Carrington Harrison on Kansas City Chiefs, Travis Kelce/Taylor Swift, Nick Wright, and more

    Host Brandon Contes interviews host of "The Drive" on 610 AM in Kansas City, Carrington Harrison. Brandon and Carrington discuss a wide range of topics including interviewing Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift living in KC, Jason Whitlock in KC, watching The Decision with Nick Wright, and more.For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.-:38: AA Podcast connections-1:10: Confidence level in Kansas City entering Super Bowl LVIII-2:18: Chiefs fandom-4:04: Chiefs dynasty-8:17: Broadcasting from Radio Row-14:07: Interviewing Patrick Mahomes-15:19: Mahomes as an interview-16:50: Mahomes Super Bowl interview?-17:27: How do the Chiefs handle the media? -19:27: Travis Kelce-22:53: Taylor Swift living in Kansas City-25:17: Have Chiefs fans accepted Swift as one of their own?-27:21: How will Chiefs fans react if Swift isn’t at the Super Bowl?-28:57: Pat McAfee shoutout-30:39: Being a journalist-33:31: Tyreek Hill audio-39:29: Jason Whitlock in KC-42:20: Interviewing Whitlock-43:51: Nick Wright-46:36: Is the national stage appealing?-49:31: Wright as a mentor-50:21: Wright as the LeBron guy-51:05: Has Wright ever lost a debate?-51:36: Andy Reid’s popularity-53:45: Is Reid retiring?

    • 55 min
    Rich Eisen on Jim Harbaugh, Aaron Rodgers, Stuart Scott, and more

    Rich Eisen on Jim Harbaugh, Aaron Rodgers, Stuart Scott, and more

    Host Brandon Contes interviews NFL Network's Rich Eisen. Brandon and Rich discuss Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan, Aaron Rodgers playing for the New York Jets and appearing on "The Pat McAfee Show," being Stuart Scott's friend, doing play-by-play for NFL Network, and more.For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.-:34: Winning the “Awfulie” for Best Sports Radio Personality-6:00: Michigan Wolverines and the sign stealing scandal-12:09: Does Rich get bothered when he’s asked about Michigan’s sign stealing?-12:55: Connor Stalions-14:02: Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan-16:39: New York Jets and Aaron Rodgers-18:42: Where will a Jets Super Bowl rank in Rich’s life?-21:19: Thoughts on Rodgers during the NFL season-23:26: Rodgers on Pat McAfee-26:13: How Rich would interview Rodgers-31:01: Should Jets advise Rodgers to not go on McAfee?-33:05: Does McAfee’s audience match ESPN’s audience?-34:54: Robert Saleh and Joe Beningo-38:32: NFL playoff game on Peacock-42:23: Could Super Bowl be someday behind a paywall?-43:16: NFL equity stake in ESPN-46:35: Competing for eyeballs in conjunction with ESPN-48:03: Feelings it’s been over 20 years since Rich was at ESPN-50:04: Chemistry with Stuart Scott-51:49: Remembering Stuart-54:20: What would Stuart be doing today?-56:17: “The Rich Eisen Show”-1:02:31: Hosting style-1:05:42: Doing play-by-play-1:11:03: Is there any difficulty going back and forth from radio host to play-by-play commentator?

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Evan Washburn on Charissa Thompson, working Super Bowl, interviewing losing teams, and more

    Evan Washburn on Charissa Thompson, working Super Bowl, interviewing losing teams, and more

    Host Brandon Contes interviews CBS NFL sideline reporter Evan Washburn. Brandon and Evan discuss working the Super Bowl, interviewing the teams who lose big games, Charissa Thompson's sideline reporting admission, and more.Evan will be on the sideline for the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday 3:00 PM ET on CBS. Evan will also work Super Bowl LVIII, taking place February 11 on CBS and Nickelodeon.For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.-:48: Being in hometown Baltimore for AFC Championship Game-1:39: Pre-Ravens fandom-2:37: What is Super Bowl week like?-4:24: Not staying for the Super Bowl when CBS doesn’t have the game-4:55: Working first Super Bowl-6:47: Freezing up/funny moments on a broadcast-7:49: Working with Ian Eagle and Charles Davis-9:02: College basketball work-9:37: Following college basketball during NFL season-10:40: Getting into broadcasting-12:43: Being in college-16:41: Media interests-19:56: More difficult to be accepted by coaches/players or broadcasting peers?-22:15: Working with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo-23:41: Challenges of joining the “A” crew late in the season-25:22: Tony Romo’s preparation-26:57: Wanting the chance to interview Taylor Swift?-28:04: Toughest interview?-32:00: “Competing” against the interview subject to get good answers?-33:15: Charissa Thompson-35:14: Did Thompson’s admission give sideline reporting a bad rap?-36:49: Fighting through crowds for interviews at the Super Bowl-38:56: Halftime interviews at the Super Bowl-39:41: Evan’s wife going into labor while Evan was meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady-45:00: Info from pre-production meetings that Evan actually uses on the broadcast?-48:42: Knowing what info to use in advance -51:28: The art of making the most of your limited time in sideline interviews-53:26: Not wearing a hat on camera

    • 56 min
    Keyshawn Johnson on Skip Bayless, "All Facts No Brakes" podcast, Dallas Cowboys, and more

    Keyshawn Johnson on Skip Bayless, "All Facts No Brakes" podcast, Dallas Cowboys, and more

    Host Brandon Contes interviews "Undisputed" host and host of the "All Facts No Brakes" podcast Keyshawn Johnson. Brandon and Keyshawn discuss Keyshawn's new podcast, working with Skip Bayless, having conversations instead of debates, and more.For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.-:38: Being on “Undisputed”-1:06: Interest in sports media while playing-2:14: Listening to sports talk radio while playing in New York-3:11: Keyshawn’s new “All Facts No Brakes” podcast-5:50: Keyshawn’s son taking part in the podcast-6:33: Appeal of podcasting-7:31: Active players in media-8:31: Is an active player in media a distraction?-9:25: Aaron Rodgers on “The Pat McAfee Show”-10:16: Rodgers playing well after healing Achilles-10:40: Working with Skip Bayless-12:06: Rooting against the Cowboys because of Skip?-12:38: Compelled to bring balance when Skip and Michael are big Cowboys fans?-14:31: Having “conversations” with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith instead of debating-16:12: Does Skip see this as a conversation?-17:37: Respecting Skip’s and Stephen A’s football opinions when they didn’t professionally play football-20:34: Has Skip “won” any conversations against Keyshawn?-21:05: Is Keyshawn in competition with “First Take?”-22:31: Being let go by ESPN-23:42: Doing morning radio-25:57: Working with Max Kellerman-26:52: Replacing Mike Golic and Shannon Sharpe at different times-27:33: Does Jon Gruden deserve another chance at NFL coaching?-29:02: Tom Brady-30:41: Tony Romo-32:14: Mike McCarthy as Cowboys coach in 2024?-32:37: Where will Bill Belichick go in 2024?

    • 34 min
    Jemele Hill on ESPN, Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers, and more

    Jemele Hill on ESPN, Pat McAfee, Aaron Rodgers, and more

    Host Brandon Contes interviews former ESPN host and current writer for The Atlantic, Jemele Hill. Brandon and Jemele have an in-depth discussion about the Pat McAfee/Aaron Rodgers saga. From Rodgers insinuating Jimmy Kimmel was in the Jeffrey Epstein files to McAfee accusing ESPN exec Norby Williamson of trying to sabotage "The Pat McAfee Show." We also talk about "SC6," Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless, and more.For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.-:56: Feelings toward ESPN about Pat McAfee/Aaron Rodgers/Norby Williamson/Jimmy Kimmel situation-2:14: Internal conversations at ESPN regarding Rodgers-4:54: Should ESPN talent be treated equally?-6:39: Is McAfee giving other ESPN people the invitation to be controversial on the air?-8:29: How does “The Pat McAfee Show” fit at ESPN?-10:02: Where does McAfee rank in ESPN’s hierarchy?-11:46: McAfee having leverage at ESPN-13:54: Pat McAfee and Norby Williamson-15:25: McAfee’s comments on Williamson-18:25: Value of an exec to potentially not stop the sabotaging of a show on their network-20:40: Calling out an exec on the air-22:03: Should McAfee take on a more journalistic approach?-25:35: What will ESPN do in regard to Aaron Rodgers?-28:06: Would Jemele file a lawsuit if she was Kimmel?-29:04: Who holds more power at Disney? Kimmel or McAfee?-29:57: Has ESPN quietly removed the “stick to sports” mandate?-31:55: Expectation of what the audience should get from an ESPN show -34:18: Is there an interviewer who could challenge Rodgers?-35:45: Aaron Rodgers’ legacy-39:37: Is this controversial attention beneficial for “The Pat McAfee Show?”-40:47: Does ESPN view this as beneficial?-41:48: Did Jemele wish she had this kind of freedom at ESPN?-44:27: Value of traditional journalism at ESPN-46:16: “SC6” as a personality driven show-52:41: Trying to push back on the narratives-56:10: Was “SC6” hurt by the SportsCenter brand or the 6:00 time slot?-57:43: The Donald Trump tweet-1:00:32: Any regrets to posting that?-1:02:21: Potentially being Skip Bayless’ debate partner on “First Take”-1:04:31: Working with Bayless-1:05:25: “First Take” debating style-1:07:36: Stephen A. Smith’s and Skip Bayless’ role and influence in sports and cable news debate

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

jwt0001 ,

Great Podcast, but sound quality is not up to professional standards

I absolutely love this podcast, but I wish Matt would work to upgrade his audio setup. It is clear that he is just putting a microphone in front of a speakerphone. I often have real problems understanding his interview subjects and his voice often has a very major echo. I can’t believe that he doesn’t have someone who can help him. It literally is the only reason I can’t give the podcast 5 stars.

DHester23 ,

A must-subscribe for sports media fans

Constantly getting big names in sports media, and there are intriguing nuggets learned in each interview.

castro56 ,

Top sports media podcast in the game

l dont accept substitutes!

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