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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.
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@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)

    Brian Goodwin - Chicago White Sox

    Brian Goodwin - Chicago White Sox

    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 Chicago White Sox outfield, and former first-round pick of the Washington Nationals, Brian Goodwin! Brian talks about giving back to his hometown of Rocky Mount, why pursuing baseball can be something to pursue as a person of color in the United States, and why he takes pride in Eastern NC BBQ.
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    • 42 min
    Cam Newton Outfits - Culture State Saturday w/ Kelly Calhoun

    Cam Newton Outfits - Culture State Saturday w/ Kelly Calhoun

    Everyone loves a good Cam Newton outfit. And Cam Newton outfits are always a topic of discussion. This is why Chris & Dennis brought in fashion expert & designer Kelly Calhoun live to Culture State Saturdays to discuss Came Newton outfits, his style, and why Cam Newton is unafraid to be himself, and one of the best dressed players on the Carolina Panthers and NFL.
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    • 20 min
    Cam Newton is Back!!

    Cam Newton is Back!!

    The Culture State Podcast - celebrating those who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map. Presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza!!
    Cam Newton is back! Chris Lea of WRAL Sports and Dennis Cox of 99.9 The Fan discuss the cultural impact that Cam Newton has on the State of North Carolina, the Carolina Panthers, and what his return means for the Charlotte and the franchise.
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    • 35 min
    Scott Wood - Former NC State Basketball Star

    Scott Wood - Former NC State Basketball Star

    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 All-ACC men's basketball guard from NC State, Scott Wood! Scott shares his thoughts on the current Wolfpack basketball team, the rivalries with UNC & Duke, playing in 'The Basketball Tournament,' and his time overseas as a professional.
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    • 51 min
    Charles Whitfield - 2021 NC Music Hall of Fame Inductee

    Charles Whitfield - 2021 NC Music Hall of Fame Inductee

    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 2021 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Inductee Charles Whitfield! Whitfield talks about signing Jill Scott, the founding of Hidden Beach Records, operating a label behind the scenes, and how his longtime relationship with Michael Jordan led to an investment in the record label from Jordan himself.
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    • 38 min
    Joel Berry & KJ Smith - UNC Basketball

    Joel Berry & KJ Smith - UNC Basketball

    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 were joined by former UNC men's basketball stars Joel Berry & KJ Smith. Joel & KJ talk about the post UNC careers, which will now include them being part of the ACC Network.
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    • 51 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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