The Big Lead's Press Pass Podcasts profiles sports media journalists from anywhere and everywhere. Discussions are focused around the career paths of each individual, as well as conversation about the sports and teams they cover. From 30-year veterans to rookies, every sports media member has their own journey-- this is where they tell it.
NFL Network Host Kimmi Chex on Her Meteoric Rise, New Contract, and What's Next
Kimmi Chex is an on-air host for NFL Network. She recently signed a multi-year contract extension with the company and joined the Press Pass podcast to document how she got to this point as quickly as she did, and what the future holds for her.
Josh Weinfuss Discusses Path to ESPN, Kliff Kingsbury's Future and Where Kyler Murray can Improve
Josh Weinfuss is ESPN's NFL Nation Arizona Cardinals beat reporter. He joined Press Pass this week to discuss the career path that took him from Indiana University all the way to a coveted spot at ESPN. He delved into the Cardinals' future, whether Kliff Kingsbury will be a part of it and what Kyler Murray needs to improve on. Weinfuss also touches on some of his favorite interview subjects and talks about his favorite event he has covered.
Jesse Agler Discusses His Career, the Padres and Getting to watch Fernando Tatis Jr. Every Day
Jesse Agler joined Press Pass and discussed his first season as the radio voice of the San Diego Padres. He touched on how his career got him to this point, his relationship with his broadcast partner Tony Gwynn Jr., calling the Padres' first no-hitter and what it's like to watch Fernando Tatis Jr. every day. Agler also talked about the differences of doing radio vs. television broadcasts, and the difficulties of calling games during a pandemic.
Liam McHugh Talks NHL on TNT, Working With Wayne Gretzky, And the Fun of a Free-Wheeling Studio Show
Liam McHugh covers the NHL for TNT, working as the network's No. 1 studio host. He came over to Turner after a decade spent covering hockey and a variety of other sports for NBC, including hosting Football Night in America. Liam joined the Press Pass Podcast to discuss what it's like to start a new job after 10 years, the early returns of Turner's inaugural NHL season, and the free-flowing nature of debate and discourse that he and his colleagues try to embrace onscreen.
Liam also touched upon the experience of working with Wayne Gretzky and kindly informed me that Liam is growing to be a more popular name by the day amongst the youths. Our time is coming!
Seth Wickersham Discusses New Book on Brady-Belichick-Kraft Dymanic
Seth Wickersham is a longtime ESPN NFL writer and investigative reporter. He joined the Press Pass Podcast to discuss the up coming release of his book, "Better To Be Feared", a deep dive into the relationship between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft over the course of the New England Patriots' 20-year dynastic run.
Seth addresses Belichick's claim that he never talked to him, the process of writing his first book, what he enjoyed about that process and what was challenging.
Brandon Tierney Discusses Return to the Studio, Favorite Guests and Chemistry With Tiki Barber
Brandon Tierney was hosting "Tiki and Tierney" remotely for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now he and Tiki Barber are back in a brand new studio. He joined Press Pass to discuss the transition back from remote work, his chemistry with Barber, and some of his favorite recurring guests.
Tierney also went deep on his thoughts about his beloved Jets, the New York Yankees and how Major League Baseball must seize the momentum it has built over the past two years.
Sports Pod for Fans & Journalists Alike
I’m no longer a sports girl, not yet a sports woman. Liam McKeone from the Press Pass Podcast is guiding me through that maturation process as I learn more about the industry, key players (on and off court), and the inner mechanics of sports journalism overall. He’s leapt from the page to my headphones, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!