49 episodes

Oakland A's broadcaster Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews some of the biggest names in the sports industry on Short and to the Point.
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Short and to the Point Short & to the Point

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    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Oakland A's broadcaster Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews some of the biggest names in the sports industry on Short and to the Point.
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    Eric Wahl on Grant Wahl's life, Grant's legacy, Grant's new book, and more

    Eric Wahl on Grant Wahl's life, Grant's legacy, Grant's new book, and more

    Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews Eric Wahl, the brother of the late soccer journalist Grant Wahl. Jessica and Eric celebrate Grant's life and discuss the release of Grant's new book. "World Class: Purpose, Passion, and the Pursuit of Greatness On and Off the Field" is a collection of Grant's best work and Eric narrated most of the audiobook.
    "World Class" is available at Powell's and wherever you get your books.
    For even more discussion, head over to awfulannouncing.com and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, Threads, LinkedIn, TikTok, Bluesky, and YouTube: @awfulannouncing.
    -2:21: Welcome Eric to Short and to the Point
    -2:33: Grant as a brother
    -4:03: Family health issues bringing Eric and Grant closer
    -9:00: Grant going to Qatar
    -12:44: Grant’s upbringing shaping the stories he wrote
    -15:55: Grant’s passing
    -23:11: Grant’s rainbow shirt
    -25:50: Grieving publicly, being asked about Grant’s death
    -28:29: Grant’s cause of death
    -30:23: Sports and politics and Grant’s knowledge in both
    -31:52: Being a private person in public
    -37:05: People telling Eric stories about meeting Grant
    -40:07: Grant accepting feedback, willing to admit when wrong
    -43:55: Grant’s evolution as a reporter
    -45:38: Sports being serious
    -49:15: Watching sports on TV in the 70s
    -51:35: Using sports to have a discussion about politics
    -52:11: “World Class” book
    -53:34: Audiobook recording process

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tim Kurkjian on London Series, storytelling in MLB, HOF induction, and more

    Tim Kurkjian on London Series, storytelling in MLB, HOF induction, and more

    Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkjian. Jessica and Tim discuss a wide range of topics including the 2024 London Series, the concept of storytelling in baseball, winning the 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award, 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.
    -2:06: Welcome Tim to Short and to the Point
    -2:17: Baseball coverage changing over the years
    -4:00: Being a beat reporter
    -5:53: London Series
    -8:18: MLB globalization
    -9:50: Storytelling in baseball
    -11:55: Balancing new aspects to tradition in MLB
    -13:49: Being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame with the 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award
    -15:48: HOF weekend
    -17:34: Writing a story compared to writing HOF speech
    -18:41: Being a terrible writer in high school
    -20:08: Art of sportswriting
    -21:46: Has the approach to journalism changed?
    -23:37: Trying to stay humble
    -25:03: Dealing with failures and setbacks
    -28:46: Art of broadcasting and Vin Scully
    -31:28: Tim’s “Is This A Great Game, Or What?” podcast with son, Jeff
    -34:42: Being old school and going viral
    -37:08: Relationship with baseball since Tim started

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    • 42 min
    Prakash Amritraj on tennis, his dad Vijay, the Williams sisters, and more

    Prakash Amritraj on tennis, his dad Vijay, the Williams sisters, and more

    Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews former tennis pro and current Tennis Channel interviewer, Prakash Amritraj. Jessica and Prakash discuss a wide range of topics including today's tennis coverage, how much of a legend Prakash's dad Vijay is, the importance of representation for Indian people, being around Venus and Serena Williams, 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.
    -1:13: Welcome Prakash to Short and to the Point
    -1:27: Prakash’s playing career
    -3:05: Winning national championship with USC
    -5:17: Injuries
    -6:43: Mental focus post-retirement/focusing on health and fitness
    -8:47: Balancing everything in Prakash’s life
    -12:35: Being authentic
    -15:07: Vijay Amritraj
    -17:17: Importance of representation as an Indian
    -19:36: Pressure of winning in India
    -22:23: Social media
    -24:40: Tennis coverage
    -30:24: First sit down interview with dad
    -31:29: Documentary on Vijay
    -33:32: Vijay being humble
    -34:51: Interviewing the Williams sisters
    -36:49: Watching Serena and Venus grow
    -39:01: Pickleball
    -40:45: Playing pickleball
    -41:47: What would Prakash tell his younger self?

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    • 44 min
    Vanessa Richardson on Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Caitlin Clark, and more

    Vanessa Richardson on Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Caitlin Clark, and more

    Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews Houston Rockets sideline reporter and Houston Astros fill-in reporter and host, Vanessa Richardson. Jessica and Vanessa discuss a wide range of topics including Ime Udoka improving the Houston Rockets, getting soaked on live TV while hosting pregame for the Houston Astros, how Caitlin Clark is already affecting the WNBA and the city of Indianapolis, 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.
    -1:46: Welcome Vanessa to Short and to the Point
    -2:00: Covering the NBA
    -3:13: Women are getting in sports media
    -4:52: Rockets improvement
    -7:48: Relationships in sports
    -10:25: Telling stories in a short period of time
    -12:55: Pivoting on live TV
    -14:31: Reacting to bad performances
    -16:31: Finding mentors
    -18:29: Utilizing vulnerability
    -21:30: Asking stupid questions
    -23:30: Covering the Indy 500/Racing in Indiana
    -25:44: How covering other sports help with covering “Big Four”
    -27:48: Texas high school football
    -29:19: Caitlin Clark effect in Indiana
    -31:47: Women’s sports
    -34:32: Path of growth for women’s sports?
    -36:00: Getting drenched on Astros pregame show
    -38:18: Competitive nature of sports media
    -40:52: Covering the Astros
    -43:27: Digital coverage
    -46:40: Social media

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    • 50 min
    Ryan Rowland-Smith on pitching, arm injuries, MLB Network, and more

    Ryan Rowland-Smith on pitching, arm injuries, MLB Network, and more

    Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews retired pitcher, host of "The Top Step" podcast, owner of NxtGen Baseball, and Seattle Mariners/MLB Network analyst Ryan Roland-Smith. Jessica and Ryan discuss a wide range of topics including the rise of arm injuries among pitchers, being a Rule 5 player, experiencing weird and sometimes phony injuries, getting in at MLB 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.
    -1:52: Welcome Ryan to Short and to the Point
    -2:25: Off the record conversations
    -5:36: Embracing social media to transition into broadcasting
    -9:17: Insecurities when just talking to the camera
    -11:48: Balancing working various forms of media
    -14:38: Defense mechanisms
    -16:07: Impostor syndrome
    -21:53: Bullpen on the field
    -22:59: Having a “shove it up their ass” mentality
    -27:42: Discussing biomechanics and analytics in broadcasting
    -31:12: Dealing with adversity
    -35:42: Retiring
    -39:19: Things Ryan doesn’t miss about not playing
    -42:09: Experience as a Rule 5 player
    -48:11: Arm injuries
    -57:22: Do kids feel like they have to throw 100 mph?
    -58:18: Pitch clock
    -1:00:15: Weird injuries
    -1:06:53: Australian baseball players
    -1:11:21: NxtGen Baseball
    -1:16:21: MLB Network

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Amy Lawrence on radio, working overnight, teaching at Syracuse, and more

    Amy Lawrence on radio, working overnight, teaching at Syracuse, and more

    Host Jessica Kleinschmidt interviews Amy Lawrence, host of "After Hours with Amy Lawrence." Jessica and Amy discuss a wide range of topics including working overnights at CBS Sports Radio, teaching at Syracuse's Newhouse School, showing your personality when on the radio, seeking a change out of overnight, 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.
    -2:43: Welcome Amy to Short and to the Point
    -3:12: Differences in sports talk radio throughout Amy’s career
    -10:57: People in radio who Amy modeled her style on/Destination for women in sports
    -12:25: More women voices
    -13:53: Teaching at Syracuse
    -20:13: People entering sports media who aren’t aware of all the behind the scenes work
    -23:24: Being authentic and standing out
    -30:23: Having a “backup plan”
    -38:55: Not giving up in sports media
    -40:00: “Theater of the Mind”
    -42:23: Inserting personal life and personality into shows
    -44:19: Why Amy is a solo host
    -45:57: Giving back in terms of trying to help other women
    -49:13: Being Jess’ mentor and friend
    -52:29: Working overnight on radio
    -56:04: Being cringe at the beginning

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

DHester23 ,

A very fun sports podcast

Jessica brings great personality and humor to this sports podcast that features guests from the sports and sports media industry.

Smerdly ,

Great and to the point

Love the variety of guests and interesting topics.

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