For 39 years Joe Tait was known as one of the best PxP voices in the NBA. But he was more than that. Tait may be best know for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he also spent much of his career doubling with the Cleveland Indians and spent significant time with the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA. In an hour conversation Tait discusses the hallmarks of his craft and how he approached it, how to tell stories, how he prepped and much more.
Steve Martin has been the first voice of a Charlotte-based NBA basketball team...twice. He was the first radio voice of the Hornets...and then was with the New Orleans Hornets...and then was on TV when the Charlotte Bobcats launched. He was still with the team when it came full circle and the Bobcats became the Hornets again. Steve breaks down how he goes about calling games, preparing for games, filling time on TV when games end too quickly and the very beginnings of his career in Maine.
Dave Flemming cracked the ranks of the Major League broadcasters at just 26 years of age when he joined Jon Miller in the Giants radio booth. Since then he's cemented himself with Miller as one of baseball's best radio duos and also taken off on the national stage with ESPN. Flemming talks about his rise in broadcasting, how he's a little different then most in that regard and how he calls a game (including getting down to basics). And yes, we also talk about Barry Bonds. Make sure you follow Dave on social media @FlemmingDave on twitter!
Jones Angell followed in the massive footsteps of Woody Durham when he took over as the Voice of the Tar Heels in 2011. Since then Angell has settled into his role. most recently calling two UNC trips to the men's basketball national championship game. On this week's pod Jones talks about those two Final Four trips, the call that he feels helped establish him in his job, his relationship with Durham and more.
Eric Reid is a Miami Heat original. With the organization since game one, Reid has served as the TV voice of the Heat for 30 seasons after beginning in a color analyst role. On this week's podcast Reid talks about his initial move to Miami, what makes good TV basketball play-by-play, how he prepares for a game, how he gets on the same page with his analyst and more.
Ann Schatz is a trailblazer in sportscasting. The first female sports anchor in Omaha and then in Portland, Ann then tranitioned into play-by-play, where she became one of the first women to consistently appear in that chair as well. Well versed in calling multiple sports, Ann has worked for a handful of networks and now calls the PAC-12 home. Also in the podcast, a discussion of covering the 1994 Winter Olympics....without a crednetial. Don't miss it!
Rich Burk has been with the Pac 12 Networks since their inception in 2012, calling every sport under the sun. He's also called the Olympic Games, again calling every sport under the sun. Today he's on PxPCast to break those experiences down: how he got into the business, losing a Triple-A baseball job when the team left town, finding his way to Pac 12 TV and much more!
Brian Estridge is the voice of the TCU Horned Frogs...and a morning news/talk show host....and he owns a company that broadcasts a variety of college bowl games among other things. So he does quite a bit with his free time. This week he's a guest on play-by-playcast to talk about all of it.
Mike Breen is one of the absolute best at what he does. The voice of the NY Knicks on MSG television and of the NBA Finals on ABC, Breen has been around the top rung of the craft for some time. On this week's pod Breen talks about his start as a color analyst and working in news, his time with NBC Radio and IMUS, the differences of local and national TV, working with Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy and how he critiques himself even to this day.
Len Kasper began his climb through Major League baseball in Milwaukee...and then Beloit...and then Milwaukee, before he headed south to become the TV voice of the Florida Marlins and eventually the Chicago Cubs. Kasper talks about that climb, how to make it in the Majors, working with a partner and his prep and planning, his voice, being the voice of a national franchise and more. Find Kasper on twitter @LenKasper.