Play-by-Playcast Ep. 110 (Mike Curto / Tacoma Rainiers)

July 13, 2018

Mike Curto is one of the most respected announcers in Minor League Baseball and the voice of the Tacoma Rainiers since 1999.  In this week's episode he discusses:

- His climb through the minors, including his time in a defunct Independent League

- His tastes of the Major Leagues

- How he calls a game and how he preps his scorebook

- Watching Jon Miller operate in the booth

Follow Mike on twitter @CurtoWorld

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 109 (Mark Minner / Buler Bulldogs)

July 6, 2018

Mark Minner took over as the voice of one of college basketball's premiere programs at just 23 years of age.  But the Butler grad fit right in with his new role as the voice of the Bulldogs.  Minner has become a voice Indy sports fans rely on all while he holds down a seperate full-time job simultaneously.  On this episode we talk his life with Butler, winning over fans etc at a young age, how he prepares, how we's built relationships with coaches and more.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 108 (Rod Bramblett / Auburn Tigers)

June 29, 2018

Imagine you're calling one of the biggest college football rivalries in the country. One team is attempting a FG on the final play of regulation.  Did you remember to check to see if your team had a man deep to return it?  What would you say if that deep man ran the kick back for a game-winning score?  Would you be ready for one of the biggest moments in college football history? How would you call it?

Rod Bramblett lived that all with the Iron Bowl Kick-Six and this week on PxPCast he breaks down that call and talks his passion for this business and getting to know student-athletes...even ones like Cam Newton, who everybody wanted to talk with.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 107 (Mark Boyle / Indiana Pacers)

June 22, 2018

Mark Boyle is one of the steadiest voices in the NBA...and one of the league's easiest listens.  Always in control, Boyle's an absolute artist when it comes to play-by-play.  On this week's episode he describes what makes good play-by-play, how often he listens to his own work and what he listens to, calling Cape Cod League baseball, working solo or with a partner for hoops, the early days of WFAN and more.  Check him out on twitter @Mark_J_Boyle.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 106 (Todd Ellis / South Carolina Football)

June 15, 2018

Todd Ellis became the voice of South Carolina football in 2003 as the former quarterback of the Gamecocks.  A previous member of the USC radio team, Ellis took over the PxP chair in 15 years ago, learning the reigns from Gamecocks legend Bob Fulton.  On this week's pod Ellis describes learning from Fulton, growing as a pxp announcer, how his former player background influences his radio role and more.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 105 (Bill Mercer)

June 8, 2018

Bill Mercer is one of the absolute giants of the play-by-play world.  The former voice of the Dallas Cowboys was also the first voice of the Texas Rangers.  He also called games for the White Sox and was on the air to cover the JFK assassination in addition to what he might be known for most....his play-by-play of World Class Championship Wrestling.  Bill Later became the voice of the University of North Texas and taught students at the school for years.  Those students went on the become the "Mercer Mafia."  We cover all those things and more...including which words to cut out of your pxp vocab in this week's pod.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 104 (Wes Durham / Atlanta Falcons)

June 1, 2018

Wes Durham is on the podcast this week to talk about calling a Super Bowl, calling an historic Super Bowl, the influence of his father, what makes good football on the radio, workling in the technical side of football to one's play-by-play, expanding one's command of the english language, the differences of working in television and much more.

Joel also dives into his experience broadcasting CrossFit in Rio this past weekend and covering not only the events he was there to call but also the news surrounding them in Brazil.

Follow this week's guest on social media @WesDurham.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 103 (Mark Champion / Detroit Pistons)

May 24, 2018

Mark Champion is the longtime voice of the Detroit Pistons and before that the Detroit Lions...and before that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  But his career didn't start on a play-by-play path.  On this episode he takes us on the jounrey, describes what it's like calling Barry Sanders 3-yard runs, talks about his famous Dinsey World voiceover and much more.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 102 (Jesse Goldberg-Strassler/ Lansing Lugnuts)

May 18, 2018

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler is a wordsmith, the ultimate wordsmith.  He's a writer who just so happens to talk on the radio, the ultimate painter with words.  Jesse's passion for what he does drips off everything he says.  The voice of the Lansing Lugnuts, the class-A affilate of the Toronoto Blue Jays, Jesse is also the author of two books on the language of sports (The Baseball Thesaurus and the Football Thesaurus) and the man behind the curtain on an annual old-school recreation broadcast.

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Play-by-Playcast Ep. 101 (Larry Collmus / Triple Crown on NBC)

May 11, 2018

American Pharoh winning the Triple Crown is easily one of the top sports moments of the 21st century so far.  Larry Collmus was there to tell us all about it.  Calling horse races since he was 18, Collmus worked his way up the ladder until he, in 2011, got the call from NBC to take over for Tom Durkin as the voice of the Triple Crown.  The three races are three of the biggest sports days of the year, and if there's a Triple Crown up for grabs at the Belmont...well that's an whole different ball game.  On this week's episode Larry talks about the art of calling the races, the biggest moments he's witnessed, getting the call to NBC, working with the likes of Bob Costas and much more. 

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