From the Olympics to the NFL on NBC to anchoring at WKYC in Cleveland and the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Browns, Jim Donovan has seen the broadcasting world from several different angles. On this week's pod Donovan discusses working in the NFL, charting his path to becoming the Voice of the Browns, working in TV and getting back to the PxP world and more.
Just who does John Rooke work for? That's always the question. A veteran of more then 30 years in the sports broadcasting industry, Rooke has spent much of it as the basketball voice of the Providence Friars and the PA voice of the New England Patriots. In addition to that he's been seen and heard on radios and televisions calling a wide variety of sports across pretty much every level of competition. This week, he's the 90th guest on PxPCast!
Eric Hasseltine became the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2005. A native of California, he's called Memphis home since 2001. Hasseltine originally joined the Grizz as a pre and postgame host before he took over pxp duties upon the tragic passing of Don Poier in 2005. Hasseltine discusses his beginnings in the business, his move to Memphis, Poier's influence on him, filling Don's shoes and much more.
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!