The audio quality might not be the greatest, but the quality (and quantity) of hot takes more than make up for it. Rick and I are working to improve overall audio quality, which will be noticed in future episodes. Content-wise, we plan on discussing the future of the NBA and how Golden State may not win next year’s championship. Listen to the podcast below and subscribe to The Alex Kaufman Show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Oops! Didn’t realize how long it had been since my last post roundup. Now that I have been made aware of it, I am correcting that issue. Between finishing at Denison and continuing the hunt for a job, I have been writing less than usual. I still have my Awful Announcing podcast reviews and I’m back writing some for It’s Pronounced Lajaway, which means you’ll all be able to read my scorching Indians takes for the next couple months.
4/17 – Podcast Review: The Ringer MLB Show – Awful Announcing
I like this show but didn’t like that it was exclusive to TuneIn for the month of April. Luckily, that is no longer the case, which means one of the deepest baseball podcasts there is automatically downloads to my phone again.
5/1 – Podcast Review: The Leisuremen – Awful Announcing
I started watching/listening to The Dan Patrick Show in college. The Danettes are an amazing supporting cast, so when two of them started hosting their own radio show and podcast, it was only a matter of time before I reviewed it.
5/15 – Podcast Review: Against All Odds with Cousin Sal – Awful Announcing
This show has gotten better since I reviewed it, which I predicted would happen. It’s always good for a few laughs and some nearly unbelievable sports betting stories.
6/1 – Podcast Review: The Tony Kornheiser Show – Awful Announcing
It’s nice when a Big Red Sports Talk interview can help my AA work, and this cut runs even deeper since Marc “Nigel” Sterne is a fellow Denison alum. This show was suggested to me for months and I didn’t have time while at Denison to properly review the impressive amount of content this show produces each week. Now that I am a graduate, I was able to cross this show off my list.
Also of note, this was hands down the nicest and best feedback I have ever received on one of these podcast reviews. Sure, people disagreed with some of my points and opinions, but a lot of the “Littles” who love the show were in strong agreement that my review was starkly accurate. Weird how the internet works sometimes.
That pesky Cleveland baseball team needs to figure it out and take hold of the division all of the pundits expected them to run away with. I think they will figure it out soon, but going to be a lot of head shaking and frustration until then.
I’ll have a new podcast review up on 6/15. Aside from that, who knows? I’ll be sure to let you know once I do…and I’ll probably spoof “The Decision” on a future podcast to make the announcement.
The Cavs are down 3-0 in the NBA Finals, which means you get to hear a lot of ranting from me. It was a painful loss to deal with, and Rick and I tried to give our rapid reactions. It took some time to get the episode uploaded, but we think it’s well worth it. Listen to the podcast below and subscribe to The Alex Kaufman Show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Late last night, while still in the midst of mourning the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss in game two of the NBA Finals, Rick Brewer and I recorded another podcast. I debuted my new microphone and we complained a lot about the team’s lack of effort and hustle. Rick and I also tried to figure out how the Cavs come back in the series before realizing that we might need a reality check in the series. Listen to the podcast below and subscribe to The Alex Kaufman Show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
This was it. Last night’s Big Red Sports Talk was my final time on the WDUB airwaves. Hard to believe I’m graduating so soon, but it’s exciting. I almost teared up reminiscing about my time hosting the show because it’s been my baby for the last four years. It was really nice being joined by Drew Gray, Joel Lohoua, and Anthony Sernus during the show. You can listen to the audio below, as well as on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.
There were no guests on this week’s show, so I had time to rant. Zach and I also revisited LeBron leaving (and returning to) Cleveland, Serena Williams as the GOAT of all sports, not just tennis, and how often I say “of course.”
Hard to believe commencement is in less than a month. That means these are the final few shows, including this week’s episode, with two guests. One was NBA veteran Scot Pollard, which included a question on his famous “hey kids, do drugs” moment. The other was Rich Grisham of OOTP Developments, who discussed the company’s recent releases: Out of the Park Baseball 18 and MLB Manager 2017. Listen below and subscribe to Big Red Sports Talk podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!
Has it really been four months since I last wrote a post roundup? I promise, I have not gone dormant. Between job applications, schoolwork piling on, and the sentimental emotions that come with graduating college, my life is kind of all over the place. At this point, I have submitted more than 200 job applications in sports media, along with a handful of graduate school applications, which means I’m mostly playing a waiting game, greatly hoping to hear back from…well, anywhere.
In the meantime, I’ve kept writing for the Denisonian, Awful Announcing, The Comeback, and even added a new temporary gig with Bites Media. Aside from the Denisonian, which has not posted any sports articles from 2017 on their website, links to everything will be below, ordered chronologically.
1/3 – Should I Listen To This? – Behind The Bets (Awful Announcing)
The best part of this podcast review is that hosts Chad Millman and Bob Scucci talked about it on the next episode they released. It was tough managing three different shows in the review, but I think I was successful in both giving three separate mini-reviews along with a feed review, as a whole. I’m always appreciative when hosts give their thoughts on my reviews during their shows.
1/6 – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Recap – Kristen Wiig (The Comeback)
I liked this episode, but didn’t love it. Hard to believe I complained about it for being too short. Also, as someone who was born in Ohio and who has lived in this state my entire life, I loved seeing Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams featured toward the end.
1/13 – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Recap – Norm MacDonald (The Comeback)
I am a Norm MacDonald fan, and he’s an extremely dark comedian. Side note: I think he would be a fantastic golf analyst. In fact, I would pay a couple dollars a month to watch golf overlaid with his commentary.
1/16 – Should I Listen To This? – Unmuted (Awful Announcing)
Nope. This show might have been good in 2007, but it’s 2017. It was a new show back in January, and I listened to the episode the day after my review went up, when Mariotti more or less “embraced” the hate. Honestly, I feel bad Woody Paige has to deal with such an awful co-host on a daily basis.
1/27 – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Recap – Cedric the Entertainer (The Comeback)
This was a really good episode. I hope to be successful enough to be able to wear a bathrobe on top of my outfit and have no concerns of people judging me.
2/1 – Should I Listen To This? – Know Them From Adam (Awful Announcing)
It’s a fine show, but nothing special. Schefter is a news breaker, not a podcaster. I just felt like it was too structured for a podcast interview and I didn’t care for Schefty interrupting his guests. At least for me, whenever I do interviews for my radio show, I let the guests speak, no matter what direction they go in…and some of them have gone in some weird directions. I have a list of questions, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to strictly follow them, especially if I want to ask a follow-up based on what a guest says.
2/3 – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Recap – Christoph Waltz (The Comeback)
This one didn’t feature a funny guest, though there were a couple of funny moments. Plus it was a shorter episode. I’m usually of the philosophy that, no matter the expected page length, extra filler is usually unnecessary. For example, I had a 10-15 page paper due for my Spanish linguistics class earlier this week and I turned it in as a completed nine pages. It’s a rough draft, so I might get some feedback and tips for what to add, but I didn’t want to just ramble for another page or two just to fit the expected length.
2/10 – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Recap – Bob Einstein (The Comeback)
The first repeat guest in show history knew how to make the format fit his jokes. If only Seinfeld gave Einstein the free car he promised his guest!
2/15 – Comedians in Cars at a Crossroads (The Comeback)
Unlike my podcast reviews, where I answer questions for other people, I answered questions for myself in this post. Until I wrote this, I had never considered the future of Crackle, or the future of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Now I have.
2/15 – Should I Listen To This? – Road Trippin’ (Awful Announcing)
Every so often, a new podcast comes along that is completely unlike anything else you’ve ever listened to before. This show is that. Never have NBA players had a medium to directly share stories and opinions to fans. Yes, it bypasses the media, but it isn’t meant to replace game stories, interviews, or feature articles. It can live alongside those stories.
Also, this review went up right before the Kyrie Irving/flat Earth episode, which was good timing.
3/1 – Should I Listen To This? – Cal Cast (Awful Announcing)
With March Madness around this time, I decided to review a college basketball show. Again, Calipari is a slimeball of a coach, but he’s not a half bad podcaster. Turns out, this wasn’t the last time I had mixed feelings about the ethics of a podcast I reviewed.
3/9 – Senior Recital!
I had a few weeks of less writing because, along with classes and such, I had my senior recital! It was so much fun, but I was spending the beginning of March freaking out about it. It was almost an hour of just me (and my fantastic accompanist, Kevin Wines) on stage performing songs in three different languages, all from memory.
Other people have taken video from the event, which I do not want to see anytime soon. I got a CD of my performance, which I have not listened to much of but still decided to upload here. Yes, you can hear me sing (and read some speeches full of bad jokes) in a playlist that is embedded below.
3/15 – Should I Listen To This? – The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (Awful Announcing)
Luckily, with no classes, I spent most of my spring break listening to a sports talk show I didn’t necessarily want to listen to.
Apparently, I didn’t get the show, which is because my review wasn’t a glowing portrait of the show. I’ll disagree with the show’s die-hards; I think I got it pretty well and that my complaints are valid. Doesn’t necessarily make the show a bad one, but it gives it a certain niche.
3/28 – NCAA Amateurism Continues (Bites Media)
I wrote a handful of posts for a new website, Bites. It is aimed at providing college students with unbiased and simplified news stories. I found these really difficult to write, mostly because of format. It’s almost structured like an outline, with bullet points and tons of hyperlinks in each post. Plus, there is a 500-word limit, which means cutting any and all filler, sidebars, and tangents. I enjoyed the challenge of writing these posts, but they are definitely more time consuming than my typical Denisonian story.
4/3 – Should I Listen To This? – Missing Richard Simmons (Awful Announcing)
In some aspects, I really loved this show. In others, I was sickened by what I considered an invasion of privacy. I just listened to what I think Missing Richard Simmons could have been through a podcast called Making Oprah. Both shows dive into a television phenomenon that went dormant a few years ago, but unlike the show I reviewed, Making Oprah got approval from its subject, who recorded interviews for the series. She’s also still in the public eye, even if she doesn’t have a talk show anymore.
4/4 – Equal Pay on Ice (Bites Media)
I love how quickly sports stories change. When I started working on this article, it looked like Team USA would boycott the world championships. By the time this post is published, the team got a new deal and won the tournament, an impressive feat when considering how little time between when a deal was reached and when the tournament started.
I’ll have a new podcast review out next week on Awful Announcing. I’m going to take a stab at The Ringer MLB Show, which is my first time reviewing a show from Bill Simmons’ empire. I really enjoy a lot of their content and have considered reviewing The Bill Simmons Podcast, though I think it might be too popular to fairly critique.
There won’t be as much other writing in the near future, though, as I finish tying up loose ends at Denison and (hopefully) figure out my post-graduation plans. Also, because of a Spanish class field trip, there will not be a new Big Red Sports Talk on Friday. That said, I’m trying to record some interviews for a podcast-only show. If that happens, I’ll be sure to post about it on Friday/Saturday.
Here’s to a job in sports media when I graduate!