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!