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At The Buzzer: Reviews of Episodes 27, 28 and 29

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

These past three weeks have been a lot of fun, but have also involved abundant change revolving around how I handle producing the very first NBA radio program in the history of the St. Louis market. I certainly remain committed to this show, and look forward to doing it for many, many years - as long as I have an available, viable outlet.

I started a new, full-time sports editing position two weeks ago and now have to deal with planning this show with more limited hours in which to deal with the various tasks involved in putting this together each week. But, I’ll just keep offering the best I have, and hopefully I will have more feedback to look forward to in the near future.

I have been working with producers Jon Parker and David Cline, and each is a joy to work with. It is great to be able to have fun and relax in the Sports Radio 1380 studio, and put on the show with such agreeable and mellow personalities. Stress and tension can easily ruin the flow of a radio show, and when I look back at my radio career as a webmaster, this explains much of what I saw go awry behind the scenes.

So .... here is the latest:

Episode 27
-- Opening commentary, including perspectives on Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, David Lee and our NBA week in review.
-- Segment 2: An interview with ex-Missouri star Keyon Dooling. We re-visited his time at Missouri and the transition from Norm Stewart to Quin Snyder. Also, we talked about his Mizzou teammates, his 11-year NBA career and the memorable players that he’s played with in the NBA.
-- An interview with Denver Nuggets writer Jeremy Wagner. We discuss the latest news regarding Carmelo Anthony and break down the dynamics involving team president and ex-Missouri player, Josh Kroenke.

Episode 28
-- Opening commentary: Includes a preview of the show, my NBA week in review and commentary regarding the Miami Heat’s collapse vs. Utah, Kevin’s Love 31-31 game, Michael Beasley’s hot streak and the Pacers’ 54-point quarter.
-- An interview with New Orleans writer Ryan Schwan. We discussed the Hornets being the NBA’s final undefeated team, and exactly why they are much improved from last season. We also discussed Chris Paul, and New Orleans’ long-term outlook.
-- An interview with Lakers writer Darius Soriano, as we discuss LA’s hot start and outlook for the 2010-11 NBA season. We discuss LA’s top challengers, Kobe Bryant’s career and what to look for in the Western Conference.

Episode 29
-- Opening commentary: Includes discussion about the rare NBA perfect game from Matt Barnes, the amazing performance by Darko Milicic, the disappointing atmosphere at Miami Heat games, the underhanded method of FT shooting, a major David Lee update, Tim Duncan’s milestone and our NBA week in review.
-- An interview with Miami Heat writer Surya Fernandez. We discuss Heat fan’s reaction to early season losses, expectations concerning this team, how LeBron James is fitting in and the poor game atmosphere in Miami.
-- An interview with Orlando Magic writer Eddy Rivera. We discuss the burgeoning rivalry between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, the new arena in Orlando, and break down the play of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis. We also examine what may lie ahead in the Eastern Conference this season.

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At The Buzzer: Episode No. 26 Review

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

It was a relatively smooth morning last Saturday, as I entered the studio excited about the show, the amazing Saturday that lay ahead and the illusion that Missouri football would be enjoying a monumental triumph later in the day. Well, the show and the weather remained enjoyable. As for the MU debacle, at least I had an abundance of my favorite beverages to get through that unfortunate experience.

I worked with producer Dave Cline again, and he did a great job of keeping the show's timing on schedule and working with me to stay on track. Plus, we had a pretty good time talking sports - and weight loss - during the lengthy pre-recorded interviews.

My opening commentary included a look at the new Miami Heat experience, LeBron James’ incredibly miserable turnover rate and very boring performance, and our NBA week in review. This allowed me to touch on why it’s really fun to watch the Golden State Warriors.

The second segment featured an interview with NBA writer Rob Mahoney, who covers the Dallas Mavericks and also writes for several well-known NBA outlets. We talked about the Mavericks and previewed the Southwest Division.

The show's third segment showcased my interview with NBA writer Royce Young, who covers the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA in general. We discussed my new favorite team, the Thunder, and Kevin Durant. We also spent a lot of time previewing the Northwest Division. For more information about this radio show, please click here.

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At The Buzzer: Episode No. 25 Review

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

This was a landmark episode, in the extreme relative sense of my radio show’s importance. I remember thinking after last week’s show that, regardless of the show’s future success, I have been on the air now for over six months and for 25 shows. These are achievements that may have little impact on the world outside of my scope, yet is exceedingly significant to my own lifelong goals.

The studio show that airs before mine on Sports Radio 1380 in St. Louis has been running close to 11am, so the transition to get on the air in a timely manner is very challenging. It’s kind of like radio’s version of a “double-switch”; a new host and a new producer have to switch places while staying focused on what needs to be done, both technically and regarding immediate audio content.

Once we got going, it was our usual routine as I was working with producer Jon Parker again. The Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Street segued into my opening commentary, which included a look at the strange final night of the preseason, random musings and NBA news. This included a Darius Miles update; Miles is, once again, a free agent.

The show’s second segment featured my quick-hit Pacific Division preview, and our interview with Phoenix Suns writer and NBA expert Seth Pollack. We broke down the new-look Suns, Amare Stoudemire’s departure, and the rest of Pacific Division.

The final segment showcased my interview with NBA writer Kevin Pelton, co-author of the “Bible of Basketball”, the Basketball Prospectus. We discussed the book, and the huge impact that advanced statistical analysis is having in the NBA community and with NBA management. Also, we completed our Pacific Division preview. The show wrapped up with my closing commentary, sign off and NBA Finals prediction. For complete information about this show, please click here.

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At The Buzzer: Episode No. 24 Review

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

After working with yet another new producer the previous week - which actually worked out well – I was teamed up again with Jon Parker for No. 24. This was my second show at the 11am time slot, and I am really enjoying the increased exposure and better time slot.

Sure, I cannot sleep late on Saturdays but it is nice to get up and just take care of business, and be able to spend my afternoon outdoors and on the basketball court. My opening commentary included a show preview, including my Atlantic Division preview and some news updates regarding David Lee and Michael Jordan.

The show’s second segment featured an Atlantic Division preview with New York Knicks and well-known NBA writer Mike Kurylo from Knickerblogger.net, a popular web site among the online and NBA writer community.

In the final show segment, we presented our Central Division preview with Cleveland Cavaliers and NBA writer Mark Cameron. We examined what does the Cleveland Cavaliers look like post-LBJ, and discussed whether the Milwaukee Bucks can give the Chicago Bulls a run in the Central Division. Boo-yah.

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At The Buzzer: Episode No. 23 Review

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I worked with my seventh producer in 23 shows last week, but things went very well. It was an entirely new experience to wake up and just get right to it. Kind of nice; I walked out of the radio station at 12:10pm with the entire day still ahead of me.

The new show time of 11am is quite a thrill for me, as it should expand the audience and exposure. Since I am fulfilling a lifelong dream, every little bit of advancement has an exponential impact on my spirit and outlook.

The first segment featured my opening commentary, including the preseason game in Kansas City at the Sprint Center between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. I felt that KC rose to the occasion very well with support and game presentation. I also provided my quick-hit preview of the Southeast Division.

The second segment featured an interview with Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, who was a star player (and hero) at Kansas and led them to the 2008 national championship. We discussed LeBron James as a teammate, what lies ahead for Miami this season, and his time at Kansas.

The show wrapped up with the Southeast Division preview with NBA and Orlando Magic writer Evan Dunlap. We examined what the Orlando Magic are facing now that the Heat have loaded up their roster, and talked about the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards. Also, the show’s final news segment and current struggles of the Lakers … and show sign off.

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At The Buzzer: Episode 19, 20 and 21 Reviews

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

One of the most relevant aspects to this radio show for me is that as I create new experiences and fulfill a nearly lifelong vision, I am enjoying something that cannot ever be taken away. The discoveries, conversations and related fulfillment keep growing and I’ll never look back at this venture into uncharted personal territory with any level of regret.

So there.

My primary highlight from Episode 21 is my interview with basketball legend Rob Boone, who played for STL's ABA team in '75-76. He also played with Moses Malone, Adrian Dantley, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, among many others. My opening commentary included a full breakdown of the Carmelo Anthony trade possibilities, Don Nelson’s unfortunate pending retirement and a look back at the ABA and Spirits of St. Louis.

ABA and NBA legend Ron Boone has been an announcer for the past 22 years for the Utah Jazz. Boone played in St. Louis, alongside Marvin Barnes, Ron Boone, ML Carr, Don Chaney, Maurice Lucas, Moses Malone, Freddie Lewis, Caldwell Jones … even current New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was on that team. The show’s final segment was an interview with Brandon Coleman, part of a group promoting the NBA in St. Louis. I added my perspective on any new city acquiring an NBA team, then discussed if Mo Williams really thought about retiring and how the Cavs are a big mess.

Episode No. 20 featured my opening commentary regarding Team USA winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. I also talked about how DVR is a life-saver now that I'm a father and set the proverbial stage for the show's interviews with LeBron James' high school coach and also lifelong friend and St. Vincent/St. Mary teammate Dru Joyce. University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot coached LeBron James as a freshman and sophomore at St. Vincent/St. Mary, before leaving for Akron where he has been very successful.

Dru Joyce III, who played with James at St. Vincent/St. Mary, went to on to become the all-time assists leader at the University of Akron. His father (Dru Joyce II) coached St. V during James' junior and senior seasons.

Episode 19 focused heavily on the FIBA World Championships semifinals. Kevin Durant was dominating, Russell Westbrook played well and Team USA shut down ex-Missouri star Linas Kleiza, who had been scorching for Lithuania. We started ATB’s “Will Carmelo Anthony be traded?” talks, and how Darius Miles is getting a chance in Charlotte.

This show featured a strong interview with NBA writer Rob Mahoney, as we discussed the Worlds, why the USA does not care much about it compared to other nations, and the role of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on Team USA. We also talked about the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

The final segment featured a breakdown of a potential Carmelo Anthony trade to the Chicago Bulls with an interview with blogabull.com, SB Nation's official Chicago Bulls NBA affiliate blog. Also, we discussed what Derrick Rose needs to improve on to become an elite guard and had a Bulls overview.

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At The Buzzer: Episode 18 Review

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

I am still thoroughly enjoying the 10-minute commute to the Grand Slam Sports studios in Webster Groves, compared to the back-and-forth trek to Laclede’s Landing that involved single-handedly setting up a live sports bar remote that included numerous obstacles.

My main concern for episode No. 18 was that the Notre Dame-Purdue game on Sports Radio 1380 would end in time for my 6pm show. How the heck was I to handle that deal? If it was close to the end, maybe I’d get a few more listeners. But … if the game encroached into my hour, that would entail a lot of concerns.

The Irish rocked the Boilermakers in timely fashion. No problem. I began my opening commentary right at 6pm. I even touched on my extreme passion for college football, and favorite announcer Brent Musburger and his signature phrase, “You are looking live!”

I quickly tried to sell the “Blaine Gabbert for Heisman” campaign, then adeptly moved into Team USA and World Championships analysis. Our second segment was an interview with Saint Louis University head coach Rick Majerus, who was an assistant coach under Don Nelson the last time Team USA won the World Championships in 1994 – 16 years ago.

We re-visited coach Majerus’ experiences with those NBA players, and touched on numerous other topics with one of the great basketball minds out there.

In our final segment, we talked with NBA writer Royce Young, who is covering the World Championships for CBSsports.com and who also covers the Oklahoma City Thunder on a daily basis. We discussed Kevin Durant’s impact on Team USA, and also how Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is a budding superstar and defensive stud. There is no more exciting team than the OKC Thunder!

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At the Buzzer: Episode No. 16 Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

"Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart!" ... I had a fantastic time doing the show last week. Though I had just a little bit of a rough start as I was finding the proper volume levels for my studio monitor (headphones), I was pleased that the issues were on my end - and were barely noticeable in those first couple of minutes.

Once I got settled in, I dived into my story about re-connecting with my high school and junior varsity head coach. As I stated, I tend to talk very little about myself, so it was kind of nice to personalize the show. That first segment improved as it went, and given that it was my first in an entirely new environment, I felt encouraged as we moved forward. The new studios are in Webster Groves off of Big Bend Boulevard rather than Laclede's Landing, so my drive time has been cut in half, which is very cool. However, it also unfortunately means less time spent downtown.

My opening commentary, and news and notes concluded with a  Team USA breakdown and then we segued into segment No. 2, which I was very excited about.  It featured an interview with University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot, who is much better known as LeBron James' first high school coach. Dambrot also mentored LeBron for two years prior to high school. We spent a lot of time discussing those St. Vincent/St. Mary days, and his perspective on what is currently going on with James.

The show wrapped up with another enjoyable interview with Denver Nuggets writer Jeremy Wagner, who helped lend a point of view from Nuggets nation on the rapidly developing and changing circumstances involving Carmelo Anthony's free agency. Anyone interested in anything regarding the Nuggets, and also Jeremy's use of video to complement his analysis, can check out his fine work at roundballminingcompany.com.

I slipped in a few quick notes to wrap up the show and signed out ... and continue to feel positive about this endeavor. I'll have a full six months under my figurative belt when the 2010-2011 season kicks off - and anyone who had their doubts about the show as I battled through those first couple of challenging months hopefully continued their support as I found my way!

I look forward to another Saturday summer evening with Producer John this week as he is helping me to establish cohesion with this adventure. Plus, he's fun to work with. We will break down the incredible impact that the University of Kentucky had on the 2010 NBA Draft, and stay on top of the FIBA World Championships that begin on Saturday. To stay updated with the show and find our Podcasts, RSS feed, audio archives and more, please click here.

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At the Buzzer: Episode No. 14 Review

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This past installment of my NBA radio show was bound to go smoothly. After all, there were no pounding thunderstorms on my way to the radio station, I actually had a key with me to get into the building and ... I had a plan.

With 45 minutes for final show preparations, and having already coordinated with producer John, I was eager for the show to begin. With July being so heavy with NBA news and developments, I have yet to run into any lack of content issues. My opening segment focused on setting up Team USA's scrimmage last Saturday in Las Vegas, and previewing this USA roster and the FIBA World Championships in Turkey next month.

Four years ago, Team USA was stunned by Greece in the semifinals, and eight years ago Team USA finished a mind-boggling sixth in the World Championships. Only one player from the gold-medal-winning 1994 team, Shaquille O'Neal, remains an active NBA player, and and each of the 12 players from the 2008 USA gold-medal team has withdrawn from this year's team.

I discussed how Kevin Durant was just five years old in 1994, yet is now the new face of USA basketball.

St. Louis native David Lee (finger injury), who was recently traded to the Golden State Warriors, suffered an injury to the middle finger on his right hand last week during practice in Las Vegas. He will wear a splint for six weeks and is expected to make a complete recovery prior to the start of training camp in September. However, Lee will not be playing in Turkey, unfortunately.

The fact that Celtics PG Rajon Rondo is not a lock to make Team USA's roster was discussed; Rondo is not a solid perimeter shooter, lacks positional flexibility and has incredible backcourt competition on this team.

It has been 16 years (1994) since Team USA grabbed the gold medal in these championships and Saint Louis University head coach Rick Majerus was an assistant coach under Don Nelson during the 1994 games. Coach Majerus was kind enough to record a 20-minute segment for the show, and we talked all about Team USA, his experiences with Don Nelson and Saint Louis University's decision to play at Duke this season.

Our final segment featured Nuggets writer Jeremy Wagner, who helped to break down the current situation regarding Carmelo Anthony’s potential contact extension in Denver. Other topics going on around the Denver Nuggets includes head coach George Karl battling throat cancer, and ex-Missouri star Linus Kleiza leaving Denver for the Toronto Raptors.

I will have my Podcasts going soon, and hope to have studio-quality interviewing methods at my home office very soon. After one week off, we will be back every Saturday and I look forward to it. For everything related to the show, please click here.

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At the Buzzer: Episode No. 13 Review

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Another show, another scare, though this time it had nothing to do with setting up a live remote. As I began to exit my vehicle to head into the studio last Saturday, I suddenly realized that I had the set of keys that did not have my station key. Doh!

When you are less than 45 minutes from a live radio show, this is somewhat harrowing. My mind was racing through the options. I knew that I could get back home and be back right around show time at 6pm. Not a good option, as I was preparing to work with a new producer and still needed to iron out a few things pre-show.

Thankfully, Producer John had a key and we were good to go. It looks like John and I will be able to work together for awhile, so this is exciting as I have had five different show producers in 13 weeks. That has attributed to most of the mistakes and loss of continuity. But things are looking brighter moving forward - though I still need to make more money doing this!

We had a brief delay at the show's onset as this was John's first live solo show, and we needed to work out the proper live channels and settings. No worries ... My first segment commentary focused on wrapping up my point of view regarding the LeBron James situation, encouraging listeners to check out my top two LBJ videos (his 55-point and 56-point games) and then switching all discussion to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat.

The final two segments featured interviews with Miami Heat writer Surya Fernandez from hothothoops.com and Miami Heat writer David Dwork from peninsulaismighier.com. We broke down the historic free agent signings, how the Heat roster is shaping up and whether head coach Erik Spoelstra is well-suited to handle this team. We also talked quite a bit about Pat Riley, the Miami team president. Consider Riley's achievements:

-- Head coach on 5 championship teams, and an assistant on another
-- NBA Coach of the Year three times
- -Head coach in the NBA All-Star Game nine times
-- Named one of 10 greatest coaches in the NBA history in 1996
-- As a player, he played for the Lakers' championship team in 1972

Lots of good content last week, and having a dedicated producer who is excited about this NBA show will help minimize any problems and I look forward to show No. 14 this week.

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