"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.
As I give the topic some brief in-depth consideration, it is amazing how I've went from the brink of panic attacks and anxiety-ridden experiences to a relativley smooth and enjoyable way to deliver my weekly NBA radio show to St. Louis each Saturday.
Going from being a first-time radio show host attempting to navigate the various technical obstacles involved with doing live remote broadcasts from an active sports bar setting ... to the quiet comforts of a professional studio setting is an enormous contrast. As I've mentioned, I am settled into doing my show from the Sports Radio 1380 AM studios at Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis. I'm really enjoying it, and feel like I have much to look forward to each week. BIG THANKS to the new co-producer of At the Buzzer ... Producer John!
After almost four months of constant production, the show had its first week off at the end of July as I enjoyed a family vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was a great time! But I found myself very eager to get back to doing the show, and was very pleased with what we came up with this past Saturday.
The challenge I am facing is to get past these next two months before diving into season previews, preseason action, and the upcoming regular season. To me, this is not so much of a challenge as it is an opportunity to show just how much news is going on day-to-day, and how much perspective and insight is available to entertain us each week.
Episode No. 15 was really smooth, as I feel great about a new interview technique I've implemented. Using a high-quality USB microphone, Skype and a good audio-editing software (such as Audacity or Adobe Audition) I can create a studio-like recording from my home office with much ease.
Our final two segments featured a very revealing and substantive interview with Toronto Raptors writer Zarar Siddiqi from RaptorsRepublic.com, who details the Bosh point-of-view from the heart of Toronto hoops culture. We wrapped up with some very solid content about St. Louis native David Lee and his new team, the Golden State Warriors, as well as some other Warriors-related topics with Mike Arnoldi (Olympic Mike) from GoldenStateofMind.com.
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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.