Episode Six – Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports


Jon Rothstein, College Basketball Insider for CBS Sports, is the guest this week. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about: where does that “Stay Humble, Stay Hungry” tweet come from? (1:26), how studying leaders from history has helped shape him into the worker/person he is today (2:26), how and why his job became an all-day, every-day grind (4:17), the importance of creating and having a niche when starting out in this industry (5:54), the career path that took him from Ithaca to ESPN Radio’s Dream Job competition to real estate to the current day, including the failures along the way (7:52), why/how he paid for air time at a local radio station as an up-and-comer (10:44), how being uncomfortable and envious of other people with connections drove him to work even harder (11:40), did doubt ever creep in about his career choice or after rejections piled up early on? (13:43), how he was able to build respect for himself as the new guy that had just won the competition (15:38), the interview with Billy Donovan that finally made him think he was “getting close” (19:04), why you can’t just do one thing in this industry (20:31), the importance of focusing on excelling just one day at a time (26:36), how his personal life–relationships with family, friends, women–has been impacted by his commitment to his job (28:10), the great advice he got from Bo Ryan (32:17), why he doesn’t see this everyday grind coming to a halt any time soon and his thoughts on vacations (35:40), how he turned a wedding invitation in San Francisco to a way to build relationships with three different schools (39:30), the approach you take when you’re not looking just for one story, but to do the job for the next 45 years (41:12) and Jon takes his turn to ask me a question–we discuss my favorite Rocky movie (47:15).

Episode Five – Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe


Meredith Goldstein, author of “The Singles” and entertainment writer and Love Letters advice columnist for the Boston Globe, is the guest this week. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about: how being an advice columnist intersects with her real life (2:08), why being married or “in love” isn’t necessary to give love advice (4:42), how she treats Love Letters like group therapy in a way (7:28), details on her new Love Letters book (8:27), how her bladder impacts her decision not to write at Starbucks (11:04), her writing process, including naps and English muffins (12:01), the people she seeks advice/critiques from as she writes fiction and knowing how/when to weigh their opinions best (18:49), gaining the confidence she needed to write her first novel (25:04), the value of the ‘slow-build’ of a career arc (28:28), dealing with other writers’ material being similar to yours (32:06), in a career filled with potential rejection, when (or ever) is there a time to give it up? (35:54), the right way to pronounce Syracuse (42:39), the craziness that is working at the Syracuse student newspaper, the Daily Orange, and how that more than prepared her for the real newspaper world (43:58), the rode to her Boston Globe career (48:48), the future of the newspaper industry and the importance of making a paper essential to its readers, as the Marty Baron character—in real life, the editor who hired her—said in Spotlight (51:36), the logistics of the Love Letters column–how many submissions she gets, the male/female breakdown, etc. (54:52), the importance of having a quality, well-written blog for young writers looking to get that first big job (58:56), the ‘Holy Shit’ moments she’s had with regard to when “The Singles” came out (1:03:15) and Meredith takes her turn to ask me a question (1:04:50). Oh, and why you should always sign your book if you ever see it at a bookstore (1:06:19).

Episode Four – Mike Mazzeo, ESPN.com

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Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com is the guest this week. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about: why my niece will never understand Seinfeld (2:27), how Mike began his writing career in college with a “terrible resume” (9:35), how a sports management major at Drexel became the writer he is today (13:06), the challenge/value of having to cover things you literally have no idea about (16:35, 19:03), his mom’s incredible advice prior to his first ESPN appearance (22:08), the tightrope walk that is developing relationships with the players/coaches he covers (29:07), how he cultivates and trusts sources (34:57), the difficulty/opportunity covering a bad team presents (39:25), the strategy of handling yourself in a post-game scrum (49:23), what he’d love to do as a writer down the road (54:03), how I basically (sort of) came up with ESPNNewYork.com about two years before it was launched (56:00) and Mike takes his turn to ask me a (few) questions (1:04:21).

Episode Three – Mike Meltser, MaD Radio in Houston, TX

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Mike Meltser of Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Texas is the guest this week. Mike hosts MaD Radio weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Here are some of the things we talked about: what it’s like to have a former NFL player as a co-host (3:41), the hardest part of his job (7:23), how starting as primarily an update anchor in Houston helped him learn the local sports landscape (11:33), his tip for out-of-town sportscasters looking to learn their new home teams (15:11), switching between his on and off-air personas (19:12), the balancing act that is your personal and public life and when it’s best to have the two cross over (20:45), when dealing with Twitter reaction becomes exhausting and it might be best to hold it for his show (26:40), how covering losing teams can affect you personally (29:36), why it’s easier to build a winner in baseball than basketball (33:11), his strategy of contacting program directors to help build relationships and get feedback (37:37), the value of getting reps in to hone your voice as a broadcaster (40:06), if you’re looking to be on-air talent, should you take a producer job at the bigger station or on-air spot at a smaller station? (43:15), the role luck and talent play in getting a job (51:19), can Syracuse beat Gonzaga and will the Astros go to the World Series (56:20) and Mike’s turn at asking me a question (1:00:20).

Episode Two – Danny Parkins, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City

Danny Parkins, co-host of “The Drive with Danny and CDot” on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas is the guest this week. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about: The difference between Paul Harris, former Syracuse forward, and Bo Jackson (1:51), developing on-air chemistry with someone you don’t know well (10:03), the only two things you should say when you don’t know something in your job and how to handle learning and/or becoming an authority about a new city’s sports scene (19:39), what exactly talk show hosts do to prepare both before and after shows (28:07), when it’s worth saving your sports opinions for your show as opposed to your Twitter feed (39:11), his incredible/almost unbelievable start in radio—at his weirdly famous high school (42:55) and the transition from living off gambling post-college to barely making enough to afford a room in his first radio job (50:05). He also gives his thoughts on the name of this podcast (55:09), Syracuse basketball in the NCAA tournament (1:00:08), the 2016 Royals (1:02:11), dreams of a Chicago-based future (1:04:28) and gladly takes his chance to ask me a question (1:08:20).

Episode One – Steve Gelbs, SNY


Steve Gelbs of SNY is my first guest. Here’s some of the stuff we talked about: Bruce vs Billy (2:05), what it’s like to officially be an adult (5:49), what he thinks is the real value of internships (12:49), how a mistake basically started his career in television (22:08), the closer’s mentality of being a field reporter (35:01), the most exhausting day of his life last year (49:51) and how insanely long his work days can be (55:12). Plus, a few other things, including his World Series pick, if you care for that sort of thing.