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Saturday Morning with Shane McGrath
71 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
First Coast Fever (Jeremiah Lokken)
We begin with a story from the nostalgia file involving Philip the Dancing Mailman, John Blalock, and the Cookout in Shelby. Next, Brock Huber checks-in for our weekly visit (13:35). We discuss the expansion of the college football playoff, expectations for Tua Tagovailoa's second season in the NFL, and whether it's more enjoyable to watch golf or tennis on television. Then, former Gardner-Webb baseball star Jeremiah Lokken returns to the show for this week's featured conversation (35:17). Jeremiah grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and has been a loyal fan of the Jaguars since their inception in 1995. Jeremiah and I talk about the storylines that have made the Jags the most interesting team in the NFL: Urban Meyer, Trevor Lawrence, Tim Tebow, and more!
79 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Escrow Radio (Dr. Joseph Moore)
We begin with a shout-out to a desired podcast sponsor and recommendations for football biographies to read this summer. Next, Brock Huber checks-in for the Sports Page (11:32). We discuss Coach K's retirement tour, college football kickoff times, and Nick Saban's contract extension. Then, Dr. Joseph Moore returns to the podcast for this week's featured conversation (34:18). Dr. Moore is a financial historian who has been published by the New York Times and Oxford University Press. He is also a long-time real estate investor. In this interview, Dr. Moore gives (for entertainment purposes only) an overview of today's real estate market: home prices, interest rates, new build inventory, rental properties, trendy geographic areas, & more!
66 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Play the Hits (Highlight Show)
The reignited Saturday Morning with Shane McGrath has now been on the digital airwaves for one year. To celebrate the occasion, this week's episode looks back at some memorable moments from the year in podcasting.
71 minutes | May 29, 2021
Long Walks in Short Grass (Tee Burton)
A California resident alleges she accidentally put a lottery ticket worth $26 million through the washing machine (0:51). A story from the nostalgia file about the time that a Boiling Springs resident bought a winning lottery ticket on a whim (8:13). Brock Huber checks-in for the Sports Page (14:54). We discuss how the Jaguars made portions of their draft board public, one NFL player's decision to pay lots of money to switch jersey numbers, and an unusual television moment involving Shannon Sharpe and Julio Jones. Then, Gardner-Webb University golf coach Tee Burton joins the show for the featured conversation of the week (35:44). We talk about his storied college playing career at UNC, the best golfers he ever faced, tips for weekend hackers, and much more!
90 minutes | May 22, 2021
Class of 2011 (Ben LaCroix)
We start with a few quick stories in celebration of John Blalock's birthday. Next, Brock Huber checks-in for the sports page (13:47). We cover Dan Campbell's eventful early tenure as head coach of the Detroit Lions, how one NBA franchise has managed to miss the playoffs for 15 consecutive seasons, and what the NBA should do about teams losing games on purpose to manipulate playoff seeding. We also give some early predictions for the NFL season. And then Ben LaCroix returns to the show for this week's featured conversation (35:01). This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the Class of 2011 graduating from Gardner-Webb. In addition to Ben and I, members of that Class include former podcast guests Kyle Lanning, Andrew Veeder, Taylor Doolittle, Blake DuDonis, and Thomas Cannon. To commemorate the occasion, we look back on some favorite college memories and reflect on the ten years since graduation.
72 minutes | May 15, 2021
Traveling by Algorithm (Thomas Cannon)
We start with a comical moment from Jimmy Stewart's performance in "Anatomy of a Murder" and how it reminded me of a story from Boiling Springs. Next, Brock Huber checks-in for our visit about the week in sports (11:16). We discuss Tim Tebow's return to the NFL, the NBA's new playoff format, and which city the Oakland A's should choose as their new home. And then record-setting traveler Thomas Cannon returns to the show (39:47). We review his most recent adventure, in which his group traveled to all 50 States in fewer than six days.
85 minutes | May 8, 2021
Around the South (Brian Wilmer)
This week begins with some of my theories for why sports TV ratings have been declining. Next, Brock Huber checks-in for our weekly visit (16:14). We talk about the kerfuffle in the Eagles' draft room, the Aaron Rodgers saga, and some interesting comments made by Steve Kerr. Then, sports journalist Brian Wilmer (whose work appears in places such as College Hoops Digest, the Rock Hill Herald, & the Charlotte Observer) joins the show for this week's featured conversation (35:20). We discuss a variety of topics, including coaching searches, the best jobs in the Big South Conference, the future of conference realignment, and memorable road trips.
77 minutes | May 1, 2021
Good Posture (Dr. Robbie Freeman)
We start with a story about solving a dispute between children by using a quote from wrestling legend Ric Flair. Brock Huber joins for the Sports Page (11:47), including a discussion about the NCAA's new transfer policy. We also talk about the latest chapter in Brock's moving adventure. Then, my friend and former neighbor, Dr. Robbie Freeman of Freeman Family Chiropractic, joins the festivities (34:12). We cover a number of interesting chiropractic-related topics and tell stories from the halcyon days in our old neighborhood in Boiling Springs.
105 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
The Smell of Asparagus (Kyle Lanning)
We begin with a Larry King probate update (0:51). Then, on behalf of friend of the show Aaron Hinton, I have a PSA about a giving opportunity for Gardner-Webb alumni (6:36). Brock Huber checks-in for the Weekly Sports Page (15:53), including our thoughts on Joe Buck possibly being the next host of Jeopardy. Vegas Correspondent Gabe Mirabelli (28:57) shares his favorite wagers for the NFL Draft and we team up to predict the first ten picks. And then my longtime friend Kyle Lanning makes his debut appearance on the show (45:49). We tell greatest hits stories from yesteryear, including several comical moments from road trips of old.
88 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Upset Special (Grayson Flittner)
We start with a Saturday Morning investigation of Sir Nick Faldo's Wikipedia page (0:51). Next, Brock Huber checks-in for the Weekly Sports Page (19:57), including thoughts on why Hall of Fame debates are tedious. Then, Gardner-Webb basketball legend Grayson Flittner makes his debut appearance on the show (45:05). We discuss how basketball brought him to GWU, the famous 2007 upset of Kentucky, playing in Madison Square Garden, and other memories from his storied career.
86 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
100 Counties (Abby Whitaker)
My thoughts on Roy Williams' retirement and feeling connected to certain public figures (0:51). Next, Brock Huber checks-in for the Weekly Sports Page (27:52), including a discussion about which time zone is best for watching games on TV and what the Panthers can expect from Sam Darnold. Then, Abby Whitaker joins for a discussion about North Carolina agriculture and her completed goal of knowing people from all 100 North Carolina counties (45:27).
85 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Good Footwork (Paul Hemrick)
Comical moments from Dick Stockton's 55-year career in broadcasting (0:51). Brock Huber joins for the Weekly Sports Page (14:06), including our reactions to the NFL's new 17-game schedule. Saturday Morning Vegas Correspondent Gabe Mirabelli checks-in from the desert to preview the Final Four (39:31). And then Wofford College Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Paul Hemrick returns to the show for a fun, wide-ranging discussion about basketball and life (46:33).
100 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Sign on the Dotted Line (Jordan Thompson)
Twitter users confuse a former NFL player for a current college basketball coach and comedy ensues (0:51). A story about a time that one elected official erroneously thought that another elected official had already passed away (11:57). Brock Huber joins for the Weekly Sports Page (20:41). And NFL agent Jordan Thompson of the Element Sports Group returns to the show (44:51) to talk about the life of an agent during football's busy offseason and the impressive group of players he is representing in this year's draft.
70 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
What is a Recorder? (Gabe Mirabelli)
A follow-up story from the NextDoor app (0:51) and a story about watching "Jeopardy" (2:39). Brock Huber joins for the Weekly Sports Page (13:55), including a discussion about whether NFL free agency is overhyped and a story about the time I spoke at a now-prominent college coach's summer camp. Then, Saturday Morning Vegas Correspondent Gabe Mirabelli gives his guide to the NCAA Tournament and provides suggestions for folks thinking about making a future trip to Vegas (41:19).
94 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Listener Mailbag #2 (Evan Rhodes)
This week's episode starts with a welcome to the newest member of the podcast family (0:51) and some stories inspired by the NextDoor app (3:11). Brock Huber checks-in for the Weekly Sports Page (16:57), including a discussion about the state of quarterback contracts in the NFL. And then Evan Rhodes returns to the show to help answer a variety of questions from the listener mailbag (46:44). Mailbag topics include: worst flight experiences, memorable road trips, Evan's Peloton purchase, and a vintage John Blalock story.
84 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
Modern Day Ward Cleavers (Ben LaCroix and Ben Perdue)
The joy of local newscasts and thoughts on when meteorologists preempt regularly-scheduled programming (0:51). Next, Brock Huber joins the show for the Weekly Sports Page (24:58). This week, we discuss whether Brock is enthusiastic about Jalen Hurts starting for the Eagles in 2021, the prospect of Jeff Bezos becoming an owner in the NFL, and which head coaches would make the best dinner company. And then Ben LaCroix and Ben Perdue return to the digital airwaves for a fun discussion about fatherhood (52:23).This Week's Audio Roadmap:Cavalcade of Sound (0:01-0:50)Opening Monologue (0:51-24:57) -Market Shoutouts and Table Setting -A Programming Note -An Underrated Source of Entertainment: Local News -The Time that a KRON-TV Sportscaster had a Meltdown on Air -News4Jax’s Famous Interview with a Jaguars Fan after the NFL Draft -The Evolving Role of the Local Meteorologist -A Local Weather Man Repeatedly Preempted the Bachelor on ABC -Thoughts on (Most) Weather-Related Broadcast Preemptions -Episode PreviewWeekly Sports Page with Brock Huber (24:58-52:22) -Bill Belichick is on to Cincinnati -Brock is on to Utah -His Inventory of Winter Clothing -How Enthusiastic is Brock about Jalen Hurts being the Eagles’ Starting QB? -Final Thoughts on the End of the Carson Wentz Era in Philadelphia -Doug Pederson Puts his House on the Market -Why is Jeff Bezos Thinking about Buying an NFL Team? -What Sort of Owner would Bezos be? -Cam Newton’s Recent Comments about Bill Belichick -Brock’s Story about Doug Pederson and a Florida Golf Course -A High School Goober Heckles Cam Newton -A Story about Bill Belichick Possibly Eating at an Applebees in Jupiter -Which Coaches would be the Best Social Guests?A Fatherhood Conversation with Ben LaCroix and Ben Perdue (52:23-1:23:04) -Andy of Mayberry is Tired of Kids being Addicted to their Transistor Radios -Guest Intros -Origins of Desiring to be a Father -Learning they were Going to be Fathers -Delivery Room Stories -Interrupted Sleep -The Trial that is Bedtime -Ever Gag in Response to a Diaper Blowout? -Most and Least Enjoyable Television Shows for Kids -Most Surprising Aspects of being a Dad -Differences with First and Second Children -Advice for New Dads -Property Taxes in Mecklenburg CountyBen Perdue Sleeps on Oil Changes (1:23:05-1:23:40)
106 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Legal Guarding Position (Chandler Durham)
We begin with weather talk and a postal service story (0:51). Next, Silicon Valley maven Brock Huber returns to the show for the first edition of the Weekly Sports Page (29:05). This week, Brock and I discuss the Carson Wentz sweepstakes, Jalen Johnson leaving Duke, and Steve Spurrier putting his beach house up for sale. Then, college basketball referee Chandler Durham (56:42) discusses his path to becoming an official, communicating with coaches, the most challenging calls to make, and more.This Week's Menu of On-Demand Audio:Cavalcade of Sound (0:01-0:50)Opening Monologue (0:51-29:04) -Market Shoutouts and Table Setting -Weather Talk -Things that Always make me Laugh -A Sports Radio Abbott and Costello Routine -A Postal Service Story -Episode PreviewWeekly Sports Page with Brock Huber (29:05-56:41) -Howard Cosell is Thrilled -Segment Intro -The Carson Wentz Sweepstakes & Quarterback Buyer's Remorse -Aside: Brock's HS Basketball Career -NBA Prospect Jalen Johnson Leaves Duke Mid-Season -Steve Spurrier Puts his Beach House on the Market -Will a Buyer Pay More for a Celebrity's House?Chandler Durham Interview (56:42-1:46:05) -Bill Parcells Lobbies an Official -Guest Intro -Origins of Chandler's Interest in Officiating -Getting Licensed -The Referee Exam -Studying the Rulebook -A Typical Week in the Life of an Official -Running Several Miles During Each Game -Chandler's Game Day Routine -The Pregame Meeting with Team Captains -Communicating with Coaches -Deciding When to Issue a Technical Foul -Do Coaches Ever Make Funny Comments? -Do Makeup Calls Exist? -The Impact of No Fans in the Arena -The Most Challenging Calls to Make -Using the Replay System -Watching Games on TV as a Fan -A Favorite Dr. Eastman Story from Gardner-WebbMickey Mantle Wasn't a Horse (1:46:06-1:46:13)
99 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
Working the Phones (Aaron Hinton)
The best law movies to help you get through the football offseason (0:51). Gabe Mirabelli checks-in from the desert for Vegas Corner (28:00), which includes a lively debate about the officiating in Super Bowl 55. We also look at the odds for next year's Super Bowl. Then, Gardner-Webb University Associate VP Aaron Hinton makes his podcast debut (55:43). He shares several great Carolina basketball stories from his student days at UNC and also gets us caught up on the latest happenings in Boiling Springs.This Week's Menu of On-Demand Audio:Cavalcade of Sound (0:01-0:50)Opening Monologue (0:51-27:59) -Market Shoutouts and Table Setting -The End of the Football Season -A Review of My 5 Favorite Law Movies *The Rainmaker (1997) *12 Angry Men (1957) *The Verdict (1982) *Michael Clayton (2007) *Anatomy of a Murder (1959) -Episode PreviewVegas Corner with Gabe Mirabelli (28:00-55:42) -Bill Parcells Wins a Bet -Gabe's Irritation with the Super Bowl's Officiating -My Counterarguments to Gabe -A Fun Back-and-Forth Over Officiating -As a Patriots Fan, is Gabe Happy for Tom Brady? -Gabe's Philosophy on Futures Bets -Best Team Bets for Next Year's Super Bowl -A Prop Bet Victory Lap -A Preview of Vegas Corner's Schedule for the Football OffseasonAaron Hinton Interview (55:43-1:38:25) -A Vintage Hardee's Commercial -Guest Intro -Aaron's Appearances on the Radio Show -Aaron's First Visit to the Smith Center -Aaron Enrolls at Carolina and the Basketball Team Goes 8-20 -Memories from Roy Williams' Return from Kansas to Carolina -Initial Expectations for Roy's Tenure -The Time that Aaron Met Matt Doherty -Aaron, Aaron's Friends, & Jackie Manuel at the Chapel Hill Appleby's -Memories from Attending the 2005 Duke Game at the Smith Center -The Paul Wolfowitz, John Grisham, & Dale Jarrett Story -Celebrating the 2005 National Title on Franklin Street -Aaron's First Visits to Gardner-Webb -John Bridges -Woody Fish -Scoot Dixon -Gardner-Webb Campus Updates -Dr. Eastman's Current Breakfast Routine -Aaron's Fundraising Pitch -Coaching Youth Basketball -Coach Hinton Gets a Press Warning -Fatherhood Advice from AaronGWU Wrestling Coach Daniel Elliott Tells a Weigh-In Story (1:38:26-1:39:22)
84 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Letter of Intent (Cole Fountain)
A look at the folly of celebrity appearances in commercials (0:51). Gabe Mirabelli check-in for a Super Bowl 55 edition of Vegas Corner (22:49). And former Georgia Southern right tackle Cole Fountain returns to the show for a firsthand look inside the world of college football recruiting (51:30).This Week's On-Demand Audio Itinerary:Cavalcade of Sound (0:01-0:50)Opening Monologue (0:51-22:48) -Market Shoutouts and Table Setting -Happy Birthday to Hannah -The Origins of My Interest in Advertising -Old Man Rant: The Folly of (Most) Celebrity Endorsements -Episode PreviewVegas Corner with Gabe (22:49-51:29) -Al Davis Knows the Name of the Game -The Thrill of Prop Bets -Gabe's Favorite Props for Bucs-Chiefs -My Prop Picks -Gabe's Against-the-Spread Pick -My Pick of the Week -Predictions for the Final Score -Pick Summary -Gabe's Bonus Bet for the Waste Management OpenCole Fountain Interview (51:30-1:23:02) -Woody Fish Tells a Classic Recruiting Story -Guest Intro -Cole's First Recruiting Letter -Distinguishing Boilerplate Letters from Personalized Ones -Getting Discovered by College Coaches -First Recruiting Phone Calls -Summer Evaluation Camps -The Pressure of Playing Well at Summer Camps -His Desire to Play College Football -His Unofficial Visits to Georgia and Auburn -Memories from his Official Visit to Northeastern University in Boston -The Goals for Official Visits -The Importance of Playing Time in his College Decision -His Signing Day Ceremony -The Qualities of a Good Recruiter -Hosting Visiting Recruits as a Current Member of the Team -The Standard GSU Dining Locations for Recruits -Just How Prevalent is Rule Breaking in Recruiting at Some College Programs? -Advice for Today's RecruitsA Tuscaloosa Gas Station Attendant was Skeptical of Nick Saban in 2007 (1:23:03-1:23:38)
103 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
Jamaica Farewell (Abhishek Singh)
We begin with a tribute to broadcasting legend Larry King (0:51). Next, Gabe Mirabelli checks-in for Vegas Corner (29:21), including a look at Gabe's newest gambling obsession and his early read on next week's Bucs-Chiefs showdown. And then lawyer and University of Tennessee grad Abhishek Singh helps lead a Saturday Morning Investigation into the state of the Tennessee football program (47:53).This Week's Digital Broadcast Lineup:Cavalcade of Sound (0:01-0:50)Opening Monologue (0:51-29:20) -Market Shoutouts and Table Setting -Larry King Tribute *Origins of my Fascination with Larry *Larry's Career Path *Larry Segments from Previous Episodes: Larry, Frank Sinatra, & Looking for Coffee in Miami (Ep. 32); a Saturday Morning Investigation of Larry's Eventful Marital History (Ep. 29) *A Highlight from Episode 20: Larry, a radio fan, & a Harry Belafonte record *Larry the Junior High Fundraiser *Larry Forgets he's on the Air *Larry's Newspaper Columns *A Student Calls in to Ask Larry about Journalism *The Origins of Larry's Stage Name -Episode PreviewVegas Corner with Gabe (29:21-47:52) -Kramer the Gambling Addict -Reviewing Last Week's Picks -An Early Glance at Bucs-Chiefs -Gabe's Newest Gambling Obsession -Gabe's Reaction to Hannah's Stance on GamblingAbhishek Singh Conversation (47:53-1:42:27) -A Local Retailer's Response when Lane Kiffin Left Tennessee for USC -Guest Intro -Tennessee Football Making Headlines for the Wrong Reasons -Shek's First Memory of a Tennessee Game -Shek's First Trip to Neyland Stadium -His Gameday Routine as a College Student -Most Memorable Games from his College Days -Phil Fulmer's Coaching Legacy -The Tennessee-Florida Rivalry -Shek Still Resents Florida -Lane Kiffin's Season in Knoxville -The Derek Dooley Era -Derek Dooley's Mom Defending him on the Radio -The Butch Jones Era -Butch's Slogans -The 2017 Team that went 0-8 in SEC Games -Stories from the Bizarre 2017-2018 Coaching Search -Phil Fulmer as an Athletic Director -The Enthusiasm and Reputation of the Tennessee Fan Base -The Way National Media Covers Tennessee -Tennessee's Internal Investigation of Jeremy Pruitt -Winning can Conceal a Myriad of Issues in College Sports -Reaction to Dan Patrick's Report about Cash in McDonald's Bags -The Possibility of a Lawsuit Between Pruitt and UT -Expectations for Danny White as AD -The Qualities that UT Fans Want in the Next Head Coach -Will Shek Contribute to the Alumni Fund? -A Projection of the Next Five Years of Tennessee Football -Law School StoriesA Caller Questions Larry about his Hair (1:42:28-1:42:57)
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